The Local Calendar 10/16/13 Savor the Days, Outdoor Markets Closing Soon, Food Day Chicago 10/24/13

October 16, 2013 at 1:08 pm


Lots going on at Daley Plaza in a week for Food Day Chicago 2013. Grow Real, Cook Real, Eat Real  and Live Real. Taste raw food, learn about healthy Indian cooking, butchering, games of chance and more, all in the spirit of celebrating local produce and food grown and cooked with care! If you are wondering what the heck is Food Day go to the national site and check it out. Building A Healthier Chicago and The Red Meat Market have been the engines behind Food Day here in Chicago.

There are still greens at the markets like this hearty Italian green, sprigarello, on the tables of Nichols Farms. Heirloom tomatoes still abound as well with the tomato harvest running later than last year. Don’t despair yet and enjoy the ourdoor markets while they are still open, only 1 more week left!

                                                                                  The Week Ahead

October 16

Chicago - Reception and Book Signing with James Beard Award Winners Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg  The Spice House - 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Old Town Spice House, 1512 North Wells Street

Chicago - Green City Market (last market Oct. 23)  Lincoln Park 7am – 1pm 10:30m Chef demo Eric Freeberg Bar Toma. 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 17

Chicago – Terzo Piano’s 4th Annual Farm to Fork Fest

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

Evanston - Vander Mill Cider Dinner at Quince  - 6:30pm

October 18

Chicago – Shaw’s Oyster Fest Bigger and better than ever! Certainly a local place and as local as local can be.

October 19

Chicago(Wicker Park) – The Nosh Food Festival Last weekend for this, and it is a chili fest!! No pun intended about the weather. 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(market moves indoors Nov. 2) Lincoln Park 7am – 1pm Chef demonstration 10:30am  Andrew Deuel / tesori  Stop by the Chicago Indoor Garden’s booth, say hi to Paula and taste her handcrafted hummus.

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.

October 20

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

October 21

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

October 22

Chicago - Frontiers of Food Justice - Philip H. Corboy Law Center JOIN US FOR A FREE DINNER EVENT! Corboy Law Center- Kasbeer Hall (Floor 15) Suggested donation to Oxfam’s Syrian Refugee Crisis Fund: $5 One in eight people go to bed hungry each night. Righting this wrong is an immense challenge, but courageous local leadership and innovative global partnerships are paving the way toward a brighter future. All sectors have important roles to play. Please join Food Tank, Oxfam America, and friends for dinner and a panel discussion as we celebrate some of the most promising people and practices in the future of food.

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. Lots going on at Daley Plaza from 8am -2pm, raw food, indian cooking, butchering demonstrations, learn how to cast a rod, taste lots of great local produce.

October 26

GREEN SATURDAY - Illinois Stewardship Alliance and genHkids are encouraging people to turn out in mass to their local farmers markets for the first Green Saturday. Like Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving when the official holiday shopping season begins and a lot of retailers’ balance sheets from red to black, Green Saturday is an opportunity for people to push farmers’ balance sheets into the black for the year.

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!

Chicago - NOURISH – 2013 Meals On Wheels Celebrity Ball

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 1-3

Chicago – Great Lakes Bioneer Weekend - On November 1-3  Great Lakes Bioneers Chicago will host its second annual conference at Roosevelt University.  For three exciting days, participants will have the opportunity to join international, national and local visionaries in a program of presentations and interactive workshops interwoven with music, drama, dance, poetry and celebration.

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, in film, in fun!!! Taste what you see on the screen.

December 11

Springfield – Illinois Stewardship Alliance 2nd Annual Meeting


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