The Local Calendar 10/2/13 A (Mostly) Veggie Affair, Pilot Light, Edna Lewis

October 2, 2013 at 10:10 am

PeppersJourneymanCornhusk Peppers, corn, beans, there is still plenty of produce on the tables at the markets. A (Mostly) Veggie Affair, the Green City Market Junior Board’s annual fall fundraiser to support the GCM’s matching LINK program takes place tomorrow night at the 1st Ward. Along with the actual event, the Junior Board ,also, has a LIVE online auction going on with one-of-a-kind food/beverages experiences and packages that only the Junior Board can make happen.

I never know what I will find on the tables at the markets, like this corn cob doll on the table at Ellis Farms. This years Independent Spirits Festival was full of local producers. Journeyman Distillery of Three Oaks, MI,  showed the ingredients used to make their hand-crafted spirits. 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 put the Food Day Eat Real event at Daley Plaza on your calendar for Oct. 24th!

The first annual Pilot Light Back to School Block party will take place on Friday and the Sugar Beet Coop fundrasier celebrating the foods of Edna Lewis happens on Saturday at Inspiration Kitchens. The Local Calendar never stops!!!!!!!


                                                                                  The Week Ahead

October 2

Chicago - Green City Market Lincoln Park 7am – 1pm 10:30m Chef demo will be a pleasure for anyone who can attend, Giusepe Scurato, Ceres Table. 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.

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

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

October 4-14

Reedsburg, WI - Fermentation Fest

October 4-6

Chicago - Symphony of the Soil - FACETS CINÉMATHÈQUE 1517 W. Fullerton Ave. Producer/Director Deborah Koons Garcia will in person for a Q&A after all screenings. Jim Slama of Family Farmed will be in attendance for QandA on Saturday, October 5 evening program. Tickets: $9 General Admission; $7 for Soil Community Members Showtimes: Fri., Oct. 4 at 6:30 & 9 pm Sat.–Sun., Oct. 5–6 at 4, 6:30 & 9 pm Mon.–Thurs., Oct. 7–10 at 7 & 9 pm

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

Chicago – How To Strategically Grow A Small Food Business With Limited Resources Chicago Small Business Expo 10-10:50am UIC Forum

October 5

Berwyn – Lunch with Jeanne Nolan and Book Signing at Autre Monde – Sponsored by Chicagourmets  Autre Monde 727 W. Roosevelt Rd. 11:00am A book signing and lecture by Jeanne Nolan, Author & Gardening Expert, tells us how to put your garden “to sleep” for the Chicago winter. Jeanne Nolan has designed and cultivated more than 650 farms and food gardens in and around Chicago including The Edible Gardens, a 5,000-square-foot vegetable garden for children at the world-famous Lincoln Park Zoo.


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 – Vendy Awards - Kendall College 1pm

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 Greg Biggers Cafe des Architectes 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. The GCM Junior Board’s online auction is LIVE, bid here!

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

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!

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

October 7

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


October 13

Chicago – Plunge Into The Culture and Cuisine of an Indian Neighborhood - Have a guided tour of the Devon Desi Community, shop, learn, taste Indian foods from an expert, Chef Ranjava Bhargava.10am – 1pm

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

October 15

Woodstock - Local Food Systems Conference -Engaging institutions in developing regional food systems:Setting the table for collaboration Hosted by Northeastern Illinois University 9:30am -6pm

October 23

Chicago – FACT’s Fund-A-Farmer Party - Uncommon Ground on Devon 7-9:30pm  All the funds raised at our party will go directly to farmers and their animals. Thanks in part to last year’s party, we recently awarded grants to 18 farmers for projects to improve animal welfare on their farms. You are invited to join the fun and help us make this project a success! Bid on unique silent auction items, enter our raffle, nosh on locally sourced bites, listen to live music, and meet one of our funded farmers.  Tickets are $25 and include two drinks and light appetizers. We hope to see you there!

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.

October 26

Chicago – Halloween Hog Butcher Breakdown ClassCentered Chef  The course welcomes a wide range of culinary and carnivorous backgrounds who have a passion or simply a curiosity for the art of butchery. Their special Cut, Cook & Carry Butcher classes offers foodies, grillers, chefs and meat lovers the opportunity to learn the art of butchery from Master Butchers beginning with how to break down a carcass, to the art of cooking local fresh meats with Chef Ryan Hutmacher of The Centered Chef. Participants will also have the opportunity to take home the meat they cut!

October 29

Chicago – Dinner of the Dead - The Stew Supper Club  7-10pm “This will be a doozy” , “Effigy, Homage, and Tribute will be the inspiration for this fall kick off supper. Our own version of pumpkin spice OWW”

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


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  1. FACT’s Fund-a-Farmer Party!

    Come celebrate with us at FACT’s 3rd Annual Fund-a-Farmer Party on October 23 at Uncommon Ground on Devon! All the funds raised at our party will go directly to farmers and their animals. Thanks in part to last year’s party, we recently awarded grants to 18 farmers for projects to improve animal welfare on their farms. You are invited to join the fun and help us make this project a success!

    Bid on unique silent auction items, enter our raffle, nosh on locally sourced bites, listen to live music, and meet one of our funded farmers, Nick from IL-based Midnight Sun Farm. Tickets are $25 and include two drinks and light appetizers. We hope to see you there!

    Buy your ticket online today at:

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