The Local Calendar 4/3/13 Awaiting The Spring Harvest And A Full Weekend of Fete

April 3, 2013 at 8:59 am

Last Saturday at the Green City Market, it was warm enough for little Helena to sit outside and eat her grilled cheese. Inside on the tables, the hoop house greens all went early, there still are lots of root cellar vegetables available, potatoes, beets, sunchokes, radishes. Chief Beet Rob Gardner gives his run down of what is currently in season here. Our friend Dave Nells of Sharpening By Dave is at the Green City Market and other locations throughout Chicagoland. His schedule is here. If you want to eat local, you need to have sharp knives to prepare all the produce!!  Let Dave know that you read about him in the Local Beet and you will get one dollar off your next knife sharpening!!! He will be at Provenance Logan Square this Thursday from 4-6pm, Provenance Lincoln Square Friday 4-6pm, the Green City Market Saturday and The Dill Pickle Coop on Sunday from 3-4pm.

Farm dinners 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 FarmPrairie 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:

April 3

Andersonville - C & D Family Farms delivers 4-7pm Ashland at Berywn

Chicago - Soup and Bread at The Hideout - 1354 W. Wabansia  5:30pm -8pm We are counting down the remaining weeks of Soup & Bread, as spring is finally upon us. This week’s theme is “Chicago vs. Chicago” — and it is going to be GOOD. Bring on the Cubs vs. Sox soup, the Pilsen vs. Albany Park stew, and the Midway vs.O’Hare bisque. Our soup cooks include Chicago Reader food writer Mike Sula, baker Allison Stout, Ravenswood Events Andy Kalish, and a crew from the Gapers Block “Drive Thru” site, along with Perry Kim and Nikki Way. Our DJ is Carrie Weston, and pay what you can donations benefit Ravenswood Community Services. Bread donated, as ever, by Publican Quality Meats.

Chicago – “Lecture “A Future With Fruit Trees” Dave Snyder CROP(Chicago Rarities Orchard Project) sponsored by the ILASLA (Illinois Chapter of  American Society of Landscape Architects) Bartlett Seminars 5:30pm – 8pm Uncommon Ground 1401 West Devon

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

Chicago – Wine Wednesdays at Province – Seasonal farm to table 5 course tasting menu with pairings $49 159 North Jefferson A Gold level LEED certified restaurant with 3 stars from the Green Restaurant Association.

April 4

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 - 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. (the vendor list). A portion of the night market’s proceeds benefits Fresh MovesTickets here…

Evanston –  ”Preserving the Family Table: The Founding of Evanston’s Community Kitchen“ Evanston History Center lecture & discussion.  Learn about the woman-run cooperative housekeeping venture, the Evanston Community Kitchen, founded as a canning kitchen during World War I.  $10 for non-members, reservations recommended.

Hyde Park - C & D Family Farm delivers 7-11am Harold Washington Park

Lincoln Square – C & D Family Farm delivers 4-7pm Lincoln & Leland

April 5

Chicago - Fete Chicago  - Adopting Cuisine: A Conversation with Matthias Merges (Yusho) and John Manion (La Sirena ClandestinaLed 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 Chicago - Process 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 Chicago - 2nd 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 – 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 Janet Kirker of Foodease in Nature’s Lunchbox.

Chicago – 61st Market sponsored by Experimental Station –  6100 North Blackstone 9am – 2pm Connie Spreen of the market sends out a great weekly letter with some inspirational thoughts and excellent info as to what will be available. Go here to sign up for it.

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 Bridgeport Rising: A Conversation with Arthur Jackson (Pleasant House Bakery) and Ed Marszewski (Maria’sCo-Prosperity SphereProximity MagazineMash Tun JournalLumpenLed 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

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.

Chicago – Chicago Fair Trade – Global Activist Expo – 12pm – 6pm 725 West Roosevelt Rd.

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

Evanston – TreeKeepers Work Day

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

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

April 7

World Heatlh Day marks the anniversary of the founding of WHO in 1948. Each year a theme is selected that highlights a priority area of public health concern in the world.  The theme for 2013 is high blood pressure

Chicago - Chicago Food Swap - Local 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…

Portage Park – Portage Park Indoor Winter Farmers Market – 10am – 2pm Portage Theater 4050 N. Milwaukee

April 9

Chicago - Re-Thinking Soup Jane Addams Hull House UIC 12pm – 1pm Chef Keizo Shimamoto will be joining us via video conference. Ramen will be served Tsukemen style Screening the documentary “Ramen Dreams” starring Chef Keizo Shimamoto


 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 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 22

EARTH DAY! Food Day is only 5 months away! Like the Food Day Chicago 2013 Facebook page here. Every day can be Good Food Day!!

Chicago – Monthly Dinner at Floriole Bakery and Cafe - 7pm 1220 West Webster 3 Course Farm to Table menu this month includes rabbit. $49

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

April 25

Evanston - ”Can Meat be Truly Sustainable?“ NU Sustainable Food Talks 6:00PM – 8:00PM Technological Institute, Room LR4 Northwestern University

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!!

Evanston – TreeKeepers Earth Day events

April 28

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

Chicago - Cochon 555 Four Seasons Hotel

April 30

Chicago – The Stew Supper Club presents a Foraged Feast with Pete Kelly.  7pm - Sauce and Bread Kitchen 6338 N. Clark Pete is a Midwest charcuterie pioneer and foraging expert who works with the Underground Food Collective and Promega. $45

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

May 16-26

Chicago – 1o day celebration Chicago Craft Beer Week

May 16

Chicago – A Chef’s Playground - Terzo Piano – At the Art Institute A fundraiser for the Academy for Global Citizenship 6-9pm Purchase tickets here $225

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!!