The Local Calendar 10/3/12 Harvest Dinner Season, Hullabaloos in Evanston & Plenty of Indie Spirits

October 2, 2012 at 8:15 pm


The    Chicago Gourmet Festival was a raving success (here is a recap from our friends at The Chicagoist)  last weekend thanks to the weather cooperating and including things like the roasting of a pig by The Purple Pig. Fall is in full swing at the markets, there still are a few tomatoes left at some of the stands but pumpkins, brussel sprouts and apples abound. Apples, like some of the other fruits, are not as abundant as past years because of the early frost, but one varietal I tried this week is the Macoun which I found crisp with a bit of a sour kick.

It is that time of year for Harvest Dinners so check the calendar, there are a ton of options and they all sound great! The Talking Farm in Evanston is having their second annual Hullabaloo to celebrate all that they have accomplished on the Howard Street Farm property, activities include marshmellow roasting! The Indie Spirits Expo is tonight, and many of our favorite local spirits makers will be there!! Now on to the calendar below!!                                          


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 3
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 4

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 6

Chicago – Green City Market - Southern end of Lincoln Park, 7am to 1pm. 10:30am Chef demonstration will be Kristine Subsido Pecking Order.(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.

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)

Evanston – 2nd Annual Howard Street Farm Hullabaloo 3701 Howard St. 2-6pm Come out to the Howard Street Farm and feast your eyes on the AMAZING TRANSFORMATION that’s taken place! Since their debut Hullabaloo last year, they’ve installed a 10,000 sq ft Demonstration Garden complete with Ethnic Heritage raised beds, a hoop house, prairie plant showcase, and more! In their production area, they’ve graded all the land for proper drainage and assembled lasagna-bed crop rows.

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 7

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 – Slow Food Chicago Terra Madre Meet and Greet – 5-8pm Scrumptious Pantry 3230 West Fullerton Ave. Enjoy delicious bites created by delegate Tom Leavitt of White Oak Gourmet using ingredients produced by other members of the region’s delegation. Sip on wines from Italy and mingle with feloow supporters of the delegation. This event is free and open to the public, please RSVP however to let them know you are planning to come.

October 9

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

October 10

HD Aurora – Farm -to-Table Dinner sponsored by Slow Food City’s Edge and Slow Food Chicago at Amaury’s – 6:30pm 33 W. New York St.

Chicago – Get Fresh – Chicago Farmworks Groundbreaking Event – Rockit Bar and Grill 22 West Hubbard 5:30-8pm – A benefit for Chicago Urbanworks Farm Purchase tickets here

Chicago –  Green City Market Chef demonstration John Manion Sirena Clandestina 10:30am


October 11

HD Chicago – Harvest Feast to Benefit The Spence Farm Foundation – 6-9:30pm The Greenhouse Loft 2545 West Diversey Ave. Join them for Cocktail Hour from 6 to 6:45pm with hors-d’oeuvres and libations from some of Chicago’s favorite chefs & restaurants, then continue on to a four course local farm inspired dinner by Rick Bayless, Mindy Segal, Paul Virant, and Daven Wardynski served family style.

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

Chicago – Chicago Premier Now, Forager! Gene Siskel Film Center 8pm - A drama that foodies can sink their teeth into, NOW, FORAGER charts the unraveling of a shaky marriage founded on the pair’s livelihood harvesting rare wild mushrooms in the New Jersey woods and peddling them to chic Manhattan eateries.

October 13

Chicago – PreServe Work Day calling all volunteers! Help out harvesting at the Slow Food Community Garden project – 12th Place and Central Park Avenue in North Lawndale. RSVP to if you are interested.

Chicago – Chicago Ideas Week – Good Food: Stories of a RevolutionGrowing Power at Iron Street Farm 3333 S. Iron St.10am-1pm

What does it take to change a food system? Hear from revolutionaries making gutsy choices to change the way we eat, spend an inspiring morning at Iron Street Farm! Hear from leading advocates whose revolutionary vision and pioneering work are creating a new food economy made stronger by the choices we all make. Tour the inspiring Iron Street Farm facility and see their work to combat hunger, and provide job training and resources to at-risk populations. Come to connect with like minded people, hear stories, and share a delicious meal from Gourmet Gorilla.

October 14

Chicago – Food:Returning to Our Roots Chicago Ideas Week- MCA – 4:30pm – 6pm In a world driven by convenience, modernization and technological advances, health-conscious poioneers are rebelling when it comes to our most basic necessity: Food. CIW brings this complex topic back to its roots by educating consumers and serving up simplified innovations for a healthy lifestyle. Speakers: Madison Cowan, Sandra Holl, Simon Marjumdar, Kimbal Musk, Kavita Shukla SOLD OUT!

October 15

HD! Chicago – Logan Square Chamber of Commerce 7th Annual Fall Harvest Dinner - 6pm

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.

October 21

HD! 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 22

Release date of Issue 2 Graze Magazine

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

November 10

Chicago – Illinois Stewardship Alliance Farm to Table Workshop at Kendall College

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 “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.