Paul Kahan Always on the Local Calendar

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March 17, 2010 at 10:02 am

Paul Kahan is one of our favorite restaurateurs.  We think his Blackbird offers one of the best values in better dining, and if you think dinner is a good deal, try lunch.  It’s not that we are stalking him with the Local Calendar.  It’s just that he’s around.  He was around last week at FamilyFarmed Expo talking whole animal and admitting to some problems making mayo.  This week he’s making soup for the penultimate Soup and Bread event at the Hideout.  Tonight’s Hideout event benefits Inspiration Cafe, a place we like even more than Blackbird. 

Like we say, we like Blackbird.  And we like deals.  And we like pretty much all of these places.  You have an outstanding opportunuity get to sample places like Blackbird, Vie, Mado , Prarie Fire (pretty much a who’s who of Local Beet fav’s) during Chicago Chef’s Week starting next Monday.

It’s not all fancy-schmancy though.  Blackbird is a long way away if you live in a food dessert.  Learn about the issue of food deserts and how to survive on supermarket fare on Thursday with Mari Gallagher and Phil Lempert at the Save-a-lot, 7240 Stony Island Ave, 11 AM – 6PM.

There’s a whole bunch besides Paul on our Local Calendar below.  Please let us know what’s missing (and expect updates during the course of the week).

WHAT TO BUY NOW

Very limited supplies of local food left to purchase this time of year.  Look, and you will find  apples and potatoes.   I recently spied three varieties of Michigan apples at Angelo Caputo’s in Elmwood Park.  There are intermittent supplies of local greens (rocket, chard, lettuces).  Eat local sprouts and mircogreens.

This is truly the time for canned, dried and frozen items.  Tomato Mountain and River Valley Ranch are good sources.

As we noted last week, just because there is barely any local produce, it does not mean that there are not lots of other local foods to get from all our great cheeses, to meats, grains, beans, nuts, milk, eggs, etc.  There’s even local tofu at some markets.

Let us know what other local goods you are still seeing for sale.

 WHERE TO FIND LOCAL FOODS

These stores specialize in local foods:

WHAT TO DO

MARKETS  AND EVENTS THIS WEEK

Wednesday - March 17

Check out Paul Kahan and the rest of the crew at the Hideout for Soup and Bread – 1354 W. Wabansia, Chicago – 530 – 8 PM

Wisconsin vs. the World – Cheese Contest - Monona Terrace – Madison, Wisconsin 6-8 PM

Thursday - March 18

Crawford Farm dinner at Vie – 4471 Lawn Ave, Western Springs, IL

Meet the folks behind Harvest Moon Farms and learn about their CSA – Lush Wine and Spirits (Roscoe Village) – 2232 W. , Chicago – 6 – 8 PM

Green Acres Cook Off and Bell’s Brewery Tasting – Green Grocer Chicago – Green Acres Farm is coming upstate to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day with Bell’s Brewery! Self-titled Mid-Life-Farm-Wife, Donna O’Shaugnessey, will be leaving her hormone-free, pasture raised friends in Frankfurt for the night to pan sear some sliders and stir fry some pork. Pair all of that with a dark glass of porter or stout, and your eyes will be smiling Irish heritage or not! Never in all the four counties has eating ethically tasted so good! Slainte! Whet your appetite, and check out Donna’s blog. – 1402 W. Grand, Chicago – 5 PM

GreenTown: The Future of Community Main Conference – College of Lake County – 19351 W. Washington St., Building C – Lower Level, Grayslake, IL – 7 AM to 6 PM – See here for details

New! – Get shopping tips with with Mari Gallagher and Phil Lempert at the Save-a-lot, 7240 Stony Island Ave, Chicago -11 AM – 6PM.

New! – Screening of Fresh and discussion with Greg Cristian on  sustainable food practices. – Loyola Information Commons, 6501 N. Kenmore Ave, Chicago - 5 PM

Saturday – March 20

Ebenezer Luthern Church – 1650, W. Foster, Chicago – 9 AM – 1 PM

Empty Bottle Farmer’s Market – 1035 N. Western – 12 – 5 PM

Purple Asparagus Family Dinner – at Dawali Mediterranean Kitchen, from 2:30-5:00 PM

Celebrate National Corndog Day with Gus at Weiner and Still Champion - 802 Demptster, Evanston

Maple Syrup Festival – North Park Village Nature Center. 5801 N Pulaski Rd (between Bryn Mawr and Peterson Aves)

Sunday – March 21

Unitarian Universalist Church of Elgin – 39W830 Highland, Elgin – 1 – 3 PM

Logan Square Farmer’s Market – Congress Theater 2135 N. Milwaukee, Chicago 10 AM – 2 PM

Maple Syrup Festival – North Park Village Nature Center. 5801 N Pulaski Rd (between Bryn Mawr and Peterson Aves)

Monday - March 22

Pig Butchering class at Mado – 1230 PM – 1647 N. Milwaukee, Chicago

Tuesday - March 23

New! Farm Forum sponsor by the Geneva Green Market – First Congregational Church of Geneva, 321 Hamilton Street Geneva, IL – 830 AM – 1 PM

MARKETS AND EVENTS COMING

Wednesday - March 24

Culinary Conversations with Food Women – In celebration of Women’s History Month, Judith Dunbar-Hines will lead a lively conversation with five women who own and operate Chicago area food businesses to learn about their journey in establishing, operating and marketing their successful local food businesses. Chicago’s Downtown Farmstand will remain open until 8pm to accommodate post-event shoppers! Scheduled participants include: Nicole Bergere, Nicole’s Crackers; Jessica Volpe, Pasta Puttana; Jenny Yang, Phoenix Tofu; Meg Dhamer, Pigtales Twist; and Elizabeth Madden, Rare Bird. – Chicago’s Downtown Farmstand – 66 E. Randolph, Chicago – 6 – 8 PM - Call 312.742.TIXS (8497) for reservations or click here to register online.

Friday - March 26

 Tiny Mahler Orchestra performs La Bonne Chanson”  at 73o in Alice Millar Chapel, 1870 Sheridan Road, Evanston on the Northwestern University campus.  Expect some neat food.

Saturday – March 27

Chicago Green City Market at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m (Directions) – The theme is still Greens, Eggs, and Ham (we think).

Portage Park – Irving Park and Central, Chicago - 10 – 2 PM

Sunday - March 28

Winter Farmers Market at North Shore Unitarian Church, Deerfield - 21oo Half Day Road, Deerfield, IL – 10 AM – 2 PM 

Logan Square Farmer’s Market – Congress Theater 2135 N. Milwaukee, Chicago 10 AM – 2 PM

SOLD OUT! – Choucroute Garnie Alscatian stuffing at Mado – 1647 N.  Milwaukee, Chicago – 6 PM

 Tiny Mahler Orchestra performs La Bonne Chanson”  at 7:30 pm at the Heaven Gallery, 1550 North Milwaukee Avenue, 2nd floor.  Expect some neat food.

Saturday - April 10

Chicago Green City Market at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m (Directions) – The theme is Cheese

Winter Farmer’s Market, Chicago/Beverly – Beverly Unitarian Church (the Castle) – 10244 S Longwood Ave, Chicago – 9 AM – 1 PM

SOLD OUT! – BaconFest Chicago – Chef’s participating here –  Ticket info here.

Tuesday - April 13

Geneva Green Market, NFP Green Chatter Matters – Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual by Michael Pollan – Inglenook Pantry, 11 North Fifth St, Geneva IL – 7 pm

Tuesday – April 20

City Provisions Supper Club – Earth Day Dinner

Thursday- April 22

Go Green Day Management Earth Day – Flair Tower – 720 N. Franklin, Chicago

Saturday – April 24

Chicago Green City Market at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m (Directions) – The theme is Cheese.

Portage Park – Irving Park and Central, Chicago - 10 – 2 PM

 

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2 Comments

  1. Martha Bayne says:

    Hey Rob — Thanks for listing us! FYI, Soup and Bread has been extended for two weeks, so it now doesn’t end until April 14.

  2. Melissa says:

    Purple Asparagus will be at the Ebeneezer Market from 9:15-10:15am.

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