Local Calendar 2/27/13 Farmer Talent Show, One Earth Screens INGREDIENTS, Scrumptious Pantry Warehouse Sale

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February 27, 2013 at 10:03 am

The tables may look sparse at the winter markets, yet each week I still seem to come across a new ingredient or item, that I just had not seen or used before. Last week it was taking advantage of the abundance of radishes, this week it is popping corn.  In a world where people are becoming more leary of the effects of GE products and pesticides, little did I realize that The Three Sisters Farm table at The Green City Market had 3 different types of popping corn, which is a cheap and easy to make snack, all organic and locally grown rather than buying any of the store brands.

Much going on this week in the sustainable food event world which includes lots of Soup and Bread,  tonight of course at The Hideout, the theme is NY vs LA and tomorrow in Berwyn at Fitzgeralds then a WBEZ talk about The Soup and Bread Community by Martha Bayne, Saturday at Kendall College. The film INGREDIENTS is being screened at the One Earth Film Festival in Oak Park on Sunday that includes a mighty lunch of many soups by chefs and local cooks(Rob Gardner mentioned it here). A Farmer Talent show at The Hideout, Saturday, to showcase the farmers and learn about the CSAa they offer.  Associate Editor Wendy Aeschlimann’s comprehensive CSA Guide for 2013 is here.  An incredible warehouse sale of Scrumptious Pantry and Fortune/JDY Products, for those looking to stock up on artisanal products at a great price takes place Saturday.  Sauce and Bread Kitchen opens on Saturday, a Chili Cookoff at The Glenwood Bar Sunday, The Maple Festival in Indiana if you want to road trip, lots to choose from this week, check out the calendar!

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:

February 27

Chicago – Rum, Beer, Cheese and Chocolate – 7pm Grafton Pub 4530 North Lincoln sponsored by Provenance Food and Wine $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’s theme is NYC vs. LA. The possibilities are endless: Bagel vs. taco soup? Momofuku vs. Kogi soup? Subway vs. freeway soup? Our cooks are the brave Niall Munnelly, Andrea Lee, Sugar Beet Coop’s Cheryl Munoz, Smoque BBQ co-owner Mike McDermott, and a few still TBD. Bread graciously donated by La Farine Bakery and Publican Quality Meats. Donations benefit Association House. This week only we’re asking for a suggested contribution of $10; donate at that level you’ll get to take home a handmade ceramic bowl courtesy of Association House. But, never fear, we’ll still take pay-what-you-can donations as well.

February 28

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.

Berwyn – Soup and Bread returns to Fitgeralds – 6pm 6615 Roosevelt Rd. Donation of your choice

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

Chicago – One Earth Film Festival 2013 Multiple locations go to link

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 – Culinary Historians of Chicago & WBEZ present: Soup & Bread: Building Community One Pot at a Time  10am Kendall College $3 Martha Bayne explores the social role of soup and its history as a tool for both building community and fostering social justice

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

Chicago – Faith In Place Winter Market – 9am – 1pm Broadway United Methodist Church 3338 N Broadway

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

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

Woodstock – Woodstock Winter Market – McHenry County Farm Bureau Buiding 9am – 12pm 1102 McConnell Road

March 3

Chicago – Heat It Up! 4th Annual Chili Cook Off Contest and Festival Glenwood Sunday Market 12pm – 3pm The Glenwood Bar 6962 N. Glenwood Taster $10 in advance, $15 at the door Chefs $15 to enter

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

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

Oak Park – One Earth Film Festival- Screening of the Documentary Film INGREDIENTSplus a SOUP & BREAD LUNCHEON. Free and fun for the whole family! Noon – 3pm Euclid Methodist Church 405 S. Euclid Ave.  Jeff Spitz will be there to show a 10 minute clip of FOOD PATRIOTS, as well.  He will also facilitate an after film discussion.  A free soup luncheon with bread, home made desserts and coffee will be offered.  There will be  soup coming from all corners of Oak Park from pro che’s to homecooks who like to show-off their mad skills.

March 4

Chicago – Common Threads World Festival

March 5

Chicago – Hull House KitchenBehind the Kitchen Door Sustainable Restaurants: Labor Practices, Working Conditions and Wages in American Restaurants, a conversation with Saru Jayaraman 12-1pm Books will be available for purchase after the program. This event is part of the Chancellor’s Lecture Series. Free and open to the public.

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

SAVE THE DATE

March 6

Chicago – Province Chicago Farm to Table “Taste Of Spain” Dinner with Chicagourmets-7pm 161 North Jefferson  A cocktail reception and 4 course menu with wine pairings designed by Executvie Chef/Owner Randy Zweiban. Organic, and biodynamic sources are the foundation for food, wine, and beverages of Province. $99 plus tax/tip $89 if you are a member of Chicagourmets

March 9-10

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

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 12

Chicago –  Collaborative “Modern Midwest Dinner” 5 course tasting paired with wines, with Chef Andrew Zimmerman of Sepia and St. Louis Chef Gerald Craft of Niche and Pastaria. Grubstreet Chicago has the scoop on this and they had us after we read the amuse will be nettle tea and rendered chicken fat..hmm at Sepia 6pm 123 North Jefferson $115 not including tax/tip

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!  LOCAL BEET READERS GOING TO THE EVENT , IF YOU ENTER CODE ac10_12 WHEN REGISTERING FOR TICKETS, YOU WILL GET 10% OFF.  GET YOUR TICKETS NOW!

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

April 20

Chicago - Pinot Days  Navy Pier 2-5pm

April 26

Chicago - Whiskyfest It sold out pretty darn quickly last year!! Better get your tickets now!

April 28

Chicago - Michael Pollan lecture at Elmhurst College  “Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation”

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

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