Mark Your Calendars with The Latest Local Calendar

August 12, 2011 at 8:11 am

Our Local Calendar is filled with worthy events.  Mark your calendar now so you don’t miss anything.

Organizations we strongly support including Purple Asparagus, Seven Generations Ahead and Slow Food Chicago all hold benefits in the coming weeks.  In addition, there is a benefit for Kris Swanberg and her Nice Cream company, caught in web of icky regulations.  See below for details on these and other great events.

And make it to a farmer’s market.  There is surely no better time of year to be there with all the bounty of summer.  Use our searchable, sortable, Market Locator to find a market near you.  Then, take our farmer’s market shopping tips to get the most out of your area market.  And don’t forget to put enough away for local eating later.  See our suggested best practices for preserving the seasonal bounty.


This is the time of year to really stretch out your use of the local peach.  We”ve identified 44 ways to use your peach. Please tell us some other ways.

This is also the time of year when tomatoes come in all matters of shapes, sizes and colors.  Explore.  We’ve pointed out some of the varieties you will find in our markets.

We adore peppers in all their forms.  On one hand, in some neighborhood groceries, you can find great supplies of local Melrose peppers for frying and stuffing and hot Hungarian peppers we love roasted and topped with feta cheese.  On the other hand, the farmer’s markets will bring you, each week all sorts of interesting and unique hot and sweet peppers.  See what they have this week.


Pears, more varieties of apples, more colors of sweet peppers.


Please remember that the seasonal apples, onions and potatoes in the market now are not meant for long term cellaring.  In fact, the need to be kept in the fridge or they will spoil easily.


These stores specialize in local foods:

City Provisions Deli in Ravenswood, Chicago

Downtown Farmstand in the Loop, Chicago

Green Grocer in West Town, Chicago

Dill Pickle Coop in Logan Square, Chicago

Marion Street Cheese Market in Oak Park

Butcher and Larder in Noble Square, Chicago

Pay attention, the local supermarkets continue to advertise local foods.  We’re seeing much at Caputo’s (yay normal celery), and our sources report Whole Foods is happily local as well.


August 14 – Slow Food Chicago Book Club – This month’s selection, Cod: A Biography of a Fish that Changed the Worldby Mark Kurlansky.  First Slice Pie Cafe, 4401 N. Ravenswood Ave., Chicago – 2 -330 PM.

August 16 – Little Bee, Big Mystery – Join the Notebaert Nature Museum and Slow Food Chicago for a thought provoking series about bees, including a screening of the film, the Vanishing of the Bees.  Free, but you must RSVP to adultprograms {at} naturemuseum(.)org.

August 20 – The Bastards are coming.  4th Annual Micro-Brew Review in Oak Park to benefit Seven Generations Ahead – Go here for tickets.

August 24 – Our friend, the man we love to disagree with, the ever opinionated, yet never wrong Steve Plotnicki, helped curate a team of Midwest chefs who source from the farm yet cook from the modern playbook for a group dinner at North Pond.  This event features five of the most exciting guys around our parts, and on this night you get the chance to sample from all of them as well as have the chance to go mano-a-mano with Steve himself.  It should be a extremely fun night.  If you can afford $140 a person for a dinner, this is one you should not miss.   See the North Pond web sitefor more details.

August 28 - Cork & Crayons Benefit for Purple Asparagus at UnCommon Ground – The family-friendly event brings foodies old and young together to celebrate the joys of family meals and healthy eating all for and to support the good works of our friends at Purple Asparagus.   The event will include a mini farmers’ market sponsored by Harvest Moon Organics farm, music from Old Town School of Folk Music artists, a raffle, and a silent auction for bidding on gourmet treats, getaways, and more. Guests will enjoy selections from Uncommon Ground’s kitchen and Candid Wines. Attendees will also be able to tour the certified-organic green roof atop Uncommon Ground where the restaurant grows some of the produce on its menu.  $60 for adults ($65 at the door), $15 for ages 5-20 ($20 at the door). Kids under 5 are free.  Tickets can be purchased via credit card at or by check payable to Purple Asparagus sent in care of Melissa Graham, 1824 W Newport Ave, Chicago, IL 60657 - Uncommon Ground, 1401 W. Devon Ave., Chicago

August 28 – Head straight from Cork and Crayons to another good cause.  Local ice cream maker Kris Swanberg came to the attention of the State food police who want her to switch from fresh fruits to syrups and packaged “milk” from good, local milk.  Her friends at Revolution Brewery have offered their space and their beers to help raise funds and awareness for the plight of Kris and others in her similar situations.  5 PM to 8 PM at Revolution Brewing, 2323 N. Milwaukee, Chicago.  Additional information and ticket information can be found here.

September 11 – Slow Food Chicago Presents 3rd Annual Pig Roast at Goose Island – Simply, local chef’s serve local pig.  Five area chefs have their way with hogs from Illinois’s Slagel Farm for the benefit of Slow Food Chicago.  2 – 5 PM at Goose Island, 1800 W. Fulton Street, Chicago.  Ten dollars off your ticket if you buy before August 17!  Go here for details and tickets.