The Local Calendar 8/28/13 Check Please! Farm to Table, Int’l Net For UrbanAg Launches Tues., Chipotle Cultivate 9/7
Melons, corn, peppers, pears, peaches, apples and lots of heirloom tomatoes are on the tables at the markets to name some of the local produce available NOW! The summer harvest is at its peak if not a little past. Enjoy this incredible bounty while it is here.
Food Day Chicago (Oct. 24) is about 2 months away. Earth Day was first created in 1970, and is now recognized and celebrated in more than 192 countries each year. Food Day is in its infancy, so help it grow, “like” the Food Day CHI facebook page, and encourage your friends and family to Eat Real!
Lots of fresh produce leads to lots of prep and cutting for which you need sharp knives. Check out where Dave Nells(Sharpening By Dave) will be so you can make sure your knives stay sharp. Get $1 off per knife by mentioning you read about him in The Local Beet. Here is a shoutout to Rae at Ellis Farms, thanks so much for being a LOCAL reader and we love all of Ellis’ produce. Say hello to Rae the next time you are at Green City, or the MCA Downtown Market. Sadly, some of the markets will be closing soon, Andersonville, the Logan Square Night Market close 9/4, Argyle 9/5. Now on to yet another action packed Local Beet week ahead! Happy Labor Day!
Andersonville- Andersonville Farmers Market opens 3-8pm (6/5-9/4) On Berwyn between Clark and Ashland
Chicago - Logan Square Night Market Palmer and Kedzie in Palmer Park 5pm – 9pm weekly through September 4th.
Chicago - Veggie Bingo at The Hideout - Wednesdays through to September 11 They’ll be calling games and grilling dogs at the Hideout to support Chicago’s community gardens. Co-sponsored by NeighborSpace, Hideout Veggie Bingo features a grand prize of fresh produce from Irv and Shelly’s Fresh Picks and a cornucopia of other prizes drawn from local artisanal food producers, farmers, and gardeners – plus HOT DOGS donated by Hot Doug’s. Games run 5:30-8 pm
Chicago - Green City Market Lincoln Park Location 7am – 1pm 10:30m Its a festival of carrots! Chef demonstration Brandon Wolff Tre Soldi Be sure to check out the 5 Star salads at The Honest Meal Project along with a Seasons Soda from Bobbie Chang and bring home some stomach satisfying soup and sauces from River Valley Kitchens.
Chicago – Wine Wednesdays at Province – Seasonal farm to table 5 course tasting menu. 159 North Jefferson A Gold level LEED certified restaurant with 3 stars from the Green Restaurant Association.
Chicago - Argyle Night Market Closes 9/5 – Argyle and Broadway 5pm – 9pm weekly through September 5th
Chicago - Eli’s Cheesecake & Wright College’s Farmer Markets 7am! Fresh fruits and vegetables from Nichol’s Farm and the Chicago High School of Agricultural Sciences, as well as hand crafts, flowers. FREE Continental Breakfast from 7am – 9am with $5 market purchase. Lunch on the Grill will be served from 11am – 1pm. FREE Sustainable Agriculture Lecture at 1:00p.m.
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(Wicker Park) – The Nosh Food Festival 10am- 5pm A.N. Pritzker School just off Damen
Chicago - 61st Farmers Market - 9am – 2pm Located on 61st Street between Dorchester and Blackstone Avenues. Say hello to Axel at Penny Pastry and taste some of his very yummy creations! Penny Pastry jams is on my “must buy” list!
Chicago - Green City Market Lincoln Park 7am – 1pm Chef demonstration 10:30am David Dworshak Takito Kitchen
Chicago - Iron Street Farm Stand - 9am – 3pm 3333 S. Iron St.
Evanston - Downtown Evanston Farmers Market - This market will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. every Saturday through November 2. Intersection of University Place and Oak Ave. (behind Hilton Garden Inn, east of East Railroad Ave.) In 2013, the market celebrate its 38th year. Make sure to checkout Henrys Farmstand !!
Morton Grove - Morton Grove Farmers Market opens!! (6/8-10/19) 8am – 12pm - 6210 Dempster St
La Fox – Heritage Prairie Saturday Farmer’s Market 9am – 1pm 2N308 Brundige Road
Oak Park - 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
Baroda, MI - Check Please Farm to Table Festival - Round Barn Winery – 12:30pm – 4pm Mid West Hype will be playing live at Round Barn Winery during the on September 1st. Get your tickets & jam with us! Enjoy delicious bites & wines, hayrides and even a chance to meet our new host, Catherine De Orio!http://www.wttw.com/farmtotable
Chicago - Glenwood Sunday Outdoor Market It is the 4th anniversary for the market and runs until October 27, 2013. The Outdoor Market is located Glenwood Avenue on the west side of the CTA Red Line between Morse and Lunt Avenues in Rogers Park. Hours are 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Sundays
Chicago - Logan Square Outdoor Market 10am–3pm Logan Blvd between Whipple and Milwaukee Ave; May 19–Oct 27
Chicago - Pilsen Community Market -9am–3pm (Ends 10/7) 1800 S Halsted St Chicago Community Bank parking lot
Chicago – Launch Event The International Network for Urban Agriculture,6pm- 8pm Christy Webber Landscape, a LEED Platinum building with chickens, bees, greenhouse garden and more in Chicago’s west side. Come hear special invited speakers and enjoy light bites, drinks, and great like-minded company coming together to welcome INUAg.org and plan for urban ag growth. INUAg through its website, INUAg.org, is sharing best practices in education, advocacy, and thought leadership to enable the international urban agriculture movement to achieve its full transformative potential.
Evergreen Park - From The Ground Up with Jeanne Nolan Evergreen Park Library 6:30pm – 8:30pm 9400 S. Troy Ave.
Chicago – The Hideout Block Party and A.V. Fest - We love the Hideout at the Beet and everything that Martha Bayne has done to create a community around food and the organizations that feed the hungry in the city. Can’t really say much about the Block Party, kind of speaks for itself.
Assumption – Transitioning to Organic Corn and Soy Bean a First Hand Look – Sponsored by the Illinois Organic Growers Association 1:30pm – 4:30pm Two Roads Farm
Chicago – Common Threads Harvest Open House – 10am – 1pm South Kenwood Ave.
Chicago – Chipotle Cultivate Festival – 11am – 7pm Lincoln Park A Festival that brings together farmers, chefs, thought leaders, artists, musicians, and participants like you, on a journey towards a world of more sustainable, wholesome and delicious food.
Chicago – Urban Food Symposium - 9am -4pm Loyola’s Mundelein Center 1032 W. Sheridan Rd. Thought leaders from Chicago, the Midwest region and across the nation will explore social justice, environmental and nutritional issues of food systems and offer innovative ways to approach local, alternative solutions.
Chicago - Kegs For Kids – 12pm – 5pm The Hopleaf 5148 N. Clark Our 4th annual Craft Beer Tasting Party—for adults, of course— will again be held here at Hopleaf the first Sunday afternoon in September. More details to follow, but tickets are available in advance for $40 at kegsforkidschicago.com . ALL proceeds go to benefit quality public school education at Helen C. Peirce Elementary School on Bryn Mawr in our Edgewater!
Evanston - Raw Summer Fest - 9am – 7pm Dawes Park at Greenwood St.
Chicago – Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food 8:30am – 5pm Union League Club of Chicago A local, regional, food system convening.
September 11 – 14
Chicago - The 28th Annual Oktoberfest in Chicago – 11am – 9pm John C. Kluczynski Federal Plaza Sponsored by the Berghoff There is local and then there is local, 28 years running is pretty darn local!
Chicago – Two Sparrows and Northshore Distillery Farm Dinner – 6:30pm 553 West Diversey Pkwy 2 Sparrows is savoring the end of the summer with a local farm collaboration dinner with Nichols Farm (Marengo, IL), Catalpa Grove (Dwight, IL) and Seedling Farm (South Haven, MI). In addition to these celebrated local purveyors, 2 Sparrows welcomes Illinois-based North Shore Distillery as the beverage partner for the occasion.
Chicago – 1st Annual Growing Home Backyard Dinner 5-8pm Bang Bang Pie Shop 2051 N California Ave
Springfield – Illinois Stewardship Alliance Annual Harvest Celebration - The celebration includes food from local producers, prepared by some of the state’s premier chefs, a welcome address from Lt. Governor Sheila Simon, live music, and a silent auction. 5pm Inn at 835 in Springfield. Buy tickets online (using Paypal below) or mail a check to: Illinois Stewardship Alliance, 230 Broadway St. Suite 200, Springfield, IL 62701 Ticket Prices: ISA Member – $75 Non-member – $85
Chicago – FINAL Public Hearings to Label GE Foods - Join us on Illinois Food and Water Watch 10am – 160 N LaSalle in Chicago, room 600 The Illinois Senate is hosting 3 hearings where defenders of our right to know will take the stage against GMO labeling opponents. This is our chance to show Illinois law-makers we urgently demand transparent food labeling!.
Chicago – An Afternoon With Michael Ruhlman at Balena Chicago 12pm – 2pm join Michael Ruhlman and Balena for a celebration of his newest book: Charcuterie The Craft of Salting, Smoking and Curing $25 6:30pm The Bristol will be hosting a very special dinner with Michael where guests can enjoy a cocktail reception followed by a delectable five-course seated dinner prepared by Chef Chris Pandel. Reservations will be taken by telephone (773.862.5555), and a limited number of tables are available for the evening.
Chicago – Dinner and a Movie at Global Garden – 2954 West Lawrence Ave. 6-8:30pm Featuring a special preview screening of the documentary and food from our friends at Chipotle. Touched by their teenage son’s battle with a foodborne superbug, filmmakers Jeff & Jennifer Spitz document their family’s struggle to raise backyard chickens, grow food, and transform into Food Patriots. Food Patriots (72 minutes/preview version) features people from all walks of life who are trying to change the way Americans eat and buy food, and educate the next generation of consumers Visit http://www.foodpatriots.com/ for a sneak peek.
Chicago – Food Truck Social – Kendall College 11am – 10pm
Chicago - VeganMania – Broadway Armory
Skokie – Third Annual Hullabaloo to Support The Talking Farm Howard Street Farm
Chicago – Indie Spirits Expo Chicago – 5-9pm VIP 6:30-9pm general Carmichaels Warehouse 1052 West Monroe Meet the distillers, brand owners, importers and others who make it possible for you to enjoy a great a variety of small batch, unique, artisanal spirits from around the world. Journeyman Distillery will be there!
Chicago – FIVE CHEFS FOR WOMEN Vermilion 6pm – 9pm 10 W. Hubbard St. Bon Appetit presents Chicago Gourmet and Vermilion restaurant are pleased to announce the official kick off to this year’s event with an once-in-a-lifetime dinner honoring women in the hospitality industry. Five Chefs for Women showcases a five-course dinner prepared by renowned women chefs also appearing at Chicago Gourmet, including culinary queens Rohini Dey of Vermilion, Carrie Nahabedian of NAHA/Brindille, Mindy Segal of Hot Chocolate, Ina Pinkney of Ina’s, and special international guest chef Svetlana Riscova of Elements in Latvia. Proceeds benefit James Beard Foundation Vermilion Women In Culinary Leadership Scholarship
Reedsburg, WI – Fermentation Fest
Chicago - Chicago - Seasonal Soul Food: A Celebration of Chef Edna Lewis Inspiration Kitchen 3504 West Lake St. 6pm -10pm The proceeds of this unique event will benefit The Sugar Beet Co-op, a volunteer organization that provides educational experiences that celebrate local food. From canning classes to The Edible Garden Tour, The Sugar Beet Co-op has reached over 3000 people in 18 months with positive and practical information about sustainable food choices that support local farmers, strengthens our community and feeds our bodies and souls.
Chicago - Chicago Food Film Festival – Kendall College – It was great last year what can I say? This is a pretty fun event for anyone interested in Chicago, in food and in a great time.
Chicago – Bioneers Chicago
-WHERE TO FIND LOCAL FOODS
These stores specialize in local foods:
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
LUSH Wine & Spirits - 2232 W. Roscoe, 1257 S. Halsted, 1412 W. Chicago - Throwing it down, Lush style, and getting all down and dirty with your wine. Understanding the terroir, that is. Taking a look down under, the dirt, the land and the root of the vine. But, more importantly, learning what exactly we like and how to ask for it by name. Which flavors, which grapes. With food or without. And also recognizing consistently what we do not care for. Life is just too short to drink undesirable beverages.
Marion Street Cheese Market 100 South Marion St. Oak Park
Plum Market - 1233 N. Wells, Chicago
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
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.
Standard Market 333 West Ogden Ave. Westmont
Our full list of area markets can be found here. Area resources for local food initiatives, workshop, classes: Advocates for Urban Agriculture ,Angelic Organics , Edible Evanston, Illinois Stewardship Alliance , The Land Connection, The Peterson Garden Project , The Talking Farm , WeFarmAmerica