The Local Calendar 11/27/13 Happy Thanksgiving Most Markets Closed Shop Local This Weekend

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Posted: November 27, 2013 at 6:59 am

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Turkey day is tomorrow and a time to enjoy great food and give thanks for all it takes to produce it! Farmers and the people that run the markets need a break every now and then too! So in Chicago, at least, all of the farmers markets are closed this weekend. If you happen to know of one that is open, leave a comment below.

As we move into winter and the amount of green produce dwindles, microgreens which are grown indoors offer a vibrant, healthy alternative. Chicago Indoor Garden, The Urban Canopy and the Plant offer their greens at some of the local markets and you can have free tastes to see what you think! I look at them as green vitamins, they have an aboslutely incredible, nutrional punch and they add a burst of flavor to salads, sandwiches, omelets and more, which is why so many of the Chicago chefs utilize them in their dishes.

Our Where To Source Local Guide below and restaurants like The Local Root, who have a map showing you where some of their ingredients are sourced from,  are still sourcing local during the winter time. So this week is relatively quiet but the December calendar is chock full of events, so check it out below. The event calendar has already started for 2014. Whiskyfest Chicago early bird tickets have sold out and Chicago Gourmet 2014 tickets go on sale at 12am Friday!! Most of the establishments in our WTSLG are open Saturday!

WHERE TO SOURCE LOCAL FOODS

These stores specialize in local foods:

Bang Bang Pie Shop – Open Sat 9-5 Sund 9-4 Closed Thur/Frid 2051 N. California Ave.

Butcher and Larder Open Sat 10am 1026 Closed Thur/Frid North Milwaukee in Noble Square

Dill Pickle Food Co-op – Open Frid 9am – 9pm Closed Thurs 3039 West Fullerton, Chicago

Edible Alchemy Foods Co-op - Taking a week off for Thanksgiving 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

Katherine Anne Confections – 2745 W. Armitage

LUSH Wine & Spirits - 2232 W. Roscoe, 1257 S. Halsted, 1412 W. Chicago – 11/10 Gamay tasting at their Roscoe locale, 2-5pm ahead the upcoming release day for Beaujolais Nouveau 11/21.

Marion Street Cheese Market 100 South Marion St. Oak Park

Plum Market - 1233 N. Wells St.

Provenance Food & Wine - 2 locations Logan Square 2528 N. California Lincoln Square 2312 W. Leland Ave . Remember to checkout Holidays On The Square on Dec. 7   Lincoln Square locale wine tasting every Thur 6-8pm, Logan Square wine tasting Saturdays 3-6pm

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

Area resources for local food initiatives, workshop, classesAdvocates for Urban Agriculture ,Angelic Organics , Edible Evanston,  Illinois Stewardship Alliance , The Land ConnectionThe Peterson Garden Project , The Spence Farm FoundationThe Talking Farm , WeFarmAmerica

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November 27- Jan 27, 2014Art and Appetite: American Painting Culture, and Cuisine The Art Institute of Chicago

November 28

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!! gobble, gobble, gobble

November 29

Chicago – Happy Hour at Koval Distillery – 5-7pm 5121 N. Ravenswood Learn how to make and taste a cocktail made from Koval spirits.

November 30

Champaign – Open House at Prairie Fruits Farm and Creamery – 2-5pm 4410 N. Lincoln Ave.

Chicago – Cowgirl Creamery Tasting & Book Signing at Bar Pastoral  - 2-4pm 2947 North Broadway

Chicago – Growing Power Iron Street Farm Stand – 10am – 3pm 3333 South Iron St. With their hoop houses they have fresh produce all winter

Chicago 61st Farmers Market -  9am – 2pm No market this weekend. Moves indoors to the Experimental Station 6100 South Blackstone through December 14, except Thanskgiving weekend.  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 Indoor Market at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum  No market this weekend. Markets will take place 12/7, 12/21, in December and then for the winter, 1/18/14, 2/1, 2/15, 3/1, 3/15, 3/29, 4/5, 4/19. Preorders for the new Green City Market Cookbook can be placed here.

Elgin – Winter Market ElginOPEN 9am -1pm 800 North State St.

Geneva – Geneva Green Market Winter SessionOPEN 9am – 1pm 27 N. Bennet Place

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

Woodstock - Woodstock Indoor Market - No market this weekend.  December  markets will take place 12/7, 12/14, 12/21 9am – Noon McHenry County Farm Bureau Building

December 1

Chicago - Logan Square Indoor Market No market this weekend. 10am–3pm Logan Blvd 2755 North Milwaukee. The NOSH will share space with the Indoor Logan Square market at the old Pierre Bakery Building. The market runs 11/3/13 through 3/30/14 except for 12/1/13.

Glencoe – Chicago Botanic Garden Winter Farmers Market – 9am – 1pm OPEN 1000 Lake Cook Rd

December 3

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

SAVE THE DATE

December 5-8

Chicago - One-of-a-Kind-Show – Merchandise Mart The 13th annual One of a Kind Show is the ideal place to find truly unique items for yourself, your home and everyone on your holiday gift list.  More than 600 talented artists will set up shop at this year’s show.

December 6-7

Chicago – Tasting Table Open Market – Block 37 108 N. State St. A two-day artisan food fair featuring an unprecedented number of chefs and purveyors– the best of Chicago’s best–together under one roof.

December 6

Chicago – C0-0p Image Holiday Bazaar – 6pm -10pm Ignite Glass Studios 401 N. Armour St.Youth made holiday gifts Live Glass Blowing Beer by Half Acre and Revolution Brewery Food By Sauce and Bread Kitchen $15 suggested Donation goes to benefit Co-op Image Group’s innovative youth arts programs.

December 7-8

Chicago - 8th Annual Renegade Craft Fair for Winter Market Pulaski Field House 11am – 6pm 1419 W. Blackhawk

December 7

Bolingbrook - Faith In Place Winter Market 9-1pm The Church of St. Benedict 909 Lily Cache Ln.

Logan Square – Holidays On The Square Food and wine tastings, and other special holiday events and promotions.

Morton Grove – Winter Farmers Market – Morton Grove Civic Center – 9am -2pm 6140 W. Dempster

December 8

Chicago - Pastry Chicago’s 8th Annual Amateur/Student Gingerbread House Competition – Drake Hotel 140 E. Walton Place 2-4pm Nothing says the holidays more than gingerbread. In this judged competition competitors recreate Chicago iconic buildings in gingerbread.

December 9

Chicago – Garfield Park Chefs Night  - 7pm 3504 W. Lake St.  Inspiration Corporation invites Chicagoans to support the fight against homelessness and poverty at their Chef Night Dinner featuring Chef Michael Kornick of mk The Restaurant. A four-course plus appetizer dinner includes a seasonal menu from Chef Kornick prepared with support from students from Inspiration Corporation’s Foodservice Training program.

December 10

Chicago – Piranha In The Stew The Stew Supper Club – Sauce and Bread Kitchen 6338 North Clark 7-10pm Normally it’s the time of year at The Stew Supper Club that we throw down for the feast of the 7 fishes but this year we decided to throw a piranha in the pot.  The Stew cook Anne (Crumb Chicago, SBK) and Mike (Co-op Sauce, SBK) will thicken the roux with or friend and cook Eric May (Piranha Club).  It will be an eclectic collaboration with a rugged pescetarian feast with a South American bite (veggies still always welcome).

December 11

Chicago – That’s All She Wrote: A Benefit For Karen Gerod – 5:30pm The Hideout 1354 W. Wabansia They’ll have soups from an array of local cooks including Milk & Honey, Hoosier Mama’s Allison Scott, and artist and “Mortified! Chicago” host Shay DeGrandis, followed by readings on the theme of health care and caretaking from Benander, Palmer, Sheri Reda, Martha Bayne, Tom Wolferman, and Dmitry Samarov. Music provided by DJ Lawrence Peters. Suggested donation $10; all proceeds will be donated to Karen.

Springfield – Illinois Stewardship Alliance 2nd Annual Meeting

December 12 – December 14

Chicago – Dismantling Racism Training in Chicago – Hosted by Growing Food & Justice For All Initiative

December 13

Chicago – The Four Beers of Christmas Dinner  2 Sparrows celebrates their favorite local Christmas brews with a 4-course dinner by Chef and Owner Gregory Ellis. $55/Person. Seating is limited. Call 773.234.2320 for reservations.

December 14

Chicago – Faith In Place Winter Market – 9am – 1pm Coppin Memorial AME 5627 S Michigan Ave.

December 17

Chicago – Holiday Rock N Roll benefitting Share Our Strength – 6-8pm Sofitel Chicago Water Tower 20 E. Chestnut

December 21

Chicago - The Hideout Holiday Sale

 

 




19th Ward Senior Citizens are Invited to Enjoy a Delicious, Locally Grown Thanksgiving Meal

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Posted: November 26, 2013 at 9:50 am

According to 19th Ward Alderman Matt O’Shea’s office, all 19th Ward Senior Citizens are invited to enjoy a delicious Thanksgiving meal prepared at the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences, the only fully functioning farm in the City of Chicago. Celebrity Guest Chef Graham Elliot will be in attendance.

Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences, which is one of seven like it in the nation, occupies 78 acres on the Southwest Side of Chicago.

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This classic Thanksgiving dinner featuring locally grown, farm-fresh ingredients will be served on Tuesday, November 26, 2013 at 5 p.m. All of the food that will be served at the meal was grown by the students at the High School.

A $5 donation is requested by not required.  Reservations are mandatory and can be made by calling 773-238-8776

Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences is at 3857 West 111th Street, Chicago, IL 60655:

http://www.chicagoagr.org/index.jsp

Alderman Matt O’Shea’s website:

http://www.19thwardmobile.com/events/




Growing Power’s Farmers For Chicago Program receives $300,000 grant

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Posted: November 26, 2013 at 9:12 am

A press release from the City of Chicago:

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced a $300,000 grant to Growing Power’s Farmers For Chicago Program. One of the first programs of its kind in the nation, the Farmers For Chicago Program will provide local non-profits the funding and resources to install the necessary agriculture equipment and train up to 50 local-residents in urban farming skills. The produce grown from Farmers For Chicago farms are then sold at grocery stores and farmers markets throughout the city.

“Every Chicagoan should have access to healthy food. Too many of our citizens feel the consequences of poor nutrition on a daily basis because fresh produce is not available in their neighborhood. Growing Power’s Farmers For Chicago Program works not only to bring locally grown fruits and vegetables to the shelves of our neighborhood store, but also to teach the skills to grow those fruits and vegetables in our own backyards,” said Mayor Emanuel.

Grant Park “Ant on the Farm” Photo: Growing Power

Grant Park “Ant on the Farm”
Photo: Growing Power

The $300,000 grant awarded to Growing Power by the USDA was made possible through the National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s Community Food Project (CFP) awards. These national awards support organizations using local food to develop community-based solutions to address food insecurity and increase access to healthy food in low income communities.

“The Community Food Projects program has demonstrated that local food can be part of a successful strategy to address hunger and increase healthy food access,” said U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. “This year’s grantees continue that tradition while representing exciting innovations and ideas. I look forward to seeing how their work will support our country’s farmers, expand local food opportunities, and increase healthy food access for generations to come.”

Farmers for Chicago will help prepare urban growers with the skills necessary to succeed at food commerce, including growing and packaging fruits and vegetables, and distributing them to up to 20 retailers, including farmer’s markets, local corner stores, grocery chains, and restaurants.

This program will be implemented over a three year period with outcomes to include: 50 new farmers to receive direct training and farm incubation support, 150 farmers to benefit from shared infrastructure support, 1500 individuals to receive training and educational opportunities in urban agriculture via workshops offered at Iron Street Urban Farm, 900 youth are provided with meaningful work experience in urban agriculture and 30 commercial retailers and independent corner storeowners increase the availability of fresh food in their businesses.

“Today’s funding and the Farmers For Chicago Program will support Growing Powers’ ability to support the development of an urban agriculture industry that creates new farmers that produce and distribute hyper local, affordable and culturally appropriate food to families and communities in all Chicago neighborhoods,” said Erika Allen, Executive Director of Growing Power.

Additionally, Growing Power announced today that their locally grown produce is now available in 10 Chicago-based Walgreens stores. In 2011 Growing Power signed a memorandum of understanding with Walgreens to provide increased access to locally grown produce as well as economic development and employment opportunities across its farm locations in Chicago. Growing Powers’ fresh produce will be making their way into Walgreens stores in many food deserts that Chicago and its partners have placed their focus on providing access to quality food.

The fresh and healthy in-season produce to be sold at the Walgreens locations includes radishes, mustard greens, cabbage, and arugula, with salad turnips, turnip greens, beets, and kale to be available in the next couple months when they are in-season. The Walgreens stores with Growing Power produce in them are located in the city’s Belmont Central, Bronzeville, Edgewater, Englewood, Kenwood, Logan Square, Near West Side, Washington Park, and Woodlawn neighborhoods.

Jackson Park Urban and Community Allotment Garden Photo: Growing Power

Jackson Park Urban and Community Allotment Garden
Photo: Growing Power

Opening in Chicago in 2002, Growing Power is a non-profit urban agriculture organization that works to expand urban farming networks throughout Chicago, providing equal access to high-quality affordable produce and increased economic and employment opportunities for residents in Chicago’s neighborhoods. Growing Power currently maintains and operates as five locations throughout the city: Chicago Lights Farm, Altgeld Gardens Urban Farm, Grant Park “Ant on the Farm” Urban Agriculture Potager, Iron Street Urban Farm, Jackson Park Urban and Community Allotment Garden.

Today’s announcement is another step forward in Mayor Emanuel’s ongoing commitment to improve the well-being of the residents of Chicago by creating a healthier urban environment. The Emanuel Administration has worked to develop the emerging urban agriculture sector by both addressing the workforce development needs of residents with limited work history, and bringing opportunities to food desert communities. The Administration has made an annual investment of $750,000 in transitional jobs programs with Chicago nonprofits in the urban agriculture sector. This includes support for innovative social enterprises such as Beeline Beauty Products in urban beekeeping, and Neighbor Carts, which distributes fresh produce in food deserts. These investments are intended to provide training for more than 200 hard-to-employ individuals per year – including ex-offenders and the formerly homeless, and job placement for more than 160 trainees.




Recycled! – One Great Idea – French Fried Blog Post: French Fry Stuffing

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Posted: November 26, 2013 at 7:10 am

Editor’s note: Thor’s grown a bit since his Mom first provided this recipe for the Local Beet, but we bet he still enjoys his recipe. We continue to think this is one of the most brilliant ways to enhance your holiday feast.

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Thor’s Turkey Recipe

“We get the turkey from whole foods. We all get it together. Stuff the turkey with French fries. We cook it in the oven at 100 degrees. We cook for an hour. Then we put mashed potatoes on the side before we serve it. We serve it on plates. We make it look like a turkey leg. It smells like a turkey. My grandma and grandpa, my mom and my dad and me eat it. We serve it with tater tots and mash potatoes. We wil have the party at my house. I will have a Sherly temple for me and martinis for grandma and grandpa.”

So goes the little locavore’s story as told to a 5th grader and pasted onto a construction paper turkey’s fan. While we didn’t get to see the tail on the tale until the Friday before Thanksgiving, I had been given some advance warning about it when Thor began quizzing me on turkey prep.

“So we get our turkey from Whole Foods?”

“No Thor, we buy it directly from a local farmer.”

“We bake it at 100 . . . ”

“Well, not exactly.”

“for an hour?”

“Certainly, not at 100 degrees.”

[Cue frustration, curling brow] “But we’ll have tater tots, right?”

“Uh, no.” [Cue curled brow for me as I try to remember the last tater tot he ate with me].

[More frustration exhibited and a slightly mobile lower lip] “But, but, but, we do stuff it with french fries.”

Of course, the answer was no, but unlike the other questions, there was no logical reason why this one should be answered in the negative.

And thus, the inspiration for this year’s true Thanksgiving innovation in our household: French Fry Stuffing.

Obviously, you have to start with French fries. While the French may not have invented the fry, they seemed to have perfected them or at least had the best PR about their fried potato cylinders. Given that, there was no better place to turn to for a recipe than a bistro cookbook: Balthazar Cookbook being my favorite.

French Fries

3 medium russet or yukon gold potatoes, peeled
1 quart canola oil
fine sea salt

Slice, by hand or on a mandoline, the potatoes into 1/4-inch strips about 4-6 inches long. As you slice the potatoes, add the strips to a container of cold water. Refrigerate for 12 hours.

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Drain the potatoes on clean dish towels for about 20 minutes.

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Heat the oil in a large heavy pot to 370 degrees. Add half of the potatoes. The oil will bubble up furiously and drop to about 280 degrees. Cook for 3 minutes. You don’t want the potatoes to color. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on crumpled paper towels. Repeat with remaining fries. Increase the heat to 380 degrees. Add half the fries and cook for 3 more minutes until browned and crisp. Remove, drain, repeat, salt. Reserve 2/3 of the fries for stuffing.

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Of course, there’s no need for all this labor above (I’m just silly sometimes). Get an extra order on the side from your favorite hamburger joint, just don’t tell me if they’re from McDonald’s.

French Fry Stuffing

1 tablespoon canola oil
2 Polish sausage links, quartered
2 medium onions, cut into small dice
¾ cup celery, cut into small dice
4 cups peasant style bread, cubed
Leftover fries, slightly smashed
2 teaspoons sage, minced
1 teaspoon celery leaves, minced
1 teaspoon thyme, minced
¼ teaspoon parsley, minced
2 cups turkey stock

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Heat the oil in a large saute pan over medium high heat. Add the sausage and cook until lightly browned. Stir in the onions and celery and cook until softened and just slightly golden. Combine the onions, celery, and sausage with the bread, leftover fries, and herbs. Salt and pepper to taste. Scrape the mixture into a 9 by 13-inch baking dish. Ladle the stock over the stuffing. Bake at 400 for 20 minutes.

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The accurate parts of the little locavore’s story? We did serve mashed potatoes (not in the shape of a turkey leg) and Grandma and Grandpa drank martinis.

Provenance
Potatoes from Nichols (IL)
Polish sausage from Cedar Valley Sustainable Farm (IL)
Onions and thyme from Genesis Growers (IL)
Sage from my garden
Celery from Iron Creek (IL)
Turkey stock from turkey from TJ’s Poultry (IL)




The Farmers’ Guide to Disaster Assistance

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Posted: November 25, 2013 at 4:29 pm

The devastation from the recent tornadoes reminds us all how easy all that we have built in our lives can be destroyed in an instant. The destruction in towns across Illinois, Indiana, and other Midwestern states was horrendous to view. Not as much coverage though dealt with the farmers affected between the towns. Many Midwestern farmers are too feeling the effects of the ravages that nature can put out. Right here in Illinois an EF-4 tornado struck Washington County. This storm had winds of 166-200 mph and obliterated farms and livestock.

A farm near Hustisford, WI that was hit by a recent tornado Photo: Dodge Co. Emergency Management

A farm near Hustisford, WI that was hit by a recent tornado
Photo: Dodge Co. Emergency Management

The Farmers’ Guide to Disaster Assistance written by attorneys at Farmers Legal Action Group (FLAG) explains FEMA assistance, federal crop insurance, USDA’s Non-Insured Crop Disaster Assistance Program and Emergency Loans from USDA’s Farm Service Agency. FLAG also offers guides and updates about federal risk management and disaster programs that can help protect your farm business and your family against natural disasters. When farms are hit by disaster, documenting losses is an important first step in getting assistance. RAFI-USA put together a guide to help. This guide can be found at the Farm Aid website: http://www.farmaid.org/site/c.qlI5IhNVJsE/b.2739785/apps/s/content.asp?ct=11229755




Weekly Harvest of Turkey Talk and Other Eat Local Links

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Posted: November 25, 2013 at 2:47 pm

 

Talk turkey about the turkey this Thanksgiving

Another item on SloFig’s angel investors.

Eat local West Virginia.

Hell of a nice looking eat local book out of Great Britain.

Eat local winter market in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin.

We’ll all have eat local Thanksgivings, right?

Eat local Iowa.




The Local Calendar 11/20/13 Glenwood Market, The Food Film Festival, Hazzard Free Farm

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Posted: November 20, 2013 at 10:40 am

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There continues to be quite a variety of produce on the tables at the farmers market like Green City Market as well as canned and fermented vegetables from producers like Bushel & Peck’s.  Even though it can be tempting and sometimes highly convenient to just one stop shop at Whole Foods or Mariano’s, Gareth Proctor of Endless Greens, pointed out at the NU Sustainable Food Talk on Urban Ag Monday, that greens and most vegetables lose 50% of their nutritional value within 48 hours of being harvested. Most farmers at the markets, harvest their produce 48-24 hours before coming to the market.

The NU Sustainable Food Talks are held once a month in Evanston and Mondays talk on Urban Ag in Chicagoland included Wendy Aeschlimann, Board Member of The Talking Farm, Dave Snyder, the Farm manager of Farmworks and a Board Member of the Chicago Rarities Orchard Project and Gareth Proctor of Endless Greens. What I took away from the talk is that as Dave Snyder described, Chicago urban ag is really a network of tiny home plots, rooftop gardens and 1-2 acre farms within the city. The Talking Farm is breaking new ground in trying to encourage Skokie to adopt zoning ordinances, which the city of Chicago has in place already,  that will allow a farm, like Howard St., to sell product grown on their farm in Skokie . Gareth Proctor of Endless Greens is growing food on the land of his house in Evanston as well as consulting and instructing people on sustainable growing and energy practices like collecting rain water, heating through solar power and composting. Farmworks promotes social justice by employing and training personnel who have been previously convicted and have a really hard time getting a job. As farm manager, Dave Snyder said, the farm is about postive changes every day and Dave just likes getting people excited about growing vegetables.

Meanwhile, with Thanksgiving a week away,  if you still need to supplement your Thanksgivng meal, the Green Grocer, Sauce and Bread Kitchen and Bang Bang Pie Shop all have pies, desserts and side dishes you can buy. This week the Food Film Festival rolls into town, it includes a focus on farm to film to table on Saturday night, and at the midday Saturday event, Chicago’s David Hammond has a short film shown, You Should Really Eat This. Kate Gross has organized a Farmstead Holiday party at Hazzard Free Farm in Pecatonica, Prairie Fruit Farm and Creamery has a pre-Thanksgiving open house in Champaign this afternoon, the Glenwood Holiday market takes place again on Sunday, the first Faith In Place winter market takes place in Glenview, the local calendar never stops, on to the week ahead!

WHERE TO SOURCE LOCAL FOODS

These stores specialize in local foods:

Bang Bang Pie Shop – 2051 N. California Ave.

Butcher and Larder 1026 North Milwaukee in Noble Square, Chicago Check out all their butchering demo offerings.

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 This Saturday 11/9 is their Turkey Day cookoff 3-6pm We are roasting a turkey and a duck from Gunthorp Farms, sampling out pies from Cheap Tart Bakery and tasting whiskey from KOVAL Distillery.

Katherine Anne Confections – 2745 W. Armitage

LUSH Wine & Spirits - 2232 W. Roscoe, 1257 S. Halsted, 1412 W. Chicago – 11/10 Gamay tasting at their Roscoe locale, 2-5pm ahead the upcoming release day for Beaujolais Nouveau 11/21.

Marion Street Cheese Market 100 South Marion St. Oak Park

Plum Market - 1233 N. Wells St.

Provenance Food & Wine - 2 locations Logan Square 2528 N. California Lincoln Square 2312 W. Leland Ave . Remember to checkout Holidays On The Square on Dec. 7   Lincoln Square locale wine tasting every Thur 6-8pm, Logan Square wine tasting Saturdays 3-6pm

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

Area resources for local food initiatives, workshop, classesAdvocates for Urban Agriculture ,Angelic Organics , Edible Evanston,  Illinois Stewardship Alliance , The Land ConnectionThe Peterson Garden Project , The Spence Farm FoundationThe Talking Farm , WeFarmAmerica

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November 20- Jan 27, 2014Art and Appetite: American Painting Culture, and Cuisine The Art Institute of Chicago

November 20-23

Chicago - Chicago Food Film Festival - Kendall College - It was great last year what can I say? This is a really fun, very interactive event for anyone interested in Chicago, in food, in film, in fun!!! Taste what you see on the screen and more. Ramen burgers at the kickoff party tonight, tribute to the wines of Michel Chapoutier Thurs, Frid a Food Porn Party, Sat at noon includes David Hammonds film, You Should Really Eat This and the festival closes Saturday night with Farm to Table food.

November 20

Chicago - Champaign - Prairie Fruit Farm Open House and Pre-Thanksgiving Sale - 3-6pm 4410 N. Lincoln Ave. We’ll be open from 4 to 6PM They wull be offering  cheese, gelato, apple cider, goat milk soaps and other farm fresh items.

November 21

Chicago – Monthly Good Greens meeting – 10am – Noon Sponsored by the FNS arm of the USDA. Open to the public, a collective meeting discussing farm to school, midwest foodshed and distribution issues, and more.

Chicago - Ravioli-making and Lasagna Building – Class by the Pasta Puttana herself. 6:30pm – 9pm 1407 West Grand Ave.

Chicago - Middlewest The Launch Party - 7-9pm Intelligentsia Logan Square ntelligentsia + Middlewest invite you to celebrate the release of Middlewest No. 2, a collection of fall and winter recipes by Jason Vincent. Cocktails by Letherbee Distillers Ice Cream Sandwiches by Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams Snacks by Nightwood Restaurant It’s free…if you RSVP

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

November 23-24

Chicago – Ukranian Village Winter Market & Artisan Fair – 10am -3pm St. Nicholas Cathedral School 2200 West Rice St.

November 23

Chicago – Ravioli-making and Lasagna building – 1407 West Grand Ave. Pasta Puttanna 1-3:30pm

Chicago 61st Farmers Market -  9am – 2pm Moves indoors to the Experimental Station 6100 South Blackstone through December 14, except Thanskgiving weekend.  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 Indoor Market at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum  8am – 1pm Chef demonstration this Saturday by Sarah Stegner Prairie Grass 10:30am  Stop by the Chicago Indoor Garden’s booth, say hi to Paula and taste her handcrafted hummus.

Glenview - Faith In Place Winter Market - 9am – 1pm Glenview New Church 74 Park Drive

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

Woodstock - Woodstock Indoor Market – 9am – Noon McHenry County Farm Bureau Building

November 24

Chicago - Glenwood Holiday Market – Glenwood Bar 9am -2pm 6962 N. Glenwood Ave.

Chicago - Logan Square Indoor Market 10am–3pm Logan Blvd 2755 North Milwaukee. The NOSH will share space with the Indoor Logan Square market at the old Pierre Bakery Building. The market runs 11/3/13 through 3/30/14 except for 12/1/13.

Elburn - Caveny Turkey Pickup and Market - Rustic Road Farm 10am – 2pm 1N292 Brundige Road

Pecatonica - Hazzard Free Farm Farmstead Holiday Party  - Hosted by Ms Mint at Hazzard Free Farm 10-4pm Please come on out to kick off the holiday season at Hazzard Free Farm Sunday, November 24th– the Sunday BEFORE Thanksgiving. Holiday Goodies, Thanksgiving Farmers Market, Bonfire, Potliuck, Christmas Tree Decorating, Fun for the Kiddies!… You can preorder Veggies, Grains, Eggs, and Meats- Please inquire
kate@msmint.com Vendors Include (All Organically Raised Veggies, Meats, Etc): Hazzard Free Farm- Fresh Veggies, Eggs, and Milled Grains
Raines Honey Farm- Delicious Local Raw Honey  Angelic Organics Learning Center- Goat Milk Soap Chestnut Cliff Farm- Fresh Veggies and Meats Grassroots Farm- Turkeys! Plus Veggie Stand with more from local farmers!Rumor has it there may be a bus or transportation available to get there leaving from Chicago

SAVE THE DATE

December 3

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

December 5-8

Chicago - One-of-a-Kind-Show – Merchandise Mart The 13th annual One of a Kind Show is the ideal place to find truly unique items for yourself, your home and everyone on your holiday gift list.  More than 600 talented artists will set up shop at this year’s show.

December 6-7

Chicago – Tasting Table Open Market – Block 37 108 N. State St. A two-day artisan food fair featuring an unprecedented number of chefs and purveyors– the best of Chicago’s best–together under one roof.

December 6

Chicago – C0-0p Image Holiday Bazaar – 6pm -10pm Ignite Glass Studios 401 N. Armour St.Youth made holiday gifts Live Glass Blowing Beer by Half Acre and Revolution Brewery Food By Sauce and Bread Kitchen $15 suggested Donation goes to benefit Co-op Image Group’s innovative youth arts programs.

December 7-8

Chicago - 8th Annual Renegade Craft Fair for Winter Market Pulaski Field House 11am – 6pm 1419 W. Blackhawk

December 7

Logan Square – Holidays On The Square Food and wine tastings, and other special holiday events and promotions.

Morton Grove – Winter Farmers Market – Morton Grove Civic Center – 9am -2pm 6140 W. Dempster

December 10

Chicago – Piranha In The Stew The Stew Supper Club – Sauce and Bread Kitchen 6338 North Clark 7-10pm Normally it’s the time of year at The Stew Supper Club that we throw down for the feast of the 7 fishes but this year we decided to throw a piranha in the pot.  The Stew cook Anne (Crumb Chicago, SBK) and Mike (Co-op Sauce, SBK) will thicken the roux with or friend and cook Eric May (Piranha Club).  It will be an eclectic collaboration with a rugged pescetarian feast with a South American bite (veggies still always welcome).

December 11

Springfield – Illinois Stewardship Alliance 2nd Annual Meeting

December 12 – December 14

Chicago – Dismantling Racism Training in Chicago – Hosted by Growing Food & Justice For All Initiative

December 17

Chicago – Holiday Rock N Roll benefitting Share Our Strength – 6-8pm Sofitel Chicago Water Tower 20 E. Chestnut

December 21

Chicago - The Hideout Holiday Sale

 

 




Illinois Department of Agriculture’s 25 Days of Christmas

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Posted: November 19, 2013 at 7:49 pm

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From December 1st to the 25th the Illinois Department of Agriculture is presenting the 3rd Annual “25 Days of Christmas” promotion featuring Illinois Products!

To enter to win, participants must take the Buy Illinois Challenge at: www.buyillinoischallenge.com

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One winner will be selected randomly each day from December 1-25 from their Buy Illinois Challenge takers and winners will be listed on the Illinois Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Marketing and Promotion Facebook and Twitter pages.
Illinois households are being asked to pledge to dedicate just $10 of their existing grocery budget towards purchasing Illinois made products. According to the Illinois Department of Agriculture, if every household in Illinois did this over $2.4 billion would be generated annually for the state economy.

For a complete list of participating companies visit http://www.agr.state.il.us/25days/IL-Fresh

 

 




A couple of upcoming conferences in Springfield

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Posted: November 18, 2013 at 8:05 pm

The Illinois Stewardship Alliance, a statewide organization dedicated to promoting and advocating for local food issues, will be holding its Second Annual Meeting at Erin’s Pavilion in Springfield on December 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.. Various speakers will talk about local and sustainable food issues as well as their accomplishments over the past year.  Attendees will be able to participate in discussions that will affect the direction of Illinois Stewardship Alliance for years to come.

 

Confirmed speakers for the event include:

  • Beyond Green Sustainable Food Partners
  • DeKalb County Community Gardens
  • Farmed Here
  • Hendrick House
  • Illinois Wine
  • Ludwig Farmstead
  • Slow Food Springfield
  • Sugar Grove Family Farms

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There will also be a seed swap during the event and an after meeting $25 tasting menu at American Harvest Eatery in Springfield. The fee for the Illinois Stewardship Alliance Second Annual Meeting is free for members and $25 for non-members. The cost to become a member is also $25 and those who join will then get in for free.

 

Those who wish to attend the Illinois Stewardship Alliance Second Annual Meeting can find out more information at the ISA website: http://www.ilstewards.org/. Contact ISA at isa@ilstewards.org or call 217-528-1563

 

The 2013 Acres U.S.A. Conference will be held in the three days following the Illinois Stewardship Alliance Second Annual Meeting, also in Springfield. From the Acres U.S.A. website:

“The annual Acres U.S.A. conference sets the standards for innovation and learning. It is where you find farmers and consultants from every side of eco-farming who come together to share their experience and expertise. Attend the non-stop event, learn the latest in cutting-edge technology and methods, and return home ready to make your farming operation the best it can be.”

 

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During the conference’s three days there will be a pre-conference study, seminars & workshops, a trade show, and rooms that will be dedicated to eco-consultants and staffed throughout the day by some of the leading advisors in eco-agriculture.

Attendees are being advised to bring soil audits, yield data, herd health records, etc. This conference has been held for over 40 years and is being held this year at the Prairie Capitol Convention Center. Those interested in attending can find out more at the Acres U.S.A. website: http://www.acresusa.com.

Just In – Volunteers Needed!  If you can’t swing the  ACRES USA $200 conference fee, you can get a free, three-day pass in exchange for roughly 4-6 hours of volunteer work during the conference. Anyone interested can email alyse@acresusa.com for for details, information, or to sign up.




Weekly Harvest of Food Absurdity and Other Eat Local Links

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Posted: November 18, 2013 at 11:59 am

 

How does he find time for all the does?  Bittman is also a virtual link machine, and this one’s really good and important to read.

So it’s almost too absurd to believe that House Republicans are asking for a farm bill that would make all of these problems worse.

Most of the best squash recipes are not where you might think to start looking.

Drink local Wisconsin.

Melt local cheese.

 




Urban Till: Jolly Greenery Giant

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Posted: November 18, 2013 at 7:33 am

Simply put, fresh is best. That’s the no-frills perspective at Urban Till, the burgeoning hydroponic herb farm blossoming on Chicago’s west side. By committing themselves to delivering pristine, fresh herbs on a constant basis to customers, cutting herbs the day of delivery, Urban Till has established itself as the preeminent herb purveyor for such restaurants as Takito Kitchen, Atwood Cafe, Autre Monde Cafe & Spirits, and Marion Street Cheese Market. The freshness is all well and good, but it would all be for not if it weren’t for flavor, and Urban Till produces some of the most flavorful greenery around. This stuff is so bracing and potent, you’ll wonder what you’ve been eating all your life, and why you’ve been wasting your time doing so.

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(Urban Till in action. Photo: Urban Till)

Urban Till is the masterwork of Brock Leach, a man who went from working in a different business sector doing food distribution for McDonald’s to peddling pristine herbs. While working for McD’s, he saw a broken link in the supply chain, and he surmised ideas for how he could improve upon America’s food service. The quintessential factor was localizing production where there’s demand. As long as a great product is being made locally and customers are willing to pay a premium for quality, success can be had. With newfound grand ambitions to change and save the world, Leach set out to do it on his own, and Urban Till was born.

Urban Till is the rare hydroponic farm that employs its own corporate chef. That chef is Olga Masevich, and she serves as the liaison between Urban Till and restaurant and chef clients. She also spends a lot of time “in the field,” researching dining trends, eating in restaurants, amassing industry relationships, and so forth. The woman has a corporate and culinary background herself, with time spent working in kitchens at restaurants such as Daniel, Mott Street, and the Russian Tea Room. She knows restaurants, and she knows what kitchens need to produce good food. Urban Till is part of that process, and she shares Leach’s vision of changing the world through good business products.

Herbs from Urban Till are some of the most invigorating products you’ll ever eat. The vast library includes everything from hyssop, cilantro, and mint to carrot sprouts, lemon basil, and sage. Each one is absolutely packed with enough flavor to make your eyes water if you tear off too large a bite. This stuff is vigorous. It can all be chocked up to seed selection, a meticulous process that involves scouring the globe for the most wholesome, purest seeds, and fostering them at their west side farm to procure some of the finest herbs this side of Argentina’s mountain mint, which just so happens to be the mint that Urban Till harvests. By hand-sorting all their herbs, Urban Till ensures a high percentage of ready-to-eat/ready-to-garnish product, thus minimizing food waste and increasing value. And the fact that Urban Till is hydroponic allows them to supply chefs 365 days a year, a facet that chefs certainly appreciate. David Dworshak of Takito Kitchen, for instance, first fell under the Urban Till spell when he tasted their wares while working at Carnivale. Now that he’s at his own venture, he strives to let herbs shine on the plate, using Urban Till as his exclusive herb purveyor due to their reputable flavor, freshness, and accessibility.

In the pipeline, Urban Till is working on growing greens such as lettuce, cabbage, collards, and chards. It ain’t easy being green, but Urban Till sure makes it look as such.




The Return of Inventory or Of Course We’re Not Gonna Stop Eating Local

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Posted: November 14, 2013 at 5:45 pm

With actual cold out there, it’s really time to discuss eating local in the cold. We will remain a Local Family in the cold. This posts covers our main source for local food forthcoming: our Tomato Mountain CSA and our inventory of stored food. I’ll talk a little more in another post about how we store food in suburbia, and I’ll also cover in another post, other winter CSA options out there besides Tomato Mountain .

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That was dinner this week. An oven baked medley of eggplants, red peppers, onions and tomatoes commonly known as ratatouille. The Local Family enjoyed this dish two days after snow covered the front lawn of the Bungalow. Speaking just for me, not the rest of the Local Family, I can say, I am not the least bit tired of eggplants, red peppers and tomatoes. And luckily, believe or not, we actually have enough eggplants, red peppers and tomatoes around the Bungalow to make another ratatouille. Except I still want to take a stab at the Armenian eggplant-pepper dish served at Siunik called hamov, which is like ratatouille but a little more intense (turns out hamov just means delicious and is not an actual dish). I want to roast a bunch more peppers to have them around, swathed in oil for protection. See, the bounty of summer will run out pretty soon.

We will not stop eating local. For, I think, like the tenth time, we will continue to eat local as the weather turns awful. Our approach to food in February will not be that much different to our approach in August. Local. As long as we’ve been doing it, we’ve been giving the same answer to how: a mix or stored food and food purchased over the course of the winter. Although that formula has stayed the same each year–it has to–the mix of stored and bought food has changed. More importantly, how we do the buying has changed a lot. In some of the earliest years of cold weather eating, we got some quasi-CSA food in the winter. That is, a local farmer did ad hoc deliveries in the winter based on what she had. After that, we had to do our buying at irregular winter markets. Often, we made road trips for local food. Madison, Wisconsin can always supply. This is the second year that we’re getting a CSA box all winter.

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Tomato Mountain Organic Farm, which employs the more vivacious part of the Local Family parentage, deliveries a CSA, or community supported agriculture, box all four seasons. In the summer and into the fall, it’s plenty of tomatoes. In the winter there’s tomatoes too and plenty of frost kissed spinach. The boxes mix stored roots, tubers and squashes, with hoop house grown greens, and sweetens the deal with a few goodies preserved in the Tomato Mountain kitchens. It gives us a real strong stake to plant our cold weather locavore needs.

We cannot fully eat all winter just from the CSA. For one thing, it only comes every other week; for another it does not have everything we want for the dark days. We know we have to build a bit of inventory of stored food to supplement the winter boxes. Still, the bulk of what we have set aside for the winter is surplus produce from our fall Tomato Mountain CSA boxes. This is what we have now in the Bungalow, to help us eat local all the time.  (All weights are estimates.)

Attic – “Root Cellar in the Sky”

  • Apples – Heirloom varieties including Northern Spy and Mutsu; we get our local eating apples from places like Caputo’s, but we want these for baking – 20 lbs
  • Potatoes – A mix of mostly red “norland” as well as a few other varities – 30 lbs
  • Onions – Red, yellow – 3o lbs

Dining Room

  • Dried peppers
  • Hot peppers

Mud Room (an unheated room off our kitchen)

  • Acorn squash – Many
  • Eggplant – 3 globe

Kitchen Fridge

  • Red peppers
  • Radishes
  • Turnips
  • Carrots

Garage

  • Red peppers
  • Fennel

Basement “Canning Room”

  • Onions – a 3 tier basket’s worth 
  • Garlic

Basement Fridge

  • More carrots

As in previous years, I will try to update our inventory as we work through it.


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Give Local: Support Artizone, SandwichMeIn and Lula Cafe As They Give Back To The Community Over The Holidays

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Posted: November 13, 2013 at 4:04 pm

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You can shop local but some Thanksgiving providers are giving local and supporting those in need and neighborhood organizations over the holidays.

Zealous Good is partnering with Artizone Chicago to create more impactful culinary connections. While reserving goodies for your Thanksgiving meal, you can help them provide a meal to a family in need. All you have to do is order items from the Thanksgiving section. The more Thanksgiving orders that shoppers place, the more meals Artizone will deliver to Chicago families in need. It is that simple. For every 4 orders placed in the turkey time aisle, a family in need will receive a meal delivered the same way Artizone delivers to their customers. Artizone and Zealous Good have joined forces to ensure that Chicago families in need can have the Thanksgiving celebration they are hoping for. The meals will include:

A 10-12 lb. local HoKa Turkey from Gepperth’s Meat Market

Fresh green beans from Artizone Fresh Produce

Smoky Pumpkin Bisque from Karl’s Craft Soup (I have bought some and this is really good!)

Poultry Seasoning from The Spice House

7-piece truffle set from Katherine Anne Confections (Katherine Anne’s truffles are a mini-dessert in a truffle)

The partnership between Zealous Good, a local organization that works to increase the social value of donations by matching specific goods to specific needs, and Artizone ensures that these hand-crafted local meals will go to families who can really use them.

Brittany Martin Graunke, the Founder of CEO of Zealous Good says, “Partnerships like this allow us to really hone in on what the local need is and help to meet it. We are grateful to be partnering with Artizone.com to be bringing these wonderful meals to deserving families through organizations such as Lost Boyz and The Society of St. Vincent de Paul.

SandwichMeIn at 3037 N. Clark St, starting this month and continuing every month,  will be reaching out to the community and dedicating 10% of one day’s sales to a local school, charity, or non-for profit program. Join them on Sunday November 24th to pass the buck to Nettelhorst Elementary School ,3252 N. Broadway.

Jason Hammel of Lula Cafe in Logan Square just announced  he is bringing Rob Levitt (Butcher and Larder), Cosmo Goss (Publican Quality Meats), Mark Steuer(Carriage House) into Lula Cafe for a five-course dinner revolving around the roasting of a Mangalitsa pig on November 18. The $95 price includes all drinks, a happy hour special, and benefits The Howard Center.(Eater Chicago)

 




The Local Calendar 11/13/13 Two Weeks Until Thanksgiving, Order Your Turkey Now

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Posted: November 13, 2013 at 7:51 am

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Now is the time, if you haven’t already, to order your Thanksgiving turkey. The Butcher and Larder closed their orders for turkey as of 11/2. The Green City Market which was hopping last Saturday at the Peggy Notebaert Museum gives you three options, Meadow Haven Farm (certified organic), Mint Creek Farm(pasture-raised, free range, certified organic feed) or TJ’s Free Range Poultry. The Green Grocer Chicago is taking orders for Gunthorp Farms Turkey and you can watch a 4 min video here to learn about the farm and at 2:15 into it, you may find out one factoid about Charlie Trotter and part of the legacy he has left you might not have heard. Caveny Farms (you can place an order through the House of Glunz and pickup there) is offering heritage breed Bourbon Red turkeys(the picture above is from the Caveny website), Slagel Family Farms  and Wettsten Organic Farms. are other alternatives.

The Green City Market farmers had lots of produce: greens, pears, apples, squash, root vegetables on their tables. Lots of craft beer flowing in Bridgeport this weekend, a Mangalitsa pig roasted at Lula Cafe and more, onto the week ahead.

WHERE TO SOURCE LOCAL FOODS

These stores specialize in local foods:

Bang Bang Pie Shop – 2051 N. California Ave.

Butcher and Larder 1026 North Milwaukee in Noble Square, Chicago Check out all their butchering demo offerings.

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 This Saturday 11/9 is their Turkey Day cookoff 3-6pm We are roasting a turkey and a duck from Gunthorp Farms, sampling out pies from Cheap Tart Bakery and tasting whiskey from KOVAL Distillery.

Katherine Anne Confections – 2745 W. Armitage

LUSH Wine & Spirits - 2232 W. Roscoe, 1257 S. Halsted, 1412 W. Chicago – 11/10 Gamay tasting at their Roscoe locale, 2-5pm ahead the upcoming release day for Beaujolais Nouveau 11/21.

Marion Street Cheese Market 100 South Marion St. Oak Park

Plum Market - 1233 N. Wells St.

Provenance Food & Wine - 2 locations Logan Square 2528 N. California Lincoln Square 2312 W. Leland Ave . Remember to checkout Holidays On The Square on Dec. 7   Lincoln Square locale wine tasting every Thur 6-8pm, Logan Square wine tasting Saturdays 3-6pm

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

Area resources for local food initiatives, workshop, classesAdvocates for Urban Agriculture ,Angelic Organics , Edible Evanston,  Illinois Stewardship Alliance , The Land ConnectionThe Peterson Garden Project , The Spence Farm FoundationThe Talking Farm , WeFarmAmerica

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November 13- Jan 27, 2014Art and Appetite: American Painting Culture, and Cuisine The Art Institute of Chicago

November 14-17

Old Town - Old Town Specialty Retailers Showcase

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.

Chicago - LUXEHome presents the 4th annual CHILL - LUXEHome The Merchandise Mart 6-8:30pm

Chicago - Coast To Coast Toast Maria’s Packaged Goods – 7pm Come celebrate with their friends at Vanberg and Dewulf their annual Coast to Coast Toast™. Vanberg and DeWulf is the James Beard semifinalist-recognized importer of specialty beers from Brasserie Dupont, Dubuisson, Castelain and many others.

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

Wheeling - The Lure and Lore of Spices - Tom and Patty Erd of The Spice House  1-2pm Indian Trails Library – 355 Schoenbeck Rd.

November 15

Chicago - 4th Annual The Level-Eater 3.5The Co-Prosperity Sphere  7pm – 11pm 3219 S. Morgan St. Level Eater is presented and supported by Public Media Institute (The makers of Lumpen) and 3 Floyds Brewery.Version 3.5 of Level Eater celebrates the release of rock band Sybris’ concept vinyl EP and D&D adventure module, The Voyage of the Stag Party. This is the first Record/Module release of its kind, featuring original artwork, accompanying soundtrack music, and the epic adventure game authored by local druid, Chad Troutman. This year’s show features the release of a special 3 Floyds’ “Level Eater 3.5″ beer and inaugurates our first ever D&D Cannonball Run-style tournament. Join them at the opening ceremony for live music, fried chicken, visual art and installation pieces, and enjoy the complimentary pours of the first ever Level Eater beer, brewed especially for this event.

November 16

Chicago – Pourover Education With Dark Matter Hosted by The Trenchermen 2pm 2039 West North Avenue Dark Matter is guest roasting with them this month, and they’re taking over the dining room to show a bit more about the Rye Whiskey Barrel Aged Sumatra they’re brewing via pourover on a not too distant Saturday. This is open to any and all willing and includes… - Side by side pourover tasting of of the barrel aged Sumatra, our focus, as well as the regular Sumatra. - The new Trench “Old Fashioned” Churro.  - A 4oz bag of the barrel aged Sumatra beans to take home. Space is limited. Just $20 per person. Call 773 661-1540 to reserve.

Chicago – Bar Pastoral First Anniversary Celebration and Wine Tasting 1-2:30pm 2947 N. Broadway Join them as they celebrate Bar Pastoral’s birthday! Award-winning Cheesemaker Andy Hatch will join you to launch his seasonal Rush Creek Reserve, a cow’s milk vacherine style cheese wrapped in tree bark. They will also have a guided tasting of Pastoral’s ‘Benchmark’ Wines with their new beverage director, Mark Wrobel! Their talented Bar Pastoral staff will create a multi-tier “cheese cake” – a towering stack of whole wheels of cheese that is not to be missed! You’ll  toast to Bar Pastoral’s 1st Anniversary with bubbly surprises! Wines to be tasted will include: Cade ‘Napa Cuvee’ Cabernet Sauvignon Breton ‘Nuits D’Iveresse’ Cabernet Franc Ricci Curbastro ‘Saten’ Franciacorta Stuhlmuller Chardonnay

Chicago – MOBAB(Maria’s Own Barrel-Aged Beer) Festival Maria’s Packaged Goods – 960 W. 31st  Starting at noon, features a host of  barrel aged beers including: Firestone Walker Sucuba, Deschutes Black Butte XX, Drie  Fonteien Oud Geuze, Founder’s Doom, Revolution Very Mad Cow, Revolution Deth’s Tar, Mikkeller Tequilla Barrel Aged Mexas Ranger, Firestone Double Barrel Aged, Port Barrel Aged Santa’s Little Helper, Perennial Midnight Rambler and others. The Martinez Foods Taco Cart will be on line from 5pm to midnight

Chicago – Wicker Park Bucktown Chill Fest Chicago – 12-6pm Bands, shopping, festivities

Chicago 61st Farmers Market -  9am – 2pm Moves indoors to the Experimental Station 6100 South Blackstone through December 14, except Thanskgiving weekend.  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 Indoor Market at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum  8am – 1pm Chef demonstration this Saturday by Paul Fehribach of Big Jones 10:30am  Stop by the Chicago Indoor Garden’s booth, say hi to Paula and taste her handcrafted hummus.

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

Woodstock - Woodstock Indoor Market – 9am – Noon McHenry County Farm Bureau Building

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.

Chicago - Logan Square Indoor Market 10am–3pm Logan Blvd 2755 North Milwaukee. The NOSH will share space with the Indoor Logan Square market at the old Pierre Bakery Building. The market runs 11/3/13 through 3/30/14 except for 12/1/13.

November 18

Chicago – Lula Cafe Mangalitsa Pig Dinner to Benefit The Howard Center - Jason Hammel of Lula Cafe in Logan Square just announced  he is bringing Rob Levitt (Butcher and Larder), Cosmo Goss (Publican Quality Meats), Mark Steuer(Carriage House) into Lula Cafe for a five-course dinner revolving around the roasting of a Mangalitsa pig. The $95 price includes all drinks, a happy hour special, and benefits The Howard Center.

Evanston – The Urban Agricultural Frontier in Local Food  NU Sustainable Food Talks Potluck & Panel 6:00pm  600 Foster St., Lower Level, Northwestern University, Evanston Campus Panelists: Dave Synder | Manager, Chicago FarmWorks, Wendy Aeschlimann | Board Member, The Talking Farm, Gareth Proctor | Farmer & Owner, Endless Greens Potluck Details: Bring your own silverware, drinking glass and a dish* to pass according to your last name. Local Root will provide an additional dish for sharing.

November 19

Chicago - Hanukkahpalooza Supper - The Stew Supper Club held at SBK Sauce and Bread Kitchen 7-10pm

Chicago - 125th Anniversary Dinner Glunz Tavern/House of Glunz 5pm

Evanston – Secret Society Bacchanalia – 6:30pm Found hosts a lustful plant-based party at the Charles Dawes House on the Lake in Evanston with One Part Plant’s Jessica Murnane. Indulge in a cornucopia of plant based nibbles filled with veggie delights and take in the art-filled space with relics of times past. Lavish libations will be provided by North Shore Distillery.  Tickets are $105 as listed which includes tax and gratuity. Net proceeds from the evening will be donated to Evanston History Center.

SAVE THE DATE

November 20

Champaign – Prairie Fruit Farm Open House and Pre-Thanksgiving Sale – 3-6pm 4410 N. Lincoln Ave. We’ll be open from 4 to 6PM They wull be offering  cheese, gelato, apple cider, goat milk soaps and other farm fresh items.

November 21-23

Chicago - Chicago Food Film Festival – Kendall College - It was great last year what can I say? This is a really fun, very interactive event for anyone interested in Chicago, in food, in film, in fun!!! Taste what you see on the screen and more.

November 21

Chicago – Middlewest The Launch Party – 7-9pm Intelligentsia Logan Square ntelligentsia + Middlewest invite you to celebrate the release of Middlewest No. 2, a collection of fall and winter recipes by Jason Vincent. Cocktails by Letherbee Distillers Ice Cream Sandwiches by Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams Snacks by Nightwood Restaurant It’s free…if you RSVP

November 23

Glenview – Faith In Place Winter Market – 9am – 1pm Glenview New Church 74 Park Drive

November 24

Elburn – Caveny Turkey Pickup and Market – Rustic Road Farm 10am – 2pm 1N292 Brundige Road

Pecatonica – Hazzard Free Farm Farmstead Holiday Party  - Hosted by Ms Mint at Hazzard Free Farm 10-4pm Please come on out to kick off the holiday season at Hazzard Free Farm Sunday, November 24th– the Sunday BEFORE Thanksgiving. Holiday Goodies, Thanksgiving Farmers Market, Bonfire, Potliuck, Christmas Tree Decorating, Fun for the Kiddies!… You can preorder Veggies, Grains, Eggs, and Meats- Please inquire
kate@msmint.com Vendors Include (All Organically Raised Veggies, Meats, Etc): Hazzard Free Farm- Fresh Veggies, Eggs, and Milled Grains
Raines Honey Farm- Delicious Local Raw Honey  Angelic Organics Learning Center- Goat Milk Soap Chestnut Cliff Farm- Fresh Veggies and Meats Grassroots Farm- Turkeys! Plus Veggie Stand with more from local farmers!Rumor has it there may be a bus or transportation available to get there leaving from Chicago

December 3

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

December 6-7

Chicago – Tasting Table Open Market – Block 37 108 N. State St. A two-day artisan food fair featuring an unprecedented number of chefs and purveyors– the best of Chicago’s best–together under one roof.

December 7

Logan Square – Holidays On The Square Food and wine tastings, and other special holiday events and promotions.

December 11

Springfield – Illinois Stewardship Alliance 2nd Annual Meeting

December 12 – December 14

Chicago – Dismantling Racism Training in Chicago – Hosted by Growing Food & Justice For All Initiative

December 17

Chicago – Holiday Rock N Roll benefitting Share Our Strength – 6-8pm Sofitel Chicago Water Tower 20 E. Chestnut

 


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Weekly Harvest of Eat Local Links

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Posted: November 11, 2013 at 1:03 pm

We’ve harvested a new round of locavore links. Let us know what else you’re reading.

A familiar voice (or two)?

Eat regional food.

Support the local Plant.

The source of so much of the growth of our local food bonanza died too young last week.  MikeG helps put a lot of it in context.

Eat local Jamaica.

Eat local Milwaukee all winter.

Eat local Tampa.

Try new Wisconsin cheese




Eat Local for Thanksgiving – It’s Easy! Monday, November 11th, 2013
Gathering the 2013 Harvest Friday, November 8th, 2013
The Local Calendar 11/7/13 Artisan Market Streeterville, Glenwood Sunday Market, Shop Local For the Holidays Thursday, November 7th, 2013
Salsas, a great way to use up the last of the crop! Monday, November 4th, 2013
Weekly Harvest of Eat Local Links Monday, November 4th, 2013
Brussels Sprouts Monday, November 4th, 2013