The Weekly Calendar, 1st week of February and the Sun continues to shine!

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February 1, 2012 at 9:41 am

It may or may not be winter on the Local Calendar.  We are finding, for us, plenty of local produce, and we have tons of happenings and events to share.

WHAT’S IN SEASON NOW

Markets are showing some greens, lettuce, kale, and spinach, but they tend to sell out early.  There may also be limited supplies of indoor specialty items at the Logan Square Farmer’s Market including cucumbers, tomatoes and peppers (yes!).  We see a good abundance and variety of root vegetables and storage crops. At Genesis Growers, at Green City Market, their table had all these kinds of winter squash: Red Kabocha, Buttercup, Tirks Turban, Baby Hubbard, Butternut and Red Kuri.  They also had red and golden beets, kohlrabi, purple top turnips, celeriac (celery root), napa cabbage, green cabbage, black spanish radishes and carrots, plus a few other items. Nichols Farms, at Evanston and Green City, had a ful table inlcuding carrots, a plentiful selection of apples, italian holster garlic, sweet candy onions, dried beans, lots of potato varietals (kennebec, norland red, red thumb, ozette, russian fingerling, rose finn fingerling, russina blue and yukon gold). Nichol’s also had a huge supply of their popcorn kernels and a really picturesque selection of radishes: winter rose, spanish black green meat, daikon and watermelon/beauty heart. The other farmers at Green City had a great deal of variety as well, Orianna was there was her delicious Asian pears. There’s always mushrooms and sprouts.

And supplement with high quality preserved foods.  Resist the tyranny of the fresh!  Look for items like Tomato Mountain pureed tomatoes* or Seedling’s Fruit’s dried and frozen.  Peter Klein from Seedling had plenty of cider and fruti preserves on hand at Green City Market. At the Logan Square Farmer’s Market you can get Michigan blueberries.

WHERE TO FIND LOCAL FOODS

These stores specialize in local foods:

City Provisions Deli 1818 West Wilson in Ravenswood, Chicago

Downtown Farmstand 66 East Randolph in the Loop, Chicago

Green Grocer 1402 West Grand Ave in West Town, Chicago

Dill Pickle Coop 3039 West Fullerton in Logan Square, Chicago

Marion Street Cheese Market 100 South Marion St. Oak Park

Butcher and Larder 1026 North Milwaukee in Noble Square, Chicago

Southport Grocery and Cafe 3552 N. Southport, Chicago

On top of these specialists, we still find local foods here and there at neighborhood grocery stores.  Last week in Elmwood Park, the Caputo’s had Illinois grown beets.  Michigan apples are still plentiful, although the varieties are falling off.

WHAT TO DO NOW

February 1

Chicago - Soup and Bread is back at The Hideout 5:30 – 7:30pm 1354 W. Wabansia What a mixutre they get of participants. Soups from: Cedar Valley Sustainable Farm’s Beth and Jody Osmund, Poet and writer Erika Mikkalo, Roommate’s Kent Lambert, Tiny Greens’ market manager Paula Jeremias, Annie Coleman, of Living Room Realty and the Golden Horse Ranch Square Dance BandSimon’s Tavern chili cookoff champion Matt O’Neill, Our friends at Lula Cafe and Mary Black, with cooks from the Marjorie Kovler Center, beneficiaries of this week’s Soup & Bread donations. All this plus DJ Peter Margasak, bread from La Farine, and extra-special bread from the members of Chicago Amateur Bread Bakers.

February 2

Chicago - Slow Wine Guide - A walk-around wine tasting featuring over 100 wines from 45 Slow Wine Producers presented by Slow Food USA and Slow Food Chicago to celebrate the first ever publication in English of the Slow Wine Guide. Takes place at Spiaggia, 6-8:30pm 980 North Michigan Avenue $30 for Slow Food Chicago members $35 for general admission You can order tickets online here.

Chicago - Fresh Taste Open House - 5555 N. Sheridan Road Pool Terrace 4pm-7pm Join Fresh Taste as they celebrate local food, their new home and the hope that spring is around the corner!

February 4

Chicago - The Green City Market Held at the Peggy Notebaert Museum 2430 N. Cannon Drive 8am – 1pm  GCM Chili Cook-off 10 finalists will compete against one another and the judges are Paul Fehribach, Big Jones, Jared Rouben Goose Island and Mark Psilos, Green City Market Associate Director. I will be at the Tiny Greens booth, come say hi and let me know what you think about the local calendar!

Chicago – First annual Lincoln Square Winter Brew Festival – 7-11pm at the Dankhaus Buy tickets here.

Elgin - Elgin Winter Market – 166 Symphony Way (right across the street from Centre -Kimball/Douglas) – 8 AM – 2 PM

Evanston –  Evanston Indoor Farmer’s Market, at the Evanston Ecology Center, 2024 McCormick Blvd at Bridge St., (there is a large parking lot across the street), thrown by the Friends of the Evanston Market – Expect many of the vendors found at the summer Evanston markets, see here for a list of vendors and other information on the market – 2024 McCormick – 9 AM – 1 PM — Read a report from the market from Beetnik, Peg Wolfe here.

Geneva - Geneva Green Market – 27 N. Bennett (Geneva Place) – 9 AM – 1 PM

La Fox – Heritage Prairie Farmers Market – 9-1pm 2N308 Brundage Road La Fox

St. Charles – Farm Fresh Food Stuffs sponsors a market at St. Charles Place Steakhouse and Banquet -NEW MARKET starts in St Charles this Saturday. We will be on North Ave (route 64) on the east side of town between Kirk & Dunham Roads in the parking lot of St Charles Place. Open from 9am to 3pm,

February 5

Superbowl – Full disclosure..I am a fairweather Giants fan!! Go Giants!

Chicago – The Logan Square Farmer’s Market – 2135 N. Milwaukee at The Congress Theater 10am – 2pm

February 7

Chicago – Lincoln Square - C & D Family Farms selling their all natural free range meats from 7 to 11 am in the parking lot at Lincoln & Leland.

Chicago – Re-Thinking Soup – Jane Addams Hull House 12-1pm

Chicago – Andersonville – C & D Family Farms selling their all natural free range meats from 4pm to 7pm on Ashland at Berywn in front of the First Evangelical Free Church

SAVE THE DATE!!!!

February 9

Chicago - Food on the Dole – Winter Market Salon 7-10pm The Food on the Dole Salon is led by Chef Hugh Amano: part underground dinner, part cooking lesson, all delicious food that we cook and eat together. More information on this and other Salons can be found at Food on the Dole. Questions? Email Hugh at hughamano@yahoo.com. $50 Reserve a place here.

February 11

Chicago- Logan Square Kitchen Pastry Market 2333 North Milwaukee Ave – 10-3pm – LSK brings together a lot of the artisanal bakers, chocolatiers and artisans who use their kitchen. This is a very tasty opportunity with lots of opportunity to sample, check out and buy some of the goods that are being made in the kitchen.

Chicago - Pasta Puttana Chef’s Table Series “Salty, Tart, Savory & Sweet” 1407 W. Grand Ave 6:30-8:30pm $85 BYOB Reservations 773-439-9623 or email Jessica at Jvolpe@pastaputtana.com Oyster Agnolotti will be one of the starts of this 5-course feast based on locally sourced and sustainable ingredients, set in the Pasta Puttana space.

February 12

Chicago - The Glenwood Sunday Market – Glenwood Ave at Morse “Your Green Stop on the Red Line at Morse!” 9am – 2pm

Chicago – DOSE Market is back! River East Arts Center – 435 E. Illinois 10am – 2pm If you don’t know what DOSE is about, go to the link and check it out!

Chicago – Screening of “The Greenhorns” at The Hideout 7-9:30pm 1354 W. Wabansia sponsored by the AUA(Advocates for Urban Agriculture).

Chicago – Logan Square Pastry Market continues – 2333 North Milwaukee Ave. 10-3pm

Chicago – Pasta Puttana Chef’s Table Series: Salty, Tart, Savory & Sweet. 1407 W. Grand Ave. $85 BYOB Reservations 773-439-9623 Jvolpe@pastaputtana.com One more chance to have a feast of locally sourced and sustainable ingredients, yum!

Chicago - The Trencherman Pop-Up Dinner at Logan Square Kitchen -2333 North Milwaukee 7:30pm -9:30pm Buy tickets here This is an opportunity to taste and try the food of Chefs and brothers Michael and Patrick Sheerin along with owners Matt Heisler and Kevin Heisner. The pop-up will feature a five course tasting menu with beer, wine and cocktail pairings by Trenchermen Beverage Director, Tona Palomino (wd~50) and will be a chance to preview dishes from the highly anticipated restaurant.($120/person)

February 13, 14

Chicago – The Trencherman Pop-Up Dinner -Logan Square Kitchen 2333 North Milwaukee 7:30-9:30pm  The 5 course tasting menu created by Chef Michael Sheerin (Blackbird) and his brother Chef Patrick Sheerin(The Signature Room) continues join them 2/13 or 2/14. For more information and to purchase tickets go here...

February 17

New! Chicago – The Piranha Club Inaugural Feast The theme is “a tribute to our ancestors, The Bone Dinner” 8pm Noble Square 1034 N. Milwaukee $40 Go here for more information and to purchase tickets.

February 23

Chicago – Green City Market Junior Board - Book Club – “Read, Grow, Eat” 6-8pm The book being discussed is “Farm City-The Education of an Urban Farmer”  by Novella Carpenter. Location TBS check their Facebook page.

February 25

Chicago – Growing Power celebrates it’s 10th anniversary 3333 S. Iron St. 1-6pm Aquaponics workshop, small bites, tours and cheers!

February 26

Chicago – Slow Food Chicago Annual Meeting – Peggy Notebaert Museum 2 -4pm

February 27,28

Chicago – The Stew Supper Club presents From Ukranian Village With Love with guest chefs The Underground Food Collective 4 course prix fixe $45 Tickets are available at Coopsauce.com

February 29

Chicago - Culinary Conversation, “Sweet Chicago” – Chicago’s Downstand Farmstand 66 E. Randolph 6-8:30pm Celebrate Chicago’s 175th Birthday by learning all abou lore t the origins, legends and of the city’s sweet history. Cultural Historian Tim Samuelson and Art Historian Rolf Achilles join Chef Jenny Lewis, author of the the new book, Midwest Sweet Baking History, for a fast-paced conversation filled with fascinating facts and fun tidbits of past and present. Admission is FREE, but reservations are required. Please contact the Ticket Office 312-742-TIXS (8492) to reserve your space.

Chicago - Edible Chicago and Brooklyn Breweries present the Quarterly Carousal “A Celebration of Beer, Food, and Stories” 7-9pm. Sheffields 3258 N. Sheffield Ave. Pick up the winter 2012 issue of Edible Chicago magazine and try Brooklyn Breweries latest beer, Mary’s Maple Porter while noshing on some local food goodies. RSVP to events@ediblechicago.com with “Quarterly Carousal #1″ in the subject line.

March 4

Chicago – Pleasant Farms in Bridgeport is holding gardening classes on spring planting, seed starts, planter box care and spring bed refreshing to help get you started on your garden. For more information and to register, please call 773-523-7437 or emailpleasantfarms@gmail.com. $20. Refreshments provided by Pleasant House Bakery.

March 6

Chicago – Quarterly Citrus Canning Workshop – Sponsored by Slow Food Chicago - Held at The Logan Square Kitchen – 6-9pm Order tickets here.

March 15-17

Chicago Good Food Festival –  The schedule is out, go to the link and buy tickets now, it sounds like it is bigger, and bringing together more people focused on all aspects of sustainable, healthy, good, local food and the Chicago food shed than ever before!  Beet Editor Rob Gardner is moderating a panel on fermentation, and he and other Beetniks will have a table in the Exhibit Hall.  Make sure to say hi.

March 18

Chicago – Pleasant Farms in Bridgeport is holding gardening classes on spring planting, seed starts, planter box care and spring bed refreshing to help get you started on your garden. For more information and to register, please call 773-523-7437 or emailpleasantfarms@gmail.com. $20. Refreshments provided by Pleasant House Bakery.

April 28

Chicago – Pastoral Artisan Producer Festival –  Chicago French Market 11-3pm This cheesy festival is back stay tuned for more details.

*Rob’s wife works for Tomato Mountain


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