Local Events Calendar 4/11/12 The Markets Are Getting Greener!

April 11, 2012 at 11:43 am

Green garlicThe markets are beginning to get greener, and thanks to the warm weather all these harbingers of spring are arriving earlier than usual. Nichols Farm had these huge bunches of green garlic on their table at the Green City Market this past Saturday. They also had bundles of winter leeks and lots of different lettuces. The variety of produce only gets better from here!! Expect to see green garlic, leeks, kale, spinach, asparagus, and more. Since there is so much green garlic available this time of year, if any of you Beet readers have a great recipe for green garlic, please either post it in the comments below or add a link to it in the comments. I, for one, would be really interested in learning new uses for it. Now on to the events for this week.

On another note, the calendar below runs through Memorial Day, check the Farm Dinner calendar for all events on the forward calendar, Memorial Day through Labor Day.


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 GG has weekly wine and beer tastings check their website or twitter for details.

Marion Street Cheese Market 100 South Marion St. Oak Park

Provenance Food & Wine - 2 locations Logan Square 2528 N. California Lincoln Square 2312 W. Leland Ave. Provenance has weekly free tastings of food and wine products, check their website for details.

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!

April 11

Chicago - Soup and Bread at The Hideout The last one for this season!  1354 W. Wabansia 5:30pm – 7:30pm Soup & Bread is a free weekly soup dinner to benefit hunger relief efforts across Chicago – This is the last one for the winter season so if you were curious what it is all about, you had better go tonight and the all star soup lineup includes Swim Cafe, Sunday Dinner Chicago’s Christine Citkowski, Chicago Reader food critic Mike Sula, Farmer Vera Videnovich, Richard Black, Lauren Falasz,  Restaurant Intelligence Agency’s Ellen Malloy and food photographer Grant Kessler, Mare Swallow, organizer of the Chicago Writer’s Conference, Also this week: Pie from Hoosier Mama, Cheap Tart Bakery, and many more. DJs Matt Lux and Jim Becker. All proceeds go to the Warming Center in Logan Square.

April 12

Chicago - Redstreak Cider Presents a Benefit for the Academy of Global Citizenship - The Hideout – 7pm 1354 W. Wabansia $50 As of this posting, the event is sold out.

Hines – Farmer’s Market – Edward Hines JR., VA Hospital –  8am – 2pm 5000 South 5th Avenue

April 14

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 is a huge treat! Every time I attend one of his demonstrations I learn something, Bruce Sherman, North Pond Cafe, he not only is an amazing chef but a really great teacher.

Chicago - BACONFEST – UIC Forum If you don’t know what Baconfest is, you should!!! Go to this link to find out more. It has been sold out for quite awhile unfortunately.

Chicago - “My Eats My Streets”: Chicago Mobile Food Symposium and Meet Up, on April 14, at the University of Chicago Law School.   111 East 60th St.Join entrepreneurs, scholars, advocates, government officials, chefs and foodies to discuss how Chicago can foster entrepreneurship and create economic opportunity by allowing mobile vending to thrive. There is a session for vendors that starts at 8:30am. On a personal note, this is hopeful that a food truck symposium is at the Law School because food trucks will need the support of lawyers in order to get the ordinances passed to allow food cooked in trucks on the streets. Go to the link above, this meeting is serious about enacting change so trucks can cook on the streets!!!!!!!!!!

Chicago – preSERVE Volunteer Day – 12th Place and Central Park Ave. North Lawndale 10:00 am – 1pm Volunteers will spread planting material on the garden beds, excavate holes, and help plant fruit trees, shrubs, vines, onions, and potatoes. This is heavy work, so be prepared! Wear work clothes and shoes and bring work gloves if you have them. Spaces are limited, please RSVP to slowfoodpreserv@gmail.com The preSERVE garden is a project of Slow Food Chicago.

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.

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

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 15

Chicago – Andersonville Farmers Market – 11:30 – 3:30pm Ebenezer Lutheran Church 1650 W. Foster

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

Chicago – Re-Thinking Soup – Hull House Kitchen – Jane Addams Hull House 800 South Halsted St – 12pm – 1pm Check website for the current speaker

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

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

Chicago – “From Food Desert to Food Oasis: How You Can Have An Impact” Lecture presented by Mari Gallagher sponsored by the American Nutrition Association at the Peggy Notebaert Museum 2430 North Cannon Drive 7:30 – 9:30pm Mari Gallagher, the dynamo who popularized the word “Food Desert”.  Through compelling data, music, and even short video clips, Ms. Gallagher will illustrate how food deserts and food imbalances are linked to more diet-related death after controlling for other factors. The lively and informative presentation includes practical solutions, including the role of nutrition education and how artistic and creative expression can make otherwise turgid research and educational messages come to life. This is a “don’t miss” event packed with information and inspiration. Register here

Chicago – Chicago Chef’s Table Cookbook Launch at Province – Food writer Amelia Levin has profiled top chefs in Chicago including Paul Virant, Randy Zweiban and many others, with their signature recipes. Chicago Culinarians are hosting a 5 course dinner at Province to launch the book, tickets are $75 all inclusive and reservations can be made by calling Province (312)669-9900.


April 18

Chicago - Growing Home hosts a free screening of the acclaimed documentaty “The Interrupters” at their Wood Street Urban Farm. 4pm. 5814 S. Wood St. The movie tells the story of three “violence interrupters” in Chicago, all of whom are former gang members working to protect their communities by breaking the cycle of violence. From 1-4pm, Growing Home will give farm tours, garden workshops and a chance to shop at their organic farmstand and after the movie, violence interrupters, Li’l Mikey and Hot Rod will lead a community discussion.

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 their 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.  They 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 DinnerDirks 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, plank-smoked Lake Trout, Tempura Perch, smoke rainbow trout wraps and more. It will feature 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!!

Chicago – Chicago Rare Orchards Project (CROP) – Inaugural lecture series by leaders of crop diversity and sustainable development. 6pm Haas Park Fieldhouse 2404 Washtenaw Ave. (entrance on Fullerton) Speaker Jennifer Jordan Associate Professor of Sociology & Urban Studies University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Event is free and open to the public.

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 they raise funds to support their market education programs.Ticket information and prices here

Chicago - GoodGreens.org meeting -10:00- 12:00 USDA offices in the loop If you are a veteran “good food” person or a newbie, this meeting is a great one to go to, to develop contacts in the “good food” world in Chicago and to get valuable information, it is always worth your time. It is sponsored by the USDA and is a meeting of meetings and welcomes people from all aspects, neighborhoods, organizations, public, non-profit, private, entrepreneurs, anyone interested in a better and more sustainable food system in the Midwest area. The website is a treasure trove of information and Alan Shannon of the USDA is the one to contact if you plan to attend, go to the website for details.

April 27

Chicago – Starts today 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.

Chicago – Graze Magazine releases inaugural issue at Smart Museum of Art The graze // issue one reception will take place at the Smart Museum of Art at 5550 S. Greenwoood Ave. on Friday, April 27, from 8-11pm.  For just $10 guests will gain entry to a night of guerilla gastronomica, hand-crafted cocktails, folk music, and a free copy of Graze, Chicago’s premier food-oriented literary magazine-all set to the backdrop of Feast:Radical Hospitality in Contemporary Art, the current exhibition at the Smart Museum of Art.

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

New!!! Chicago – It’s back for the 4th year Cochon 555 – It is a traveling, culinary competition and tasting event. 5 chefs, 5 pigs, 5 winemakers to promote sustainable farming of heritage breeed pigs. The chefs this year include : Carlos Gaytan of Mexique, Danny Grant of Balsan/Ria, Stephanie Izard of Girl and The Goat, Michael Sheerin of The Trenchermen, and Jason Vincent of Nightwood. The event this year will be held at The Four Seasons hotel 120 East Delaware and starts at 5pm. Tickets start at $125 and can be purchased here. Besides the main event of the contest and eating a lot of mighty tasty pig there will be Pastoral Cheese, Rob Levitt of The Butcher and the Larder giving a butchering demo and lots more!

Chicago – The Rice Table at Vincent presents a Rijstaffel Dinner – 1475 West Balmoral 6-9pm This is a Dutch Indonesian grand feast. Go here to reserve a spot. $50

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 -Happy Birthday!!!!! 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.

May 8

Chicago - Chicago Rare Orchards Project (CROP) – Inaugural lecture series by leaders of crop diversity and sustainable development. 6pm Haas Park Fieldhouse 2404 Washtenaw Ave. (entrance on Fullerton) Josh Ellis Program Director Metropolitan Planning Council Event is free and open to the public.

May 22

Chicago – Chicago Rare Orchards Project (CROP) – Inaugural lecture series by leaders of crop diversity and sustainable development. 6pm Haas Park Fieldhouse 2404 Washtenaw Ave. (entrance on Fullerton) The speakers tonight will be Melissa Tobias and Dan Schnitzer Sustainability Educators, The Academy for Global Citizenship. This event is free and open to the pubic.

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

For the summer schedule including Farm Dinners please go to our Farm Dinner calendar, it is time to make reservations for your summer farm dinners now!!!