The Local Calendar 2/6/13 Cider and Farmers Rule

February 6, 2013 at 11:06 am


A Cider Summit this Saturday at Navy Pier, a Cocoa Derby in Logan Square and coming up a Farmer Talent show, local craft beer and regional wine dinners, who said winter is a slow time in eat local land?

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. Knife Sharpening By Dave Logan 2/7 4-6pm Lincoln 2/8 4-6pm Journeyman Distillery Tasting Logan 2/9 3-6pm

Publican Quality Meats – 835 W. Fulton, Chicago

Standard Market – 333 East Ogden Ave., Westmont

February 6

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 “Down under” with cooks Bonnie Tawse, Richard Stacewicz, Simon Tankard, Dan Miller and more. Bread donated by La Farine Bakery and Publican Quality Meats. DJ this week: Jim Becker. Pay-what-you-can donations benefit the Chicago Help Initiative Bread generously donated by La Farine Bakery and Publican Quality Meats. All proceeds benefit Lakeview Pantry.

February 7

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 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

Chicago - Cocoa DerbyDefibrillator Gallery  1136 N. Milwaukee 1pm – 4pm A dangerous race featuring professional and home chefs and their curious chocolate creations! Presented by the folks at Graze Magazine $10

Chicago – Green City Market at The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum 8:30- 1pm 2430 North Cannon Drive The market runs indoors through April 27th The chef demo will feature Nicole Pedersen of Found at 10:30am.

Chicago – Edible Gardens Monthly Workshop – Planning Your Organic Garden 5 Keys to a Productive Beautiful Organic Garden 11:00am – 12pm Nature Museum Only a few spots left so to obtain a spot.

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 – Wettstein Organic FarmBuzz Cafe  12pm – 3pm 905 S. Lombard Ave. They will have a good selection of beef and pork, some eggs and lamb, although it would be a good idea to sign up for the eggs.

Plainfield – Faith In Place Winter Market – United Methodist Church – 15114 S Illinois St. 9am – 1pm

February 10

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

Roger’s Park – Glenwood Sunday MarketThe Glenwood Bar 6962 North Glenwood 9am -2pm The 2nd Sunday of every month through April.

February 11

New!! River Forest – One Earth Film Fest 2013  FREE Pre-Fest Screening of Award-winning “Chasing Ice” Documentary  – Dominican University, Priory Campus Priory Auditorium 7200 West Division St.  7-9pm

February 12

New!! Oak Park – One Earth Film Fest 2013 Free Pre-Festival Screening of “Food Patriots” Washington Irving High School 1125 S. Cuyler 7-9pm


 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.

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

February 26

New!! Chicago – Burton and Bourbon Dinner Deca Restaurant The Ritz Carlton -7:30pm  Join Tim Burton of Burton’s Maplewood Farm, Armando Zapata of Wirtz Beverage, David Hoppe, The Author of “Food For Thought:An Indiana Harvest” as Chef Mark Payne prepares a 3 course dinner inspired by Burton’s Bourbon barrel-aged maple syrup paired with Woodford Reserve Bourbon cocktails. $59 not including tax and tip, reservations 312-573-5160

February 27

Chicago – Rum, Beer, Cheese and Chocolate – Grafton Pub sponsored by Provenance Food and Wine

March 1-3

Chicago – One Earth Film Festival 2013

March 2-3, 9-10

Medora, IN – National Maple Syrup FestivalBurton’s Maplewood Farm

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 11

New!! Chicago – It’s baacckk! Brought to you by Imagine Festivals Chowdah Fest – Columbia Yacht Club 6:30-9pm Fantastic atmosphere, where else to drink chowder but on a boat in winter? Tickets $40

March 13

Springfield – Local Foods Awareness Day Sponsored by Illinois Stewardship Alliance

March 14-16 Good Food Festival 2013!!!! 

Chicago – UIC Pavillion – The schedule is out, tickets are on sale, higlights include a fermenting workshop by the “Expert” Sandor Katz and so much more!! Check the Local Beet for upcoming highights!

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!

Michael Pollan lecture at Elmhurst College April 28th 7pm “Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation”