The Local Calendar 9/18/13 The Wurst Festival Starts Today, Chicken Coops, VeganMania, Hullabaloo in Skokie

September 18, 2013 at 1:21 pm

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The Wurst Festival starts today at Daley Plaza, you have to go to determine your “best of the wurst” and of course there will be plenty of kraut! The event is organized by our friends, the  ”good meat” people at the Red Meat Market and Family FarmedVeganMania is this weekend, Chicken Coop tour, the Talking Farm’s Hullabaloo in Skokie, and more.

Food Day Chicago (Oct. 24) is about a month 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 and put the Food Day Chicago Good Food event at Daley Plaza on your calendar for Oct. 24th.

Root vegetables like rutabagas are on the tables now at the markets. I told Chad of Nichols Farms that to me they seemed prehistoric and one of those foods that would survive the end of the world. He assured me they are easy to cook, once you soften them up by putting them in the microwave for a few minutes. But root vegetables require 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.

As an aside, the honey crisp apples that I bought from Ellis Farms, when I took a bite out of one, after leaving it in the fridge overnight, was incredibly crispy, juicy and refreshing! Check out there apples! It is a busy week on the Local Calendar, check it out below!

                                                                                  The Week Ahead

September 18-20

Chicago – The Wurst Festival - 10am – 8pm Chicago’s Wurst Festival is a culinary celebration of local and sustainable artisan sausage, craft beer and wine, and Chicago music. While there are several Oktoberfest and fall festivals that take place in September they are not culinary events, nor do they showcase local sausage makers who utilize naturally pastured, sustainably raised meat from local farms. This is sausage made the old fashioned way. The City of Chicago’s Farmers Market Program has partnered with Red Meat Market and Family Farmed to host this three day event.

September 18

Chicago - Green City Market Lincoln Park 7am – 1pm 10:30m Chef demo Riley Huddleston Prasino. 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 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.

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

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

Chicago - VeganMania - Broadway Armory

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 Christine Cikowski Josh Kulp Sunday Dinner and Honey Buttered Fried Chicken  Stop by the Chicago Indoor Garden’s booth, say hi to Paula and taste her 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 !!

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

Morton Grove - Morton Grove Farmers Market (6/8-10/19) 8am – 12pm  - 6210 Dempster St

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.

Skokie - Third Annual Hullabaloo to Support The Talking Farm 2-6pm Howard Street Farm You’re cordially invited to The Talking Farm’s 3rd Annual Hullabaloo at the Howard Street Farm! This celebration of sustainability promises to be a fun, family-friendly way to spend a day outdoors. Come on down to the Farm and check it out.

Woodstock - Woodstock Farmers Market Outdoors 9am -12pm

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

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

Fairbury - Harvest Feast – Sponsored by the Spence Farm Foundation

September 23

Chicago - Between Bites – 6:30pm to 9:30pm Between Bites bridges the delicious overlap between eating and storytelling. Food memories shape our personal experiences. Special meals become defining moments. Words fill the space between bites. We wanted to create an ongoing philanthropic forum for food-inspired storytelling, starting with six writers who cook, dine and chronicle their culinary lives and travels. Proceeds from this event will benefit Un86′d, a local charity that helps hospitality professionals in need.

The theme is “Food Firsts,” in honor of our initial event.

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

Chicago – Re-Thinking Soup Unfinished Business and 21st Home Economics – Re-Thinking Soup returns at the dinner hour 6-7:30pm


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.

September 29

Fairbury - From Grain to Bread – Spence Farm Foundation – Course taught by Greg Wade of Little Goat

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 13

Fairbury – From Hog to Charcuterie – Taught by Jared Van Camp of Nellcote and Old Town Social Club

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 Spence Farm FoundationThe Talking FarmWeFarmAmerica