The Local Calendar 4/24/13 Pollan in Elmhurst, Pastoral Artisan Producer Fest, One Week Until the Outdoor Markets!

April 24, 2013 at 10:08 am

                                             The Edible Gardens are open now in Lincoln Park. The Gardens are one of Green City Market’s primary educational outreach programs and consist of over 5000 square feet of beautiful, organically grown vegetables, fruits, herbs, grains and flowers. The gardens offer Chicagoans the opportunity to connect with the process of growing healthy, delicious food. Open & free to the public April: Wednesdays and Saturdays 10am – 1pm May through October: Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays 10am – 1pm. If you are a timid gardener or just getting started trying to grow your own, the Edible Gardens are a great way to get free advice and hands on learning! It is not too late to donate to Green City Market’s Fund Raising Drive, if you donate between now and May 4, Chipotle will match your gift dollar for dollar.

Farmer Vicki of Genesis Growers is getting her onions out and planted. Spring is actually beginning to arrive in Chicago and the markets will only get better from here with local produce! Wondering what is in season? Chief Beet Rob Gardner elaborates on it and gives his advice on how to shop at a farmers market. 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 have all the details and dates.

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 for the urban gardener.  Now on to the busy week ahead including the incredible 3rd Annual Pastoral Artisan Producer Festival at the French Market on Saturday with all the  delicious farmstead cheeses to taste and it is FREE!!!


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 24

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

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 - 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 meeting10:00 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 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.

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

New!! Chicago – Live Below The Line Kick-Off and Cook Off- 7:00PM Kitchen Chicago, 324 N Leavitt St Chefs from around the city will join us to participate in a cook-off where they’ll be challenged to serve meals that can be prepared for less than $0.75. Price: $20 ($15 for YAO with code) Your ticket will include admission, one drink ticket, and food tastings from all participating chefs in the cook-off. Check our Facebook Event Page for updates on participating chefs!

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

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

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

April 26

Chicago - Whiskyfest Sold out but there are a lot of ancillary events around it. Check the calendar.

April 27

The Food Revolution Summit Broadcasting 4/27 – 5/5 Go to link to hear broadcasts

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…

Chicago – Green City Market at The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum 8:30- 1pm 2430 North Cannon Drive Last indoor market at the Peggy Notebaert.  Bring your children to Club Sprouts at 9:30 – 10:15am. Chef demonstration 10:30am Evan Rondeau and Helen Cameron of Uncommon Ground Next weekend the market moves outside and south, across from Lincoln, Clark and Wells.

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 Evanston opens outside next week!

Evanston – TreeKeepers Earth Day events

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

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.

Chicago – Digging Into Urban Ag With Good Chicago –  6-8pm   Uncommon Ground 1401 West Devon  GOOD Chicago, a series of locally-organized events that get the community learning and doing good has it’s  inaugural event today. You will be taking a guided tour of the Uncommon Ground rooftop farm, the first certified organic rooftop farm in the country, and learning about the local agriculture movement from the experts leading the charge. $10

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 1

Chicago - Inaugural “Friends of the Illinois Local Food Farms Jobs Council” planning meeting Wed. May 1 3:00-5:00 pm Thompson Center 100 W Randolph

May 3

Chicago – The Chicago Reader’s Key Ingredient Cook-Off  - Join Chicago’s most celebrated chefs for an evening of exemplary and unusual culinary concoctions at their first annual Key Ingredient Cook-Off. Inspired by the Reader‘s James Beard Award-winning series, the Key Ingredient Cook-Off will see 26 chefs (from the likes of BalenaBlackbirdEl IdeasSproutNellcoteTrenchermen, and more) go head-to-head using one of five ingredients—all originally chosen by chefs participating in our Key Ingredient series. May 3 | 7-10 PM | Bridgeport Art Center | $65-$100

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.

****Evanston – Opening Day of the Downtown Evanston Farmers Market - This market will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. every Saturday from May 4 through November 2. Location: Intersection of University Place and Oak Ave. (behind Hilton Garden Inn, east of East Railroad Ave.) In 2013, the market will celebrate its 38th year.

**** 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!!

Oak Park – Austin Gardes Urban Foraging - 4-6PM 167 Forest Ave., Oak Park professional urban forager Nance Klehm will lead an edible plant foraging expedition. David Hammond elaborates on it here on The Beet.

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

Chicago - Opening Day of the 61st Farmers Market -  9am – 2pm During the outdoor season, which lasts through the end of October, the Market is located on 61st Street between Dorchester and Blackstone Avenues. The 61st Street Farmers Market accepts LINK and Senior Farmers Market Coupons. We also match LINK purchases up to $25 per cardholder, per market day, as long as funding lasts. This means that LINK cardholders can double the value of their LINK purchases each week at the Market. The Market goes Indoors on: November 2

Morton Grove – Morton Grove Spring Market  Saturdays, 8 am – 12 noon 6210 Dempster St  The summer markets will run every Saturday from 6/8/2013  – 10/19/2013

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 – 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 20

Chicago – Big Jones Trash Fish Dinner(Grubstreet Chicago) –  Paul Fehribach of Big Jones is joining with Chefs Collaborative, Fortune Fish and Gourmet and nine other chefs to put on a dinner showing how these trash fish— from smelt to dogfish to speckled trout— can be used in a sustainable, tasty meal. Tickets $125

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. $125June 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