The Local Calendar 10/31/12 Happy Halloween! The Weeks Ahead..

By
Posted: October 31, 2012 at 10:34 am

 Joel and Cheri Espe of Hawks Hill Elk Ranch were in their costume finest at the last outdoor Green City Market this past Saturday. Green City moves to their winter location at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum this Saturday November 3 and the hours are 8am – 1pm. Parking is a bit easier in this area. So for those of you who have been putting off visiting the market because of not enough parking, winter is the time to visit!

As Chief Beet and his Local Family have been canning this Fall, if you don’t have the time to can, you can still take advantage of local canned products, like those of Beloit, organic grocer, Bushel and Peck’s, that sells their canned goods at the Green City Market!

Happy Halloween to all!!! Now on to the weeks ahead!!!

WHERE TO FIND LOCAL FOODS

These stores specialize in local foods:

Artisanal Wilmette – 414 Linden Ave. Wilmette

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

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.

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

Standard Market – 333 East Ogden Ave., Westmont

October 31

Happy Halloween!!!!

Chicago – Province Restaurant – Wine Wednesday 161 North Jefferson St. A 5 course seasonal tasting menu sourced from local farms with wine pairings $49 Not including tax and tip

November 1

Chicago – Ravenswood Fall Wine Stroll – Multiple routes, lots of wines, $40 0ne route, $60 all routes including Provenance Wine and Spirits. 6:30 Pm

November 2-3

Chicago – Pasta Putttana’s Chef Table Series – Autumn Harvest Dinner with Squash Seed Oil Pairings – 1407 West Grand Ave. 7-9pm $90 (tax, gratuity and a bottle of oil provided) BYOB Please contact Jessica at 773-439-9623 or jvolpe@pastaputtana.com to reserve your seats (payment confirms your reservation) Seating is limited, especially for groups of 4 or more.

November 2- 4

Chicago - Great Lakes Bioneers Conference – University of Illinois at Chicago Positive solutions guided by nature. Great Lakes Bioneers Chicago invites you to join local and international visionaries to create nature-inspired solutions to society’s most important challenges. Programming for all ages, including speakers, workshops, visual and performing arts, and an exhibit hall. Keynotes by Vandana Shiva(speaking on Seed Sovereignty and Navadanya, Nina Simons, John Edel, Gerould Wilhelm, Mark Lakeman, Starhawk, and Richard Heinberg. Help us start a long-term, local movement!

November 3

Chicago – Green City Market - Moves to Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum 8am – 1pm 2430 N. Cannon Drive

Chicago – 61st Market sponsored by Experimental Station –  6100 North Blackstone 9am – 2pm

Chicago – Join the Fight to Get GE Foods Labeled in Chicago – Food and Water Watch meeting at Inspiration Cafe 2pm Free and Open to the public 4554 North Broadway The cafe is right off of the Howard Red Line stop so easy to get to!!!

Evanston –  The Downtown Evanston Farmers Market (Last outdoor market today) Free parking is at the adjacent 1500 Maple garage. Intersection of University Place and Oak Ave. (behind Hilton Garden Inn, east of East Railroad Ave.)

Geneva – Geneva Winter Market 9am – 1pm 27 N. Bennett

La Fox – Heritage Prairie Indoor Farmers Market – 9am – 1pm 2N308 Brundige Road

Woodstock – Woodstock Winter Farmers Market 9am – 12pm McHenry County Farm Bureau Building 1102 McConnell Road

November 4

Chicago - The Logan Square Farmer’s Market 10-3pm  Logan Boulevard (Ends october 28th)

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 - Healthy Kids Cookoff – Kendall College 12-4pm 900 North Branch Join Chefs Michael Kornick, Gary Walker & Nick Lacasse at this unique and exciting television style cooking competition for kids sponsored by Share Our Strength No Kid Hungry.

November 5

Chicago – Illinois Stewardship Alliance Farm to Table Workshop at Kendall College Chefs, cooks, bakers caterers, purchasing agents and anyone else involved in the food service industry. They’re going to be filled with great speakers and tips on local sourcing. Check out our webpage for super easy registration, or just email drew@ilstewards.com. It’s that easy! http://www.ilstewards.org/farmtorestaurant

November 6

Evanston – NU Food Talks – Potluck - How is Northwestern University working to be part of the food sustainability solution? What are we doing now and what is in our future? Featuring Speakers: Rob Whittier, Director of Sustainability Steve Mangan, District Manager of nuCuisine

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

SAVE THE DATE

November 7

Chicago – Greennet Chicago’s Community Garden of the Year Annual Harvest Potluck 5:30pm – 8pm Jensen room at Garfield Park Conservatory 300 N. Central Park Ave. Nominate your community garden here.

Chicago - Dishcrawl Chicago – Participate in the debut of Dishcrawl Wicker Park, go on a food adventure, visiting 4 restaurants in Wicker Park. The event starts at 7pm and costs $39. Go to the link to find out more.

November 10

Chicago – Provenance Annual Spirits Tasting – Grafton Pub and Grill – 3pm $10

HD! Crystal Lake – Harvest Dinner at Duke’s Alehouse – Sponsored by Slow Food City’s Edge and Slow Food Chicago – 6-8pm

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 artizone.com “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.

November 13

Chicago – Floriole Cafe and Bakery – Cassoulet dinner $35 7pm 1220 West Webster

November 15-17

Chicago – 2nd Annual Chicago Food and Film Festival - It is back for the  second year, the food and film festival where you taste what you see on the screen.

November 15

Chicago - Farm to Film Table - An evening of sustainable dishes and fine wine from Frei Brothers Reserve. Chicago Food and Film Festival Kendall College 900 North Branch 6pm VIP 6:30 pm general Films shown include 10,000 Cases, Artisan Baker, , Speakeasy Supperclub, Sugar Shack, French Fries and Ice Cream, about El Ideas signature dish created by Chef Philip Foss and his inspiration and Farmer Poet, a 3 min film about organic livestock farmer Harry Carr of Mint Creek Farm made by Dan Fisher, Becky Liscum and Gail Grasso. Watch a preview of Farmer Poet here. Food will include an exlcusive tasting of French Fries + Ice Cream by El Ideas. Tickets $65 VIP, $45 general and purchase tickets here.

November 16

Chicago – Fish Fry Friday – Chicago Food and Film Festival Kendall College 900 North Branch 6pm VIP 6:30pm general An authentic Milwaukee fish fry plus perogies, pickles and more. $75 VIP $55 general purchase tickets here.

November 17

Chicago – Edible Adventure #006: Chicavo! Featuring Matt Timm’s Avocado Takedown – Food and Film Festival 12pm all ages $45 Kendall College 900 North Branch  A cornucopia of unique eats plus Matt Timm’s Avocado Takedown presented by Avocados from Mexico, featuring 20 amateur chefs competing for cash prizes. You be the judge. Purchase tickets here.

Chicago - Single Malt Whiskey plus the Islay 8 Food + The Festival Awards Ceremony Food and Film Festival 7pm Kendall College 900 North Branch $85 VIP $75 general Purchase tickets here.

November 17 – 18

La Fox – 4th Annual Heritage Prairie Artisan Food and Craft Fair – 9am – 1pm 2N308 Brundige Road

December 4th

Chicago – Ms. Mint’s Local and Fair  Trade Holiday Bazaar – She is back and this time it is at Goose Island Clybourn. Kate Gross, who carefully curates the artisans that are part of this unique event, has managed again to bring it together. Ms. Mint’s Trading Post provides gift baskets of small batch local and fair trade products of the midwest all on one site.




It’s Back, The Tastes of Winter

By
Posted: October 30, 2012 at 4:53 pm

Editor’s Note: At the Local Beet, we firmly believe in re-use and recycle, and we know that much of what we have put up on the site remains valid the next year.  With a good chill in the air this week, we’ve been thinking about cold weather eating. And if you’re thinking what will it taste like, see our insights from years past.

It may finally be cold enough [soon] for my apples in the attic. Will it taste like winter in the bungalow? Well, it depends on when in winter we are eating. We can first look at the tastes of winter by when in winter we’re eating.

Winter eating covers three periods: it begins with the final accumulations, goes through storage and preservation and ends with hanging on and renewal. Winter eating lasts longer than the calender’s definition of winter. The season of winter eating begins, has begun by fall and lasts full bore until at least the end of March. These three periods lead to different types of produce. Throughout the winter, though, it is the time to eat meat, dry beans and stored grains.

When Winter Tastes Like Fall

The first part of winter, now, eating is roughly akin to the way it has been the last month or so. That is, the few operating markets, like Green City, will have the same stuff this week as in the last few weeks. The markets include the last of the field crops, the heartiest brasicas and sturdiest roots, as well as the things the farmers have, that have not sold, the hard squash, the potatoes, the apples. Maybe if you expect the over-abundance of a summer market, you will find the markets bare now. I find them quite ample (look at Irv and Shelly’s site for an idea what’s around). Right now, it is still possible to eat each week from what can be purchased. It is also possible now, to continue to stock up for later weeks. We continue to buy apples to put aside and pick up more squash than we can immediately eat. This Local Family is pretty comfortable in garlic and onions but is yours?

Stored and Preserved Foods

It will not be that long until the Chicago area markets empty of food. Oh, there will be  Winter Markets and some version of Green City and Cassie and all, but these markets will not be brimming with food. It will become harder to eat each week from the market purchases. Thus, we go to the stores. We eat the beets and turnips and ‘tato’s we have around. We eat from the cans; we eat from the freezer. Local winter meals can still include green salads, maybe not as many, but they mostly taste hearty, classic winter food, things like a good mash-up of assorted roots along side some braised meat.

The Hungry Months

Then it ends. It not so much ends, as there is only so long stored food, even in good conditions, lasts. By February it will be hard to find, either in your improvised root cellar or in the markets, the beets, the celery roots, the rutabagas that kept you alive for the last few months. It is survival time. The leanest time for the locavore. Hopefully, your freezer contains something because there will not be a lot of local food to buy. There are, however, foods that will last even this long. Right about now you start discovering your best onion and potato dishes–this Jamie Oliver one is especially good. Cultivated mushrooms are always around, and in the Bungalow mushrooms become at least a once a week treat. There is also sprouts and micro-greens that grow indoors, and before you turn your nose, think about finding anything else green. Finally, always, there are apples. For the most part, the later apples are not the Turley Winesaps, the Arkansas Black and other heirloom varieties. But the locavore can always find a Michigan red delicious apple when needed. We hang on. Our spring CSA starts in April. Right before that, we will have tasted the first the ground offers, watercress that can appear while snow still sits and ramps and nettles and maybe some morels. A turnip will never have tasted so good.

Winter Seasonings

The second way to look at winter eating is to see how we season. The reliance on preserved foods changes the way food tastes.

Think peppers.  From summer, well into fall, we can mark-up our foods with fresh peppers, both sweet and hot.  During the winter, we have to rely on the peppers we have dried.  Food will taste different.

Another big difference in the way winter food tastes will come from the lack of fresh herbs, or perhaps the limited supply of herbs.   Certain dried herbs, especially oregano, can be used to great effect in the kitchen, but again it will taste different.  Winter is also time to make full use of the “Marco Polo Exception” to local eating, as Bill McKibben explains:

I considered fair game anything your average 13th century explorer might have brought back from distant lands. So: pepper, and turmeric, and even the odd knob of ginger root stayed in the larder.

Winter braises and mashes take especially well to spices. What better to join your home-made harissa than a North African inspired tangine. Think also how spices go into winter desserts like gingerbread cookies and fruitcakes (good fruitcakes!).

There is nothing to stop you from using dried peppers and ancient spices in your food all year long. It’s just that in other times of year we have options. Yes, we have to eat what is present, but it is also nice and good to have a winter that tastes different. Us locavores revel in this difference. Moreover, the seasonings of the season go best with the foods of the season. Lastly, there are other benefits to using these flavorings now.  Spices like ginger and peppercorns give a warming effect to food.




A Roundup of the Local Markets for Fall and Winter

By
Posted: October 30, 2012 at 3:41 pm

The cold weather may have arrived but that doesn’t mean that there are not options to buy local in the fall and winter time. Specialty produce stores like the Green Grocer provide the ability to source local even when we are surrounded by piles of snow. In Chicago, we are fortunate to have some stalwart fall and winter markets that continue to supply greens, other vegetables, fruits, bread and meat. Once January arrives, some markets are held once a month, some every other week, we wil keep you posted on the schedule in the Local Calendar. Here is a list of some of your options in Chicago and the Chicagoland area.

Chicago

Andersonville

Winter Market Every third Sunday of the month, starting 11/18 which will take place at First Free Evangelical Church 5255 North Ashland at Berwyn  Schedule: November 18, December16 11:30am-2pm First Free Evangelical Church 5255 N. Ashland (corner of Ashland and Berwyn) January 20, February 17, March 17, April 21 11:00am-2:00pm Swedish American Museum 5211 N. Clark St.

Lincoln Park

The Green City Market – Saturdays The GCM goes to their fall/winter home at the Peggy Notebaert Museum (2430 North Cannon Drive), just north of their summer location by the Lincoln Park Zoo. Every Saturday from 8:30am – 1pm, Nov. 3 through December 22nd except Dec. 15.  There will be a special pre-Thanksgiving Market on Wednesday November 21. The market will take a short break in January and continue indoors on Saturdays through April, starting up again Jan.19th through April 27.

Hyde Park/Woodlawn

61st Street Farmers Market - Saturdays 9am – 2pm Moves inside to its Fall/Winter headquarters at The Experimental Station 6100 S. Blackstone. Markets are 11/3, 11/10, 11/17, 12/1, 12/8, 12/15.

Logan Square

The Logan Square Indoor Market – Sundays 11/4 – 3/31/13 10am – 2pm Congress Theater Lobby 2135 North Milwaukee No market 11/24.

Pilsen

Pilsen Community Market Honky Tonk BBQ 11-4pm Music at noon 1800 S. Racine

New! – Portage Park

Indoor Winter’s Farmers’ Market 12/16, 1/20/13, 2/3, 2/17, 3/3, 3/17, 4/7, 4/21, 5/5 Portage Theater 4050 N. Milwaukee 10am to 2pm

Roger’s Park

Glenwood Sunday Market – Holiday markets at the Glenwood Bar 11/13, 11/20 and 12/11. Stay tuned to their website for their 2013 locations and a potential holiday pop-up market.

Ukranian Village

Empty Bottle, 11-4, Sunday Nov 18.  (Cortez & Western)

Uptown

Uptown Farmer’s Market is year round. Every Thursday from 7-1 inside Weiss Memorial Hospital or in the parking lot during the warmer months. 4646 N Marine Drive

Faith in Place Winter Markets - Sponsors a slew of winter markets at different venues throughout Chicago. Their first market is 11/17 at Coppin Memorial AME Church 5627 S. Michigan. Check back at the Beet each week for the locations or go to their website. Markets are slated for 11/17, 12/8, 12/15, 1/12/13, 1/26, 2/17, 3/9 and 3/16.
Elgin

Elgin Winter Market – 9am – 3pm Every Saturday November through May. 800 North State Street Our mantra is “Keepin It Local” As such, our intention has always been to supply our local community with local products and crafts. That’s why we’re so pleased to announce our new venture…. Winter Market -Elgin will be showcasing all of our Winter Market vendors, at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore-Elgin 40,000 sq. ft facility at 800 North State.

Evanston

Evanston Winter Market – After this weekend, Evanston will take a break, then start up its winter market on Saturday 12/1 at the Evanston Ecology Center from 9am – 1pm through April.

Immanuel Lutheran Church in Evanston usually holds a big market the Saturday before Thanksgiving (Nov 17 this year) from 7 to 1.

Geneva

Geneva Green Market- Saturdays 9am – 1pm November through May Winter location N 5th Street The Geneva Green Market/Geneva Community Winters Markets are principally “PRODUCER ONLY” farmers markets. This means that the people who you purchase your items from are the people who produce, plant, grow, harvest and process the products at the market. Most of the sellers are the farmers themselves. With mileage criteria of 200 miles, most of the farms can be visited and many have field visitation days during the season.

Grayslake

Grayslake – Fall Farmers Market – Mondays Downtown Grayslake 10am – 2pm 10/22 – 12/22 The Spring market starts up April 7th through May 26th.

Morton Grove

Morton Grove Farmers Market – Saturday 12/1 and 2/3/13.

Palatine

Countryside UU Church in Palatine is hosting its own one-time market on Sunday, Nov 11, 10 to 2.

Woodstock

Woodstock Farmers Market – Saturdays 9am – 12pm Through December except 11/24 and 12/30) Then the 1st Saturday of each month through April 2013. McHenry County Farm Bureau Building 1102 McConnell Road

 


3 Comments



Weekly Harvest – 10.29.12

By
Posted: October 29, 2012 at 11:05 am

 

We’ve harvested another round of eat local links.  Enjoy and also share ones we’ve missed.

Our friends in Madison key on three books to help locavores deal with our area.

Best source for eat local news after the Beet, well second week in a row, we have good lead for you from Crain’s Chicago Business.  This week we learn a bit more about Slagel FamilyFarms.

The drink of Presidents, making a comeback including mention of local.

A proud CSA farmer.

The next leading chefs are the ones who gather.

Eat local candy this Halloween.




Fall Failures

By
Posted: October 25, 2012 at 9:07 am

 

It should be the best of times for an eat local fan, but instead from faint effort and fall oddity, it’s been the worst of times.  It has been a season of failures.  I failed to deal best with a bounty of peppers and other foods for the future.   In turn, forces even greater than my own faience limit my capacity to eat local later.

I had meant to do more.  I piled up peppers with the idea that one fell day, I would process them all.  I would singe the skins on the gas stove.  I would peel and seed.  I would pack some in oil, where I knew they would last many weeks in the fridge.  I would pack others in bags for the freezer where I could use them for some later date in pasta or as a garnish for chicken.  I probably also thought I’d pickle the jalepenos, so they to could last many months in my fridge.  I had grand plans for eating peppers much longer, but I have failed.  Look at that picture.  Those and other peppers will now find their final home in the compost bin.  I still have access to peppers, both sweet and hot, for a few more weeks, but the ability to put away many has passed.

I cannot do more.  The bulk of the food we put away for winter eating goes in our attic, our “root cellar in the sky.”  Up there it stays cold enough and moist enough to keep food usable for many weeks.  In previous years we have stored in our attic: onions, potatoes, carrots, beets, sunchokes, rutabagas, radishes, apples, celery root, turnips, and a few other items I’m not thinking of right now.  In previous years we would have started by this time of year buying up stocks of items, especially items we know will be harder to find over the winter.  For instance, while there’s always local apples, the variety of local apples over time diminishes.  This is especially true for great cooking apples like Northern Spy.  So, we would buy in the fall.  The problem, it has been way too warm to use our root cellar.

The only storage options to us to date has been our basement fridge and our basement “canning room.”  In the former we keep foods that don’t really cellar well anyways.  It is full now with broccoli and lettuces and cabbages and some summer potatoes.  In the latter, the coldest part of the house now, we keep onions and garlic.  The problem, I know from experience, is that the basement is just not cold enough for long term storage.  We need to move those onions up one of these days.  We just cannot do it while it is this warm.

I believe my Local Family eats exceedingly well from our CSA and other supplies of food.  We have the basis to eat well all the time.  Sometimes, however, we fail, whether our fault or not, to fully live out our eat local needs.




American Cheese Month in the Mitten State!

By
Posted: October 23, 2012 at 5:04 pm

Leelanau Cheese Company, Suttons Bay, Michigan

John & Anne Hoyt, cheesemakers

Don & Mary Lou Coe’s Black Star Farms in Suttons Bay, Michigan is well known for their on site wineries.  But they are also home to the Leelanau Cheese Company, started in 1995 by John and Anne Hoyt.  John is a Michigan native, growing up in Detroit, with degrees in marketing and French.  After college he moved to Switzerland to attend the Chateauneuf School of Agriculture, followed by a traditional four month cheesemaking internship.  Meanwhile Anne grew up in France and was working in agriculture and making chevre in the Roquefort region in southern France.  They met at Eison alpage (cheesemakers) in Switzerland where John was making cheese.  In the early 1980s they moved back to Michigan, and began making cheese twelve years later.  Today they are renowned for their Swiss style raclette (as opposed to the French style), a creamy traditional mountain cheese with notes of dark chocolate and some mild stinkiness closer to the rind.  This cheese is known for its starring role in the dish of the same name, melted over a roasted potato or crusty bread with cornichons (tiny pickles) and pickled onions.  Tradition has it that at the end of the grape harvest a harvester took his cheese from a satchel on a buck knife.  As he approached the fire and the cheese began to melt he scraped it onto his crust of bread.  The word “raclette” is a derivative of the French “racler”, to scrape.  The Hoyts gather milk from nearby Garvin Farms in central Leelanau Peninsula.  The Holstein milk is transferred in their milk truck, “The Milky Way”.

Anne making raclette, photo by Gary L. Howe

They utilize a microbial rennet (Anne is vegetarian) in all of their cheeses.  The more traditional wheel size is 10-12#, but they also make their raclette in an 8# and 2.5# wheel.  The wheels age in their own aging cave across from the creamery, where they are cared for, washed and turned for anywhere from three months to two years.  They make cheese ten to twelve times a month, year round, and are still struggling to meet demands as they sell at farmer’s markets and to wholesale restaurant accounts throughout the area.  Their small staff consists of the 2 of them, with 1 additional full time and 1 additional part time employee, but they are pretty happy where they are.

aging wheels of Leelanau Raclette

These wheels have been the recipients of many awards at home and abroad.  In 2005 they received a Best in Show blue ribbon at the American Cheese Society awards.  Along the way they have been awarded accolades in the US Cheese Championships, World Cheese Championships and Michigan State Fair, to name a few.  Pairing is easy when your creamery shares a winery.  After a meal of raclette in Switzerland a glass of Kirsch, the savory cherry liquor, or Fendant, a local wine, would be enjoyed.  I agree with Anne Hoyt that a glass of a white wine with good acidity would match beautifully, particularly a dry riesling or pinot gris.

 

Upcoming American Cheese Month events…

 

IT’S NOT TOO LATE!: Wednesday 10/24, 7-9pm

Dinner: Pastoral’s “Meet the Cheesemaker” dinner with Jerry Heimerl of Saxon Creamery at Nightwood Restaurant (click link to buy tickets: $90).  A ticket includes 4 courses with wine pairings, gratuity and a donation to the Daphne Zepos Teaching Award.

Thursday 10/25, 4:30-6:30pm

Tasting: Consider Bardwell Farms @ Pastoral at the Chicago French Market

Friday 10/26, 4:30-6:30pm

Tasting: Upland’s Cheese Company @ Pastoral Loop: 53 E Lake St

Saturday 10/27

Tasting: 11:30-1:30  Consider Bardwell Farms @ Pastoral Loop

Tasting: 5-6:30pm  Consider Barwell Farms @ Pastoral Lakeview: 2945 N Broadway




Local Calendar 10/24/12 2nd Annual Celebration of Food Day!!!

By
Posted: October 23, 2012 at 12:51 pm

   The Red Meat Market Preview to Food Day event last Thursday at the Daley Center was a huge success and now Food Day 2012 is tomorrow and there is lots to do!!! If you don’t have any time to participate, how about just cooking a meal at home from local ingredients? For an itinerary of what is going on, check the calendar below or the Food Day Chicago website here!!!

I am sad to say that this Saturday is the end of many of the outdoor markets including the Green City Market and the end of my stint as a market hand. If I learned anything from my experience it is to never, ever, take product that gets to the market for granted. Next year I hope to get behind the “growing/harvesting” scene even more, but if there is one thing I know for sure, a farmer’s job never ends except for maybe January.  So I hope everyone reading this gets outdoors to the markets this Saturday and buys local produce like the squash from Genesis Growers or the radish from Nichols Farm or from any of the other producers that get to the markets in Chicago.

For those food opportunists, one of, if not the best, of the online food event auctions is going on right now, the Green City Market Junior Board, the proceeds go to help support the LINK program at the market. The items are truly one-of-a-kind food events, it is really worth checking out!

I hope everyone takes advantage of some of the Food Day events tomorrow and happy shopping at the markets!!!!!!!!!!   Lots going on, get outside to enjoy the colors of autumn and support the farmers markets!!! Now onto the weeks ahead!!

WHERE TO FIND LOCAL FOODS

These stores specialize in local foods:

Artisanal Wilmette – 414 Linden Ave. Wilmette

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

Farmstand Farmers Market 66 East Randolph in the Loop, Chicago 9-3pm M-F Ends Oct. 31

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.

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

Standard Market – 333 East Ogden Ave., Westmont

October 24
FOOD DAY!

It is the Second Annual Nationwide Celebration of Food Day supported by 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

FD!! Chicago - Re-Thinking Soup this time at the Chicago Architecture Foundation 224 South Michigan 12:15 pm In celebration of Food Day, join them for delicious free soup and bread (provided by the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum) at Chicago Architecture Foundation and a lively conversation that addresses food diversity in Chicago’s built environment. What they’ll cover: How do food trucks benefit the City of Chicago and how could they be used in innovative ways? What was the impact and outcome of Chicago Architecture for Humanity-Chicago’s design for 2011 Fresh Moves Mobile Produce Market—a city bus that became a market on wheels to provide fresh produce to some of Chicago’s food deserts? What is the significance of heirloom seed libraries and how does this relate to the mission of historic preservation at the Hull-House Museum and design for change? Speakers: Laura Bowe, Co-Director Architecture for Humanity-Chicago, Aaron Joseph, Deputy Sustainability Officer, City of Chicago Lisa Lee, Director of Hull-House Museum. This program is presented in collaboration with the Hull-House Museum as part of their ongoing Rethinking Soup series, University of Illinois at Chicago

 FD!! Chicago -Advocates for Urban Agriculture are having an Urban Agriculture Policy Convening 5:30-8:30pm 1110 W. Belden Room 108 The AUA will hold this convening of Chicagoland urban agricultural networks, organizations and practictioners to learn about each others advocacy/policy-related efforts and find new opportunities to collaborate and coordinate with each other and local government.
FD!! Chicago – Uncommon Ground Fund-A-Farmer Party – 1401 West Devon 7-9:30pm $20 includes a drink and light appetizers plus a great silent auction!! Food Animal Concern’s Trust 2nd Annual Fun-A-Farmer Party and all proceeds go to FACT. Get more information and register here. Meet the farmers and find out about their family farm and their animals!
Chicago – American Bourbon/Rye & Cheese Tasting event sponsored by Provenance Wine & Spirits at The Grafton Pub – 4530 North Lincoln Ave 7pm $20
 Chicago – Green City Market Lincoln Park – 7-1pm This is the last outdoor Wed. market of the season. I am sad about this, the weather is of course not great but Wednesdays are a hidden gem of local shopping. Carl Shelton of BOKA will do the chef demonstration at 10:30am. It is squash fest today! Don’t forget about Junior Board  online auction going on to raise money for the LINK program.
FD!! Skokie – The Talking Farm has an all day open house at their Howard Street Farm – 3701 Howard St. 12 noon to 6pm in celebration of Food Day, find out about it  here on this post by Wendy Aeschlimann.
October 27

Chicago – Green City Market - Southern end of Lincoln Park, 7am to 1pm. 10:30am Chef demonstration will be Amanda Downing of Rockit!! (The market moves indoors to the Peggy Notebaert starts Saturday November 3rd)

Chicago – 61st Market sponsored by Experimental Station –  (Moves indoors to Experimental Station Nov. 3) Go to their website for further details. New vendors include Penny Pastries, look for Axel.

Evanston –  The Downtown Evanston Farmers Market (Last outdoor day November 5 then moves to Ecology Center)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. (Through Saturday November 3rd)

Oak Park –  Oak Park Farmers Market – Last market of the season!! 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.(Through October 27th)

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

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 This event is going to be extraordinary because of the creative minds behind it so I suggest you buy your tickets soon!

 Chicago - The Logan Square Farmer’s Market 10-3pm  Logan Boulevard (Ends october 28th)

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 30

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

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

SAVE THE DATE

November 1

Chicago – Ravenswood Fall Wine Stroll – Multiple routes, lots of wines, $40 0ne route, $60 all routes including Provenance Wine and Spirits. 6:30 Pm

November 2-3

Chicago – Pasta Putttana’s Chef Table Series – Autumn Harvest Dinner with Squash Seed Oil Pairings – 1407 West Grand Ave. 7-9pm $90 (tax, gratuity and a bottle of oil provided) BYOB Please contact Jessica at 773-439-9623 or jvolpe@pastaputtana.com to reserve your seats (payment confirms your reservation) Seating is limited, especially for groups of 4 or more.

November 2- 4

Chicago - Great Lakes Bioneers Conference – University of Illinois at Chicago Positive solutions guided by nature. Great Lakes Bioneers Chicago invites you to join local and international visionaries to create nature-inspired solutions to society’s most important challenges. Programming for all ages, including speakers, workshops, visual and performing arts, and an exhibit hall. Keynotes by Vandana Shiva(speaking on Seed Sovereignty and Navadanya, Nina Simons, John Edel, Gerould Wilhelm, Mark Lakeman, Starhawk, and Richard Heinberg. Help us start a long-term, local movement!

November 5

Chicago – Illinois Stewardship Alliance Farm to Table Workshop at Kendall College Chefs, cooks, bakers caterers, purchasing agents and anyone else involved in the food service industry. They’re going to be filled with great speakers and tips on local sourcing. Check out our webpage for super easy registration, or just email drew@ilstewards.com. It’s that easy! http://www.ilstewards.org/farmtorestaurant

November 6

Evanston – NU Food Talks – Potluck - How is Northwestern University working to be part of the food sustainability solution? What are we doing now and what is in our future? Featuring Speakers: Rob Whittier, Director of Sustainability Steve Mangan, District Manager of nuCuisine

November 7
Chicago – Greennet Chicago’s Community Garden of the Year Annual Harvest Potluck 5:30pm – 8pm Jensen room at Garfield Park Conservatory 300 N. Central Park Ave. Nominate your community garden here.
Chicago - Dishcrawl Chicago – Participate in the debut of Dishcrawl Wicker Park, go on a food adventure, visiting 4 restaurants in Wicker Park. The event starts at 7pm and costs $39. Go to the link to find out more.

November 10

Chicago – Provenance Annual Spirits Tasting – Grafton Pub and Grill – 3pm $10

HD! Crystal Lake – Harvest Dinner at Duke’s Alehouse – Sponsored by Slow Food City’s Edge and Slow Food Chicago – 6-8pm

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 artizone.com “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.




Weekly Harvest 10.22.12

By
Posted: October 22, 2012 at 7:36 am

Most eyes look at a Plant being built as the future of indoor farming in the Chicago area, but mostly under the radar, some former real estate players have been turning out plants too as”Farmedhere” (great name).  We recently learned that now they’re expanding their operations, thanks to support from Whole Foods (h/t Crains)

Jeannie says if she’s not doing the harvesting, at least include the latest from Ben Hewitt.

Who has not seen these reports from Bare Knuckle Farms, but just in case, please know more about the animals you eat.

One thing that we always look for in our harvest is examples of local eating where you might not see it.  Take Southern Arizona where it has been noted that “It can be a challenge to source local food products. The largest agricultural product by far in Southern Arizona remains cotton.”  But these guys are trying.

It’s often easier to eat local in Wisconsin, and now, in the Southwest section, the heart of the cheese zone too, there’s a few more ways to partake in the regional bounty.

Braiser.com writes about one of our favorite places, Madison, Wisconsin

Over the past few decades, [Madison has] grown into a fiercely locavore city with a sprawling network of farmers, purveyors, and artisans — as well as a restaurant scene which takes pride in showing off their home-grown products. It’s San Francisco with more layers (both in terms of flavor and clothing), basically, and a few chefs who’ve grabbed the national spotlight.

They’ve spotlighted ten.

A nice write-up about how our friends at the Greater Midwestern Foodways got started and what they’ve done since.

Eating local seems to have inspired an investment movement as well.

Please share any good eat local links we missed.




Call to Action on the Farm Bill by the Illinois Stewardship Alliance

By
Posted: October 20, 2012 at 9:46 am

Wondering what has been going on with The Farm Bill? The Illinois Stewardship Alliance has been tracking its progress or should I say the lack of progress. This call to action email was sent out by Wes King, Policy Director of ISA.

“As you already know if you’ve been following farm bill news, the 2012 Farm Bill is currently stalled in Congress.  Meanwhile, the 2008 bill – the one guiding current farm policy – expired on September 30, leaving dozens of programs high and dry with no funding.

Here at Illinois Stewardship Alliance we think this is unacceptable – and we need your help holding Congress accountable.  As a member of the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, we’re taking action later this month. The House and Senate are coming back to D.C. in mid-November for their “lame duck” post-election session, and this is our last chance to call for a farm bill this year – one that invests in the future of healthy farms, food, and people; protects our natural resources; and makes long-overdue reforms to farm subsidies and levels the playing field for family farmers.

To make this happen, we’re planning something big:  a major grassroots petition opening on Food Day (October 24) and culminating in a coordinated call-in day on November 15 to drive the message home. We want to reach a million people with our message – and aim for at least 50,000 signatures, leading into thousands of follow-up calls into Congress. We want to make a powerful statement to Congress that these issues matter for farmers and citizens across the country!

The message:  “We need a better farm bill, and we need it this year!  An equitable, sustainable, 21st century farm bill must:

-          INVEST IN THE FUTURE OF HEALTHY FARMS, FOOD, and PEOPLE

-          PROTECT OUR PRECIOUS AIR, SOIL, and WATER

-          REFORM FARM SUBSIDIES and LEVEL THE PLAYING FIELD”

Food and farm organizations across the country are signing on to help spread the word about the petition and day of action – will you join us? There are a host of ways to help – including simply spreading the word about the petition and day of action to committing to make a call yourself and encouraging others to call on our November 15 day of action. We have all sorts of materials – like sample emails, handouts and graphics for facebook – that we can share!”

If you have interest in joining in on their efforts, you can sign up for their email list here, if you would like to organize your own group, contact Wes King at the ISA, his contact information is on their website.




American Cheese Month: Capriole, of Indiana

By
Posted: October 18, 2012 at 4:59 pm

Judy Schad & baby goat

I can safely say that the American artisan cheese movement would not be where we are today without the considerable efforts of Judy Schad of Capriole Farms.  As with fellow cheesemakers of the time Mary Keehn, Paula Lambert and Allison Hooper Judy fell into making cheese at home in her own kitchen and ended up contributing to a pivotal shift in the American consumer’s ideas about and exposure to American made artisan cheeses.

Judy moved to Greenville, IN in 1976 with her husband, onto a farm that, unbeknownst to them, was previously owned by her husband’s great great grandfather.  The 80 -acre farm needed a Lot of work but over the next 4 years the pair turned the place around.  When their three children were old enough to start participating in 4-H programs the family acquired a goat, but (thankfully for the rest of us) the kids refused to drink the milk, so Judy started experimenting with cheesemaking.  She recalls tasting every cheese she could get her hands on during the initial learning process, discovering cheeses from “awful to delicious”.  She found that she especially loved the soft-ripened cheeses traditionally made throughout the Loire valley in France.  By 1987 the farm was a full-scale cheesemaking business, selling to restaurants, shops and farmer’s markets.  Twenty five years later the farm is co-owned by Judy and her daughter, Kate, who handles the business side of things.  They have a herd of 500 goats, a blend of Alpine and Saanan breeds who munch on a healthy diet of alfalfa hay and grain.  They are the last working dairy in the county.  Two of my favorites from Capriole  are the Wabash Cannonball and Mont St. Francis.

Wabash Cannonball, photo credit to Capriole Inc

This soft ripened, hand molded ball of chevre is delicate, dense and flaky.  Named after the Wabash River Valley it is creamy on the inside with a delicate interface.  The rind is formed with the assistance of Geotrichum mold, which creates a series of tight-knit wrinkles that appear similar to the surface of a brain.  As the Cannonball ages the ash layer beneath the Geo rind begins to peek through.  Edible as a soft and creamy ball or aged a few weeks to give a dryer texture and concentrated tang, this is a beautiful American emulation of classic French cheesemaking.  This cheese is exceptional with a more savory honey or with slices of honeycrisp apple.

Mont St Francis

Mont St. Francis, photo credit to Capriole Inc

This cheese is a member of the washed rind family.  These cheeses tend to be stinky, funky and inhibit your ability to make friends on the bus.  The cheese gets its name from a retreat which was formerly a Franciscan monastery.  The raw milk used for this cheese requires that it be aged a minimum of 60 days to be sold in the United States, but Judy ages this out a little longer, anywhere from four to eight months.  The texture is dense and fatty with some seriously beefy flavors along with the dirty-feet (and that’s a good thing!) aromas created by the Brevibacterium linens bacteria present in the brine used the wash and develop the aging rind.  On her website Judy suggests pairing this cheese with bourbon, and I couldn’t agree more.  Not only an excuse to drink bourbon but also a great way to see how warmer baking spice notes handle funk in a cheese, and an exceptional opportunity to expand your pairing prowess beyond the traditional beer or wine.  I would also suggest it with chocolate!

Upcoming American Cheese Month events…

Sunday 10/21, 7-8:30pm

Class: “American Cheeses & French Wines that Love Them” @ Provenance Logan Square,  Buy tickets: $25

Tuesday 10/23, 7pm

Dinner: “Vino e Formaggi: a trip from Italy to Wisconsin”,  A 4 course dinner at Due Lire Restaurant, featuring a pop-up cheese shop provided by Provenance Lincoln Square.  Buy tickets: $35/$55 with wine pairings

 Wednesday 10/24, 7-9pm

Dinner: Pastoral’s “Meet the Cheesemaker” dinner with Jerry Heimerl of Saxon Creamery at Nightwood Restaurant (click link to buy tickets: $90).  A ticket includes 4 courses with wine pairings, gratuity and a donation to the Daphne Zepos Teaching Award.

Thursday 10/25, 4:30-6:30pm

Tasting: Consider Bardwell Farms @ Pastoral at the Chicago French Market

Saturday 10/27

Tasting: 11:30-1:30  Consider Bardwell Farms @ Pastoral Loop:  53 E Lake st

Tasting: 5-6:30pm  Consider Barwell Farms @ Pastoral Lakeview: 2945 N Broadway


One Comment



A Sad Goodbye to Western Avenue Bread (Masi’s Italian Superior Bakery)

By
Posted: October 18, 2012 at 10:24 am

In addition to supporting eating foods that are grown on the land where we live, a lesser-known, but equally important function of The Local Beet has always been to further the idea that local food — regardless of the provenance of its ingredients — conjures a sense of place. A product is local in the sense-of-place sense when it is uniquely the expression an individual or a family, and has become such a tradition that it is associated with a place either because its made there or because it invokes a feeling of nostalgia that transports you to where you were when you ate that food. The way, perhaps, a sip of Wisconsin beer might reference a summer in Door County, or Italian ice on Taylor Street tastes like none other than you ever or will ever have tasted. In the literal and figurative sense of the word, the food tastes like a certain place. If that sounds too sentimental, then think about how a simple loaf of bread conjures part of a block on Western Avenue for generations of Italian families.

And that’s where Masi’s Italian Superior Bakery comes in. Unfortunately, they’re closing at the end of the year, as reported by Grub Street. Masi’s has a long history, going back to 1940, when Salvatore Masi, whose family had an Italian bakery in Queens and whose roots in bread-baking could be traced back to Naples, brought his skills and his family to a storefront on South Western Avenue in the Little Italy neighborhood in Chicago. For years, his bread had a following with Italians who lived in the area — and became known as “Western Avenue Bread” — but the customers steadily waned as Italians moved out of the old neighborhood. Some still made special trips, though, as Masi’s products held a special place in their hearts and minds, but even then, those folks steadily waned as time wore on.

In 2008, the Saccameno family bought the bakery and carried on Masi’s time-honored tradition. Despite having some of the best sheet pizza, Italian breads, and sandwiches in the city (as well as the nicest proprietors), Italian Superior Bakery is closing at the end of the year.  The Saccamenos said on their Facebook page:

It was our hope that we (the bakery) may be able to survive the incredible hardship the current economy has placed on us all. We know that many of you have struggled in your personal lives trying to manage one day at a time. We too at the Bakery have struggled very hard particularly in the past two years to manage this very historic and traditional business known to many as “Western Ave Bread”. Unfortunately, the decrease in the volume of sales coupled with the rising cost of goods needed to produce our offerings has just pushed our ability to remain a viable business.

Beyond these economic issues that we and many others have had to overcome, the ever increasing commercialization of food production in our society such as the offerings by the Walmart, Costco of the world and any of the number of fast food chain, have created a trend for purchasing goods out of convenience rather than purchasing those products that are handmade with quality materials and are rooted in Artisan and traditional methods. These changes in societal ways will be the demise of the mom and pop stores across our nation.

Although a sad eulogy to a beloved business, this is also a stern warning. If we don’t support places like Masi’s Italian Superior Bakery, our uniquely Chicago local, heritage traditions like Western Ave Bread will dry up.  Even more than that, we will miss out on the feeling that certain local foods connect us directly to a specific place.  Everyone in the country has Pepperidge Farm, but Chicagoans have — for only a little while longer — Masi’s bread. Go soon to understand what I mean.

Masi’s Italian Superior Bakery

933 South Western Avenue

Chicago, Illinois 60612

 

 




Attention Michigan-based Entrepreneurs Connected to the Land and Food System: ShadeFund Offers Small Loans

By
Posted: October 18, 2012 at 9:39 am

It was announced today through the Michigan State University Extension system that ShadeFund, a nonprofit organization dedicated to green businesses and sustainability, is offering small loans to MSU Product Center clients as well as businesses connected to the land and food system that support the same food, agriculture, natural resources and bio-economy enterprises served by the MSU Product Center. These loans provide access to working capital and equipment.

In the past, ShadeFund has provided loans to farms that have helped farmers purchase equipment, increase productivity, and conserve water. The MSU Product Center helps Michigan entrepreneurs develop and commercialize high-value, consumer-responsive products and businesses in the food, agriculture, natural resources and bio-economy sectors. As a client with the MSU Product Center, an entrepreneur may further develop and commercialize a business concept before seeking financial resources.

If you’d like more information, please see here.




Local Calendar 10/17/12 Meat at the Daley Center, Family Farmed Harvest Dinner, Roots and Salumi!!!

By
Posted: October 17, 2012 at 2:05 pm





Food Day 2012
,  is 1 week away and this week the last Daley Center market is a special one, Associate Beet Editor, Wendy Aeschlimann writes about all the activities organized by the Red Meat Market folks from 7am to 4pm, be prepared to buy some good meat and you might even win some too! See the calendar below for all the local Chicago Food Day 2012 events!!! Get to THE Harvest Dinner of the season this Sunday at Heritage Prairie Farm to celebrate and support Family Farmed with Chef Sarah Grueneberg from Spiaggia and the best thing of all, if you live in the city, you don’t have to drive, there will be buses to take you there and back with mixologists onboard!!

Get down to your roots, it is that root vegetable time of year with a Chicagourmet and Green City Market lunch at Naha prepared by Chef Carrie Nahabedian and a book signing by Diana Morgan of her latest book, Roots. Here is a video about the book. Michael Ruhlman and Brian Polcyn are in town to talk about their latest ventureSalumi, the Craft of Italian Dry Curing with events at Floriole with Rob Levitt from the Butcher and Larder as well as The Publican.

Lots going on, get outside to enjoy the colors of autumn and support the farmers markets!!! Now onto the weeks ahead!!

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

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.

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

October 17
Chicago – Green City Market Lincoln Park – 7-1pm Last Wed. market for season Oct. 24th Chef Demonstration 10:30am John Anderes Telegraph
Chicago – Feast for Farms – Wine Tasting to Benefit WeFarmFeast – 1616 North Damen Ave. 7pm $20
Chicago – The Flavor Bible Cookbook signing and tasting – The Spice House – 1512 N. Wells 6:30pm – 8pm
October 18
FD!! Chicago – Preview to Food Day 2012 The Red Meat Market at Daley Plaza Farmers Market – Get to Daley Plaza on Thursday, October 18th for the very first Red Meat Market!  Watch learn from Butcher Demonstrations by Rob Levitt of the Butcher and Larder and Cosmo Goss of Publican Quality Meats,  Chef demonstrations from Sopraffina Market Caffe, and Kendall College’s School of Culinary Arts! Educational talks from Dan Rosenthal, of the Green Chicago Restaurant Co-op, Dr. James Galloway, Asst. Surgeon General, The Zen Butcher, Bartlett Durand, Alan Shannon the Director from the USDA and spin the “Wheel of Meat” to win, well, Meat!
Chicago – Daley Plaza Farmers Market – 7am – 3pm–Ends October 18th. Lots of vendors including Nichols FarmRiver Valley KitchensKatherine Anne Confections and Abbey Brown Soaps (made in the West Loop).

October 19

Chicago - Rob Levitt, Michael Ruhlman and Brian Polcyn Celebrate Salumi  at Floriole 1220 West Webster- Rob Levitt of Butcher and Larder posted a guest blog piece about this event on Ruhlman’s blog last week. Go to the link to find out how to enter Rob’s twitter contest to possibly win a slot at this fantastic evening or you can register, the details are in the links(no food pun intended). (There are ,also, opportunities at The Publican and El Ideas)

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.

 Chicago – Green City Market - Southern end of Lincoln Park, 7am to 1pm. 10:30am Chef demonstration will be Ivan Yuen of Shanghai Terrace. (The market moves indoors to the Peggy Notebaert starts Saturday November 3rd)

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

Chicago – The Publican 1-3pm Salumi demonstration and book signing by Michael Ruhlman and Brian Polcyn.

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. (Through Saturday November 3rd)

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.(Through October 27th)

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

October 21

FD! Chicago – Chicago Crop Hunger Walk 2012 – Start UIC 2:15pm CROP Hunger Walks are community-wide events sponsored by Church World Service and organized by religious groups, businesses, schools and others to raise funds to end hunger at home and around the world.

HD! Chicago/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 Familyfarmed.org’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.

HD! Chicago – Growing Home Fall Dinner at Uncommon Ground Devon – 1401 West Devon 4pm $60 Cocktails on the rooftop and the dinner will be served family style with all the items sourced from local farms including Growing Homes’ USDA Certified Organic produce.

 Chicago - The Logan Square Farmer’s Market 10-3pm  Logan Boulevard (Ends october 28th)

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 22

Release date of Issue 2 Graze Magazine

October 23

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

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.

SAVE THE DATE

October 24

FOOD DAY!

It is the Second Annual Nationwide Celebration of Food Day supported by 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

FD!! Chicago - Re-Thinking Soup this time at the Chicago Architecture Foundation 224 South Michigan 12:15 pm In celebration of Food Day, which seeks to bring together Americans from all walks of life to push for healthy, affordable food produced in a sustainable, humane way, join us for delicious free soup and bread (provided by the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum) at Chicago Architecture Foundation and a lively conversation that addresses food diversity in Chicago’s built environment. What we’ll cover: How do food trucks benefit the City of Chicago and how could they be used in innovative ways? What was the impact and outcome of Chicago Architecture for Humanity-Chicago’s design for 2011 Fresh Moves Mobile Produce Market—a city bus that became a market on wheels to provide fresh produce to some of Chicago’s food deserts? What is the significance of heirloom seed libraries and how does this relate to the mission of historic preservation at the Hull-House Museum and design for change? Speakers: Laura Bowe, Co-Director Architecture for Humanity-ChicagoAaron Joseph, Deputy Sustainability Officer, City of Chicago Lisa Lee, Director of Hull-House Museum This program is presented in collaboration with the Hull-House Museum as part of their ongoing Rethinking Soup series, University of Illinois at Chicago

 FD!! Chicago -Advocates for Urban Agriculture are having an Urban Agriculture Policy Convening 5:30-8:30pm 1110 W. Belden Room 108 The AUA will hold this convening of Chicagoland urban agricultural networks, organizations and practictioners to learn about each others advocacy/policy-related efforts and find new opportunities to collaborate and coordinate with each other and local government.
FD!! Chicago – Uncommon Ground Fund-A-Farmer Party – 1401 West Devon 7-9:30pm $20 includes a drink and light appetizers plus a great silent auction!! Food Animal Concern’s Trust 2nd Annual Fun-A-Farmer Party and all proceeds go to FACT. Get more information and register here. Meet the farmers and find out about their family farm and their animals!
Chicago –  Green City Market Chef demonstration Carl Shelton of Boka. (Please hope for warmer weather for the chefs and for everyone working at the market!)  10:30am
Chicago – American Bourbon/Rye & Cheese Tasting event sponsored by Provenance Wine & Spirits at The Grafton Pub – 4530 North Lincoln Ave 7pm $20
FD!! Skokie – The Talking Farm has an all day open house at their Howard Street Farm – 3701 Howard St. 12 noon to 6pm in celebration of Food Day, find out about it  here on this post by Wendy Aeschlimann.

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 This event is going to be extraordinary because of the creative minds behind it so I suggest you buy your tickets soon!

 November 1

Chicago – Ravenswood Fall Wine Stroll – Multiple routes, lots of wines, $40 0ne route, $60 all routes including Provenance Wine and Spirits. 6:30 Pm

November 2-3

Chicago – Pasta Putttana’s Chef Table Series – Autumn Harvest Dinner with Squash Seed Oil Pairings – 1407 West Grand Ave. 7-9pm $90 (tax, gratuity and a bottle of oil provided) BYOB Please contact Jessica at 773-439-9623 or jvolpe@pastaputtana.com to reserve your seats (payment confirms your reservation) Seating is limited, especially for groups of 4 or more.

November 2- 4

Chicago - Great Lakes Bioneers Conference – University of Illinois at Chicago Positive solutions guided by nature. Great Lakes Bioneers Chicago invites you to join local and international visionaries to create nature-inspired solutions to society’s most important challenges. Programming for all ages, including speakers, workshops, visual and performing arts, and an exhibit hall. Keynotes by Vandana Shiva(speaking on Seed Sovereignty and Navadanya, Nina Simons, John Edel, Gerould Wilhelm, Mark Lakeman, Starhawk, and Richard Heinberg. Help us start a long-term, local movement!

November 5

Chicago – Illinois Stewardship Alliance Farm to Table Workshop at Kendall College Chefs, cooks, bakers caterers, purchasing agents and anyone else involved in the food service industry. They’re going to be filled with great speakers and tips on local sourcing. Check out our webpage for super easy registration, or just email drew@ilstewards.com. It’s that easy! http://www.ilstewards.org/farmtorestaurant

November 6

Evanston – NU Food Talks – Potluck - How is Northwestern University working to be part of the food sustainability solution? What are we doing now and what is in our future? Featuring Speakers: Rob Whittier, Director of Sustainability Steve Mangan, District Manager of nuCuisine

November 7
Chicago – Greennet Chicago’s Community Garden of the Year Annual Harvest Potluck 5:30pm – 8pm Jensen room at Garfield Park Conservatory 300 N. Central Park Ave. Nominate your community garden here.

November 10

Chicago – Provenance Annual Spirits TastingGrafton Pub and Grill – 3pm $10

HD! Crystal Lake – Harvest Dinner at Duke’s Alehouse – Sponsored by Slow Food City’s Edge and Slow Food Chicago – 6-8pm

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 artizone.com “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.




FOOD DAY EVENT: Volunteer at The Talking Farm, Get Involved in Your Community, Hot Drinks, Toasted Marshmallows

By
Posted: October 16, 2012 at 11:21 am

I’m a big fan of what The Talking Farm has done over the past year with their Howard Street Farm in Skokie. During this year’s growing season alone, they’ve installed a 10,000 sq. ft. Ethnic Heritage Demonstration Garden, built a hoop house and established a native prairie plant garden. Now, they’re moving on to their next phase of growth, and this year’s event in connection with Food Day 2012 is a great way to help out and get to know them.

On October 24, come any time between 12 noon and 6 pm to the farm. Dress for the weather, and they’ll have tools, gloves, hot/cold drinks, and marshmallows.  Tour the farm, pitch in by helping cut down weeds, and stay for a community campfire.

The farm is located at 3701 Howard St., Skokie (1/2 mile west of McCormick Blvd with parking in the lot at the Tot Learning Center). For more information, go here.




THURSDAY: Last Daley Center Farmers’ Market & Inaugural Red Meat Market

By
Posted: October 16, 2012 at 11:05 am

The bad news first: Thursday is the last Daley Center Farmers’ Market of the season.

The good news: It is the inaugural Red Meat Market, which is partnering with the Daley Center market to bring good meat to the city. Celebrated in connection with Food Day 2012, the Red Meat Market will offer butcher demonstrations by Rob Levitt of the Butcher and Larder and Cosmo Goss of Publican Quality Meats,  chef demonstrations from Sopraffina Market Caffe, and Kendall College’s School of Culinary Arts. There will be educational talks from Dan Rosenthal of the Green Chicago Restaurant Co-op, Dr. James Galloway, Asst. Surgeon General, The Zen Butcher, Bartlett Durand, and Alan Shannon the Director from the USDA. What’s more, you can spin the “Wheel of Meat” to win meat! (As yours truly has won meat after spinning the wheel of meat, I can’t tell you how fun that is.)

Meat will also be for sale (beef, pork, lamb and bison) from Slagel, LaPryor Farms, Black Earth Meats, Paulie’s Pastured Pork and Chicken, and Gourmet Grassfed. All cuts will be frozen, so take your cooler or insulated bag with you to work on Thursday.

The Red Meat Market runs from 7-4 pm. More information can be found here.




We’re Getting Back to Harvesting Some Eat Local Links – The Weekly Harvest – 10/15/12 Tuesday, October 16th, 2012
Get Stocked Monday, October 15th, 2012
The Local Calendar 10/11/12 Spence Foundation Harvest Dinner Tonight, Squash Abound at the Markets Thursday, October 11th, 2012
American Cheese Month, Illinois style! Wednesday, October 10th, 2012
Local Food at Local Schools Evanston Township High School Friday, October 5th, 2012
Send a Farmer to Italy Friday, October 5th, 2012
Time to Fill Up the Root Cellar: Thursday, October 4th, 2012
Happy American Cheese Month!! Thursday, October 4th, 2012
The Local Calendar 10/3/12 Harvest Dinner Season, Hullabaloos in Evanston & Plenty of Indie Spirits Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012
Play the Long Game, Now With Easy To Do’s Monday, October 1st, 2012