Locavore Dinner + Ingredients film screening at Kitchen Chicago (Sunday, 22 May)
On Sunday evening May 22nd, I’ll host my next Local Food Wisdom Locavore Dinner which includes a screening of the new documentary, Ingredients. The Chicago debut of the film in February drew a standing room only crowd of 75 people (on mayoral election night, no less) so it’s obvious that many Windy City residents are eager to learn more about our local food system and actively participate in the emerging Good Food Revolution. I’m pleased that the owners of Kitchen Chicago have enthusiastically offered to host the event, which includes: a 4-course dinner menu designed by Chef Derrick Wcislak of Pure Kitchen Catering, the film (presented during the meal) and an informal Q&A session with guest farmers and a chef or two (to be announced). Here is the menu, featuring many ingredients (pending availability) sourced from local farms:
One: Chicken ballotine, fried chicken skin, marinated favas and carrots, dill (plated)
Two: Baby lettuce, sweet peas, shaved radish, goat cheddar, buttermilk dressing, wood-grilled pizza crust (family-style)
Three: Roasted leg of lamb, tarragon rub, jus with butter-poached new potatoes, arugula, pickled red onion, black pepper crème fraîche, wood-grilled asparagus, crispy spring onion, Parmesan (family-style)
Four: Chocolate churros, macerated strawberries, bourbon-mint sabayon (plated)
During the past year, I’ve been privileged to work with several chefs while planning and presenting Locavore Dinners at the Hopleaf, StarGrazer Café (Grayslake, IL), mk, Sunday Dinner, In Fine Spirits and Logan Square Kitchen. During those events, we’ve enjoyed guest appearances by some of the farm families who faithfully produce our food, including: Matt and Peg Sheaffer & Jeff and Jen Miller of Sandhill Organics (Grayslake, IL), Mike Klug and family of Mick Klug Farms (St. Joseph, MI), Harry and Gwen Car of Mint Creek Farm (Stelle, IL), Joel and Cheri Espe of Hawks Hill Elk Ranch (Monticello, WI) and Beth and Brent Eccles of Green Acres Farm (North Judson, IN). The enduring goal of the Locavore Dinners is to gather farmers, chefs and consumers, enhance our appreciation for sustainable food production and cultivate our “local food wisdom”, one meal at a time.
If you are unable to join us for the dinner and film, please share this post with a friend, colleague or neighbor and invite them to purchase a ticket ($65/$75) before midnight on Tuesday, May 17th. More details about the event are available on the Local Food Wisdom blog. Thanks for your help in sharin’ the word about this celebration of local food and the good people who produce and prepare it. =)