The Local Calendar 9/11/13 Final Public Hearings To Label GE Food Tues., Rhone Rangers, and More

September 11, 2013 at 10:50 am


The final GE Labeling hearings of the summer to discuss SB 1666 will take place this Tuesday 9/17 in downtown Chicago at 10:30 am at the Michael A. Bilandic building at 160 N. LaSalle. This is your opportunity to get informed, show your support and show that you care about what is in our food.

One of the things, that makes markets like Green City unique, is that I will always find a one of a kind product. Paula Jeremias’ Yummy By Nature sprouted hummus is painstakingly handcrafted and will not be found anywhere else. She is located at the Chicago Indoor Garden booth on Saturdays. With the warm weather, the Green City Market was bustling on Saturday. One of my favorite events, the Green City Market Junior Board’s Fall Fundraiser, to support the markets LINK program, is on the calendar already for October 7, “A Mostly Veggie Affair” .

Food Day Chicago (Oct. 24) is less than 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! Please “like” the Food Day CHI facebook page, and encourage your friends and family to as well.

As Terry Brockman reports here on The Beet, there are plenty of beans to choose from at the markets. Plentiful 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.

JoSnowGCMBusymelon                     The Chipotle Cultivate Festival on Saturday was teeming with participants. Melissa Yen, the maker of the make your own soda/snow cone Jo Snow Syrups was very animated in speaking with attendees at the local artisan pavillon. The festival reinforced messages like fresh over processed foods, supporting farmers and utlitzing fresh ingredients and had chefs like Paul Kahan giving standing room only demos and there was plenty of craft brews to choose from.

Alas, some of the markets are already off the calendar,  Andersonville, the Logan Square and Argyle night markets. Today get to  the Rhone Rangers tasting at City Winery 6pm (checkout Edible Chicago for a discount to the event), the Berghoff’s Oktoberfest starts, Rob judges apple desserts at Shermerfest on Sunday, the local calendar is always packed.

                                                                              The Week Ahead

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!

September 11

Chicago – Rhone Rangers 6-9pm 1200 West Randolph St. City Winery hosts The Rhone Rangers Roadshow and supports the James Beard Foundation Scholarship Fund The event will showcase producers ranging from California to Michigan! This is an exciting opportunity to taste the best of Rhone style wines in the United States, as well as a diverse array of varietals and winemaking styles.

Chicago - Veggie Bingo at The Hideout - Last night for Veggie Bingo! They’ll be calling games and grilling dogs at the Hideout to support Chicago’s community gardens. Co-sponsored by NeighborSpace, the 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 Chef demo Josh Jones,  Madison and Rayne 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. Stop by the Phoenix Bean booth and taste some of their organic, gluten free tofu and they always have tastings of the different recipes using tofu.

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.

September 12

Chicago - Eli’s Cheesecake & Wright College’s Farmer Markets  Open through October 31 7am – 1pm 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.

Chicago - Daley Center Farmers Market - Market will run May 16th through October 31. The Urban Canopy sells their microgreens and wheat grass made with a hand crank!

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 – Markethouse Artisanal Dinner Series with Pastoral - 611 N. Fairbanks 4 course wine and cocktail pairing with local ingredients and farmstead cheeses $39

September 13

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.

September 14

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 Nicole Pedersen Found Stop by the Chicago Indoor Garden’s booth, say hi to Paula and taste her organic handcrafted tofu.

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 (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 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

September 15

Chicago - 1st Annual Growing Home Backyard Dinner 5-8pm Bang Bang Pie Shop 2051 N California Ave (SOLD OUT)

Chicago - Glenwood Sunday Outdoor Market 9am-2pmIt 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.

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

Northbrook – Apple Dessert Baking ContestShermerfest – 12pm – 4pm Village Green Shermer and Meadow Roads Northbrook Farmers Market – Chief Beet Rob Gardner will be one of the judges along with Celebrity Chef Gale Gand at the Apple Dessert Baking contest as part of the 35th annual Shermerfest.

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

September 16

Chicago - PenChefSeries – The monthly series continues with Ryan Poli Chef Tavernita and Little Market Brasserie joins chef Lee Wolen for a mediterrean inspired meal and there will be lots of local produce included.

Chicago - Green Zebra The menu focuses specifically on a locally grown ingredient today.

September 17 

Chicago - FINAL Public Hearings to Label GE Foods - Join Illinois Food and Water Watch  10am – 160 N LaSalle in Chicago, room 600 The Illinois Senate is hosting 3 hearings where defenders of your right to know will take the stage against GMO labeling opponents. This is your 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 – Re-Thinking Soup Unfinished Business and 21st Home Economics – Re-Thinking Soup returns at the dinner hour 6-7:30pm


September 18-20th

Chicago – Wurst Festival - Beer, Sausage, Music, Kraut what more can you ask for, really!  Daley Plaza 10am – 8pm Sponsored by The great folks at The Red Meat Market and Family Farmed

September 19

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 for a sneak peek.

September 20-21

Chicago – Chicagoland Chicken Enthusisasts presents Windy City Coop Tour 10am – 2pm each day Robert Haugland provides further detail here on The Beet.

September 21-22

Andersonville - City Made Fest - Clark Street between Argyle & Carmen.  Featuring an array of Chicago-based musicians, brewers and artisans, this new festival is a celebration of all of the great stuff being made right here in our city. 12pm – 9pm No cover

September 21

Chicago - Local Motion - Graze has joined forces with Fork and the Road,  to bring you Local Motion, a bike tour of Chicago’s most innovative food producers, on from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The tour begins and ends at Intelligentsia’s Millennium Park Coffeebar (53 E. Randolph St.), and will stop at these home-grown locations:*Pleasant House Bakery* A Bridgeport restaurant that grows its own greens in its backyard garden *Inspiration Kitchens* A Garfield Park institution that grows its own vegetables and provides culinary training to formerly homeless Chicagoans *The Plant* A private tour of Chicago’s vertical farm and food business incubator *Rick Bayless’ garden* A private tour of the Frontera and Topolobampo chef’s home garden Tickets are $75 and include all food and admission along the way!

Chicago – Food Truck Social – Kendall College 11am – 10pm

Chicago - VeganMania – Broadway Armory

Skokie – Third Annual Hullabaloo to Support The Talking Farm Howard Street Farm

September 22

Champaign – Fall Fork In the Road Tasting Tour – 12-5pm Hosted by Prairie Fruits Farm You’ll spend about four hours on a Sunday afternoon enjoying a goat dairy and organic orchard, a wild game (bison, cattle, elk, deer) ranch and antique shop and a winery: Prairie Fruits Farm of Champaign, KD Ranch & Sugar Shack Antiques in Oakwood, and Sleepy Creek Vineyards in Fairmount.

Chicago – Green Grocer Chicago – 5th Annual BBQ - 12pm – 4pm

Chicago – Uncommon Ground and Vandermill Cider present Cider Toast and Pig Roast 2-6pm $40 1401 West Devon

September 25

Chicago – Indie Spirits Expo Chicago – The Chicago Hilton Towers 5-9pm VIP 6:30-9pm general 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

September 27-29

Chicago – Millenium Park - Chicago Gourmet - A celebration of food and wine. Chicago becomes Ground Zero for the culinary world during this weekend. This will sell out.

October 3

Chicago – A Veggie Affair – Cheat On Meat or Go Whole Beast - 7-10pm The 1st Ward 2033 North Ave  Join 10 of Chicago’s best chefs, four of the city’s top mixologists, and synth-pop band Hey Champ. Attendees can cheat on meat, as eight chefs cook all-vegetable dishes with Green City Market vendor produce, or go whole beast, as chefs Paul Virant (Perennial Virant) and Bill Kim (bellyQ, Urban Belly & Belly Shack) prepare whole animals. Mixologists including The Aviary’s Charles Joly and Big Star’s Ben Fasman will craft drinks showcasing local spirits and produce. Proceeds will benefit the Green City Market’s LINK Card matching program

October 4-14

Reedsburg, WI – Fermentation Fest

October 4

Chicago - Pilot Light Back To School Block Party – 6pm 825 W. Fulton Publican Quality Meats Help shape our youth’s relationship with food. Pilot Light is a nonprofit organization that empowers children to make healthy choices, by integrating culinary education with school standards, curriculum and culture. Pilot Light chefs will be cooking up a very special evening featuring innovative food and drink. The night will include a DJ, as well as a silent and live auction. $175

October 5

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.

October 6

Champaign – Eastern Illinois Foodbank Fundraiser – 2pm Prairie Fruits Farm 4410 N. Lincoln Ave. Wes and Lesley are thrilled and honored to host a farm dinner fundraiser for the Eastern Illinois Food Bank. Chef Rick Bayless of Frontera Grill-Topolobamba and XOXO will be their guest chef for the day. What a day it looks to be!

October 24

!!!!!!Chicago – FOOD DAY CHICAGO and nationwide What are you going to do to celebrate Food Day? Or join the event at Daley Plaza! Checkout the Facebook page for Food Day CHI for further details.

November 21-23

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.

November 21

Chicago – Bioneers Chicago -


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

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.

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

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 EvanstonIllinois Stewardship Alliance , The Land ConnectionThe Peterson Garden Project , The Talking FarmWeFarmAmerica