The Local Calendar 10/11/12 Spence Foundation Harvest Dinner Tonight, Squash Abound at the Markets

October 11, 2012 at 11:55 am

Squash is in season and you can see the variety of heirloom squash available at the Green City Market. The green, alligator skin, dinosaur-looking squash above was on the tables of Genesis Growers and it is actually called “Marina di Chioggia” and is an heirloom varietal that came from the town of Chioggia in Italy. Squash is one of those unique vegetables that really is a “meal in a gourd”. All you have to do is plop squash in the oven and let heat do its work. Once the flesh is soft you can just serve it outright, puree it, use it in soups or freeze it to use later. Squash is one of those vegetables that proves that, “you can’t judge a vegetable by its skin”. The markets this time of year are filled with the colors of Fall, oranges, reds and yellows. For those of you patrons of the Green City Market, you may know the names and faces of incredible farmers like Peter Klein of Seedling Farms but that booming voice shouting, “hot cider, hot cider” is the great pumpkin himself, Frederick Bomble who is a sommelier and a chef as well as being “the cider guy” and is one of the main stay characters of the Green City Market.

It is that time of year for Harvest Dinners so check the calendar, tonight is the  Spence Farm Foundation sit down HArvest dinner at the Green Exchange and is chock a block with amazing chefs who are ,also, incredibly dedicated to the farmer community, so get on down to the Green Exchange tonight !! 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

Chicago Ideas Week (Oct. 8 through Oct. 14) is going on, here is the link to the full calendar of events.
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.
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 12

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.

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 13

WHo Knew? Open House Chicago sponsored by the Chicago Architecture Foundation – Open to the public and free! Are you a snoop or curious what exactly it looks like behind some of these closed doors? This is your opportunity to see some beautiful indoor spaces.

Chicago – Chicago Ideas Week – Good Food: Stories of a Revolution – Growing 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.

 Chicago – Green City Market - Southern end of Lincoln Park, 7am to 1pm. 10:30am Chef demonstration will be Jeremy Billings of Scoozi. (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)

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 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!

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 15

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

Chicago - 4th Annual Cooking Up A Cure Celebrity Chef Event to benefit Sclerodema – Salvage One 1840 West Hubbard 5:30pm

October 16

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

October 17

Chicago –  Green City Market Chef demonstration John Anderes Telegraph (Please hope for warmer weather for the chefs and for everyone working at the market!)  10:30am

Chicago – The Spice House – Book signing The Flavor Bible – 6:30-8pm Old Town 1512 North Wells Appetizers that show off the stores wonderful spices will be served.


October 18

Chicago – Preview to Food Day 2012 The Red Meat Market at Daley Center 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!

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

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! 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.

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.

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 and Advocates for Urban Agriculture are having an Urban Agriculture Policy Convening 5:30-8:30pm 1110 W. Belden Room 108

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 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 to reserve your seats (payment confirms your reservation) Seating is limited, especially for groups of 4 or more.

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 It’s that easy!

November 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 “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.