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

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!!


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

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


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.