Think Slow Food, Slow Meat With the Latest Local Calendar

January 28, 2011 at 11:38 am

As we mentioned in last week’s Local Calendar, don’t be heading into this weekend’s shopping with a long list of needs.  On the other hand, a little error on our part last week points out the need to just get out and see what you will find.  Last week, after our Local Calendar went to press, we got an email from Faith in Place about the then forthcoming winter market in Chicago.  The email pointed out that this would be the one winter market where Plapp Farm would bring their locally grown, locally milled grains, a real treat, a real find, and a real need for those of us looking to get our food from local sources.  We wished we had pointed that out in our weekly Local Calendar (and having gone off to Las Vegas sans computer I could not even adjust the post).  Still, maybe you just happened to go a-marketing.  In other words, it may be winter, it may be limited, but it can be worthwhile to step out to a farmer’s market.

This weekend, besides the markets, we have events of keen interest to those wanting good, clean, fair food, especially good, clean, fair food from animals.  For the third year, Slow Food Chicago is holding an open meeting at Kendall College.  This is the first year I will attend the meeting as a member of the Board of Slow Food Chicago.  I feel honored to have been elected to that position, and I strongly believe in the Slow Food mission.  I urge you to attend the meeting on Sunday, January 30 to learn more about this mission.  In addition, Slow Food Chicago is proud to present award winning cookbook author Deborah Krasner to speak at the meeting.  Krasner’s book Good Meat came out last yer.  It is essential reading for locavores, covering key issues like how to have a local meat locker break down your purchase and how to cook up those round steaks and other odd cuts that come with purchasing whole animals.  Good pictures too!  Krasner will talk about what to do with good meat in the kitchen, but more importantly, she will talk about the process of getting good meat to your kitchen.  Most importantly, she will talk about why you should be eating good meat in the first place. 

Another book came out last year dealing with good meat, focusing on “rock star” chef’s and butchers making whole animal cooking popular and accessible.  One of the chefs included in Marissa Guggiana’s Primal Cuts is Rob Levitt of the newly opened Butcher and Larder.  Butcher and Larder will host a book signing (and I believe tasting) with Guggiana on Saturday night, January 29 (h/t Gaper’s Block).  And with Butcher and Larder open, the opportunity to have good meat has never been easier in the Chicago area.

Getting back to Ms. Krasner, she is also giving a book signing and offering you a chance to taste some of her recipes at Prairie Fire Sunday morning.   The five course brunch featuring Mint Creek lamb, Tallgrass beef, etc. costs $45.00 per person (inclusive of gratuity & tax) and begins at 11 AM.  To make your reservation, call Prairie Fire at 312-382-8300.


We remain in the part of the year where it is not a question of what’s “in season”, it’s a question of “what’s available.” The following items may be found, depending:

Indoor grown vegetables: lettuces, spinach, micro-greens, mushrooms, cucumbers, herbs, rocket; root vegetables: beets, carrots, celery root, sunchokes; storage crops like onions, potatoes, and apples,winter squash and cabbage.


These stores specialize in local foods:

It’s open! Eat locally butchered meat at the Butcher and the Larder.

C&D Pastured Pork’s sales around town.

We bet, if you look around, you can also find local foods at various grocery stores, especially local apples, onions, winter squash and potatoes.


Saturday – January 29

Geneva – Geneva Community Market – Inglenook Pantry – 11 N. 5th Street, Geneva – 9 AM – 1 PM

Chicago – Book signing with Marissa Guggiana, author of Primal Cuts, at Butcher & Larder 7 PM - 1026 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago

Sunday – January 30

Chicago – Logan Square Farmers Market – 2135 N. Milwaukee – 10 – 2 PM – All sorts of things on for Sunday including Otter Creek cheddars, Mint Creek lamb, and Tempel Farms eggs; Otter Creek Organic Farm also has grass fed beef and pasture raised organic pork and chicken – Congress Theater, 2135 N. Milwaukee – 10 AM – 2 PM

Chicago – Five course brunch featuring Mint Creek lamb, Tallgrass beef, etc. with author Deborah Krasner at Prairie Fire - 11 AM – $45.00 per person (inclusive of gratuity & tax).  To make your reservation, call Prairie Fire at 312-382-8300 – 215 N. Clinton, Chicago

Chicago – Slow Food Chicago Annual Meeting Featuring James Beard award-winning author Deborah Krasner. Deborah will host a Q&A session on sustainable meat.  Submit questions for Ms. Krasner and register for the event here. – 230 PM – 430 PM – Kendall College, 900 N. North Branch Street, Chicago.

Wednesday – February 2

Soup and Bread at the Hideout benefiting local food pantries – 1354 W. Wabansia, Chicago – 530 PM – 730 PM


March 17 – 19 – Expo including Financing Farm to Fork, Chicago Food Policy Summit, Localicious Party and Consumer Day.