Local Calendar 3/6/13 Local Foods Awareness Day, Maple Syrup Fest & Farm Dinners Starting Earlier

March 6, 2013 at 9:58 am

Mark your calendar, March 13 is Local Foods Awareness Day hosted by the Illinois Stewardship Alliance, you can learn how to advocate for local food directly with your legislators at the Capitol in Springfield!! If you want a short road trip, check out the National Maple Syrup Festival hosted by Burton’s Maplewood Farm. The first Farm Dinner of the season is already on the calendar, March 23 at Mint Creek Farm. Check the Local Beet for more dinners to come, this calendar gets updated regularly!! If you want to show your support for good food for all, “Like” the Chicago Food Day page!!!

So much going on for the urban aggie this weekend with the Midwest Urban Farms Summit at The Plant, and of course only a week away from the Good Food Festival, Rob Gardner covered it here, the agenda and workshops are stronger than ever.

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. The Peterson Garden Project has lots of information and workshops for the urban gardner, Matt Kirouac described their Victory Garden they will showcase at The Chicago Flower and Garden Show. Now on to the busy week ahead for the urban aggie and the local foodie.

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

Chicago - Soup and Bread at The Hideout - 1354 W. Wabansia  5:30pm -8pm This week’s theme is The Ground – soups of the subterranean world. Our cooks are Edzo’s Eddie Lakin, Drew from Flesh for Food, Roots & Culture’s Eric May, Ted Cox, Sree Nair, Nancy Baumel, and Perry Kim. Bread donated by Publican Quality Meats and La Farine Bakery. Our DJ is Kenn Goodman. 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.

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

March 9

Chicago - Faith In Place Winter Market - Beverly Unitarian Church 10244 Longwood Drive 9am – 1pm

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.

Chicago – Edible Gardens Workshop 11:00 – 12pm Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum Planting Your Organic Garden: How to maximize productivity in the Chicago growing season.

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

Chicago – Midwest Urban Farmers Summit  The Plant 8:30am – 10pm 1400 West 46th St. Chief Beet Rob Gardner found out more details here….

Chicago –  CELEBRATING CITY GROWING Urban Farming Celebration features exclusive test screening of Growing Cities with filmmaker Q&A, Live music and Revolution Brewing and more. ECO Collective 2042 West 21st St. Doors open 7:30pm

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

Oak Park – Wettstein Organic Farm Buzz Cafe 12pm – 3pm Beef, pork and eggs

March 10

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

Chicago – Midwest Urban Farmers Summit continues The Plant 8:30am – 5pm

Chicago – Glenwood Sunday Market at The Glenwood Bar 9am -2pm 6962 North Glenwood

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

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 are $40

Chicago - Food Trivia A Night of Cutthroat Culinary Competition -  J. Parker Lounge at The Hotel Lincoln 6:30pm – 8:30pm Tickets are $20, 100% of which goes to Meals on Wheels. Hosted by Heather Sperling of Tasting Table and Chandra Ram of Plate Magazine. The J. Parker will provide complimentary snacks, and they promise to test the limits of your food savvy with entertaining culinary ingredients and esoterica.

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

Chicago – The Good Food Festival Starts Good Food Financing Fair 9am – 6pm UIC Forum

March 15

Chicago – The Good Food Festival Trade Show, School Food and Policy Summit 9am – 6pm UIC Forum

Chicago – The Good Food Festival Localicious 7pm – 9:30pm UIC Forum

March 16 

Chicago – 9am – 12pm The Good Food Festival The Art of Fermentation with Sandor Katz Rob Gardner will be facilitating this workshop.

12:30pm – 1:45pm “Is a CSA Right For You?” Lead by Associate Beet Editor and the author of the 2013 Local Beet CSA Guide, Wendy Aeschlimann. Jenny Borschardt Harvest Moon Farms, Kim Marsin Sweet Home Organics, Jody Osmund, Cedar Valley Sustainable Farms.

The  KIMCHI challenge, chef demonstrations and more!!!!

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 23

Kempton, Il – Mint Creek Farm Tour and Dinner – 3pm : Meet the tour group at Greenhouse Bed and Breakfast and join farmer Harry Carr for a tour of Mint Creek Farm.  There will be plenty of time to visit all the animals living on the 200+ acre farm including cows, chickens, pigs, sheep and goats.  Be sure to dress appropriately for the weather. There are many, many baby lambs and goats waiting to meet you in the coverall building where it is nice and warm.  Dinner: We will head back to the Greenhouse bed and breakfast for a beautiful dinner and a recap of the tour. You can find the menu on our website. $60 See the 3 minute short film on Farmer Harry Carr by Storybuzzmedia here.

March 30

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

April 4-7

Chicago – Fete Chicago – A 3 day celebration of food and design Grubstreet Chicago has all the details.

April 20

Chicago - Pinot Days  Navy Pier 2-5pm

Chicago – Red Meat Market Spring Lamb Butcher Class – With Ben Harrison Master Butcher Whole Foods Lincoln Park and a cooking class with Ryan Hutmacher of Centered Chef Studios. 10am – 1pm 177 North Ada Learn, eat and take some some good meat! $150

April 26

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

April 27

Chicago - Pastoral’s Artisan Producer Festival w/@pastoralchicago. Meet+eat+shop w/ 90+ culinary producers. Event is FREE

April 28

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


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