Local Calendar 2/13/13 Know Your Urban Animal First Annual Livestock Expo Sat

February 13, 2013 at 10:42 am

We are in the midst of winter and snow is on the ground to prove it. It is that time of year where the abundance of root vegetables take over the tables and there is a definite lack of greenness, the indoors at the Green City Market mirrored what was outdoors! There were plenty of radishes to choose from, like the diakon radishes at the Nichols Farm table.  Kimchi, anyone?

However, there is still lots going on in local land like the first Annual Urban Livestock Expo at the Garfield Park Conservatory. You can put on your Farm City hat and learn how to raise your own chickens and you can take a break while you are there and check out some of the flower show going on and get warm! Make sure you have the Farmer CSA Fair Talent Show on your calendar for March 2 at The Hideout, a great way to know your farmer and know your CSA.

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 as well as WeFarmAmerica which has tons of weekly events. 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

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.

Publican Quality Meats – 835 W. Fulton, Chicago

Sauce and Bread Kitchen – 6338-40 N. Clark, Chicago Looking forward to it opening on March 2.

Standard Market – 333 East Ogden Ave., Westmont

February 13

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 Our soup theme this week is the Valentine’s-appropriate “Love, Lust, and Hate.” We’re looking forward to soups of giddy hopefulness, uncontrollable desire, and dark, smoldering revenge. Or maybe just quiet comfort and a pair of cozy slippers. Our soup cooks for this week are: Christine Cikowski and Josh Kulp from Sunday Dinner Chicago, Foodgasm’s Ashley Simone and Etta Worthington, Kiku Handmade’s Laurie Freivogel, Rock Candy’s Helen Tsatsos, freelance writer Lisa Chalem, and Maria Wilson. Bread generously donated by Publican Quality Meats and La Farine Bakery. Our DJs are Gwen and Jeremy Lemos; pay-what-you-can donations benefit Common Pantry.

Chicago - Winter/Indoor Gardening: Seed Starting & Countertop Herb Gardening WeFarmAmerica 5:30-7:30pm Green Exchange 2545 W. Diversey (Greenhouse Loft)Get an early start with seedlings for your vegetable garden or get your fix with indoor herbs. We’ll show you how to do both in this hands-on workshop. Get Tickets NOW(Sliding Scale – No one will be turned away)

February 14

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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 This is an appropriate day to stock up on Spark of the Heart Soups .

Chicago - RAW! Breakfast Workshop 5:30-7:30pm Green Exchange 2545 W. Diversey There’s much more to a Raw Breakfast than just juicing and smoothies. We’ll show you a handful of tasty and healthy recipes to get your morning started right Get Tickets NOW! (Sliding Scale – No one will be turned away)

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 martha@learngrowconnect.org  Sponsored by Advocates for Urban Agriculture (www.auachicago.org), Chicago Chicken Enthusiasts (www.chicagochickens.org), Angelic Organics Learning Center (www.learngrowconnect.org

Chicago – 15th Annual Vintage Strong Beer FestDelilah’s 2771 N. Lincoln Noon – 5pm $20 An unprecedented selection of rare beers will be available.

Chicago – Green City Market at The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum 8:30- 1pm 2430 North Cannon Drive The market runs indoors through April 27th Bring your children to Club Sprouts at 9:30 – 10:15am. The next monthly Edible Gardens workshop will be March 9.

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

February 17

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

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

Oak Park – Faith In Place Indoor Markets – St. Giles Catholic Parish 1101 N.Columbian 8:30am – 1pm

February 19

Chicago – Re-Thinking Soup Jane Addams Hull House 12pm – 1pm “African American Food Traditions” Soup Black-eyed peas in tomato and onion sauce  Re-Thinking Soup honors chef and author Edna Lewis, (1916-2006) long considered an African American trailblazer in the culinary world. The next RTS will be Tuesday March 9

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

February 25

Chicago – Monthly Dinner Floriole Bakery and Cafe – Chocolate & Vanilla 7pm $35

February 26

Chicago – The Stew Supper Club presents Basque Supper 7pm Sauce and Bread Kitchen – 6338-40 N. Clark

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

New!! Chicago – Food Day Community-wide meeting – 10:00-11:30am Food Day is a national movement, and is recognized across the country on October 24. Come learn what Food Day is and identify ways you and your organization can get involved. Go to the link on Facebook for details, RSVP required.

February 27

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

February 28

Hyde Park – Winterdine at The Experimental Station – A 5-course dinner prepared in their own wood-fired oven by Chef Erling Wu-Bower, a culinary star on the rise, now chef de cuisine at avec. Chicago winter ‘s most convivial dining experience, served indoors in a wintery ‘North woods’ setting. To reserve your places at the table, you may send a check in the amount of $250 per person, written to Experimental Station, with ‘Winterdine’ in the memo line. Seating for Winterdine is not assigned. Assigned/reserved group seating for 8 for you and your guests is available for $3,000. Please include your email address so that we can confirm your dinner reservations. Our address is Experimental Station, 6100 S. Blackstone Avenue, Chicago, IL 60637.

March 1-3

Chicago – One Earth Film Festival 2013

March 2-3, 9-10

Medora, IN – National Maple Syrup Festival – Burton’s Maplewood Farm

March 2

Chicago – Opening of Sauce and Bread Kitchen – 6338-40 N. Clark Brought to you by Mike Bancroft of Coop Sauce and Ann Kostroski of Crumb Chicago as well as they both are behind The Stew Supper Club.

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 – Floriole Bread Class – 3pm $75 plus tax includes a glass of wine and a pizza dinner along with the class.

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 9

Chicago – Bee Keepng Class Chicago Honey Co-op Jane Addams Hull House 10am – 3pm $75

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

Checkout the schedule!!  Good Food Festival 2013!!!!  Chicago – UIC Pavillion – Good Food Financing Conference Thursday March 14, Friday March 15 Tradeshow, School Food and Policy Summit, Localicious Friday 7pm, and finally, the Good Food Festival on Saturday March 16. Highlights include a fermenting workshop by the “Expert” Sandor Katz moderated by Chief Beet, Rob Gardner. Support the Beet, support Good Food and sign up for the festival!

March 23-24

Grand Rapids, MI – Great Lakes International Cider & Perry Competition – The Great Lakes Cider & Perry Association, a not for profit organization formed to showcase and promote the art of apple and pear fermentation beverages and provide related educational opportunities, is the sponsor of this competition taking place at the Courtyard by Marriot in downtown Grand Rapids.

March 30

Chicago – Bee Keeping Class Chicago Honey Co-opJane Addams Hull House 10am – 3pm $75

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”