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

November 13, 2013 at 7:51 am


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.


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.


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 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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  1. The Morton Grove WINTER Farmers’ Market is on Saturday, December 7th: 9 am – 2 pm at the Morton Grove Civic Center, 6140 Dempster St., Morton Grove

    ~ Local artisans ~ holiday treats ~ gift items ~ breakfast and lunch cafe ~

    For more information, visit, call 847.750.MGFM, or e-mail

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