The Local Calendar 8/24/12 Peppers, Melons, Corks and Crayons and more..

August 24, 2012 at 12:03 pm

     The colors of summer’s end are in full bloom. The pepper bins at the Nichols Farm stand at the Daley Center market yesterday were bursting with oranges, reds, yellows, green, even purple peppers. Melon mania continues.

Lots going on, Harvest Moon Farms continues to look for Drought Aid 2012 support so they can harvest their tomato crops and get them to market. This is the weekend, Sunday Aug. 26 for the 8th Annual Corks and Crayons event at the Greenhouse Loft in the Green Exchange to support Purple Asparagus, the organization founded by longtime Beet Editor, Food Activist, Author Melissa Graham to promote good food for children and families. If you can’t make it to the benefit on Sunday, you can still bid on their online auction which is going on as you read this.

Elizabeth Restaurant, the brainchild of Iliana Regan, who among many talents is an urban forager, opens in September. I loved the description of what the restaurant is about. “It strives to be as local, organic and sustainable as possible. It’s mission is to highlight nose to tail, root to branch and farm to table Midwestern bounty. Elizabeth’s goal is to build community through love of food and nature”. The restaurant will offer 3 choices, the Farm to Table Owl menu 8-10 courses, the Deer Menu 12-14 driven by foraged ingredients and then the Diamond Menu of 20 to 24 course which will include bigger ticket ingredients. Iliana is calling the food, “gatherer cuisine” and will be using the same type of “just-in-time” reservation system as Alinea and Next. Tickets will go on sale September 19th. Your best bet is to sign up for the restaurant’s email list and to check her Facebook page for more information.

September 7-9th is the Chicago Culinary Insiders Weekend sponsored by Les Dames Escoffier and all proceeds going towards culinary scholarships. There are so many intriguing, unique events planned for the weekend(really, there are too many. that I would love to participate in) you have to go the link to check them out. We are close to the “less than 30 day” countdown for Chicago Gourmet Fest, Sept 28 -30 in Milennium Park which will be the Ground Zero of all things culinary in the country that weekend!!

Now on to this weekend and the days ahead, take advantage of the last days of August! Get outside, get to a market, get to a farm dinner, fall is soon approaching!

August 25

Chicago – Green City Market -Southern end of Lincoln Park, 7am to 1pm. Laura Piper of Trattoria No. 10 will be the guest chef.

Chicago – 61st Market sponsored by Experimental Station –  Go to their website for further details. New vendors include Penny Pastries, look for Axel.

Caledonia – Angelic Organics is sponsoring a “Midwest Young Farmers Gathering” (BING Biodynamic Initiative for the Next GenerationTo register go here.

Chicago – Edible Gardens Workshop 9:30am – 10:15am “Keeping a Garden Tidy:Staking, Pruning, Harvesting and Composting”

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.

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.

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

August 26

Chicago – This is it, The 8th Annual Corks and Crayons Benefit- An all ages celebration to benefit Purple Asparagus. The Greenhouse Loft in the Green Exchange 2545 West Diversey 4pm – 7pm It is great for all ages. This year’s event will include Top Chef contestant Heather Terhune of Sable KitchenThree Floyds BrewingCandid Wines and delicious non-alcoholic beverages for kids. Adults are $70, kids 5-15 $15, and children under 5 year olds are free.To register now go here. We hope that all Beet-niks will try to attend this terrific event and support Melissa Graham and the Purple Asparagi!!!!!!!!! The online auction is open now, go here to check out all the nifty local items up for bid.

New!! Chicago – Graze Magazine  From Market to MakeIt – Shop at Logan Square Farmers Market in the morning, share in a pot luck at Bang Bang Pie shop in the evening.

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

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

August 28

Chicago – The New Generation Farmers Market at Browntrout  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” and while supplies last Browntrout will be selling its pickled ramps with its “super secret” pickling liquid.

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.

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


August 29

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

August 30

Chicago – Meet the Market Green City Market Junior Board – At Ada Street 1664 N. Ada St. with Kinnikinnick Farm 6pm

September 1

FD!! 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 6

Lisle- Get The Buzz On, The Start of Bee Weekend at the Morton Arboretum – Honey Mead Dinner 6pm $50 with Wild Blossom Meadery 4100 Illinois Rte 53

September 7

Chicago – The Start of Chicago Culinary Insiders Weekend – Go the link for all of the “one-of-a-kind” opportunities supported by Les Dames Escoffiers. All proceeds will go towards culinary scholarships.

September 8

Chicago – VIP Green City market tour and lunch – 9:30am Part of the Chicago Culinary Insiders Weekend sponsored by Les Dames Escoffier.

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.

Lisle- Honey Expo Morton Arboretum 10:00 am – 4pm 4100 Illinois Rte 53

September 9

Lisle- Honey Expo Morton Arboretum 10:00 am – 4pm 4100 Illinois Rte 53

September 12

Chicago – Chicago Gourmet’s Supreme Oyster Shucker Semi-Final at BOKA – 12-3pm 1729 N. Halsted The semi-finalists go head to head for a chance to compete in the final four at the Chicago Gourmet Festival Supreme Shucker event.

September 13

Chicago – Canning (part of the Scrumptious Pantry Heirloom 2.0 event series ) – 6-8pm 3270 West Fullerton This class is going to be taught by Laura McLaughlin of The Glass Rooster. Laura is going to discuss how to identify good canning produce, the best seasons to can, recommended equipment types and brands, and as previously implied, tips on how to make canning less stressful and more fun!$25

September 14

Chicago - The Hideout Block Party – 5pm For all that the Hideout does to support local(their veggie bingo on Wednesdays all summer) nothing much more needs to be said about this. Go to the link for the schedule of who is playing.

September 15

Chicago – Edible Gardens Workshop 9:30am – 10:15am “Growing Locally:Tips for Gardening in Chicago”

Chicago – The Hideout Block Party – 5pm How will it not be incredible. Go to the link here for details.

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?

September 28

Chicago - “I am Your Neighbor” It’s THE Neighborhood Party A Benefit For Common Pantry 7-11pm Architectural Artifacts 4325 N. Ravenswood Ave. All coming together to help their neighbors in need as they launch the new book, “I am Your Neighbor“. $100 Tickets can be purchased online here.

Chicago - The Hamburger Hop – Harris Theater Rooftop Millenium Park – 6-9pm It is a hamburger showdown and the startoff event for the Chicago Gourmet Festival. Top chefs compete to create the city’s best burger. Go to the link for further information and tickets.