The Local Calendar 11/20/12 Are You Ready For Turkey Day? The Weeks Ahead!

November 20, 2012 at 2:10 pm

Are you ready for Thanksgiving or panicking? If you still need to do some shopping the Green City Market is open tomorrow and welcomes you at the Peggy Notebaert Museum. The chef demonstration at 10:30 will be Rick Bayless of Frontera Grill, Topolobampo and XOCO. The pictures above, include “local in a jar”, a rainbow of picked vegetables from Bushell & Pecks, red kuri squash from Genesis Growers, and the beautiful insides of a watermelon radish from Leaning Shed Farms, all of whom will be at the Green City Market tomorrow!

Holiday market season is upon us and some coming up to take note of are: Ms. Mint’s 2012 Holiday Bazaar on Tuesday Dec. 4th from 4-9:30pm at Goose Island Brewpub, 1800 North Clybourn. Kate Gross has an eye and nose for unique agricultural products from all over the midwest and a Tuesday late afternoon/early evening is an easy time to drive or train it into the city and miss the holiday traffic and crowds. Another fun market coming up is FeteChicago, a pop-up food & design night market organized by Heather Sperling, another one who has a sharp eye for cool things. It’s happens Thursday December 6 from 6pm to 10pm at Room 1520, 1520 West Fulton St. Co-op Image is having their holiday bazaar on Saturday December 1 and it benefits all the programs that they provide.

We try to be inclusive of events but miss some, some sites to check out for further detail on sustainable food, urban ag, workshops/events are the Illinois Stewardship Alliance out of Springfield, their facebook page is here, we “like” them, and the other group is here in Chicago, Advocates for Urban Agriculture, we “like” them as well.

Lots to do, the farmers’ markets choices are a little slim this weekend (farmers need a break now and then too) but the fall/winter markets will pick up again Saturday December 1, 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!

Standard Market – 333 East Ogden Ave., Westmont

November 20

Chicago - Re-Thinking Soup Jane Addams Hull House 12pm – 1pm 800 S. Halsted Topic of the Day Candor and Comedy: The funny and not so funny world of food, diet, exercise, environmental justice and sustainability. Presenters Samantha Irby of the wildly popular blog “Bitches Gotta Eat” and Coya Paz, poet, co-founding member of Teatro Luna and director of the new play “Unnatural Spaces” will delight audiences with their formidably funny writing styles. Soup of the Day  Loaded Baked Potato

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. It is not too late if you want to go!

November 21

Chicago – Green City Market - Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum 8am – 1pm 2430 N. Cannon Drive The chef demonstration is going to be Rick Bayless of Frontera GrillTopolobampo and XOCO. For some thoughts about farmers and food during holiday time here a link to Green City’s “Knowledge CSA” , a speech by David Cleverdon of Kinnikinnick on “No Farmers, No Food” given in October at a conference on farming.

Chicago – A Special Edition of Soup and Bread at The Hideout – 5pm 1354 West Wabansia Our friends at the Hideout are holding a pre-Thanksgiving edition of Soup and Bread to help their friends at Good Fork in Red Hook, Brooklyn who got hit by Hurricane Sandy. Come join us the day before Thanksgiving and hang with friends, eat soup prepared by all manner of cooks, listen to Bloodshot Rob DJ (he’s making soup too!), and get out of the house before the holiday vise tightens too much.

November 22

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

November 24

(Don’t despair, next week most of the Fall markets will return, it is a holiday break day)

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 – La Fox – Heritage Prairie Indoor Farmers Market – 9am – 1pm 2N308 Brundige Road

November 25

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

November 27

Chicago – “The Culinary Magic of Fermentation” Jane Addams Hull House Re-Thinking Soup University of Illinois at Chicago 800 S. Halstead Video conference with Sandor Katz


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!

Chicago - Co-op Image Holiday Bazaar Ignite Glass Studios 4-11pm 401 North Armour Live glass blowing demonstration music and food!

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, is bringing. 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 7

Glenview – Screening of “FRESH The Movie”, Glenview New Church 74 Park Drive 7:30pm Sponsored by Faith In Place and The Glenview League of Women Voters.

December 8

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

December 10

Chicago – The Stew Supper Club  - “Breakfast for Supper” 6338-40 North Clark 7:30pm $45 and you can purchase tickets here.

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.