The Local Calendar 11/7/12 Now That the Election is Over, Thanksgiving is Around the Corner

November 7, 2012 at 10:20 am


Thanksgiving is around the corner. Lots to do before then and “local” food is popping up  at more places than just the fall markets like the Green City Market now at the Peggy Notebaert Museum. Chef Marianne Sundquist, one of the founders of Mess Hall and Company along with her husband, Hans, was sampling her ghost pepper mustard and preserved cherries at Williams-Sonoma at 900 Michigan Avenue last Saturday. Mess Hall’s motto is “we preserve foods that we love and use organic ingredients that inspire us. if we don’t know who grows it, we don’t make it.” Local fruit preserves this year, like apples or cherries, because of the warm weather in early spring followed by the frost are in limited supply because of the very small harvest. Mess Hall’s are especially tasty!!

A new “local” restaurant that has been open for 7 weeks is the Local Root in Streeterville. Owner and Chef Isaac Weliver, worked for sustainable food resorts in Costa Rica, and has been the head chef of Zullos at the Green City Market. At Local Root, he has put together a mix of sandwiches, salads, and main plates. I could tell that the lamb chili I had for lunch after voting on Tuesday, had all the “good stuff” in it, it was just not your ordinary chili!! Intelligentsia is their local coffee roaster and they still are in the midst of putting together a map showing the origins of all the products they source from throughout Chicagoland/Michigan/Wisconsin area.

SandwichmeIn ( 3037 North Clark, Lakeview)is another new establishment focused on local sourcing that has been open in Lakeview for 6 months. Chef Justin Vrany’s motto is “do you know where your food is coming from?” He sources meat from Gunthorp Farms and Q 7 Ranch and bakes his own bread. SandwichMeIn is BYOB and BYOC(bring your own coffee), he is a local purist and feels that since coffee beans are not sourced locally, customers can bring their own coffee. The pork vegetable soup I had, had all the “good stuff” in it as well!! He has been able to be very resourceful through recycling and composting and the shop has only outputted 8 pounds of garbage since opening.

Have you bought your turkey yet? You can order a pasture raised turkey from Gunthorp Farms at the Green Grocer here. Lots to do before the holidays check out the fall farmers markets, 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. You can order pasture raised organic turkeys from Gunthorp Farms for Thanksgiving here!!

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

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 8

Chicago –  Cover Cropping Workshop Bentonhouse and Community Garden  5:30pm 3052 S. Gratten Be a part of this hands-on workshop on securing the fertility of your vegetable garden bed. We will be discussing the importance of cover-cropping with organic gardening, a variety of cover crop types and purposes, and adopting the techniques to our small-scale urban gardening. Sponsored by WeFarmAmerica Register at $10-$15 sliding scale

November 9

Chicago – Cover Cropping Workshop  - 2pm BentonHouse and Community Garden 3052 S. Gratten Another chance to learn how to take care of your urban garden before winter.

Chicago – Potash Markets at 1525 North Clark – Grand Opening Potash’s new “local” beverage and wine department. Taste some of the new offerings of wine and beer. 4-8pm

November 10

Chicago – Yes, We Can – Learn How to Can Green Tomatoes – 1pm $10 donation requested Held by WeFarmAmerica at the Green Exchange Go to the link for more information.

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 – Provenance Annual Spirits Tasting – Grafton Pub and Grill – 3pm $10

HD! Crystal Lake/Chicago – Harvest Dinner at Duke’s Alehouse – Sponsored by Slow Food City’s Edge and Slow Food Chicago – 6-8pm You can purchase a ticket that includes the train to and from Chicago.

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 11

Chicago – Logan Square Winter Market – 10-2pm Congress Theater Lobby 2135 North Milwaukee

Chicago – Glenwood Winter Market 9am -2pm The Glenwood Bar 6962 N. Glenwood

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.

Palatine – Farmers Market Countryside Unitarian Universalist Church – 1025 North Smith St. 10am – 2pm

November 12

Chicago – Bar Pastoral Opens!!! Woo hoo! Next to their eponymous cheese, wine & charcuterie shop 2947 North Broadway 5pm – 10pm

Chicago – Food Trivia Night  at Sono Wood Fired Pizzeria benefitting Common Threads 7pm 1582 N. Clybourn $30 Think you know your pulque from your pastillage? Join Heather Sperling of Tasting Table and Chandra Ram of Plate for a night of fun food facts, feasting and fierce competition.

November 13

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

Chicago – Floriole Cafe and Bakery – Cassoulet dinner $35 7pm 1220 West Webster

Chicago - The Stew Supper Club – 7:30 pm All veggie $45 6 course prix fixe 6340 North Clark

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November 14

Chicago – Soup and Bread at Garfield Park Conservatory – 6-8pm Garfield Park Conservatory just planted a new Breadfruit Tree, so what better way to enjoy sweater weather than to pair up this tree with other ingredient plants in the collection for a special Garfield Park Conservatory Soup & Bread night? Soup stations will be located throughout the Conservatory, with soup sharing and sampling by Chicago restaurants and cooks, including West Town Tavern, City Provisions, Mana Food Bar, Lula Café, and more. $5 suggested donation benefits the Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance and Breakthrough Urban Ministries,
Free for GPCA Members

Chicago – Two Sparrows Natural Wine Dinner -7pm 553 West Diversey A seasonal menu highlighting Domaine Martin Schaetzel, an organic and biodynamic wine from Alsace and Domaine Turner Pageot from the Languedoc. $65 No including tax and tip

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 – Faith in Place Winter Markets - 10 am – 2 pm Coppin Memorial AME Church 5627 S Michigan Ave

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.

Chicago – WeFarmAmerica Shindig 6Multikulti 1000 West Diversey 9pm – 2am Alright, you all know how we do! This ShinDIG is about sharing and fun! Though the name of this party sounds political, it is anything but! We’ll be jammin the night away at Multi-Kulti with live music, dance instruction, DJs, demos and SkillShares. Now that we’ve done the hard work of deciding if the POTUS will be a Democrat or Republican, we can start the easy stuff of sharing and learning new skills. Our SkillShare will feature: Fermentation, Knitting, Dance lessons, and AcroYoga and Thai Massage. Multi-Kulti’s always got a few thing up their sleeve as well, rest assured your needs will be quenched!So spread the word, bring some friends and get ready to Celebrate Yourself! $10-20 Donation at the door Bring your Dancing Shoes!

November 17 – 18

La Fox – 4th Annual Heritage Prairie Artisan Food and Craft Fair – 9am – 1pm 2N308 Brundige Road

November 18

Chicago - Glenwood Winter Market 9am -2pm The Glenwood Bar 6962 N. Glenwood

Chicago – Empty Bottle Farmers Market at The Empty Bottle – 12pm – 5pm 1035 North Western Public transportation options include: Bus #49 (Western) to Western/Cortez, #70 (Division) to Western, walk south 3 blocks, #66 (Chicago) to Western, walk north 5 blocks

November 19

Chicago – A Cassoulet and Beaujoulais Nouveau Event with Your Favorite Wine - Cyrano’s Farm Kitchen – 6pm 546 North Wells Presented by Chicagourmets $79

November 20

Chicago – Province Restaurant Annual Seedling Farms and Three Floyds dinner – 6pm 161 North Jefferson (West Loop) Chef Randy Zweiban had me at “Seedling”,  go to the link to see the menu, including things like “cherry barbeque roasted pork” with Alpha Klaus, American Porter, all for $50, tax and tip not included.

November 28

Chicago – Edible Chicago partners with Brooklyn Brewery for the Quarterly Carousal at High Dive Bar 1938 West Chicago Avenue near Damen.

November 22

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

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. Northbrook – Prairie Grass Cafe Hosts the Prairie State Winery Dinner presented by Evanston Cellars and the Midwest Wine Press. 601 Skokie Blvd. 6:30pm $85

December 6

Chicago – Fete ChicagoRoom 1520 1520 W. Fulton St. (Enter at Justine St.) 312-952-1520 She is at it again, organized by Heather Sperling of Tasting Table, formerly of Dose Market, this holiday shopping event includes amazing food, fashion, music, a mix of everything and entry is only $5. The best thing ever though is that all gate proceeds and a percentage of sales goes to Fresh Moves, the bus that brings fresh fruits and vegetables to food desert areas in the city.

December 8

Glenview – Faith in Place Indoor Market- 9 am – 1 pm Glenview New Church 74 Park Dr.