The Local Calendar 9/27/12 Chicago Gourmet Festival, Indie Spirits, and Pumpkins

September 27, 2012 at 2:39 pm

Tomatoes are dwindling at the farmers markets and gourds and squash are starting to appear. Fall has arrived! Time to go to the markets with lots of empty bags to scoop up what is available now and listen to Chief Beet Rob Gardner and start “Tamaring“.

Lots going on this week, Indie Spirits Expo, which includes FEW spirits, written about here on the Beet, is Wednesday, a sold out (except for Sunday)Chicago Gourmet Festival, the ground zero this weekend of all things culinary and of course get to the farmers markets now!!!

Some of the farmers markets are coming to an end for the season, the Green City Market Wednesday markets end October 31 and the market moves to the Peggy Notebaert Museum. As Associate Beet Editor, Wendy Aeschlimann reports, the Pleasures of Fall Cooking Contest has started and ends on November 4th, get cooking, now onto the weeks ahead!!!

September 27

Chicago – Daley Plaza Farmers Market – 7am – 3pm–Ends October 18th. Lots of vendors including Nichols Farm, River Valley Kitchens, Katherine Anne Confections and Abbey Brown Soaps (made in the West Loop).

Chicago - Meet the Market - Last Green City Market Junior Board Meet the Market event for the season at The Signature Room with Leaning Shed Farm 6-8pm. This is the last one for the season and it is going to be good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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. Demonstrations include Rick Bayless, “Fresh Ingredients:From Rooftop to Tabletop”, “Cooking for the new Family Table” John Besh, “innovation and Tradition” Homaru Cantu and Tony Priolo, wine seminars and lots of walk around sips and tastings. Unfortunately this event is sold out for Saturday but there are still a few tickets left for Sunday but I doubt they will be available for long!

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.

 September 29

Chicago – Green City Market - Southern end of Lincoln Park, 7am to 1pm. 10:30am Chef demonstration will be Daven Wardynski, 676 Restaurant at the Omni.

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

Eureka, Il - Annual Henry’s Farm Potluck and Farm Tour

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.

Morton Grove – Morton Grove Farmers Market -6210 Dempster St. 8am-12pm. It will be held under the drive-thru between Harrer park and the Morton Grove Civic Center on Dempster.

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.

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

September 30

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

October 1

Chicago Craft Spirits Week Starts – Go to the link to check out all the events including Wednesday Independent Spirits Expo.

Chicago - The Big Palate Challenge Benefitting Share Our Strength - Sono Wood Fired Pizzeria 6:30pm – 9pm 1582 N. Clybourn Ave. Chicago’s Food-Scene Glitterati are given 30 Minutes to Identify 20 Ingredients by taste only…while blindfolded. Who Will Prevail!? The Contenders: Anthony Todd - Chicagoist, Huge Galdones - Galdones Photography, Michael Gebert -, Chandra Ram - Plate Magazine, Nick Kindlesperger -, Heather Sperling -, Tatiana Abramova - $20 per person. FULL PROCEEDS BENEFIT SHARE OUR STRENGTH Wine, Beer, and Passed Hors d’oeuvres

October 2

Chicago – Re-Thinking Soup Jane Addams Hull House 12pm – 1pm 800 S. Halsted Chicago Fair Trade Lentil Vegetable Soup

October 3

Chicago –  Green City Market Chef demonstration Mark Payne The Ritz Carlton 10:30am

Chicago – The Second Annual Independent Spirits Expo – Carmichael’s Warehouse 1052 West Monroe 7-9:30pm Ittt’s baaackk!!! We like independence! For the second year, the Independent Spirits Festival returns to Chicago and will be held at Carmichaels Warehouse. Meet the distillers, brand owners, importers and others who make it possible for you to enjoy a great a variety of small batch, unique and artisinal spirits from around the world, including many Beet favorites, like FEW Spirits.  Purchase tickets here.


October 12

Chicago - NOURISH Meals on Wheels Annual Celebrity Chef Ball – Dozens of chefs, lots of entertainment Venue One 1044 West Randolph St 6:00pm -12:30pm Purchase tickets here

October 19

Chicago – Michael Ruhlman, Brian Polcyn, Rob Levitt, Book Signing and DemoFloriole Bakery Michael Ruhlman and Brian Polcyn in celebration of their new book, Salumi. Rob Levitt of The Butcher and Larder will be butchering a Catalpa Grove Berkshire hog as described in Salumi and they will be discussing the hows and whys of what he is doing and how it relates to the craft of salumi.  They will be available to sign books and answer questions.  The event will be held at Floriole Bakery and Cafe at 7pm.  Chef Polcyn will be providing his own salumi to sample and Virtue Cider will be supplying libations.  Tickets are $95 (includes a copy of the book) and can be purchased over the phone (773-687-8280) or in person at the shop.

October 20

Chicago – Lunch at Naha with Diane Morgan – 12:30pm Join Cookbook author Diane Morgan and Chef Carrie Nahabedian along with Chicagourmets for a delicious luncheon and book signing of Diane’s latest cookbook titled Roots.

October 21

Elburn – Autumn Harvest Supper and Fundraiser - Heritage Prairie Farm – 2N308 Brundige Road 3-6pm Top Chef Alum Sarah Grueneberg and chef Chris Marachino of Spiaggia will create dishes that highlight the season’s bounty at’s annual fundraiser. Dance to bluegrass tunes and drink local libations. Participating farms include Becker Lane OrganicsMint CreekSeedling Orchard, and more. The unique thing about this event is that you don’t have to drive, buses will be leaving from Glencoe, the Goldcoast and Spiaggia at 1:30pm and you will return by 6:30pm with mixologists on board!! Purchase tickets here.

October 23

Springfield – Healthy Farms, Healthy People: Supporting Local Food Systems and Improving Public Health 9am to 4pm The Statehouse Inn 101 East Adamst St. - Healthy Farms Healthy People Illinois is a symposium that will bring together health and agricultural stakeholders from across the state of Illinois to explore the intersection of food policy, agriculture, and health. Keynote speakers and plenary sessions will be followed by working roundtables that discuss and generate possible solutions to the challenges of the Illinois food system. Register here.

October 24

Food Day Yes It is the Second Annual Nationwide Celebration of Food Day supported for the Center for Science in the Public Interest. Go here to find out about Food Day nationwide and to find an event in your area, and here is a link to the Chicago Food Day website that lists all that is going on, including a super-sized Re-Thinking Soup this time at the Chicago Architecture Foundation.

October 28

Chicago – Halloween Harvest Ball - Join the Green City Market Junior Board for their second annual fall fundraiser. 4-8pm Ravenswood Event Center 4011 North Ravenswood Avenue They have an incredible lineup of savory and pastry chefs, beverages, dancing and more!!!!!! Purchase tickets here


November 11

Chicago – Flavors of Fall Cooking Contest Final Showdown Party - 3-7pm Centered Chef Studios 177 N. Ada St. The Flavors of Fall Final Showdown pits the top vote getters from the “Flavors of Fall Contest” to see what at-home chef has what it takes to demo their dish live on WCIU’s You & Me This Morning. The party will showcase the three finalists from the contest in a food showdown to select one grand prize winner as judged by our panel of fall food experts.