Local Calendar 2/20/13 Local Options Continue To Grow Sauce and Bread Kitchen

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February 20, 2013 at 11:20 am

Local options continue to increase. Opening March 2 is Sauce and Bread Kitchen, (6338 North Clark, just south of Clark and Devon) the perfect combination from Mike Bancroft, the “Sauce Boss” of Coop Sauce  and Anne Kostroski of Crumb Bread. They will be selling all sorts of great sauces made with local ingredients as well as serving food, like maple sage sausage with whipped feta on a crumpet.

Radishes abound at the winter markets. As much as some people love them, their pungent flavor creates enemies despite their nutritional value containing potassium, Vitamin C and magnesium. In the spirit of fermentation, since Chief Beet Rob Gardner will be moderating a fermentation workshop given by Sandor Katz, Mr. Fermentation, at the Good Food Festival on March 16, this week my project was pickling a mixture of daikon, watermelon and green radishes. The tables of Nichols Farm at the Green City Market just had too many great radishes not to pick up some.

A bonus of going to the Green City Market is making it in time for the chef demonstration. This week was Nate Meads of Nellcote where they housemill their own flour. I sampled apple strudel and a few lucky dads who were there watching with their kids were able to take some of the strudel dough home to bake themselves! Another reason to make it to the market in the wintertime!

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:

WHERE TO FIND LOCAL FOODS

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 20

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 This week our theme is “All Things Cow-nsidered” …. which means cheese, butter, cream, and all kinds of beefy goodness. Our cooks are Kim Bellware, Perry Kim, John McKevitt, Mark Smrecek, Bonnie Tawse, Rich Kinczyk, and the cheesemongers of Bridgeport’s Great American Cheese Collection. Bread donated by Publican Quality Meats and La Farine Bakery. Our DJ is Bloodshot Records’ Scott Schaefer; pay what you can donations benefit the Central City Housing Ventures food pantry.

February 21

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 .

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 23

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.

Hyde Park – Faith In Place - Augustana Lutheran Church of Hyde Park 5500 S Woodlawn Ave 9am – 1pm

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

February 24

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

February 25

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

February 26

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.

 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 Read Matt’s writeup here….

SAVE THE DATE

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 – Scrumptious Pantry Warehouse Sale – Want to get in on some great foodie deals, this is the event to go to, from 11am -2pm, if the event at the JDY Warehouse this past summer is any indication, if you love artisan products this is a must. Scrumptious Pantry headquarters 3230 West Fullerton .25 mile walk from the Logan Square Blue Line

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 5

Chicago – Mix It Up with Jo Snow Syrups and Whiskey Sister – Whiskey Cocktail Mixology Course 6:30 – 8pm English Bar 444  N. LaSalles $20 Whiskey Cocktails Mixology Course w/Jack Daniels, Woodford Reserve and Jo Snow Syrups
learn and name 4 brand new crafted whiskey cocktails appetizers and prizes! Ladies only event

March 9

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

March 11

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

*****!!!! Chicago/Springfield – Local Foods Awareness Day Sponsored by Illinois Stewardship Alliance Jessica Fujan from Food and Water Watch will be leading a group from Chicago to participate in advocacy for the GE Labeling Bill, you don’t have to worry about not being prepared, they will train you as well. Here is all the information.

March 14-16

Checkout the schedule!!  Good Food Festival 2013!!!!  Chicago – UIC Pavillion – Good Food Financing Conference Thursday March 14Friday March 15 Tradeshow, School Food and Policy SummitLocalicious Friday 7pm, and finally, the Good Food Festival on Saturday March 16Highlights 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-op - Jane 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”
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