Local Calendar 5/15/13 Food Patriots Monica Eng at Experimental Station, Daley Plaza Market Opens Tomorrow!

May 15, 2013 at 5:46 am

b830a79dfb16a004f3c400187f042157Vallarta028c8d967b42bde835f798133b351d3f                                                              The Daley Plaza Market opens tomorrow, which is the official kickoff of the farmers market season in the city. COUNTRY Financial will reveal the winner of their 6th Annual Reusable Bag Design Contest during the 11 a.m. program. This year’s artistic theme is “Sprouts in the City” and the winning design will appear on thousands of bags distributed throughout the season. Finalists are Juana Delao and Jose Melgoza from Lane Tech College Prep High School, and Mara Hantanosas from Mather High School. Country’s reusable bag is my favorite market bag to use and I think they are becoming “collector’s items”. The Daley Plaza market has vendors you won’t necessarily find at other markets like Vallarta Foods and their fresh salsas or Lou The Pickle Guy. Woo hoo!  Farmers market season is officially here, get your favorite market bag, get to the markets and shop!  Our full list of area markets can be found here (and remember this list will only get bigger).

Wondering what is in season? Chief Beet Rob Gardner elaborates on it and gives his advice on how to shop at a farmers market. Food Day Chicago (Oct. 24) is celebrating the onion and the many benefits of the allium family for the month of May on their facebook page (Check it out for some health tidbits, recipes, onion trivia and “like” it while you are there!)

Farm dinners have started, Slagel Family Farms has their first farm dinner of the season this Saturday which includes Nicole Pederson of Found Kitchen and John Asbaty of  Panozzo’s. Here are the details and dates of the farm dinners on the calendar so far including Mint Creek Farm and Prairie Fruit Farms.

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 who is having their spring gathering tonight!  WeFarmAmerica has tons of weekly events and The Peterson Garden Project  has lots of information for the urban gardener.

Now on to the busy week ahead including tonight the film Food Patriots 6:30pm at Experimental Station with the Tribune’s Monica Eng, and the Spring Gathering for the AUA and tomorrow the opening of the Daley Center Market tomorrow as well as A Chef’s Playground, the benefit for the Academy of Global Citzenship at Terzo Piano.


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

Sharpening By Dave  - Green City Market and other locations throughout Chicagoland. If you want to eat local, you need to have sharp knives to prepare the produce!!  Let Dave know that you read about him in the Local Beet and you will get one dollar off each knife sharpened. 


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

Skokie- Seedling Sales The Talkng Farms’s 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 Associate Beet Editor Wendy Aeschlimann elaborates on it.

May 15

Chicago – Watch Food Patriots Work in progress film screening and discussion with producer Jeff Spitz and the Tribune’s Monica Eng. 6:30pm Experimental Station 6100 S. Blackstone

Chicago - Wednesdays at Wood Street - The opening of the Growing Home Wood Street Farm Stand 11am – 4pm 5814 S. Wood St.

Chicago - Green City Market Lincoln Park Location 7am – 1pm Chef demonstration 10:30am – 11:30am Paul Virant Vie, Perennial Virant

Chicago –  AUA Spring Gathering: Sharing the Harvest  5-8PM Garfield Park Conservatory – Jensen Room 300 N Central Park Ave FREE This season’s quarterly gathering will be another great opportunity to connect with and learn from urban agriculture practitioners and supporters from across the Chicago area.  As usual, there will be a potluck/mix & mingle at the beginning of the evening, followed by a community slideshow during which you’ll be able to showcase your urban garden or farm project.

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.

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

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

May 17

Food Revolution Day 

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

Chicago –  Unicornucopia: Big Fork, CO-OP Sauce, & Pipeworks Brewing Co. Collaboration Party 7 – 9 PM Star Lounge  2521 W. Chicago Ave. Why: To celebrate Craft Beer Week in Chicago, 4 micro companies (Big Fork BrandsStar LoungeCO-OP Sauce, & Pipeworks Brewing Co.) and 2 chefs are combining forces to bring you one amazing night of food & beer.  What: 4 courses with 4 beer pairings

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

Chicago – Agroterrorism – Food Poisoning Brought to A New Level – Culinary Historians of Chicago – 10am Chicago History Museum 1601 North Clark

Chicago 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. They 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. This year, the Market will also be accepting DEBIT AND CREDIT, for those of you who are always short on cash!

Chicago Green City Market Lincoln Park 7am – 1pm 10:30am Chef demonstration Zoe Schorr Ada Street

Chicago – Edible Gardens Workshop -  9:30am – 10:15am Edible garden in the zoo Planning for Summer: Transplanting Warm Weather Crops
Join us as we transplant warm weather crops such as tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, and herbs.  Learn how to layout your garden and space your transplants to maximize fruit production throughout the season.  We will also discuss what plants pair well together and the benefits of planting a diversity of crops.

Chicago - Iron Street Farm Stand - 9am – 3pm 3333 S. Iron St.

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.

Evanston - 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.

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!!

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

***** 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.

Woodstock - Woodstock Farmers Market Outdoors 9am -12pm

May 19

Chicago - Opening Day of the Logan Square Outdoor Market

CBW!! Chicago – 25 Years of Craft Brewing Block Party at Goose Island 12pm – 3pm 1800 W.Fulton St. 
Goose Island is celebrating a quarter-century of craft brewing. Ticketholders receive 25 beer tasting vouchers for Goose Island classics, along with new releases and guest beers. $25 Check out the complete Craft Beer Week schedule 

May 20

Chicago - Big Jones Trash Fish Dinner(Grubstreet Chicago) –  Paul Fehribach of Big Jones is joining with Chefs CollaborativeFortune 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 22

Chicago - International Biodiversity Day at The Field Museum - Join The Field Museum, Peterson Garden Project, Seed Savers Exchange and Jewell Events Catering for an event celebrating seed diversity! The highlight of the evening will be a lecture on FOOD ORIGINS by the renown photographer and seed saving advocate David Cavagnaro. FOOD ORIGINS: Travel the globe through the lens of David Cavagnaro’s camera. Learn about the geographic origins of our favorite fruit and vegetable varieties and the diaspora that is responsible for the diversity we have today. 5:00 Tours of the Edible Treasures Garden on the west side of the Field Museum 5:30 – 6:30 - Registration - Reception in the West Lobby of the Field Museum with food provided by Jewell Events Catering that is inspired by the 2013 plantings of the Edible Treasures Garden- Meet-and-greet Seed Savers Exchange representatives and other local seed saving organizations 6:30 – 8:00 David Cavagnaro lecture in the historic A. Montgomery Ward Theatre Cost: $10

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

CBW!! Chicago – West Loop Craft Beer Fest - 12pm – 5pm  West Loop (Clinton Street between Lake and Washington Street) The Illinois Craft Brewers Guild, the Chicago French Market, and the Fulton River District Association have come together to host their inaugural celebration to close out Chicago Craft Beer Week 2013. The city’s largest craft beer outdoor block party will commence with a VIP event beginning at 12pm, and General Admission running from 1pm to 5pm.The General Admission experience will include over 25 craft beers and hours of entertainment and food for purchase.

May 28

Chicago - The Stew Supper Club presents Super Dragon Slayer Spicy Supper  -7-10pm Sauce and Bread Kitchen 6338 N Clark St “Imagine if you will, a meal built for May where dragons will not triumph.  Think middle evil banquet with spicy goodness tempered only with what we describe as a steely samurai’s touch.  Eat much May with us then……”- The Stew

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 – Midnight Sun Farm Tour and Picnic hosted by The Sugar Beet Coop 10am – 2pm Midnight Sun Farm is just an hour away from Oak Park and is excited to host The Sugar Beet Co-op for a farm tour and catered picnic lunch. We will start the day by exploring the 5-acre organic vegetable farm that is also home to chickens, turkeys, pigs and goats. After a guided hayride tour by farmer Nick Choate-Batchelder, we will feast on a delicious farm picnic catered by Crème Crafted Parties & Events.

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 9

Chicago -

No Kid Hungry No Dessert Left Behind - Little Goat 820 West Randolph 2nd floor Come support Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign . There will be patio seating and full bar along with baked goods from Chicago’s finest pastry talent. A portion of all drink sales will go directly to the charity as well.

June 15

Chicago - Mash Tun Festival - The festival is a celebration of the release of Mash Tun: A Craft Beer Journal issue #3. The Mash Tun is a publication put out by your buddies at Maria’s Packaged Goods & Community Bar and The Public Media Institute, a non profit arts and culture organization based in Bridgeport.

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 26

Chicago – Logan Square Night Market kicks off today – Palmer and Kedzie in Palmer Park 5pm – 9pm weekly through September 4th.

June 27

Chicago - Argyle Night Market kicks off today – Argyle and Broadway 5pm – 9pm weekly through September 5th

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

July 18

Chicago – The Locavore’s Real Taste of Chicago - The Green City Market BBQ Tickets on sale now!