Summer Local Calendar Farm Dinners, Slow Food Pig Roast, and more!!
The summer calendar is heating up. For farmers markets check our market locator here. There is already so much to do this summer in the farm to table world, that all we need is for the weather to cooperate!
If you have a favorite event or farm dinner that isn’t listed, we thought we scoured the universe, but maybe not, let us know in the comments section below!
Now on to the summer calendar!!
Chicago – Templeton Rye Label Photo Party Fizz Bar & Grill 3220 N. Lincoln Ave. 4pm – 8pm First ever consumer label party. Food and a cash bar, there will be a photographer at the event with the Templeton Label shot staged along with costumes. Groups of five can reserve their space at Killmer@templetonrye.com and get their picture taken in the Templeton label set.
New!!! Oak Park - Uncork Illinois Wine Tasting 1-9pm Marion St. Between Lake St. and North Blvd. Downtown Oak Park’s first Illinois wine festival featuring tastings and purchases of more than 150 Illinois wines. Food pairings provided by local artisans and restaurants.
Chicago - The Logan Square Farmer’s Market opens for the summer Logan Boulevard
Chicago - Food Sanitation Class Logan Square Kitchen – 9:30am – 12:30pm – 2333 North Milwaukee Get certified with the Chicago Health Department required for all food vendors at a farmers market, special event, street fair. $35 Go here for registration and more information.
Chicago – The Glenwood Sunday Outdoor Market opens!!!!!! 9am – 2pm Glenwood Avenue on the west side of the CTA Red Line between Morse and Lunt Avenues in Rogers Park from June 3 – October 28, 2012
New!! Fairbury - Spring Supper at Spence Farm – 4-7pm 2959 N. 2100 E. Rd. Farm tour, enjoy local food & listen to guest speaker Terra Brockman. This is a fundraiser for the Spence Farm Foundation’s Community Garden Program. Call Carolynne at 815-992-3296 for further information.
New!! Chicago – Inspiration Kitchens Garfield Park Chefs Night- Join chefs Stephanie Izard, Mindy Segal and Koren Grievson as they cook for a benefit for Inspiration Kitchens 7pm 3504 West Lake St.
Chicago – CROP (Chicago Rarities Orchard Project) Lecture Series featuring Greg Hall of Virtue Cider 6pm All lectures are free and open to the public and take place at Haas Park Fieldhouse, 2404 North Washtenaw Avenue (entrance on Fullerton), Chicago. More information available here.
Chicago - Carnivale University Join Carnivale Chef David Dworshak on a guided tour of the Green City Market 10:00 – 12pm $25
New!! Chicago – The Plant Spring Open House -1400 W. 46th St. 12pm – 5pm Come on out for free food and and a home-brewing beer contest! They will ,also, be giving tours of the building every half-hour from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. for $5 (half off the regular price!). Come see their progress, including a huge step forward on the renewable energy system, a new growing bed in the basement, and tons of work done in the kitchen spaces! More info here.
Elburn – Red, White and Blue Grass Festival Heritage Prairie Farm 2N308 Brundige Road 3pm to 10pm Sponsored by the Farmer Veteran Coalition The event is for all ages, go to the link above for more information.
FD!! Fairbury – Slagel Family Farm Dinner- 23601 E. 600 North Rd. Slagel Family Farm kicks off their 2012 Farm Tour & DInner Event Series with Chef Paul Kahan and Brian Huston of The Publican. Farm tour, buthcering demo, and family style meal included. Bus transportation provided. Kids welcome 2:30 pm – 9pm BYOB Lemonade and water will be provided $125 including transportation to purchase tickets go here.
Chicago – Slow Food Chicago Pig Roast – 2-5pm Goose Island Brewery 1800 West Fulton St. $60 per person Matt Troost from Three Aces, Jon Dubois from Green Zebra, Adrienne Lo and Abe Conlon from Xmarx, Heather Terhune from Sable Kitchen and Bar, and Mark and Liz Mendez of Vera. Templeton Rye will have their signature cocktails and Intelligentsia will provide coffee and finally La Boulangerie of Logan Square will offer desserts. The annual fundraiser for Slow Food Chicago is back. Make your reservations here.
Chicago – Frontera Farmers Foundation Benefit – The Festival of the One True Taste Farmers Market Fiesta 12pm – 3pm 15 tasting stations Local wine and craft beer $50 in advance $60 at the door DInner Like No Other 6pm $165 Includes dinner, drinks, gratuities
Chicago – 6th Annual Taste of Columbia - Columbia Yacht Club’s 6th Annual Fundraiser in support of the Legacy Foundation which allows inner city youth to attend sailing classes at the club. 6:30pm – 9:30pm Probably one of the most scenic venues in Chicago for an event, stay tuned for more details!
Chicago – CROP (Chicago Rarities Orchard Project) Lecture Series featuring Dan Bussey, Apple Historian, Seed Savers Exchange, Decorah, Iowa 6pm All lectures are free and open to the public and take place at Haas Park Fieldhouse, 2404 North Washtenaw Avenue (entrance on Fullerton), Chicago. More information available here.
Chicago – Slow Food Pickling Workshop – 6-9pm Logan Square Kitchen – You will be pickling fennel and will take some home after the class is over. $35 for Slow Food members, $45 for non-members Only 15 spots available sign up here. 6-9pm
Chicago – Slow Food Chicago Sweet Summer Solstice Potluck – 2200 West Grand Ave.
New!! Chicago – “The Good Food Revolution: Celebrating the Heroes and Sheroes of the Movement” 6-8pm Celebrate Growing Power’s First Anniversary at Iron Street Farm Chef Randy Zweiban of Province and his team will prepare a series of farm to table courses showcasing Growing Power’s produce and meat and poultry. Will Allen will speak about his new book, The Good Food Revolution and will sign copies. Go here to purchase tickets.
Caledonia – Wind Ridge Herb Farm’s Fourth Annual Herb, Garden and Wellness Fair 9am – 6pm Quail Trap Road
FD!! Caledonia – Wind Ridge Herb Farm “Dinner in the Garden” 466 Quail Trap Road Local produce dinner with instruction of how to use herbs in cooking. Go to the link and contact the farm for more information.
FD!! 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
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.
FD!! Chicago – City Provisions Farm Dinner – La 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.
New!! Chicago - The Green City Market Chef’s BBQ Fundraiser 5:30 – 8pm Lincoln Park This annual fundraiser for the Green City Market brings out all the chefs in this incredible celebration of the abundance of summertime at the market. Pre-sale tickets for Green City Market members are on sale here.
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.
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
FD!! Fairbury – Slagel Family Farm Dinner – 2-9:30pm 23601 E. 600 North Rd. Chef Chris Pandel of The Bristol and Balena Chef Jason Vincent of Nightwood – A tour of the farm and animals, butchering demo and dinner, transportation included, BYOB Lemonade and water will be provided $125 To purchase tickets go here.
New!! Chicago – Taste of the Nation – Navy Pier Ballroom 6pm – 10pm An incredible gathering of chefs and mixologists to raise money for the incredible organiztion to fight childhood hunger, Share Our Strength. Buy tickets here.
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.
FD!! Caledonia - Wind Ridge Herb Farm “Dinner in the Garden” 466 Quail Trap Road Local produce dinner with instruction of how to use herbs in cooking. Go to the link and contact the farm for more information.
FD!! Chicago - City Provisions Farm Dinner - Dietzler Farms in Elkhorn, Wisconsin with 5 Rabbit Cerveceria & Few SpiritsFor tickets, please call (773) 293.2489. $275 This is a mini-vacation, all day affair typically running from 11am to midnight.
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.
Baroda, MI – Check Please!Farm to Table Fest at Round Barn Winery A short drive from Chicago, a great list of chefs is already on the docket. Tickets start at $75 and VIP tickets are $150.
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.