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

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!!


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.


October 24


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.