The Local Calendar 12/18/13 Last Green City Market Of The Year, Art And Appetite Show And More

December 18, 2013 at 12:56 pm


This coming weekend will be the last winter markets of the year. Farmers, market hands and managers need a break too. So most will be off the weekend after the Christmas holiday. Take advantage and buy some of those perishable items like goat cheese at Green City on Saturday. The Prairie Fruit Farms goats (picture by Prairie Fruit Farms) are all dressed up for the holidays and are welcoming you to the farm open house today from 3-5pm. If you can’t make it to Champaign then get to the Green City Market on Saturday at the Notebaert museum to see the Prairie Fruit folk and the other farmers who get up mighty early in order to get their wares to the market.

Looking for some ideas for friends, relatives, yourself in exploring Chicago over the holidays? Then get to the Art and Appetite show at the Art Institute. This Rockwell picture of the abundance of Thanksgiving welcomes you at the beginning of the show. For foodies, farmies, foragers and even if you”re not any of those, the show has a lot of nooks and crannies to explore and in pictorial form shows the history of food production in the U.S. From the abundance of oysters at the beginning of the 19th century, to prohibition, the social dynamics of food, old menus, ads for food and more. The show is 4 years in the making so there are more layers to it than meets the eye. Some of your favorite  Chicago chefs have aligned with a particular picture in the show and contributed recipes to an online cookbook, walk through the show and match the chef to the painting. The show closes January 27 so don’t delay.

The city is dressed up for the holidays including buildings like the Merchandise Mart. The cold weather and snow truly add to that holiday feeling. The calendar for 2014 has already started including the 10th anniversary of the Good Food Festival. Need ideas for where to shop for local produce and provisions check out the where to source local guide. Get to the Hideout this weekend for the Last Chance Holiday Sale, LUSH Wine and Spirits Division on Sunday, the Art Institute for the Art and Appetite show and the last Green City Market of 2013.  Check out the weeks ahead!

The Week Ahead

December 18 – Jan 27, 2014Art and Appetite: American Painting Culture, and Cuisine The Art Institute of Chicago

December 18

Champaign – Prairie Fruit Farms Holiday Open House -3-5pm 4410 N. Lincoln Ave.Farmstead and Artisan Goat and Sheep Milk Cheeses, Goat Milk Gelato, Organic Fruits and Local and more.

December 19

Chicago – Faith In Place Open House – 4-7pm 70 East Lake St.

December 20

Chicago – Big Hugs Release Party – 7pm The Owl 2521 N. Milwaukee  Half Acre Brewery annually releases their famous Big Hugs beer. (it’s delicious) Join them and the Dark Matter gang for a special evening with 6 other Half Acre guest drafts and raffle prizes!

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

December 21

Chicago - The Hideout’s Last Chance Holiday Sale 2013 – 11am – 6pm The Hideout 1354 West Wabansia The Hideout has gathered many talented Chicago artists to display their wares for the holiday season. The quality of work shown is fantastic. The sale will be held in the cozy and festive backroom of The Hideout. Crowds are expected so come early and stay late!

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

Chicago - Green City Market Indoor Market at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum  Chef demonstration 9:30am – 10:30am will be Paul Virant of Perennial Virant and Vie. Capriole Farms will be there, Prairie Fruit Farms among others! Since I am currently reading a book on Goat Farming, Goat Song by Brad Kessler, I am growing more appreciative of goat cheeses. Markets will take place 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.

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

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

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.

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


January 1, 2014

Happy New Year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

January 8

Chicago – Soup and Bread starts up for winter! It runs every Wed. through April 16th. The Hideout 1354 West Wabansia Each week of Soup & Bread has a theme—something to inspire cooks to new heights of culinary creativity. Want to get on the schedule to cook for Soup & Bread 2104? Check out the list of options on their site and then email them at with your preferred dates, or for more information go to

January 12

Chicago – Glenwood Sunday Winter Market – 9am – 2pm Glenwood Bar 6962 N. Glenwood Ave.

Chicago – Faith In Place Winter Market Temple Sholom 10am – 2pm 3480 North Lakeshore Drive

January 18

Chicago - Green City Market Indoor Market at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum  For the winter months, markets will take place  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.

Oak Park - Faith In Place Winter Market – 9am – 1pm Unity Temple Unitarian Universalist Congregation 875 lake St.

January 26

Chicago – Donut Fest

January 28-29

Chicago – The Stew Supper Club presents a dinner with Pipeworks Brewing 7-10pm SBK Kitchen 6338 North Clark St.

February 15

Chicago – Hog Break Down Class Red Meat Market – Learn about sustainably meat, how to breakdown a hog, eat a great meal and take home A LOT of meat!

March 13-15

Chicago UIC Forum 10th Anniversary Good Food Festival

March 15

Chicago – Band of Farmers Talent Show