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

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!!!


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 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 It’s that easy!

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


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 “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.