The Local Calendar 9/25/13 Indy Spirits Expo, Chicago Gourmet Fest, Edible Chicago Fall

September 25, 2013 at 9:34 am

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It is that apple time of year. What is your favorite varietal? Honey Crisps are a favorite of market shoppers but Raye of Ellis Farms recommended Swiss Gourmet to me which is not as “pretty” looking an apple. The Swiss Gourmet, also, known as an Ariet, is a cross between a Golden Delicious and an Ida Red but has been around since the 1980′s. I have not tried it yet to see if it lives up to it’s billing as tastier than Honey Crisps. But rumor has it that it is an Ellis family farm favorite!

Edible Chicago Autumn is out and about, say cheese, raw milk, goat’s milk soap, cider and plenty of other great stories, recipes and local shopping ideas. Go to the website to find out where to pick it up or you can subscribe so  you won’t miss an issue! Food Day Chicago (Oct. 24) is less than 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! “Like” the Food Day CHI facebook page, and encourage your friends and family to as well and put the Food Day Eat Real event at Daley Plaza on your calendar for Oct. 24th.

The Chicago Gourmet festival is this weekend, it is a Lollapalooza for foodies, need I say more? It is more action, food, beverage, seminar, tasting packed than ever before. Tonight you can get local and Indie with the Indy Spirits Expo at the Hilton Towers. The Local Calendar never stops!!!!!!!


                                                                                  The Week Ahead

September 25

Chicago - Indie Spirits Expo Chicago - The Chicago Hilton Towers 720 S. Michigan 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! There will be a From Grain to Bottle Seminar ar 5pm that includes Journeyman, Koval Distilling, Mississsippi River Distilling Company and Roughstock Montana Distillery. Quincy Street Distillery just outside of Chicago as well as other local craft spirit makers!!

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

Chicago - Green City Market Lincoln Park 7am – 1pm 10:30m Chef demo will be a pleasure for anyone who can attend, Andrew Zimmerman Sepia. 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 26

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 27-29

Chicago – Millenium Park - Chicago Gourmet - A celebration of food and wine. Chicago becomes Ground Zero for the culinary world and the Foodapalooza of Chicago this weekend. The full listing of the very packed event schedule is here. The locavore is included in this weekend although there is no L in the word gourmet. Paul Virant of Vie and Perennial Virant talks about The Whole Hog and later does a book signing for his book Preservation Kitchen, Rob Levitt of Butcher and Larder demonstrates butchery and homemade charcuterie. Tony Priolo of Piccolo Sogno talks about heritage recipes. There are 2 main stages, seminars galore, tasting sessions this truly is the Lollapalooza of good food in Chicago.

September 28

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 Ken Carter Gather  9-11:30 The Kid’s Table at Club Sprouts Kids learn how to make their own snacks! Stop by the Chicago Indoor Garden’s booth, say hi to Paula and taste her handcrafted hummus.

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.

Oak Park – Green Living and Learning Tour – Sponsored by Green Community Connections  takes place throughout Oak Park & River Forest. Beginning at noon and ending with a (5:30-7:30) Harvest Party hosted by the Sugar Beet Coop, guests may visit as many or as few sites as time allows. See first-hand examples of sustainable living—from basic to amazing

Woodstock - Woodstock Farmers Market Outdoors 9am -12pm

September 29

Chicago – Tomato Canning - Experimental Station – 2-4pm Is canning and preserving tomatoes still a mysterious process to you? Do you already can, but want to know more? If so, join Miriam Rubin, nationally known food writer and tomato connaisseur,  in the kitchen of Experimental Station, for a hands-on canning lesson. In addition to learning how to can, you will learn about heirloom tomatoes and get answers to all of those burning tomato questions you’d like answers to! Rubin, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, was the first woman to work in the kitchen of the Four Seasons Restaurant. Author of Grains, she writes the food and gardening column “Miriam’s Garden” for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Her new cookbook, Tomatoes, celebrates tomatoes in all their forms. In it, she provides fifty vibrant recipes, as well as wisdom on how to choose tomatoes and which tomato is right for each dish.

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

September 30

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


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