Local Calendar 7/4/12 Happy and Hot Fourth!

July 4, 2012 at 10:10 am


 Hot off the press, (pun intended) Edible Chicago Summer 2012 Issue 17 is being delivered this week throughout Chicagoland as you read this. Edible puts the “A” in artisanal as owners, Becky Liscum, Publisher, and Ann Flood, Editor, hand deliver the thousands of magazines.  You can check the website here, for delivery points, but I suggest calling ahead, because the magazines go, like “hot cakes” (pun intended). The seasonal magazine comes out quarterly, and is celebrating its 4th anniversary this summer. Happy Birthday Edible Chicago!!! Summer’s cover of red hot chili peppers sums up what we are all going through right now, beating the heat, be it Ann and Becky delivering the magazines or the many farmers, and help who are outside working the markets, putting the tents up, standing at the booths for hours and then breaking them down.

I thought the other picture of sunflowers was rather appropriate given that they are a plant that thrives in heat and little water. Think “sunflower” when you are outside and try to thrive!!!

For the Fourth, a salad idea taking advantage on what the markets have to offer,  is a traditional potato salad with a twist, a red, white and blue potato salad, using Peruvian blue potatoes, potatoes that are red on the inside and some of the summer white potatoes which I found big bins of at the Nichols Farm booth. Nichols had signs selling red, white and blue potatoes as well as Green Acres Farm.

Hopefully you are reading this with a nice big glass of water, iced tea, or a local Chicago craft beer, even better. The summer has only just started, woo hoo!!!

As usual if you are wondering what markets are near you, check the Local Beet market locator here, and if you are finding it too hard to get to the markets and want to join a CSA, the Local Beet CSA guide is here. On to the weeks ahead!!


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

Farmers Farm Stand 66 East Randolph in the Loop, Chicago 9-3pm M-F

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. Checkout their July newsletter here. They will be open 11-3pm July 4th.

Publican Quality Meats – 835 W. Fulton, Chicago Has Tuesday night Burgers N Whiskey 6-9pm and Sunday Grilling Series starts this Sunday 3-8pm with guest chefs!

Southport Grocery and Cafe 3552 N. Southport, Chicago


July 4

Happy Fourth, Happy Grilling!!!

Chicago – Celebrate Gnomedependence Day at the Global Garden in Albany Park, one of the gardens that the  Peterson Garden Project is a sponsor of. 4-7pm  3000 W. Lawrence (Lawrence and Sacramento) Who’s got the best garden gnome? Gnomedependence Day Gnome Decorating Contest: For $25, you’ll receive a ‘blank’ gnome to decorate and bring to the July 4th celebration. At the event, guests will vote on a winning gnome for each 2012 Peterson garden and a 2012 Gnome of the Year. Cool prizes will be awarded at the Gnomedependence Day celebration.

July 5

Chicago – The Daley Plaza Farmers - 7am – 3pm

July 6

New!! Chicago – Chicago Dive Bar Tour – Chicago History Museum – 6-9pm $30 Who knew that the Chicago History Museum sponors all sorts of cool tours about Chicago and some that include drinking! Thanks Serious Eats Chicago for pointing this one out.

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. SOLD OUT

Chicago – Green City Market – The chef demonstration will be Dale Levitski of Frog N Snail, Sprout and a Top Chef alumni. The hours are  7am to 1pm and the market is 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 – Master Gardener Orientation – 10-11 am Peterson Garden Project Learning Center 4642 N. Francisco Ave. The Peterson Garden Project is hosting an orientation for Master Gardeners who wish to assist during weekly, informal, “Ask a Master Gardener Night” at our four community gardens.

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

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.

St. Charles – The Saturday Farm Fresh Food Stuffs market is now at Trellis Family Farm 8-4pm 2N492 Kirk Rd.

Woodstock – Woodstock Farmers Market 8am – 1pm at historic Woodstock Square

July 8

Chicago - The Logan Square Farmer’s Market 10-3pm  Logan Boulevard

Chicago – The Glenwood Sunday Outdoor Market 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 – WeFarm’s Summer Camp Shindig – 6pm – 10pm 2237 S. Marshall Blvd. Join them for a soiree in the park, as the WeFarm Summer Campers wrap their 1st ever session! Come R&D&C (Research, Develop & Celebrate!!) with them. They’ll be serving food and booze, campers will be sharing stories from their experience around the campfire, and guests get to join in as skillsharers – connecting and engaging our growing community and local underground economy.

Frankfort – Frankfort Country Market Downtown Frankfort – 10-2.

July 9

Chicago – Chicago Public Library – Janine MacLachlan talks about her book, “Farmers Markets of the Heartland” 6pm Free -Harold Washington Library 400 S. State St.

July 10

Chicago – Organic Vegetable Gardening 101 WorkshopThe Plant – 6:30pm – 8pm $20 1400 W. 46th St.

Chicago – Vedgewater Garden Dedication Ceremony – 10 am 6300 N. Broadway(NW corner of Broadway and Rosemont) Please join Alderman Pat O’Connor, Loyola University Chicago, The Peterson Garden Project, local Vedgewater leadership and gardeners for the Vedgewater Community Vegetable Garden Dedication.

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 – Haute Couture Coffee Crafts and Coffee with Author Janet Lee – Counter Culture Coffee 177 N. Ada 7-9m

Woodstock - Woodstock Farmers Market at historic Woodstock Square  8am – 1pm


July 12

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 summer at the market. Have you purchased your tickets yet?

Chicago - Eli’s and Wright College Farmers Market – 7am – 1pm 6701 W. Forest Preserve Drive (Near Wilbur Wright College) Every Thursday  until October 25. Eli’s Cheesecake World . A variety of fresh fruits and vegetables from Nichol’s Farm, Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences’ Farm Stand, Cooper Farm, and more will be here! The Farmers Market also includes vibrant flowers, hand crafts, artisan breads, exciting spices, books, informational lectures and Eli’s famous grilled lunches. Chief Beet Rob Gardner posted about them here.

July 14

FD!! Caledonia – Wind Ridge Herb FarmDinner 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

Chicago -Kateri Tekakwitha Feast Day Join Iroquois Valley Farms to celebrate their 5th Anniversary at Uncommon Ground Devon 1401 West Devon 2:30pm – 5:30pm for cocktails and appetizers on the roof and a 3 course farm dinner, $40 not including taxes and gratuities. Register here and more information.

July 15

 Chicago – Perennial Virant Dinner With April Bloomfield – 1800 North Lincoln – The dinner is to celebrate Bloomfields book, “A Girl and Her Pig:Recipes and Stories” . This dinner will not only include Bloomfield and Virant but Bruce Sherman of Northpond and Paul Kahan of Blackbird, Nathan Sears of Vie and Elise Narrow the pastry chef at Vie and Perennial Virant. The dinner including beverage pairings and a signed book is $200. Will someone please go for me, this is a dinner not to be missed!!!!!!!!!!!!!! For reservations and information call 312-981-7070.

July 18

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

July 20

Chicago – The Square Roots Festival opens today – 5pm – 10pm Lincoln Avenue between Montrose and Wilson The Old Town School of Folk Music and the Lincoln Square Chamber of Commercepresent “Square Roots,” the first ever craft beer and music experience in Chicago’s Lincoln Square.

July 21

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.

Chicago – Square Roots Festival continues 12pm – 10pm Lincoln Ave between Montrose and Wilson

July 22

Chicago – Square Roots Festival ends today 12pm – 8pm Lincoln Avenue between Montrose and Wilson

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. SOLD OUT

July 24

Chicago – Organic Vegetable Gardening WorkshopThe Plant 140 W. 46th St. 6:30pm – 8pm

July 28

FD!! Stelle – Mint Creek Farm Dinner and Tour – 2:30pm 1693 E. 3800 N. Road – Chefs David Lorenz and Victor Morenz of Home Bistro will prepare the meal. $70 BYOB

Chicago - Edible Alchemy Festival and Fundraiser

July 29

Chicago – DOSE Market – 435 E. Illinois River East Arts Center 10-4pm

Chicago – Edible Alchemy Summer Festival – 10:00am – 4:30am 2042 W. 21st (Btwn Damen

August 2

Chicago – Country Financial Chef Challenge Daley Plaza – Chris Pandel of The Bristol and Balena won last year, who will win in 2012. Come to the Daley Center to see the finals!

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 SOLD OUT

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.

August 7

Chicago – Women In Green Monthly Gathering – Uncommon Ground Devon 6-8pm 1401 West Devon A social group for sharing information, support and collaboration of ideas in the green universe.

August 8

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.

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

New!! Chicago – Edible Chicago and Brooklyn Brewery present The Quarterly Carousal at Hopleaf – 5148 N. Clark St. 6-9pm Beer tasting and food samplings. Free RSVP to events@ediblechicago.com

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!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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 17

FD!! Caledonia - Wind Ridge Herb FarmDinner 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.

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 SOLD OUT

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

New!! Chicago – Slow Food Chicago Vegetarian Harvest Dinner – Uncommon Ground Devon

August 19

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

August 25

FD!! Stelle - Mint Creek Farm Dinner and Tour 2:30pm 1693 E. 3800 N. Road – Guest chef will be Viktorija Todorovska, author of The Puglian Cookbook $65 BYOB.

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. SOLD OUT

Joliet – Mid-America Homesteading Conference

September 2

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.

September 5

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

September 15

FD!! Fairbury – Slagel Family Farm Dinner – 2:30pm $75 BYOB 23601 E. 600 Noth Rd. Go to link for details

September 22

FD!! Stelle – Mint Creek Farm Dinner and Tour – 2:30pm 1693 E. 3800 N. Road. The guest chef will be Chuy Valencia of Top Chef and Chilam Bilam.

September 28-30

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 . Do you have your tickets yet?