Local Calendar 11/14/12 Have You Bought Your Turkey Yet?

November 13, 2012 at 11:13 pm

Time is a-ticking, Thanksgiving is almost here and have you bought your turkey yet? You can still order a pasture raised turkey from Gunthorp Farms at the Green Grocer here or you can just click on their logo in the upper right corner of our home page. We would like to welcome the Green Grocer to the Local Beet fold and we truly hope that you click away and buy your turkey from them!!

Restaurants “going local” include the suburbs and Duke’s Alehouse & Kitchen in Crystal Lake is flying the Green Restaurant Association flag with 3 stars already so you can “Dine Green”! Not only does owner and chef Zal Dolezal source as locally as possible, he carries 150 beers, many of which are local names.

Our friends and partners of the Beet continue to thrive and Pastoral Artisan that is our source for all the news about farmstead cheeses and other good things, opened Bar Pastoral this week in Lakeview at Broadway and Wellington with a friend of the farmers market and current participant(fingers crossed for her) on Top Chef Seattle, Chrissy Camba at the helm.

One of my personal favorite food events focused on the farmer and other food matters is the Chicago Food Film Fest taking place at Kendall College 11/15 – 11/17, their tagline is “you eat, what you see” and it truly is an interactive, tasty, informative, and fun event!!!! See the calendar below for more information on it!

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!

Standard Market – 333 East Ogden Ave., Westmont

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.

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

Chicago - Goodgreens.org meeting – Sponsored by the USDA/Food and Nutrition Service – A collaborative meeting open to the public of anyone, public, NPO, or private/entrepreneur in the sustainable food space. 10am – 12pm 77 West Jackson Blvd. They do ask, that you contact Alan Shannon of the USDA if you plan to attend, his email is on the Goodgreens website.

Chicago – Uptown Market Uptown Farmers’ Market is year round. Every Thursday from 7-1 inside Weiss Memorial Hospital or in the parking lot during the warmer months. 4646 N Marine Drive

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.  Opening Night!! 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 – Green City Market - Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum 8am – 1pm 2430 N. Cannon Drive The chef demonstration is going to be Paul Virant of Vie/ Perennial-Virant !!!

Chicago – 61st Market sponsored by Experimental Station –  6100 North Blackstone 9am – 2pm Connie Spreen of the market sends out a great weekly letter with some inspirational thoughts and excellent info as to what will be available. Go here to sign up for it. Check out Spice! A pop-restaurant that fuses Mediterrean and Latin flavors. Axel Erk Penny Pastries will be there! A lot going on Saturdays at this market!!

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 6 – Multikulti 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!

Evanston – Although Evanston will hold an indoor market all winter, this event at Immanuel Lutheran Church has been historically when townies have shop for Thanksgiving and stock up for the colder months.  Expect a lot of your favorite farmers from the outdoor market – 8 – 1 PM – 616 Lake Street For a link to more of a description of the market from Terra Brockman of Henry’s Farm  go here….

Geneva – Geneva Winter Market 9am – 1pm 27 N. Bennett

Glencoe – Chicago Botanic Gardens Winter Farmers Market – 10am – 1pm 1000 Lake Cook Road 1st and 3rd Sunday of every month.

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

Oak Park – Wettstein Organic Farm visits the Buzz Cafe 905 South Lombard Ave. from 12pm – 3pm. They will have beef, chicken, lamb and eggs.

Woodstock – Woodstock Winter Farmers Market 9am – 12pm McHenry County Farm Bureau Building 1102 McConnell 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

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

Chicago – Pilsen Winter MarketHonky Tonk Barbeque 1100 South Racine 11am – 4pm Music at noon This is the first ever Winter market in Pilsen and sounds to be a very interactive, creative one with a variety of vendors.

Chicago – Three Story Street Feast:Local foods presented in a cross-cultural, progressive, five-course dinner. 6-9pm Southside Hub of Production 5638 S. Woodlawn Avenue $40 5 courses with drink pairings wow!

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.

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


November 22

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

November 28

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

November 29

Crystal Lake – Screening of Doctored -Featuring Crystal Lake’s Dr. Tony presented by Premier Wellness Chiropractic 6pm Raue Center for the Arts 26 N. Williams St. 6-8pm After the movie enjoy appetizers and 2 drink tickets at Duke’s Ale House. $20

December 1

Chicago – Logan Square Holidays On the Square – Participating businesses will be celebrating the season with sweets, treats, tastings, delicious pop up shops, trunk shows, cupcake food truck, Santa, a tree lighting and more! Provenance Food and Wine will be participating, check it out!

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 Chicago - Room 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.

December 10

Springfield – Illinois Stewardship Alliance – Annual Meeting 10:00am – 4pm Southwind Park ISA is the group that is trying to support, promote, facilitate, create all things local in the food system in Illinois.