The Local Calendar 12/4/13 AUA Movie Night, Co-op Image Holiday Bazaar, MK At Inspiration Kitchen

December 4, 2013 at 9:58 am

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The Green City Market at the Nature Museum will be back open this weekend and so will the other winter markets.

This plate above, of deer broth, moss, chestnut and berries evokes a barren tree, antlers and the signs of winter. Chef Iliana Regan and her team are bringing the bounty of the forest to the table in a very artful and soulful way at Elizabeth Restaurant. Although not every item was local or necessarily foraged, they try to utilize elements that represent the season. For her winter menu, with the abundant harvest of this past summer, she will be using much of the produce that she has already canned and those jars were lining some of the shelves of the restaurant. Although not a “vegetarian” menu, vegetables, moss, funghi and other plants were the stars of the meal. Meat, seafood, roe, were present but a part of the bigger whole and not the main focus. So if in the middle of January you need a bit of local food inspiration or ideas of what to do in the summer while the harvest is in progress, dine at Elizabeth for some inspiration.

Another new angle to food sustainability in the market world is the opening of Eataly Chicago on Monday. Although this is a huge place and obviously focused on Italy, it was gratifying to see signs of commitment to food sustainability around the store. Their Vino Libero wine area signage and the staff explained their support of fewer chemicals and more sustainable growing and production methods used in the vineyards and in making the wine. Local vendor Scrumptious Pantry products were on the shelves and although it’s focus is Italian, the Eataly staff relayed that they are sourcing product like meat from the surrounding area and part of the Italian culture is fresh product as much as possible.

The holiday markets are in full force, the Co-op Image Holiday Bazaar is this Friday from 6-10pm at Ignite Glass Studios which supports the winter and spring programs for the youth, the AUA is sponsoring a Movie and Mingle night tonight at the Jane Addams Hull House and Chef Michael Kornick is cooking at Inspiration Kitchen on Monday night, lots more in the week ahead:

                                                                                                                 The Week Ahead

December 4 – Jan 27, 2014Art and Appetite: American Painting Culture, and Cuisine The Art Institute of Chicago

December 4

Chicago – Movie and Mingle Night Advocates for Urban Agriculture 7-10:30pm Jane Addams Hull House Museum 800 South Halsted Residents Dining Room A specila screening of the documentary Bitter Seeds Local craft beer from Revolution Brewing

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 6-14

Chicago – Peterson Garden Project Holiday Market - PGP Learning Center 4642 N. Francisco

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.

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

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.

Chicago (Logan Square) - Holidays On The Square Food and wine tastings, and other special holiday events and promotions.

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

Chicago – Growing Power Youth Corps Holiday Open House 1-4pm Iron St Farm 3333 South Iron St.

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  Chef demonstartion Dana Benigno 10:30am 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 Elgin – 9am -1pm 800 North State St.

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

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

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

Woodstock - Woodstock Indoor Market - December  markets will take place 12/7, 12/14, 12/21 9am – Noon McHenry County Farm Bureau Building

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.

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  through 3/30/14 except for 12/1/13.

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

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 - The Brewers Ball - Join Graze on for a serious look at brewing coffee, kombucha, beer, and stories (okay, this last one is a stretch, but we’re a literary magazine after all!).Your $10 ticket gets you in depth information about the craft of brewing from: –DryHop Brewers
–Intelligentsia Coffee  –Karma Kombucha  –StoryStudio Chicago Hairpin Arts Center 2800 N. Milwaukee Ave 2nd Floor

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

December 15

Chicago – Big Hugs Release Party Half Acre/Dark Matter/Beer Advocate – Half Acre Tap Room 4257 N. Lincoln 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

December 22

Chicago – LUSH Holiday market – 2-5pm West Town 1412 West Chicago Ave. Bringing in some  of the shops favorite wine and food partners. Lagniappe Wine and Spirits, showcasing apple whiskey, Cream Wine Company, showcasing a selection of winter wines, Tenzing Wine & Spirits, bringing great stocking stuffers like specialty bitters and gift packs with gin or scotch If you need some help with your technique of saboring champagne for the holidays, here are some ideas by Adam Seger and Mitch Einhorn of how to do it.