Local Calendar – Farm Dinner Scheduling Has Started

March 21, 2012 at 7:38 am

TG31712 The Farm Dinner Season has not started but scheduling has. Two of the most well known farm dinner providers, City Provisions–who provide a biodiesel bus so you don’t have to worry about drinking and driving–and Outstanding in the Field has announced their farm dinner schedules for 2012.  Now, City Provisions served up supper clubs all winter, and Heritage Prairie, which also has a indoor facility, provides farm dinners throughout the year. So check out their schedules below (I’ve marked the events as “FD” for “Farm Dinners). Since Outstanding in the Field is a national company, I only included their Midwest dates. Finally, I can’t forget this one, yes, it was my first farm dinner, Prairie Fruits Farm in Champaign, Il. I grew to know about Prairie Fruits from tasting their cheeses at the Green City Market and my nickname for their chevre was “The Happy Goat Cheese” people because they are known for their animal husbandry. Then Pastoral Artisan, here in Chicago,  sponsored a trip to the farm and okay, it was a lunch, not a dinner, but I met all their very friendly goats!!!! So check out the dates for Prairie Fruits below as well. Also, as usual, if we have missed something, shoot us a comment, we LOVE comments and the events are constantly updated so more dinners and markets will be added as we are made aware of them, you have to love the web for its spontaneity and there are more dinners that will be added to August, and September calendar this week.

With the weather we have been having it does not feel like mid-March at all but really feels like a great summer day and all the markets should be open. We live in Chicago folks so we all know the weather can take a 360 degree turn on a dime, so the schedule for all the indoor markets is below and as we move into April more markets will be open. It only gets better from here for the Chicago locavore!!!!!!


These stores specialize in local foods:

Butcher and Larder 1026 North Milwaukee in Noble Square, Chicago

City Provisions Deli 1818 West Wilson in Ravenswood, Chicago

Dill Pickle Food Co-op – 3039 West Fullerton, Chicago

Downtown Farmstand 66 East Randolph in the Loop, Chicago

Green Grocer 1402 West Grand Ave in West Town, Chicago

Marion Street Cheese Market 100 South Marion St. Oak Park

Publican Quality Meats – 835 W. Fulton, Chicago

Southport Grocery and Cafe 3552 N. Southport, Chicago


Ongoing through June 10th Chicago – Feast:Radical Hospitality in Contemporary Art Smart Museum University of Chicago Go here for all the projects associated with it. And more soon on the Local Beet!

Registration is now open for Openlands HomeGrown Chicago Community Food Garden Network Training class starting March 24th

March 21

Chicago - Soup and Bread at The Hideout 1354 W. Wabansia 5:30pm – 7:30pm Soup & Bread is a free weekly soup dinner to benefit hunger relief efforts across Chicago – to sign up to serve soup email soupnbread10@gmail.com Each week we round up a handful of Hideout staff and regulars, plus local musicians, writers, artists, and professional cooks to donate pots of homemade soup. We heat them up in crock pots and serve them up, along with fresh bread and the occasional muffins, pie, or cookies. All are welcome. We’ve got soups this week from: Camille Severino, Jon Langford, Carol Watson/Milk and Honey, David Meyers/Cafe YO, Anne Kostrowski/Crumb Bread, Mike Bancroft/Co-op Hot Sauce ,Megan O’Connor and Lance Avery/No Chefs Allowed, DJ Sarah Gardiner Proceeds to the Common Pantry

Chicago – Another chance to taste FEW Spirits as part of Whiskey Week At Delilahs 7-10pm 2771 N. Lincoln They’ll be pouring rye, white whiskey, and a splash of bourbon. In case you didn’t see it on the home page or above, here is Local Beetnik Tom Keith’s witty write-up, really, it is a great read, on FEW!

March 22/23

Decatur - Farm to Plate conference – Join Land Connection founder Terra Brockman and other community members at the Illinois meeting of the American Planning Association. Terra will be speaking on Building Health and Wealth Through Local Food with other members of the Edible Economy Project. Registration information is here.

March 23

Chicago – Whiskyfest sponsored by The Malt Advocate Hyatt Regency This incredibly popular event was sold out as of this post but go to the website for details.

March 24

Chicago – The Green City Market Held at the Peggy Notebaert Museum 2430 N. Cannon Drive 8am – 1pm The chef demonstration from 10:30am to 11:30am will be Uncommon Ground!

Chicago – Fruit Tree Grafting Workshop - “What You Need to Know to Become a Backyard Orchardist” – 1-5pm Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum – Sponsored by Slow Food Chicago Workshop includes information on the best choice of fruit trees and berry plants to grow organically in the Chicago area, how to graft a fruit tree that you are unable to find from an organic nursery and more. It will be lead by Orianna Kruskewski of Asian Pear Farm. $35, $25 for SFC members go here to make a reservation.

Openlands Homegrown Chicago Community Food Garden Network Training Class starts 9:30 – 12:30pm

National Cash Mob Day – What is this all about go here. Want to participate in Chicago, follow on Twitter @cashmobchicago It is all about supporting locally owned, independent businesses. Here is a link to the Chicago Facebook page meet in Lincoln Square under the arch at 3pm.

Chicago – Basic Backyard Chicken Care – Angelic Organics Learning Workshop 10:00am – 1pm 1444 N. Sacramento Raising chickens as pets and for eggs is LEGAL in Chicago and part of our growing local food and urban agriculture scene. Learn how to keep you, your chickens, & your neighbors happy – from daily needs and year-round care to relevant city regulations. For anyone who has read the book, Farm City, chickens seem to be the next step for a lot of people, particularly some friends of mine who will go unmentioned (but you should go to this workshop!!) Angelics is trying to empower people with the information to follow through with this idea!!!!

Chicago – Farmer’s Market Saturday -A Preview Of Summer - Sheffields 3258 N. Sheffield – 2-6pm Grab a beer and meet your local farmers, Bob and Jennifer Borchardt from Harvest Moon Farms. They’ll be happy to answer your questions about eating local from their CSA to farming. You can also browse other products from local purveyors including Red Wattle pork, grass fed beef, pastured lamb, eggs, cheese from Provenance and other prepared foods.

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

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 – Read a report from Beetnik Melissa Owens, who finds among other things, basil, at this market here.

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

Oak Park - Faith in Place, Indoor Farmers Market in Oak Park,  9am – 1pm Euclid Avenue United Methodist Church 405 Euclid Avenue

St. Charles – Farm Fresh Food Stuffs sponsors a market at St. Charles Place Steakhouse and Banquet -NEW MARKET(weather permitting)  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.

Westmont - Standard Market Open House -333 East Ogden Ave. 11-8pm Standard Market is committed to sourcing product within 250 miles of the store. Being a person that loves contests, not only is Standard Market having a chili-cookoff, they have a great contest going on, that involves food trivia, teams, prizes called the Standard Market Sweep Game Show later on in the day. Go to this link to get further information!

March 25

Chicago – The Andersonville Winter’s Farmer’s Market –  11:30 – 3:00 at the Ebenezer Lutheran Church on Foster just west of Ashland This is the best kept Farmer’s Market secret in Chicago. Great produce, great deals…Come by and say hi to Paula Jeremias, the market manager of Tiny Greens and let her know you read about this market in the LB, you will make her day!! How to get there by CTA?Here it goes: The nearest CTA bus stops directly in front of our church with the #92 and #50 CTA buses serving the church. The #22 CTA Clark bus stops 2 blocks east of the church, while the CTA Red Line Argyle and Berwyn stops are a 10-15 minute walk away. The #92 Bus also serves the Berwyn Red Line stop, while the #50 bus connects to the Brown Line stop at Damen.

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

March 27

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 – 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

Chicago – What’s Brewing in Chicago? The Politics of Beer Haymarket Pub and Brewery 6:30pm – 8pm 7373 W. Randolph St. The Public Square presents a lively conversation on the politics of beer–past and present. Join us to take a look back in Chicago’s history as the beer capital of the world then fast forward to the rise of microbreweries today. Sponsored by the Illinois Humanities Council and is free but reserve a spot here.


March 28

New!!!!! Chicago – Growing Power Winter Market menu at Sepia - 135 N. Jefferson St. 6:30 pm Sponsored by the Green City Market Junior Board – $115 per person, inclusive of wine pairings, welcome reception with cocktails crafted by head bartender Josh Pearson, tax, gratuity and donation to Green City Market. Erika Allen from Growing Power will speak and if it is at Sepia, you know the meal will be fantastic!!!!

Chicago - Desserts for Deserts – A Sweet Fundraiser for Fresh Moves – Sponsored by the Chicago Green Restaurant Coalition, Greenhouse Loft(housed in Chicago’ Green Exchange) 2545 W. Diversey Ave. 7-10:00pm Fed Up a food blog devoted to better food ideas for a more sustainable world is behind this event. Almost everyone has a sweet tooth and Fed Up wants to take advantage of this fact. The fundraiser will be an evening of sampling desserts from some of the finest bakeries, chocolatiers, restaurants, caterers and pastry chefs in Chicago. Buy tickets here $75 VIP, $55 regular admission.

Springfield - Local Foods Awareness Day 10:30am – 4pm at Illinois State Capital Complex This is the #rd Annual Local Food and Farm Lobby Day Sponsored by the Illinois Stewardship Alliance Local food advocates, farmers, and citizens from across the state will come together in Springfield to encourage their legislators to support local food and farms. The day will consist of a legislative update, orientation, lobbying training and lunch. After lunch the group will descend upon the capitol to meet with legislators to advocate for positive policy solutions that support local food and farms. Following the lobbying efforts there will be a round table discussion with Illinois Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon.

April 1

Niles - Fresh Picks Open House – Amazingly, Irv and Shelly and their band of fresh pickers have been packing boxes and sending local, organic foods to your door for six years.  To celebrate, they’re having an open house.  Many of the great products featured in their virtual store will be there offering tastes and samples, and they’ve wrangled some area chefs also to make it a party.  You can read more about it here. RSVP at openhouse@freshpicks.com. Bring a friend and you both will get a gift at the door!

April 2

Chicago – This is going to be good!!! Survivalist Dinner – Darkoom 2210 W. Chicago Ave.  Sko-Fit presents an Eatin-Fit Tweetup and she is partnering with the Stew Supper Club, Mike Bancroft of Co-op Sauce and Anne Kostroski of Crumb. 28 seats available, $45, Go here for more details...

April 3

Western Springs – Dinner at Vie to celebrate Paul Virant’s new book, Preservation Kitchen – $125. The first dinner sold out so this is a second chance, the ticket includes the meal using recipes from the book with wine pairings, a signed copy of the book and a jar of jam, yum! Proceeds go to DuPage Medical Group Charitable Fund.Call 708-246-2082 to reserve a spot. Vie is a short walk right off the train and it takes 20 minutes at most from the city.

April 8

New!!!! Chicago – Return of the Longman and Eagle (Adult) Easter Egg Hunt – 1pm 2657 N. Kedzie Yes, this Easter Egg Hunt for Big People is taking place again, here is a description of the hunt last year. If it is sponsored by Longman and Eagle, it is sure to be tasty, fun and very creative and will probably involve whiskey!!!!!!!!!! Go to the links for more information or contact Elana@LongmanandEagle.com

April 9

New!! Chicago – Fundraiser for Ground Up at Spacca Napoli 1769 West Sunnyside (Between N. Hermitage and N. Ravenswood Ave) 6-9pm To support their first project an incubator farmer’s market at Browntrout. For tickets $100 go here.

April 14

Chicago - BACONFEST – UIC Forum If you don’t know what Baconfest is, you should!!! Go to this link to find out more.

April 15

Chicago – Food Fight - 4th Annual Celebrity Chef Competition benefitting Sclerodema – Kendall College 4:30 – 8pm

April 19

Chicago – Chicagourmet Hosts a Dinner at Les Nomades in honor of Anne Willan – 222 E. Ontario 6pm Champagne reception and book signing 6:30pm Dinner Anne Willan has over 50 years experience as a teacher, cookbook author and food columnist. She is the founder of the French Cooking School La Varenne and has received numerous awards. Her long awaited book “The Cookbook Library:Four Centuries of the Cooks, Writers and Recipes that Made the Modern Cookbook” will be published in April 2012. This will be a unique opportunity to meet an iconic name in French cooking and to have an amazing meal with Chef Roland Liccioni in the kitchen and Owner Mary Beth Liccioni in the front of the house. $159 Go here for reservations.

April 21

Chicago – Edible Gardens workshop sponsored by Green City Market -9:30am – 10:15am. Join us for our FREE Monthly Hands-on Gardening Workshop Series with Jeanne Pinsof Nolan, founder of The Organic Gardener, Ltd.  Spring Start: Soil Preparation and Planting Cool Weather Crops The key to a successful organic garden starts with proper soil preparation.  Learn the techniques of good soil stewardship including soil aeration and the beneficial use of compost, soil amendments, and organic fertilizers.  We will also discuss how to successfully direct seed cool weather crops such as peas, spinach, chard, and radishes.

April 28

Chicago – 2nd Annual Pastoral Artisan Producer Festival at the Chicago French Market 11-3pm This year’s line-up features more than 70 producers, —in addition to tastings and demonstrations from a wide variety of your favorite French Market vendors. In addition to cheese-makers and mongers from around the world, there will also be producers of beer, wine, and accoutrements in attendance as well as participation from several of the other vendors in the Chicago French Market and some of their producers. From confectioners and beer and spirit makers right here in Chicago to vintners from Bordeaux, this year the festival includes artisan producers from around your neighborhood and around the world!

April 29

Winnetka – Pop-Up Wine Tasting and Dinner – Sponsored by ChicagourmetsKamp Gallery 996 Green Bay Road. Meet Jens Baerle, the founder ofGourmetdestinations that puts together Farm to Table trips in Italy. The event will feature an olive oil tasting with appetizers and prosecco reception followed by an Italian Wine pairing dinner. Check Chicagogourmets for further details on this.

May 1

New! Chicago - Growing Home’s 10th Birthday  - Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum 6-10pm Keynote by Steve James, Director ofThe Interrupters andHoop Dreams. Buy tickets here and more information.

May 26

FD!! Champaign – Prairie Fruits Farm starts their dinner season – “A Dinner of Spring” 4410 N. Lincoln Ave – H2Vino, Caveny Farms Lamb 5 courses, $100

June 9

FD!! Champaign – Prairie Fruit Farms Dinner “Early Season Vegetables Unite” – 4410 N. Lincoln Ave,.(Champaign, not Chicago) Go to the link for more information  $85 per person

June 10

Chicago – Slow Food Chicago Pig Fest – The annual fundraiser for Slow Food Chicago is back. Mark your calendars and further details will be up coming.

July 14

Chicago – “A Day in the Country” A Celebration of locally grown cuisine, a bus tour to Indiana to visit the Vandermolen Blueberry Farm, stop at Sweet Corn Patch and tour the Belstra Milling Pork Farm. Sponsored by Chicagourmet

July 18

FD!! Glencoe - Chicago Botanic Garden Farm Dinner Series – 5-8pm Cocktail hour by Death’s Door Spirits Dinner by City Provisions, Finch’s Beer Company and Vinejoy $200 For reservations call the Chicago Botanic Garden (847) 835- 5540.

July 21

FD!! Chicago – City Provisions Farm DinnerLa Pryor Farms in Ottowa, Illinois with Greenbush Brewing Company & Koval Distillery For tickets, please call (773) 293.2489.  $275 This is a mini-vacation, all day affair typically running from 11am to midnight.

June 23

FD!! Champaign - Prairie Fruit Farms Dinner “Smoked” – 4410 N. Lincoln Ave. (Champaign, not Chicago) Chef Nathan Sears of Vie will be the guest chef.$100 BYOB Go to link for more information

July 7

FD!! Champaign – Prairie Fruits Farms Dinner “Texas in Illinois BBQ” 4410 N. Lincoln Ave. (Champaign, not Chicago) BYOB $85 per person, go to link for more information.

July 21

FD!! Champaign – Prairie Fruits Farm Dinner – “An Ode to Frances Mallman” 4410 N. Lincoln Ave. (Champaign, not Chicago) Chris Pandel of The Bristol and the recently opened Balena will be the guest chef. $100 BYOB Go to link for more information.

August 4

FD!! Champaign – Prairie Fruits Farm Dinner - “French Country Cooking” 4410 N. Lincoln Ave. (Champaign, not Chicago) Thad Morrow of Bacaro Restaurant in Champaign will be the guest chef and the guest farmers will Trent and Jackie Sparrow of Catalpa Farm in Dwight, IL. 5 course meal $100 BYOB

August 12

FD!! Elkhorn, WI - Outstanding in the Field Farm Dinner - Dietzler Farm, Chef Dan Van Rite, Hinterland Erie Street GastroPub Milwaukee $200

August 13

FD!! Elkhorn, WI - Outstanding in the Field Farm Dinner - 4pm Dietzler Farm, Chef Jared Wentworth Longman & Eagle Chicago $200 This is going to be really good!!!!!!!!!!!!!

August 15

FD!! Caledonia, Il - Outstanding in the Field Farm Dinner - 4pm Kinnikinnick Farm – Chef Brian Huston, The Publican $200

FD!! Glencoe - Chicago Botanic Garden Farm Dinner Series – 5-8pm Cocktail hour by Death’s Door Spirits Dinner by City Provisions, Two Brothers Brewing & Illinois Sparkling Co/August Hill Winery $200 For reservations call Chicago Botanic Gardens (847) 835-5540.

August 16

FD!! Chicago - Outstanding in the Field Farm Dinner – 4pm City Farm Chicago Chef Jason Vincent Nightwood $220 [SOLD OUT]

August 18

FD!! Champaign - Prairie Fruit Farms Dinner “Al Fresco Cucina Italiana” – 5pm 4410 N. Lincoln Ave. (Champaign, not Chicago) 3 course meal BYOB $60

FD!! Chicago - City Provisions Farm Dinner - Dietzler Farms in Elkhorn, Wisconsin with 5 Rabbit Cerveceria & Few Spirits For tickets, please call (773) 293.2489.  $275 This is a mini-vacation, all day affair typically running from 11am to midnight.

August 19

FD!! South Haven, MI – Outstanding in the Field Farm Dinner – 4pm Seedling Farm – Chefs Michael and Patrick Sheerin of The Trencherman $200

September 1

FD!! Champaign – Champaign - Prairie Fruits Farm Dinner -”Fish Fry”  4410 N. Lincoln Ave. (Champaign, not Chicago) Meal prepared by Sunday Dinner Chefs Joshua Kulp and Christine Cikowski out of Chicago, 4 course meal BYOB $65.

September 5

FD!! Glencoe - Chicago Botanic Garden Farm Dinner Series 5-8pm Cocktail Hour by Death’s Door, Dinner by City Provisions, Bell’s Brewery & Lynfred Winery

September 8

FD!! Chicago - City Provisions Farm Dinner - Heritage Prairie Farm & Apiary with Metropolitan Brewing & Templeton Rye $275 This is a mini-vacation, all day affair typically running from 11am to midnight.