The Local Calendar May 31 Moving Into The Bounties Of Summer
We are now at that time of year where “the good stuff” just keeps coming. It can be overwhelming shopping at the markets because there are so many options. It helps to have a shopping list or a market budget. However, it never fails that while considering what greens to buy, one of the staff gives me a great idea, like Green Acres at the Green City Market did, when I was looking at their tatsoi, one of my favorite greens, which I like to just cook up by itself as a vegetable meal and they suggested sauteing it with some garlic and green onions which sounded tasty. Yes, garlic and green onions were added to my basket. At a loss as to what do with some of these great greens, ask the farmers and vendors, they are always a great source for ideas or check here, at The Beet. There are some great recipes being posted here by @Shes_Cooking and @TomarketwithMo. Green Acres had red russian kale which is one of the more prevalent varietals. They had siberian white kale as well and several varietals of swiss chard including my favorite, the beautiful rainbow chard. If you are lucky you might find some wild arugula(sylvetta), or watercress. If you are trying to decide where to shop and what markets are open, check our farmers market locator here. More markets will continue to open as we move into summer and we will be updating the locator accordingly. If you have a favorite market that you like to shop, let us know!
The abundance of greens is overwhelming but there are other goodies like the beautiful strawberry and rhubard galettes made by Anne Kostroski of Crumb. Pasta Puttana’s options are increasing as they have more local ingredients to choose from and they are now selling feta butter and herb butter so you can leave the market with a super quick but very tasty “local” meal to make at home. The weeks are filling up with farm dinners, BBQ’s and summer outings. If you have a favorite event coming up that you want included in our local calendar let us know in the comments below!! Happy shopping!!!!
WHERE TO FIND LOCAL FOODS
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
WHAT TO DO NOW
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.
Chicago – The Daley Plaza Farmers - 7am – 3pm
Chicago – Green City Market Junior Board Meet The Market – The Bedford 1612 West Division 6-8pm Green City Market Junior Board’s Meet the Market series is back with its second event of the season. We’ll be at The Bedford with Seedling Fruit and Chef (and new Junior Board member) Mark Steuer, with tasty bites and drinks aplenty. Both food and drink will feature the seasonal produce of Seedling Fruit, and Evanston’s own FEW Spirits will be our featured sponsor for the evening.
Chicago – Opening Night of Wine Riot – Union Station Great Hall – 7-11pm $60 Purchase tickets here. Wine Riot is your all access pass to hundreds of new wines. With two parts education and one part revolution, Wine Riot has reinvented “wine tasting” for the thirsty and curious. Grab a glass and hit the floor — it’s you unleashed against 250 wines from across the globe.
Chicago – Green City Market – The featured chef will be Chuck Kazmer of The Ritz Carlton. The hours are longer 7am to 1pm and the market moves further south in Lincoln Park, right across from the Farm in the Zoo.
Chicago – 61st Market sponsored by Experimental Station – Go to their website for further details. New vendors include Penny Pastries, look for Axel.
Chicago – Pastoral Artisan Gala Wine Tasting – Loop store 25 East Lake St. 6:30pm -8:30pm $5 walk around wine tasting of over 25 wines.
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.
Chicago – Pleasant House Bakery celebrates the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee (through June 5th) Read Associate Beet Editor’s Wendy Aeschlimann’s piece on what they will be serving. 964 West 31st. Bridgeport
Chicago – Wine Riot continues with 2 sessions 1-5pm and 7-11pm. Union Station Great Hall
Evanston – The Downtown Evanston Farmers Market 7:30am to 1pm at University Place and Oak Ave.(just east of Railroad Ave.) behind the Hilton Garden Inn. Free parking is at the adjacent 1500 Maple garage.
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.
Grayslake – The Grayslake Farmer’s Market Centennial Park and Center St. 10:00 Am – 2pm
La Fox – Heritage Prairie Farmers Market – 9-1 pm. 2N308 Brundage Road, La Fox, IL
Oak Park – Oak Park Farmers Market – 460 Lake St just one block west of Ridgeland Ave. 7am – 1pm The Market is much more than a farmers’ market. It is an Oak Park tradition, a Saturday gastronomic event (the donuts have a devoted following), a concert site, a social event and a great place to pick up super-fresh produce, traditional and unusual plants, fresh cheeses, honey, flowers, vinegars, herbs, and much more. The Oak Park Farmers’ Market also features unique items for sale at the commissioners’ table, including items you can’t find anywhere else, such as reasonably priced T-shirts, one-of-a-kind items and bags, all offering a beautiful, functional way to support the market.
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.
St. Charles – The Saturday Farm Fresh Food Stuffs market has moved and is now at Trellis Family Farm 8-4pm 2N492 Kirk Rd.
Woodstock – Woodstock Farmers Market 8am – 1pm at historic Woodstock Square
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
Chicago – Panozzo’s Italian Market Bare Knuckle Farm Dinner – 6:00pm doors open Call to reserve your spot 312.356.9966 Unfortunately as of this post it is sold out, but they do have a wait list.
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.
Frankfort – Frankfort Country Market Downtown Frankfort – 10-2 – Might find paella.
Chicago – Brown Trout Farmer’s Market 5-8pm 4111 North Lincoln Ave. In North Center, near the Irving Park Brown Line stop, this new “micro” farmer’s market sponsored by “Ground Up Chicago” . This is a very unique market that really is a “must shop”.
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 – 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.
Woodstock - Woodstock Farmers Market at historic Woodstock Square 8am – 1pm
SAVE THE DATE
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 – The New Gotham Ballroom at the Stan Mansion – 6:30pm to 1am 2410 North Kedzie A fundraiser to support Threewalls programs for 2012-2013. Styled after a 1930s jazz supper club, The New Gotham Ballroom is a one night-only pop-up experience featuring an entertainment showcase alongside our annual auction of over 50 stellar pieces of art, design and artistic “encounters” graciously provided by thei community of talented local artists. Tickets are available at 2 levels: $100 tickets includes all-you-can-manage cocktails while $250 provides you with one of 50 ltd. dinner tickets by Chef Jared Wentworth & Longman and Eagle and front-row seats to the floor show. Join us for music by Frank Rosaly, Matt Schneider and Jason Roebke; The Chandeliers; late night dancing; tapdancers, magicians and comedy all hosted by the ever-suave, Academy Records.
Chicago – Chris Cosentino Book Dinner at The Publican – His new book will be on sale, Beginnings: My Way to Start a Meal. His dishes will be featured on our menu, and Chris will be present to chat with guests and maybe even share a few brews!
Chicago – Slow Food Chicago Preserve Garden Work Day – Come out to the preSERVE Garden to help plant sweet potatoes and black-eyed peas! Located at 12th Place and Central Park Ave., planting in the garden will take place between 10:00am and 12:00 pm. To RSVP, or if you have any questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Chicago – Green City Market day at all Chipotles in Chicagoland area. Eat at Chipotle today and all sales, up to $20,000 will go to the Green City Market.
Chicago - Carnivale University Join Carnivale Chef David Dworshak on a guided tour of the Green City Market 10:00 – 12pm $25
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. 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. $80 includes a $20 donation to Slow Food Chicago to support their Terra Madre campaign and $60 is general admission. Purchase tickets 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!
Western Springs – Vie Restaurant has brought in 5 whole hogs and starts its first ever Hog Week( 6/11-6/16), celebration of the whole hog. For $45 a person (kids 12-17, $25, 11 and under pay their age) you get a family-style dinner in which pork will be smoked, cured, roasted and wood-grilled. For reservations call 708-246-2082.
Chicago – Summer Public Workshop for Milwaukee Green Development Corridor 7 to 9 p.m., for a free public workshop on the Milwaukee Avenue Green Development Corridor grant program, at the Hairpin Lofts, Logan Square Arts Center, 2800 N. Milwaukee Ave. Check to see if your property is eligible for a grant atwww.logansquareh2o.org.
Chicago – Chicagourmets presents Cyrano’s Farm Kitchen and Foie Gras Celebration – 546 North Wells St. 6pm – Chef Didier Durand has redone the interior of his restaurant and now invokes the nostalgia of his grandparents french farm. He has put together a special dinner in his new restaurant to celebrate, in his own way, what Foie Gras means to him.
Evanston – The Talking Farm ‘s Howard Street Farm Birthday Bash and Work Day 3701 Howard Street Skokie 3pm to dusk RSVP here.
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 – Edible Gardens Workshop – Necessary Nourishment: Feeding Plants for Healthy Growth and Production. This is a FREE Monthly Hands-on Gardening Workshop Series in The Edible Gardens with Jeanne Pinsof Nolan, founder of The Organic Gardener, Ltd. Workshops will be held from 9:30am-10:15am. Respond to RSVP@greencitymarket.org to reserve a spot.
Chicago – Slow Food Chicago Sweet Summer Solstice Potluck – 2200 West Grand Ave.
McHenry – A Day at Petersen Farm – 10am – 4pm 4112 McCollum Lake Road Across from Petersen Park
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 Companyand 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.
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
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.
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!! Elkhorn, WI - Outstanding in the Field Farm Dinner - Dietzler Farm, Chef Dan Van Rite, Hinterland Erie Street GastroPub Milwaukee $200
FD!! Elkhorn, WI - Outstanding in the Field Farm Dinner - 4pm Dietzler Farm, Chef Jared Wentworth Longman & EagleChicago $200 This is going to be really good!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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.
FD!! Chicago - Outstanding in the Field Farm Dinner – 4pm City Farm Chicago Chef Jason Vincent Nightwood $220[SOLD OUT]
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!! 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 SpiritsFor tickets, please call (773) 293.2489. $275 This is a mini-vacation, all day affair typically running from 11am to midnight.
FD!! South Haven, MI – Outstanding in the Field Farm Dinner – 4pm Seedling Farm – Chefs Michael and Patrick Sheerin ofThe Trencherman $200
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!! Glencoe - Chicago Botanic Garden Farm Dinner Series 5-8pm Cocktail Hour by Death’s Door, Dinner by City Provisions, Bell’s Brewery & Lynfred Winery
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.
Chicago – Chicago Gourmet Festival presented by Bon Appetit. The “Ground Zero” this weekend of all things culinary in Chicago and the country. Pre-sale tickets already sold-out so you had better keep a watch so you don’t miss out on this action packed weekend of chefs, sommeliers, incredible beverages, food and lots more. You can buy regular tickets here but I bet not for long!!!!