Local Calendar 4/17/13 Ramps For Sale Sightings, 2 Weeks Until the Outdoor Markets!

April 17, 2013 at 4:29 am

Although it feels like spring produce will never arrive at the markets, there have been some ramp sightings recently. Chief Beet Rob Gardner rounds up everything that you can find locally and what’s in season. Tim Burton of Burton’s Maplewood Farm was at Publican Quality Meats selling ramps last Monday, so there may be the elusive spring ramp and the start of spring produce at the markets this weekend. Checkout Chicago Serious Eats for 6 places that you can eat ramps right now. It is only 2 weeks until the Green City Market goes outside!! Once the markets move outside, spring vegetables will start appearing on the tables!

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 each knife sharpened!!!

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!

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 (get their policy updates here) 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 (Annual Plant Sale & Bake Sale 5/10-5/12) has lots of information and workshops for the urban gardner, Now on to the very busy week ahead including the food pow wow tonight organized by the incredible gals at Food Tank on “How to Change the Food System”.


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 Watch this fantastic video about GMOs, sourcing local and see what you are missing if you don’t shop at the GG.

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. 4/24 Cheese and Wine Pairing Class in the Barrel Room at City Winery, details here.

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!!!


Food The Nature of Eating Exhibit continues at The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

April 17

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

Chicago - Soup and Bread at The Hideout - 1354 W. Wabansia  5:30pm -8pm Spring is here (or should be anyway) and that means it’s time to say so long to Soup & Bread for the winter. The final Soup & Bread of the 2013 season is also the most on-mission, with soups inspired by items commonly found on a food pantry shelf. Cooks include Swim Cafe, Mana Food Bar, Hoosier Mama baker Allison Scott, and staff and dietitians from Heartland Alliance’s Vital Bridges Center on Chronic Care, which provides supportive services to people living with HIV/AIDS.  It’s the now-traditional, annual end-of-season pie night, with a bake sale of pies and other baked goods. Bread is donated by Publican Quality Meats, and the DJ this week is Lawrence Peters. Pay-what-you-can donations benefit Vital Bridges: http://www.heartlandalliance.org/vital/.

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

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.

Chicago - The Weight of the Nation- Choices  Experimental Station 6:30pm 6100 S. Blackstone Addictively delicious complimentary popcorn will generously be provided by Mother Butter’s Popcorn and Confectionery, one of your very own 61st Street Farmers Market vendors. Another Market vendor,B’Gabs Goodies Raw/Vegan Deli,located inside Experimental Station, will be open until 7pm —so make it dinner and a movie this Wednesday evening!

 April 18

Chicago - Heirloom 2.0 Canning For Newbies With The Scrumptious Pantry - 6:30pm – 8:30pm Local Goods Chicago 5354 West Devon Ave.

April 19

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

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

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

April 20

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 demonstration 10:30am  Martin Cabrera, Barrio Urban Taqueria

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 - BACONFEST - UIC Forum It is Sold Out

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 (!)

Elburn - Honey Farm Dinner - Heritage Prairie Farm- .Farm Dinners at Heritage Prairie Farm have been a Chicago tradition since 2007. Our Farm Kitchen delights in tailoring menus to highlight the best of the season’s fresh flavors. Gather with friends or come and meet other like-minded farm foodies in the Chicago area. Ticket $75 including tax and gratuity

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

Skokie- Seedling Sales Start – Howard Street Farm – 10am – 2pm 3701 Howard St. (April 20th – June 1st)  Cool Weather seedlings: spinach, swiss chard, peas, bok choy, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, cabbage, collards, seed potatoes Warm Weather seedlings: (beginning May 11th)tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, cucumber, zucchini, melon, basil, and cilantro

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.

April 21

Portage Park - Portage Park Indoor Market - 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Portage Theater at 4050 N. Milwaukee

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 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

Chicago - Koval Rye Whiskey Experience: Rye Revealed 7-9pm Delilah’s 2771 North Lincoln  A sampling of three different Koval Rye expressions: white, toasted, and dark. Robert and Sonat, owners of Koval, will be here to talk Rye. Punk music to follow at 9 pm. FREE admission; $20 for 20 sample tickets This is part of WhiskyFest Chicago Whisky Week

April 23

Chicago – Chicago Food Day 2013 Community-wide Meeting – 10:00 – 11:30am Food Day is a national movement, started by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) in 2011, and is recognized across the country on October 24. Food Day encourages us to “Eat Real” and celebrate healthy, affordable, safe, and sustainable food. We’d like to work with you to make Food Day a success in the Chicago area! 233 N. Michigan Ave, 13 Floor Conference Room RSVP Required!Please RSVP to:Lesley.Craig@hhs.gov

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

Chicago - Journeyman Distillery tasting and food pairing The Monkey’s Paw 2524 N. Southport Ave hosts this tasting and farm to fork pairing of Journeyman Distillery whiskies. This is part of WhiskyFest Chicago Whisky Week

Chicago – Whiskey Dinner @ Bistro Campagne 6:30pm 4518 N. Lincoln Ave. Multiple courses of traditional french fare paired with KOVAL cocktails and neat pours of KOVAL whiskey. KOVAL is the perfect pairing for a meal designed around local foods, tradition, and sustainable agriculture. This is part of WhiskyFest Chicago Whisky Week


April 24

Chicago - Cheese and Wine Pairing Class led by Tracy Kellner of Provenance Food and Wine in the Barrel Room at City Winery. 7pm $60 Enjoy an exclusive, intimate evening nestled amidst the barrels in the private Barrel Room. Only 25 seats are available for this cheese and wine pairing event. 5 cheeses and accompaniments are paired with 5 wines.

Chicago - Templeton Rye WhiskyFest Dinner Four courses paired with Templeton Rye cocktails. 7-9pm 950 W. Wrightwood Dinner featuring the expert skills of Barn & Company’s Pitmaster Gary Wiviott. Meet Keith Kerkhoff, Templeton Rye Founder and Recipe holder, and hear family stories from Prohibition. $60 Event flyer Menu available here  This is part of WhiskyFest Chicago Whisky Week

Chicago - Meet the Distiller from Few Spirits at the Bar on Buena Paul Hletko will be co-presenting a seminar at WhiskyFest Chicago. Stop by Bar on Buena to meet Paul and enjoy cocktails.8 – 10 pm FREE admission Bar on Buena 910 W. Buena This is part of WhiskyFest Chicago Whisky Week

April 25

Chicago –   GoodGreens meeting - 10:00 to 12:00 USDA FNS’ offices on the 20th floor at 77 West Jackson Boulevard. Please contact Alan Shannon Director
 Public Affairs 
Food and Nutrition Service, Midwest Region at ALAN.SHANNON@fns.usda.gov if you are interested in attending.  Good Greens Vision Statement Good Greens envisions a city in which all residents have access to affordable, locally grown food and appreciate the importance of good nutrition for themselves, their families and their community.

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!!

Chicago – Recipe for Success Starting & Growing A Food Business in Chicago – Held by the University of Chicago Law School Institute for Justice Clinic on Entrepreneurship This is free, runs from 9:30am to 3:30pm and you can make reservations here…

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 29

Chicago – Lecture Illinois Science Council – The Science of Eating.  Best selling science writers Mary Roach and Rebecca Skloot will provide a fascinating discussion about Roach’s new book titled Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal Harold Washington Library Center, Pritzker Auditorium 400 S. State Street FREE! Books are available for purchase and the authors will autograph books at the program’s conclusion.

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 - Opening Day of the Green City Market in it’s outdoor location – Lincoln Park 7am – 1pm

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

**** Woodstock - Opening Day of the Woodstock Farmers Market Outdoors 9am -12pm

May 5

Chicago – Woo hoo! The Sunday BBW series starts at Publican Quality Meats Carriage House starts it off!!

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 10,11,12

Chicago – Peterson Garden Project Plant Sale & Bake Sale Fundraiser - 10am – 4pm  Peterson Garden Project Learning Center 4642 N. Francisco Items for sale will include herb and vegetable seedlings, basic gardening supplies, seeds and tasty baked goods from renowned Chicago pastry chefs. There is no cost for admission, and all proceeds benefit Peterson Garden Project learning programs. Peterson Garden Project is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization.

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 – 10 day celebration Chicago Craft Beer Week

May 16

Chicago - Opening Day of the Daley Center Farmers Market - Market will run May 16th through October 31.

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

FD!! Champaign - Celebrate Spring! Prairie Fruit Farms 4pm 4410 North Lincoln Ave. This is their first dinner of the 2013 season.  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.  $92

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!!

***** Oak Park - Opening Day of the Oak Park Farmers Market - The market will run every Saturday through 10/26/13 7am – 1pm Pilgrim Church, right next door to where the market is held, offers fresh warm donuts, juice and coffee, with live bluegrass music nearby. The Oak Park Farmers’ Market is located at 460 Lake St., just one block west of Ridgeland Avenue.

May 25

FD!! Champaign, Il – Prairie Fruit Farms  – Sunday Dinner Club “For their Love of Chicken“ The Sunday Dinner Club Crew is back, and they will be frying up lots of local fried chicken at the farm!  Josh and Christine are joining us early this season, because they are getting ready to open a new restaurant in Chicago, come get a sneak peak of foods from their new venture, “Honey Butter Fried Chicken” $70

June 1

Champaign, Il -  Prairie Fruit Farms - Virant’s Can Can – 4pm What better way to celebrate the beginning of summer than with some fantastic preserves and incredible food! All of this will be brought to you by Paul Virant! A seasoned veteran in the wide world of preserving, pickling, and canning, Paul follows his Perennial Virant philosophy to a tee – “eat what you can – can what you can’t.” $107

June 8

Chicago/Fairbury - Slagel Family Farm Tour & Dinner Event with The Publican! 2:30pm  The dinner will be prepared and served by Guest Chef Brian Huston of The Publican. Please BYOB, lemonade and water will be provided. Bus transportation from Chicago will be provided, when purchasing your ticket please select if you would like that option. The Bus will pick everyone up at 837 W Fulton Market Chicago, IL 60607 at 12:00 noon on June 8th. Children are welcome as long as they have parent supervision. $125

June 13

Chicago –   Eli’s Cheesecake & Wright College Farmer’s Market Grand Opening Fresh fruits and vegetables from Nichol’s Farm and the Chicago High School of Agricultural Sciences, hand crafts,flowers & more Continental Breakfast Lunch on the grill will be offered each Thursdaybased on what’s in season!

June 15

FD!! Champaign, IL -  Prairie Fruit Farms  City Pub in the Country 4pm Bar Pastoral is a new cheese and wine bistro adjacent to the original Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread, and Wine Shop in Chicago. Chef Chrissy will be showcasing her love of cheese, charcuterie, pickles, and other local ingredients. $107

June 29

Champaign, Il – -  Prairie Fruit Farms Summer Vegetarian 4pm Thad Morrow, chef/owner of Bacaro, Champaign is back for another season. He will be making the trek from Bacaro, in downtown Champaign, across town and out into the country! His SUV will be packed with lots of early summer vegetables. $107