The Local Calendar 1/9/13 The Beet Goes On- Connect To Your Inner Locavore in 2013!

January 4, 2013 at 12:46 pm

It is that time of year where the farmers markets are few and far between but the growing cycle never stops. As city people, we get very removed from the details of what goes on behind the scenes at the farms and at the restaurants to produce, source, sell and create good food. City people are used to sitting behind a computer in an office surrounded by steel, glass and carpet filled with the ringing of phones, eyes glued to a tablet or a computer, filled with stress about the day ahead and mind/body far removed from anything to do with soil, plants, fields, animals, water and air. Food appears on the table as if from nowhere, and where it comes from is probably the last thing on an office person’s mind.  It is my hope at the Beet as we go into this New Year to provide more insights into what it means to produce, cook, serve “good food” and that you as a Beet reader will be encouraged to buy, cook, and dine local and will encourage your friends and that they will encourage their friends. I hope that you and you will get your friends to agree that the produce just tastes better, the locally distilled spirits go down the hatch easier and the people behind all these products really care!! I hope that you spend more time being choosy about what you eat and how your food is cooked and spend less time on determining what medication to take to solve a particular ailment. My other hope is for you to have fun and ask questions, taste the produce, learn your farmers or vendors name, make the farmers market a weekly family outing, go out to dine at a restaurant where the chef knows the farmers who they source from, cook something new, pick up  a new heirloom vegetable name, get engaged with what you are eating. New Year’s Resolutions can be filled with a lot of “stop”, and “no more of this or no more of that”. Supporting farmers markets and the local producers, restaurants and businesses that source local and artisanal products is a “do more”, you can’t go wrong if you increase your support of local and artisanal, it is a good thing!!! Everyone has an “inner locavore” you can tap into for 2013 whether you realize it or not!

The farmers are already receiving their seeds for this year, people like Sara Gasberra of Verdura, are encouraging the chefs to start thinking about planning their gardens, and thankfully we have places like The Green Grocer that makes eating local a year round endeavor. My biggest hope is that more people will have a response to the question, “why is local product more expensive?”, “why is it better for you?’, “why buy local?”, “why shop at a farmers market?”. As you read the local calendar (thank you by the way for reading it), I hope that I will provide you with events, and opportunities and ideas for you to engage with the local food community and so more people will be able to answer those questions and so your friends can answer those questions. Did I mention that eating and drinking is a fun activity!!!!!!! Happy Buy Local New Year!!

Lots coming up in the weeks ahead, Jan. 24 The First Bites Bash at Union Station to kickoff Chicago Restaurant Week, Jan 18th -20th the 4th Annual MLK Food Justice Weekend at KAM Isaah Israel, in Feb. Growing and Marketing Medicinal Asian Herbs and this Sat. in Oak Park, The Sugar Beet Cooperative Membership Kick-Off Party at the Unity Temple…yes…the Beet goes on!!


These stores specialize in local foods:

Artisanal Wilmette – 414 Linden Ave. Wilmette Sharpening By Dave will be onsite Sat. 1/12 How sharp our your knives?

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

Edible Alchemy Foods Co-op - Located in the near-SW Pilsen neighborhood, the co-op has grown to five locations in, including Hyde Park, River North, Lakeview, and Logan Square

Green Grocer 1402 West Grand Ave in West Town Check out their produce share January 9th through May 4th. You can still subscribe even though the share has started already.

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. Here is a link to their blog of “the best things our staff ate and drank in 2012“.

Publican Quality Meats – 835 W. Fulton, Chicago

Standard Market – 333 East Ogden Ave., Westmont

January 9

Chicago - Wine Wednesdays at Province Restaurant - Seasonal farm to table tasting menu 161 N. Jefferson

Chicago – Soup and Bread at The Hideout – 1354 W. Wabansia Theme – 5:30pm -8pm Four Cs: Cumin, coriander, cardamom, cilantro

January 10

Chicago - C & D Family Farms Hyde Park 7am – 10am  Harold Washington Park at 53rd & Hyde Park Blvd.

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 Spark of the Heart Soups will be there.

January 12

Bolingbrook – Faith In Place Winter Market – 9am – 1pm Church of St. Benedict 909 Lily Cache Ln.

Chicago – C & D Family Farms 8:30am – 10:30am Northcenter On Belle Plaine off Lincoln across from the CVS 11:30am – 1:30pm Division St. at Clark

Chicago – “Frosting on the Filipino Cake” Chicago Culinarian Historians Kendall College 10am – 12 noon 900 North Branch St.

Elgin – Winter Market at Habitat for Humanity ReStore Elgin – 800 North State St. 9am – 3pm (thru May) Their mantra is “Keepin It Local1″ As such, their intention has always been to supply the local community with local products and crafts.

Evanston – Winter Evanston Farmer and Artisan Market at the Ecology Center  9-1pm 2024 McCormick Blvd.  The market will be at this location for the next 5 months, today and every Saturday through April 27, 2013. Spark of the Heart Soups and C & D Family Farms will be there.

La Fox – Heritage Prairie Saturday Farmer’s Market  9am – 1pm 2N308 Brundige Road

Oak Park - The Sugar Beet Co-op Membership Kick-off Party & Winter’s Eve Market  7- 10 pm Unity Temple, 875 Lake Street in Oak Park They’re planning a magical, candle lit evening at historic Unity Temple and hope you’ll join them to learn more about the co-op, shop from local vendors, and celebrate the accomplishments of their growing organization. Enjoy wine & beer, snacks, and live jazz while you watch Sugar Beet Home Movies together. They will be offering memberships, outlining plans for the next year, and are eager to learn more about YOUR vision for The Sugar Beet Co-op. $20 per person will cover 3 drink tickets (21 and over), seasonal snacks, and a cozy evening in a beautiful place.

 January 13

Chicago – Andersonville C & D Family Farm 9am – 12pm St. Gregory parking lot on Ashland across from Jewel

Beverly - C & D Family Farm  8:30am – 10:30am In the parking lot at 95th and Longwood

New!! Chicago – Glenwood Sunday Market -  Sharpening by Dave joins them this Sunday at The Glenwood Bar, 6962 N. Glenwood, 9am – 2pm.

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

January 15

New!! Chicago – Dirk’s Fish Cuban Cooking Class – 2070 N. Clybourn in the Foundry shopping center 7:30pm til 9:30ish Frituras de Bacalao: salt cod fritters, Mariscado: Cuban seafood soup, Whole Baked Red Snapper with Salsa Verde Sauce, Enchilado de Camarones: shrimp in creole and rice, Cuban Flan B.Y.O.B. and B.Y.A (bring your appetite) $75 Call for reservations 773-404-3475

New!! Chicago – Re-Thinking Soup is back at The Jane Addam Hull House Museum 800 South Halsted 12pm – 1pm Now it is the third Tuesday of every month.


January 17

Chicago – Spiaggia Tartufi & Truffles Friends of James Beard Benefit Dinner

Chicago – Uncommon Ground celebrates it return to “World’s Greenest Restaurant ” as designated by the Green Restaurant Association. 6pm 3800 North Clark St.

January 18-20

Chicago – Fourth Annual MLK Food Justice Weekend ”Shmita: Food Security and Sustainable Design in the Sabbatical Year and Beyond” KAM Isaiah Israel 1100 East Hyde Park  Among the program highlights are a Friday night service, a Saturday afternoon community design workshop and Sunday sessions on food, farming and sustainable design. All events are held at KAMII at  Boulevard and are free of charge and open to the public.

January 19

Chicago – Green City Market opens for 2013 Peggy Notebaert Museum Free parking is available on Cannon and Stockton Drive

Janaury 24

Chicago – First Bites Bash 2013: Official Kickoff to Chicago Restaurants Week 6-9pm Union Station First Bites Bash is the official kick-off event for Chicago Restaurant Week, produced by Choose Chicago. Dirk Flanigan, Executive Chef of Henri and The Gage will host this year’s event, from which a portion of the proceeds will benefit Bear NecessitiesPediatric Cancer Foundation.

New!! Chicago – The Chicagoist presents Benton House Ramova Room” Soup Kitchen” 6-9pm 3052 S. Gratten St. They managed to put together an amazing lineup of chefs who grew up, live or work in the neighborhood. Mark Mendez (Vera) grew up in Bridgeport. Kevin Hickey (Allium) actually attended pre-school at Benton House and still lives in the neighborhood. Pleasant House Bakery’s Art Jackson readily said yes, as did Jay Sebastien and Carrie Clark of Bridgeport Pasty Co. Maureen Sullivan got Zaytune Mediterranean Grill’s Daniel Sarkis to participate. Even though Nightwood is in Pilsen, it’s close enough to Bridgeport that they got Jason Vincent to come aboard. All proceeds benefit the Benton House food pantry. Suggested donation is $10

January 26

Chicago - Young Aggies Gathering 12pm – 10pm Benton House - 3054 S. Gratten Ave What do you think about these Workshops? Raw Vegan “Cooking” Make your own Kombucha, Yogurt, & Kefir How to can your own fruits/veggies, Make a Mushroom kit, Start your own garden (kid friendly) Want to share in one of these Skillshares? Pick up pointers on basic winter bike maintenance Composting basics Thai Massage Share in some Yoga

Chicago – The Red Meat Market presents “The Whole Hog – Butcher Breakdown Class” Centered Chef Studios 177 North Ada St. 2 sessions 10am – 1pm 3pm – 6pm $150/class

January 27

New!! Chicago – Winter Farm and Wine Dinner West Town Tavern 1329 West Chicago Ave. 6pm  Join them for a warming mid-winter celebration of food and wine featuring meats, cheeses and produce from our local, Heartland bounty. Tickets are $79.00 per person including tax and gratuity. Purchase tickets by calling 312-666-6175.

January 28

Chicago – Choucroute Garnie at Floriole with Butcher and Larder – Monthy dinner $45 does not include tax/gratuity 1220 West Webster 7pm

New!! Chicago - CSA Night in NorthCenter hosted by Beguyle Brewing, Tomato Mountain, and Northcenter Neighborhood Association. 7-9pm 1800 West Cuyler More than 15 CSAs will be participating!!

February 1-2

Chicago - Growing and Marketing Asian Medicinal Herbs - Pioneers in Ecological Medicine(PEM) Co-sponsored by The Land Connection A 2-day workshop open to farmers interested in diversifying their business with specialty crops. The workshop will introduce growers to the basic strategies of producing domestic East Asian medicinal herbs. 9am-6pm Jane Addams Hull House

February 2

Morton Grove – Winter Farmers Market9 am – 2 pm right next door to our regular season site, at the Morton Grove American Legion Civic Center (6140 Dempster St.) These indoor markets will feature over two dozen vendors selling foods, gifts, and decorations for the winter holidays.

February 5

Chicago - Publican Quality Meats – 7pm Sean O’Keefe Chateau Grand Traverse Midwestern Wine Dinner $75 plus tax and gratuity

February 8

New!! Chicago – Tickled Pink for Bright Pink – The dynamic group at Tickled Pink are behind this event where proceeds support Bright Pink’s breast and ovarian cancer prevention and early detection programs for young women. 7-12pm River East Arts Center 435 East Illinois

Common Threads World Festival March 4

March 14-16 Good Food Festival 2013!!!! The festival bringing good food and farmers to Chicago!

Pinot Days - Saturday April 20th Navy Pier 2-5pm

Whiskyfest Friday April 26 - It sold out pretty darn quickly last year!! Better get your tickets now!