The Local Calendar 10/23/13 Fund A Farmer At Uncommon Ground, Food Day 2013, Green Saturday

October 23, 2013 at 9:53 am


Lots going on at Daley Plaza this Thursday from 8am – 2pm. for Food Day Chicago 2013. Grow Real, Cook Real, Eat Real  and Live Real. CookingMatters, the Red Meat Market, Slow Food Chicago, Truck Farm Chicago, Illinois Hunger Coalition, Growing Home, Save Antibiotics, Stop Foodborne Illness, Prevent Obesity Illinois, Artizone Chicago, Edible Chicago Magazine,  The Centered Chef,  Family Farmed will all participating along with groups of CPS students. You will have the opportunity to taste raw food, learn about healthy Indian cooking, butchering(Master Butcher Ben Harrison of Standard Market) , 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. Come on down to Daley Plaza no matter the weather and celebrate Eating Real!

Sadly, most of the outdoor markets are shutting down but some will be moving inside. The NOSH, the artisanal food fair in Wicker Park will continue but in a new local alongside the indoor Logan Square Farmers Market starting Nov 3 at the old Pierre Bakery building 2755 North Milwaukee 10am -3pm.

Its cold outside but local food entrepreneur Kate Gross is bundled up to handle the weather. She manned the River Valley Kitchens stand at the MCA market. River Valley Kitchens will be opening its farm store and cafe at 1820 N. Wilson. Visit one of their booths at the Daley Plaza market, Logan Square or Green City and get a flyer for 10% off your first purchase when the store opens later this fall. Now on to yet another busy week ahead!!!

                                                                                  The Week Ahead

October 23

Chicago - Green City Market (last market today)  Lincoln Park 7am – 1pm 10:30m So sad, the last day of the Wed outdoor markets although I am positive the farmers will be very happy for a break. GCM Wed markets you will be missed!! 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 - 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!

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 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.

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 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 Class - Centered 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 – Chicago Lights October Cookout and Kids’ Fall Festival 444 W. Chicago Ave. (Chicago and Hudson) 12pm – 2pm

Chicago - NOURISH - 2013 Meals On Wheels Celebrity Ball

Chicago – Growing Home Hoop House Ground Breaking Celebration and Open House 5814 S. Wood St. 1-4pm

Chicago(Wicker Park) – The Nosh Food Festival Last weekend for NOSH at this location!  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  Stop by the Chicago Indoor Garden’s booth, say hi to Paula and taste her handcrafted hummus. Club Sprouts Costumer Contest today!

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

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 27

New!! (As of 10/27) Chicago – Lunch on the Lawn Held by Ze-Zereshk and Growing Home – 12pm – 4pm 2837 W. Logan Blvd Come to their front lawn to chill & have a taste of delicious homemade modern Persian food along with organic local produce from Growing Home!. All donations will go directly to Growing Home  Suggested donation: $10

New!! (As of 10/27) Chicago - Bang Bang Pie Shop Harvest Dinner 2051 N. California 7pm – From the taste of their pies, and biscuit sandwiches, this Harvest Dinner will be really good!!!

Chicago - Glenwood Sunday Outdoor Market 9am-2pm Last day for the outdoor market!  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 Last day for the outdoor market, moves inside next week at 2755 North Milwaukee.

October 28

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

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”


October 31

Chicago – Day of Action to Save Local Farms – Farmers & Consumers Unite! Letter writing party Sauce and Bread Kitchen – 6338 – 40 N. Clark 6-8pm We have the opportunity to make sure the FDA gets it right for both farmers and consumers. And we have only until November 15th to respond! Join us to learn about the new rules & how they could affect farmers, and TAKE ACTION! We’ll be writing and collecting letters together, and we’ll send them in to let the FDA know we support local farms and fair food safety! Invite friends! Spread the word! BYOB!

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 3

Logan Square – The NOSH will share space with the Indoor Logan Square market at the old Pierre Bakery Building at 2755 North Milwaukee. 10am – 3pm

November 12

Normal - Local and Regional Food Summit – 9am – 4:30pm  The third annual Local and Regional Food Summit will be held on November 12, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM (Doors open at 8:30 AM) at Heartland Community College, Astroth Community Education Center, 1500 West Raab Road, Normal, IL. This one-day event is hosted by the Illinois Farm Bureau, Illinois Department of Agriculture, and Heartland Community College.

November 14

Berwyn - Autre Monde –  Natural Wine Dinner with Sicilys Frank Cornenissen 6:30pm Owners Christine Tully Aranza and John Aranza of Autre Monde Cafe & Sprits are honored to welcome special guest and winemaker Frank Cornelissen to their popular Berwyn restaurant. Renowned for his leadership in the natural wine movement, Cornelissen joins the Aranzas and Chefs Dan Pancake and Beth Partridge for an evening exploring and celebrating his wines as they are presented alongside a Mediterranean-inspired menu.

November 16

Chicago – Harvest Feast ChicagoSpence Farm Foundation Harvest Dinner – 900 N. Branch They need your support to keep expanding our local foodshed so get tickets now to their amazing fundraiser dinner at Kendall College.

November 17

Chicago – NOMA Chef Makes One Day Only Appearance at Balena for a book signing and then dinner at The Bristol (Zagat) - The day begins at Balena with afternoon wine, some of Redzepi’s favorite dishes and a Q&A with the chef, moderated by Tasting Table’s Heather Sperling. They’ll discuss his new book, A Work in Progress. The festivities continue with a 10-course dinner at The Bristol, inspired by Noma and prepared by chef Chris Pandel. Tickets for the Q&A at Balena cost $135 (reserve online) and the dinner at The Bristol is $235 with an optional $75 wine pairing (call 773-862-5555 for reservations). Both events include a copy of Redzepi’s highly anticipated book.

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 3

Chicago - Faith In Place Luncheon and Fundraiser – 1pm The Conference Center 1 N. Wacker Drive 2nd Floor

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