The Local Calendar 1/3/14 Happy New Year! Soup and Bread Starts Up Wednesday

January 3, 2014 at 10:47 am


Happy 2014!! Although the New Year has started there are still some carry over events from last year, like Zoo Lights at the Lincoln Park Zoo, that you can still check out through Sunday. The temperature is suppose to be a balmy 29 degrees on Saturday so you can bundle up and get outside for those with a little cabin fever from all this snow! The Art and Appetite show at the Art Institute continues through the end of January and Illinois residents get in free Monday through Friday for the month of January. 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 through still lifes, 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.

With the start of the new year, River Valley Farmer’s Table opened in the old City Provisions Deli space on Wilson, just south of the Damen/Wilson Brown line stop. It is farm owned and operated and offers a respite from the lack of farmers markets during the winter months, not to mention that they are making some really good, soulful food, like soups and sandwiches. If only they were closer to where I lived, I would be in there almost everyday for breakfast. This is a great place to have on your list when you need to stock up on all things shroom and more and save your appetite for a filling breakfast, lunch or supper. Among other places, the holiday/winter issue of Edible Chicago magazines are available at the Farmers Table  as well as Sauce and Bread Kitchen to the north at Clark and Devon.

Looking back at 2013, there are just a few places I have to do a shout out to for all that they do in bringing authentically sourced and tasty, good food and ingredients for you to buy and not in any particular order: The Green Grocer, Sauce and Bread Kitchen, Coop Sauce, WeFarmAmerica, The Talking Farm, Green City Market, 61st Market, Red Meat Market, Bang Bang Pie shop, Katherine Anne ConfectionsPrairie Fruit Farms, Growing Power Chicago, Growing Home, the Butcher and Larder, Soup and Bread at The Hideout, Re-Thinking Soup at the Hull House and many more! Good food makes for great people!


                                                                                                       The Sustainable Week Ahead

Jan 3 – Jan 27, 2014Art and Appetite: American Painting Culture, and Cuisine The Art Institute of Chicago

January 3

Chicago - 6th Anniversary The Interview Show 6:30pm The Hideout 1354 West Wabansia Hosted by Mark Bazar the guests include musician Robbie Fulks and chef Paul Kahan.

January 4

Chicago – C & D Family Farms will be making deliveries in Chicago today

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

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 (2/1, 3/1, 4/5)

January 5

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 8-10

Springfield – Illinois Specialty Crops, Agritourism and Organic Conference (ISCAOC) - Crowne Plaza Hotel and Convention Center

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. (Markets 2/9, 3/9, 4/13, 5/4)

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

January 16

Chicago – Solemn Oath My Word Is My Bond Beer DinnerSmall Bar Division – 7-11pm 2049 West Division

January 17-19

Hyde Park - 5th Annual MLK Food Justice and Sustainability Weekend at KAMII The weekend starts off Friday night with a keynote on “The New Frontiers of Justice: Beyond the Social Contract.”  Keynote speaker Martha C. Nussbaum, Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics, Department of Philosophy and Law School, The University of Chicago. Saturday includes a sustainability workshop lead by a “dream team of leading Chicago urbanag experts” Join us for a community design workshop comprised of expert growers and planners, who will design a one-acre, sustainable urban food forest with input from the audience and community partners. The distinguished group includes Erin Dumbauld, Farm Manager, KAMII Food Justice and Sustainability Program; Ken Dunn, Founder and Director, Resource Center; Seneca Kern, Co-Founder of WeFarm America; Elan Margulies, Director Emeritus, Pushing the Envelope Farm; Dave Snyder of Chicago Rarities Orchard Project; and Michael Thompson, Co-Founder of Chicago Honey Co-op. Architect Robert Nevel, the founder of KAMII’s food justice and sustainability program and the synagogue’s president, will lead the workshop. A reception will follow at 6:30 p.m. Sunday continues with a day full of useful workshops that all are free.

January 18

Chicago – Art Gives Me Hope – A Benefit for Hope For The Day – Threadless Warehouse – 1260 West Madison 12:30pm – 4pm

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 21

Evanston – Farmers Market in JanuaryFound Kitchen and Social House 6:30pm 1631 Chicago -

January 23

Chicago – SmallBar Division Collab Beer Dinner with Three Floyds Brew Pub – 7pm 2049 West Division

January 25

Chicago – 61st Winter Market at Experimental Station – 6100 South Blackstone Ave 9am -2pm (Markets 2/22, 3/22, 4/26)

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 9

Lincoln Square – Softies & Stinkers Cheese Class 7-8:30pm Provenance Food & Wine 2132 W. Leand Ave.

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!

February 16

Logan Square - Raclette Party  7-8:30pm Provenance Food & Wine 2528 N. California

March 13-15

Chicago UIC Forum 10th Anniversary Good Food Festival

March 15

Chicago – Band of Farmers Talent Show

March 22

Morton Grove - Spring Farmers Market – 9am -2pm Morton Grove Civic Center

March 23

Logan Square - Cheese & Wine Pairing 101 7-8:30pm Provenance Food & Wine 2528 N California

April 27

Lincoln Square - Salute to Women in Wine & Cheese -