Local Calendar 3/27/13 Hoop House Greens Continue, Flowers Appear At the Markets

March 27, 2013 at 9:07 am

Spring is in the air. Flowers are starting to appear at the markets which is always a hopeful sign that Spring is truly here!!! Hoophouse organic greens are still on the tables, like the mesclun greens from Genesis Growers at the Green City Market above. They had baskets of napa cabbage and bok choy as well. Go here for more “What’s In Season” from Chief Beet Rob Gardner.

Farm dinners (FD) are starting earlier this year.  We have listed dinners we are aware of so far, with some of the leading sustainable farmers in the area, Mint Creek Farm, Prairie Fruit Farms and Slagel Family Farms. The dinners book up pretty quickly so time to get a-scheduling! There are other “road trip” (RT) opportunities ahead, morel season is soon, ramps will start appearing at the markets, spring is here!!!

Farm Dinners 2013

Mint Creek Farm - Stelle, IL 4/21, 5/11 All meet-up at The Greenouse Bed & Breakfast just down the road from Mint Creek. Dinners are BYOB and include a farm tour. Mint Creek is known for their sheep but ask Farmer & Poet Harry Carr to recite one of his poems or bring a poem of your own to share!!

Outstanding In The Field - National farm dinner tour, has set the bar for farm dinners with their connected tables of white table cloths and stemware. Here are their Midwest dates, go to the links for reservations. 8/4 (Shooting Star Farms, Chef Tory Miller, Mineral Point, WI), 8/5(Pinehold Gardens, Chef Dan Van Rite, Oakcreek, WI), 8/7(City Farm Chicago, Chef Jared Wentworth), 8/8(Mick Klug,Chef Brian Huston, St. Josephs, MI), 8/10(Seedling Farm,  Chef Stephanie Izard, South Haven, MI)

Prairie Fruit Farms -Champaign, IL  5/18, 5/25, 6/1, 6/15, 6/29, 7/13, 7/27, 8/10, 8/24, 9/7, 9/21, 10/26 The Prairie Fruit site describes the chef, theme and menu. Here is brief description of what to expect. Reservations can be made on the Showclix site, only 40 seats available per dinner and only 4 tickets can be purchased per person, the price incudes tax, tip not included BYOB. Prairie Fruit is known for their goats and cheeses but they ,also, make some killer gelato!

Slagel Family Farms - 5/186/87/208/109/14 The Slagel Family has teamed up with some well known Chicago chefs who have supported farm to table food for a long time. For each of these dinners, transportation is included in the price from Chicago to the farm, and its BYOB. Slagel pork among their other meats has been a sought after menu item at some of the top restaurants in Chicago and Farmer Louis John Slagel has been a leader in sustainable farming.

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 showcased at The Chicago Flower and Garden Show. Now on to the very busy 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

Standard Market – 333 East Ogden Ave., Westmont Be sure to say hi to Rockstar Butcher Joe Parajecki!!!

This Week’s Calendar And Beyond In Local Food:

March 27

New!!!!!! Chicago – Spring Fund Raiser Growing Green for CFCWhirlaway Lounge – 3224 West Fullerton 7pm – close Please join Corner Farm Chicago and The Whirlaway Lounge in celebrating the start of the ASCF’s 5th growing season and KMCF’s 1st full growing season! Your suggested donation of $10 gets you one raffle ticket and big smiles Additional raffle tickets are ridiculously cheap (6 for $5! I mean, really…) Raffle Drawing takes place at 10pm!

Chicago - Soup and Bread at The Hideout - 1354 W. Wabansia  5:30pm -8pm This week’s theme is “Alliums & Asparagus” — or soups of tentative spring. We’ve got a full complement of cooks on board, with a return visit from Sunday Dinner Chicago, plus Mark Smrecek, Christian Austin, Hunter Seamons, and more. Our DJ this week is our own Michael Slaboch, and bread is generously donated by Publican Quality Meats. Pay-what-you-can donations benefit Teen Living Programs. Come support Associate Beet Editor Wendy Aeschlimann who will be serving a soup!!!

Chicago – Seed Starting and Garden Planning WorkshopGrowing Home Wood Street Urban Farm- 6pm 5814 s. Wood St. One of their farmers, Elspeth McGarvey will cover the different techniques of planting and tell you when to start vegetables by direct seed or seedling. Get your questions answered about anything from planning and planting to tricky garden pests. They welcome beginner gardeners and seasoned green thumbs to join us! Participants will take home a flat of their own planted seeds* and experience a free tour of the Wood & Honore Street Urban Farms.This is a family-friendly event so feel free to invite a child, relative, neighbor or friend for some fun learning and fellowship.

March 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

Chicago - City Chicks WeFarmAmerica Urban Homesteading in Chicago Chicks in the City 6pm Green Exchange 2545 West Diversey $20 Reserve here

March 30

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. Chef Martin Cabrera of Barrio Urban Taqueria in Nature’s Lunchbox.

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

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

March 31

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


April 2

Chicago – “It’s Not You, It’s Brie” by Kirstin Jackson: Book signing, cheese and wine pairing, includes BOOK! City Winery 7pm $55

April 3

Chicago –  Book signing by Kirstin Jackson “It’s Not You, It’s Brie“Provenance Wine and Spirits – Lincoln Square

Chicago – “The Weight of the Nation” Market Movies The Experimental Station – 6:30pm 6100 South Blackstone Complimentary popcorn will generously be provided by Mother Butter’s Popcorn and Confectionary, one of your very own 61st Street Farmers Market vendors.  Another Market vendor, B’Gabs Goodies, is located inside Experimental Station and will be open until 7pm to satisfy your juice, smoothie, or raw vegan meal fix.

April 4

Chicago – Fete Night Market 5:30pm – 10:00pm Room 15201520 W. Fulton St. (at Justine St.) Ring in the weekend with a lively nighttime market featuring two floors of food and design. Come hungry: Grab dinner at pop-up restaurants from Ruxbin, Parson’s Chicken & Fish and Trenchermen; snacks from La Sirena Clandestina, Pecking Order, Pleasant House, Panozzo’s and more; sweets from Dana Cree (Blackbird), InterUrban and dozens of others. Sip complimentary Virtue Cider and 5 Rabbit beer, drink cocktails from Longman & Eagle and Local Wine & Spirits, and shop goods from 40 of the finest food and design artisans from Chicago and beyond (see the vendor list). A portion of the night market’s proceeds benefits Fresh Moves. Tickets here…

April 5

Chicago - Fete Chicago  - Adopting Cuisine: A Conversation with Matthias Merges (Yusho) and John Manion (La Sirena Clandestina) Led by Chandra Ram of Plate Magazine 4:30pm – 6pm La Sirena Clandestina, 954 W. Fulton Market (at Morgan St.) Admission: $20 (Ticket includes a variety of Brazilian, Argentine, and Japanese snacks from Yusho and La Sirena.)

Chicago – Fete ChicagoProcess and Raw Materials: Gillion Carrara, Kristin Mariani and INDO’s Linsey Burritt and Crystal Grover Friday 5:30 – 7 p.m. INDO, 1008 W. Randolph St. (at Morgan St.) Come join a discussion led byPitchfork/Nothing Major Creative Director and Show ‘N Tell Show host  Michael Renaud about the artists’ processes of transforming organic materials into works of art. Admission: $12 (Ticket includes beer and bites.)

Chicago - Fete Chicago2nd Story Presents: Tales from the Table, featuring Ina Pinkney, Mike Gebert, Molly Each, and Jessica Young 5:30pm – 7:30pm na’s, 1235 W. Randolph St. (at Racine Ave.)
Admission: $20 (Ticket includes appetizers prepared by The Breakfsat Queen herself; cash bar.)

April 6

Chicago – Fete Chicago continues - Discovering the Plant: An Inside Look with Founder John Edel 10:30 a.m. – noon The Plant1400 W. 46th St. (at Bishop St.) Admission: $12 (Ticket includes samples and snacks from The Plant’s tenants.) BUY TICKETS HERE SOLD OUT, Bridgeport Rising: A Conversation with Arthur Jackson (Pleasant House Bakery) and Ed Marszewski (Maria’sCo-Prosperity SphereProximity MagazineMash Tun JournalLumpen) Led by Chuck Sudo of Chicagoist, 2 – 4 p.m. Co-Prosperity Sphere3219-21 S. Morgan St. (at 32nd St.)Admission: $10 (Ticket includes pastries from Pleasant House Bakery and Maria’s ginger beer.) BUY TICKETS HEREStudio Tour: A Rare Glimpse into the World of Crucial Detail aturday  3:30 – 5 p.m. Crucial Detail, 2000 W. Carroll Ave. (at Damen Ave.) Admission: $10 BUY TICKETS HERE SOLD OUT.

Chicago – Think Global, Drink Local: A Cocktail Party at Kendall College for the Kendall Charitable Trust 5pm – 7pm Take a tour of Chicago through unique and delicious cocktails! Created by some of Chicago’s best mixologists from local hotels and restaurants, each signature drink will feature a local, sustainable ingredient. $35

April 7

Chicago – Chicago Food SwapLocal Goods Chicago – 5354 West Devon  To register go here. Curious as to what the Food Swap is about? Read Emily Paster’s account here on The Local Beet of the February swap at Katherine Anne Confections.

Chicago – Fete Chicago continues with more events here…

April 10

Chicago - Pig Butchering Demo Butcher and Larder 5pm 1026 North Milwaukee

April 14

Chicago - Bread Class at Floriole - 3pm 1220 West Webster Complimentary glass of wine and pizza dinner, $75

April 17

Chicago - “We Can Change The Food System” Hosted by Food Tank 5:30pm – 7:30pm  Piazza Bella restaurant 2116 W Roscoe St.(About a 10 minute walk from the Brown Line Paulina Station) A very special evening bringing together the Chicago food movement hosted by Food Tank: The Food Think Tank

April 20

Chicago - BACONFEST - UIC Forum It is Sold Out but there are creative ways to win tickets here...

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

Chicago – SEE FOOD: // graze issue three release party  8pm Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art 756 N. Milwaukee Hop on board with Graze as we celebrate the release of issue 3 Your ten dollar ticket gets you: // one free copy of issue three // the music and tapping of Sidewalk Chalk (!)

April 21

Chicago - Calling all kids!!! Earth Day at Sandwich Me In - 11am – 7pm 3037 North Clark(near Halsted) All day event with snacks and guests, sustainable farmers, learn how to make bread, music, arts and crafts.

Stelle - Mint Creek Farm Sunday Brunch & Farm Tour 11am Meet-up at The Greenhouse Bed & Breakfast  3606 N 1700 E Rd. $50 For more information contact Julie at Jlarsen@mintcreekfarm.com 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. See the 3 minute short film on Farmer Harry Carr by Storybuzzmedia here.

April 23

Chicago - Great Lakes Sustainable and Invasive Species Dinner Dirk’s Fish & Gourmet Shop 2070 N. Clybourn 7:30pm – 9pm $65 Celebrate the Great Lakes distinctive seafood bounty including the controversial Asian Carp. Sponsored by Lake Michigan League of Women Voters For further information and reservations email LWVFood@gmail.com

April 26

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

April 27

Chicago - Third Annual Pastoral Artisan Producer Festival Chicago French Market Go to the link for tickets, although it is free, there still is a maximum capacity and I think this year they will reach it!!! Meet+eat+shop w/ 90+ culinary producers. GO here for the full press release. It is bigger, butchering demonstrations with Rob Levitt of the Butcher and Larder and Brady Lowe of Cochon 555, artisanal beverages and more!!

April 28

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

Chicago - Cochon 555 Four Seasons Hotel

May 4

Chicago - Bull Breakdown Class & Tasting 10am – 1pm Red Meat Market 10am – 1pm Cut, Cook & Carry Toro, Toro, Toro hosted by Centered Chef Studios.

May 7

Chicago - 11th Annual Growing Home Benefit 6pm Salvage One 1840 West Hubbard Chef Tony Priolo of Piccolo Sogno and Food For Thought Order tickets online here...

May 11

FD!! Stelle- Mother’s Day Eve and Farm Tour - Mint Creek Farm BYOB $60 3pm Meet-up at The Greenhouse Bed & Breakfast 3606 N. 1700 E. Rd. For more information contact Julie at Jlarsen@mintcreekfarm.com

May 16-26

Chicago – 1o day celebration Chicago Craft Beer Week

May 17

Chicago - Half Acre Brewery Anniversary Party - Hee hee!! Stay tuned!

May 18

Champaign - Celebrate Spring! The start of Farm Dinner season at Prairie Fruit Farms in Champaign. 4pm 4410 North Lincoln Ave. This is our first dinner of the 2013 season.  As has become our tradition, expect an explosion of spring flavors such as Caveny Farm Katadin lamb, ramps (wild leeks), spring greens, sweet turnips, asparagus, rhubarb and strawberries. Purchase tickets here. (FYI, they make some killer gelato!!)

Fairbury - Slagel Family Farm First Farm Dinner of the Season! Transportation included from Chicago to the farm and back. $125 BYOB The dinner will be prepared and served by Guest Chef Nicole Pederson of Found Kitchen and Guest Chef John Asbaty of Panozzo’s. Please BYOB, lemonade and water will be provided and of course includes a tour of the farm, butchering class on sustainable meat practices and lots of food!!