Local Calendar 3/28/12- Ramps, Ramps, Ramps

March 27, 2012 at 9:51 pm

ramps illiana
It is that time of year for ramps. Thanks to Iliana Regan of One Sister and of the forthcoming Elizabeth’s Restaurant for the picture. The tag lines on her blog are Love, Forage, Bounty, Sustain, Grow, Give, Farm. She is known as the urban forager, so, if there is anyone who knows what comes from the woods, it is Iliana.  Thank you for the great picture!! Many of you Beet readers are far more knowledgeable than I on what is available at the markets. For those who are not familiar, a ramp’s Latin name is allium triccoccum or wild onion, some call it wild leek while others call it wild garlic. The common element is that it grows wild and is the first sign of Spring in Chicago. Some say that the name of our city, Chicago, really is derived from the Potowatomi Indian name for wild onion, shikago, aka, ramps. One thing is for sure, other than people like Iliana who know where to go on a ramp hunt, the ramp is very elusive at the markets. Ramps get scooped up immediately by local chefs shopping at the markets. The early bird gets the greens in the wintertime in Chicago, and the early bird gets the ramps in the Spring. Now on to local events for the week.


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!

March 28

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: We’ve got soups this week from: Kent Kessler, Jason Adasiewicz, Mike Reed, Dave Rempis, Mitch Cocanig, Mariapaz Carmargo, Trea Fotidzis, Nate Lepine, DJ Ryan Hembrey

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 3rd 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.

March 29

Springfield – Illinois Environmental Council –  It’s time for the annual Illinois Environmental Council Springfield Day once again. This year Faith in Place is sponsoring two buses, one departing from 6th Grace Presbyterian Church at 600 E. 35th Street in Chicago and the other departing from River Forest United Methodist Church at 7970 Lake Street, River Forest. Participants can sign up for one or the other bus, carpool or drive to either site, leave their car on the church parking lot for the day, and be returned to it by evening. Cost per person is $50 including round-trip transportation, lunch and dinner.
We’ll be emphasizing our fracking bill and a bill increasing standing for citizens to bring direct suits in court against polluters when the regulatory agencies are not acting to prevent an environmental harm. Come to one of our way fun policy workshops in February or March to prepare for Springfield Day and then reserve yourself a spot on the bus.

March 31

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 Sarah Grueneberg from Spiaggia.

Chicago – Faith In Place Indoor Farmer’s Market - 10:00 – 2:00 pm Beverly Unitarian Church 10244 S. Longwood Dr.

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 – 9-1 pm. 2N308 Brundage Road, La Fox, IL

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.

April 1

Chicago(Rogers Park) - Glenwood Sunday Market - The Glenwood Bar 6962. N.Glenwood 9am – 2pm They are expecting ramps and watercress to show up. They are ,also, kicking off their Token Payment program to make your shopping experience even better – they accept Discover, MasterCard, Visa and LINK.  Purchase your tokens at the Payment Table and shop away!  Their tokens never expire and are available in $1 and $5 increments. Say hello to Paula at Tiny Greens, you will really make her day and let her know the Local Beet told you to! (P.S. We are not getting any financial rewards for saying this, just putting some more savings in the karma bank!)

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 3

New!!! Chicago – Re-Thinking Soup – Hull House Kitchen – Jane Addams Hull House 800 South Halsted St – 12pm – 1pm Topic “Diasporic Soup” Join them to explore diasporic identities through the poetry and stories of Anthony Joseph, one of the U.K.’s most innovative voices, poet, muscian, lecturer. Experience how food is often at the nexus of the intersection of race, class, gender, ethnicity, and national identity, and how through the act of eating, notions of belonging are affirmed or resisted.

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

Evanston - NU Sustainable Food Talks Potluck – Know Your Farmer – 6-8pm Technological Institute, Romm L361 2145 Sheridan Road

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 4

Chicago - Chicago Food Day(10/24/12)  Planning Meeting – 9:30am – 11:30am James R. Thompson 100 West Randolph Center Room 16-604 All are welcome, RSVP to mhoward@cspinet.org to reserve a spot.

April 7

Grayslake – Yes, The Grayslake Farmer’s Market Opens for Spring!! Centennial Park and Center St. 10:00 Am – 2pm

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 is being held at Browntrout. $100. For tickets, 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

Chicago - Dose Market - Yes, it is the monthly beloved Dose Market at River East Arts Center. Go to the site to get more details of all the artisanal food, clothing, object d’art vendors that will be there.

April 17

New!! Chicago – Floriole Monthly Dinner Series with Werp Farm – 1220 West Webster Ave. 7pm For their April dinner, Floriole is celebrating Werp Farms of Buckley, Michigan and their spring bounty that is a sight for sore, winter eyes. You have probably read “Werp Farm” on menus ranging from Perennial Virant to Brown Trout, Nightwood to Alinea, Publican to Next. The reason so many chefs clamor for their produce is because of the intense care and precision with which Mike and Tina Werp run their 80-acre farm. 7 pm $75 per person excluding drinks, tax and gratuity

April 19

Chicago – Chicagourmet Hosts a Dinner at Les Nomades in honor of Anne Willan – 222 E. Ontario 6 pm, Champagne reception. 6:30 pm, book signing and 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 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.

New!! Chicago – Pasta Puttana‘s Chef Table Series – Conservas Seafood – 1407 West Grand Ave. 7pm – 9pm This month they bow to conservas seafood: gourmet imported seafood preserved in olive oil, brine, or its own juices. New to conservas? Your first bite of salty white anchovies, sweet king crab, or succulnet razor clams will make you a conservas convert, they swear! Their  Chef’s Table dinners are intimate gatherings set right in the Pasta Puttana production space. The meal is prepared before your eyes and served on our custom-made pasta table. Ingredients are sourced locally and sustainably.$85 per person including tax and gratuity, BYOB Please contact Jessica at 773-439-9623 or jvolpe@pastaputtana.com to reserve a seat.

April 22

Chicago – The Pasta Puttana Chef’s Table Series continues tonight, see above for the info.7-9pm 1407 West Grand

April 24

New!!Chicago – Taste of the Great Lakes – Local and Invasive Species Dinner- Dirks Fish & Gourmet Shop 2070 N. Clybourn 7:30pm – 9:30pm Join acclaimed fishmonger, Dirk Fucik, and his wife Terry, in celebrating our Great Lakes region and the distinctive seafood it provides us – including the controversial Asian carp you’ve heard about in the news! This family-style dinner includes eight of Dirk & Terry’s original recipes, featuring local & invasive fish that were caught or farmed in environmentally friendly ways. Special guest include the folks from the Shedd Aquarium. $65 per person, BYOB Part of the proceeds go to Slow Food Chicago and there “Send A Farmer to Terra Madre” program. Go here to reserve a spot!!

April 26

Chicago - Green City Market Spring Fling – A New Leaf 1820 N. Wells 6:30pm -9:30pm Join Green City Market chefs, farmers, and supporters for an evening of cocktails, small bites, music and a unique auction experience as we raise funds to support our market education programs.Ticket information and prices here

April 27,28,29

Chicago – Greater Midwest Foodways Alliance Presents “Road Food – Exploring The Midwest One Bite At A Time” – Kendall College This 3 day symposium is about what it says, exploring the midwest and all its nooks and crannys when it comes to eating. Here is the jam packed program that covers all three days.

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 the vendors in the Chicago French Market. 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 of Gourmetdestinations, 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 of The Interrupters and Hoop Dreams. Buy tickets here and more information.

May 4

Elgin- Elgins’ Green Expo- 1-8pm at the center of Elgin and is the biggest green event in the Fox Valley. This family-friendly event will include a Green Car Show showcasing some of the latest hybrids; a Farmer’s Market with artisan breads, cheeses and wines; the Garden Area to purchase native trees & plantings; an Eco-Bazaar where visitors can get the latest recycled goods; a Wellness Center with eco-friendly products & chair massages; plus food & drinks from the Locavore Cafe/EcoBar and much more!! Thanks to Melissa Owens for pointing this out!!!

Ottawa, IL - Morel University – This is part of Morel Mania. LEARN FROM EXPERTS – SHARE THE MORELS! Tom Nauman of Morel Mania, Inc. and other morel hunting experts will be your instructors for Morel University. The class is for beginners or anyone who wants to learn the finer points of shrooming: morel habitat, tree identification, correct harvesting techniques, and tricks of the trade. Morel-gathering will last approximately two hours.

May 5

Elgin- The Green Expo in Elgin continues.

Ottawa, IL – Morel Championship Hunt – This continues as part of Morel Mania. General Info: There is a set limit of 440 entrants on a first come-first served basis, and entries will close on May 1, 2012. Walk-ons will be permitted only if space allows also on a first come-first served basis. Also, the entry fee for walk-ons will be $5 additional. Check the website for last minute details.

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 - 4 pm 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.