The Local Calendar 1/16/13 Hello Greens Good By Flu…More Markets Open For The Year!

January 16, 2013 at 10:02 am

               My thought for this week is cooking good food and good health, I think we all hope that this “flu going around, just goes away for good!” One way to fight it is eating greens and good, nutritious food. Where else to find it but at the farmers markets! Anyone who has read the Beet for the last year, knows that Tamar’s book is basically The Beet handbook. So I had to start my New Year off with Tamar. In February, there is a great weekend focused on growing asian medicinal herbs locally. When I started to think about cooking tasty winter greens, my “go to” book for ideas with a healthful twist is Nina Simonds , “A Spoonful of Ginger”. Tai Nam Market was my stop for fish sauce  and rice wine vinegar and I will gather my greens at The Green City Market this weekend at the Nature Museum. My final “go to” book for this year is Michael Ruhlman’s “Ruhlman’s Twenty“. My colleagues here at The Beet are great cooks but for those like me, that are a bit challenged, Ruhlman’s book offers really basic techniques with simple recipes and ideas that turn 20 techniques into a gizillion different easy to cook meals.

We try to keep up on 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. Now on to the week ahead including Fourth Annual MLK Food Justice weekend and tonights Community Gardens Planning Meeting for 2013 at the Chicago Center for Green Technology at 6pm.


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

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 16

Chicago -    Chicago Community Gardeners Planning Meeting – 6-8 pm  at the Chicago Center for Green Technology, 445 N. Sacramento.  (Join the young-aggies group on google to get further information on community gardening)Dinner will be provided and children are welcome. Fellow gardeners are invited to participate in what will hopefully become an annual Chicago community gardeners gathering.
Though we all garden in unique corners of the City, we are bound by common challenges and opportunities. How will we conserve water in an era of drought and increased water bills? Where can we get mulch, compost and tools? How can we attract new gardeners and keep the current gardeners engaged? How can we train the leaders of tomorrow? Can we coordinate city wide neighborhood garden tours together and witness the efforts of fellow gardeners across the city?  Together we can rise to the challenge to build a garden community that is strong, coordinated and resilient.

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  5:30pm -8pm  Theme “Our neighbors to the north”- Mana Food Bar Meredith Neuman, Sarah Steedman, Cindi and Mike Webber, Alison True, Lynette Schroeter, John Roeser

January 17

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.

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 at The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum 8:30- 1pm 2430 North Cannon Drive The market runs indoors through April 27th

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

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  - Faith In Place Winter Market - 9am – 1pm Unity Temple Unitarian Universalist Congregation
875 Kenilworth

January 20

New!! Chicago – Open Feast Discussion and Pot Luck -10am  Sponsored by The Peterson Garden Project PGP Learning Center 4642 N. Francisco Join Irina Zadov and Abraham Epton for stories and recipes from Open Feast – a global storytelling series conducted around communal meals. Travel from Berkeley to Belarus and explore urban gardens, bootlegger caves, communal farms, and edible histories from North America and Eastern Europe. Bring a dish to share and a story about your own food journey!

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

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


January 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

Chicago - The PublicanHundred Horse Release Dinner  5:30pm – 10:30pm $65 reservations are by telephone only at 312-733-9555

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 BrewingTomato 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 3

Chicago - FarmacopeiaPurchase your tickets online today at the early bird rate. Invite your loved ones to be there too to celebrate and support the farmers who will be the pioneers in Midwestern cultivation of Chinese medicinal plants! 3-6pm Jane Addams Hull House Museum

Morton Grove - Winter Farmers Market - 9 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!