This Week’s Local Calendar – Superbowl, Asian Herbs, Morton Grove Market and More

January 30, 2013 at 10:55 am

                Amazing what pops up at the winter markets. At the Green City Market last weekend, among the squash, turnips and winter greens, was Chef Jared Van Camp at a table selling his house-made charcuterie, including sopressata and toscano which will now be available at Publican Quality Meats as well. Morton Grove has their Winter Market this Saturday at the American Legion Civic Center, 6140 Dempster St. The Land Connection is a sponsor this weekend of workshops and events about Growing Asian Medicinal Herbs at the Jane Addams Hull House. Thursday Soup and Bread debuts at Fitzgerald’s in Berwyn. A new addtion to the forward calendar is the first annual Urban Livestock Expo on Feb. 16 , join the Google group “Chicago Chicken Enthusiasts“, for more information.

We try to keep up on events but miss some, some sites to check out for further detail on sustainable food/urban ag are the Illinois Stewardship Alliance out of Springfield and the Advocates for Urban Agriculture here in Chicago.  Now on to the week 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

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 30

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 Oh gosh, I think this one will be a doozy! ”The 3Bs: Beans, Beer, and Bacon” with cooks drawn from the ranks of the culinary chat site LTH Forum and the good folks of Cedar Valley Sustainable Farm (instigators of the new Soup & Bread: Ottawa series). Bread generously donated by La Farine Bakery and Publican Quality Meats; our DJ is Sarah Gardiner. All proceeds benefit Lakeview Pantry.

January 31

Berwyn – Soup and Bread, yes, the same folks of the Hideout Soup and Bread and the cookbook debuts at Fitzgeralds. 6pm 6615 Roosevelt Rd. 6 blocks from the Forest Park Blue Line Stop This event benefits CBS Anti-Hunger Foundation, a 25-year-old organization that serves more than 200 families every week in the Berwyn/Cicero/Stickney area.

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.

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

Chicago – Food Entrepreneurship Boot Camp – 10am – 12pm – 415 N. Dearborn Free orientation given by Dr. Marcia Scheurer of Culinary Connections. Network with other Chicago Foodies and Food Entrepreneurs, hear about the latest food trends, and learn about the first Food Entrepreneurship Boot Camp. Although this is free, space is limited so register here.

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

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 3

Superbowl XLVII 

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

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

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

Chicago - Farmacopeia - Purchase 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


February 5

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

February 8

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

February 9

Chicago - Cider Summit - At Navy Pier 11am – 7pm Over 60 Artisanal Hard Ciders Buy tickets here $20

February 16

Chicago – First Annual Chicago Urban Livestock Expo - 10am – 1pm Garfield Park Jensen Room  The information, supplies, and support you need to keep backyard poultry, bees, goats, and rabbits Registration starts at 10AM Welcome, introductions, and presentations begin at 10:15AM In-depth briefings 11:15AM-12:15PM Browse info tables and network until 1PM Questions? Want to provide information or volunteer? Email  Sponsored by Advocates for Urban Agriculture (, Chicago Chicken Enthusiasts (, Angelic Organics Learning Center (

February 17

Chicago – Butcher and Larder/La Sirena Clandestina Bare Knuckle Farms Dinner – 6-9 pm 954 West Fulton Rob Levitt and John Manion team up, Grubstreet Chicago has all the details.$85 $30 optional drink package

February 19

Glenview – Spice It Up Indian Style- Glenview Public Library – 7pm 1930 Glenview Road Join Spice House owners Tom and Patty Erd for their popular program on the history of spices at a library near you. The spice trade has shaped the course of history since the earliest civilizations. You’ll hear tales of adventure and piracy, and come home with new knowledge and a goody bag of spices.

February 22

Chicago – 2 Sparrows Virtue Cider Dinner – 7pm 553 Diversey Pkwy w/a first look at Virtue’s new cider “Mitten” $50 includes beverages

March 2

Chicago – CSA Fair and Farmer Talent Show – 2-6pm The Hideout 1354 W. Wabansia Think farmers just milk your cows and pull your turnips? Think again, well-intentioned friends! Come out to watch them perform for YOU on stage. In between acts, browse each farmer’s booth for info on how to join a CSA farm for 2013

March 3

Chicago - Truffles Made Easy – 2-5pm Katherine Anne Confections 2745 West Armitage Hosted by Chicagourmets Wine, cheese, chocolate, port, truffle making $52

March 4

Chicago – Common Threads World Festival

March 13

Springfield – Local Foods Awareness Day

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!