The Local Calendar 1/30/14 Green Grocer 6th Anniversary, Cider Summit, Green City Market

January 30, 2014 at 11:01 am


As January closes, it may take the prize this year for being the cruelest and coldest month of 2014. Right when you thought the term “polar vortex” was never to be heard again, back it comes to slap you in the face, literally, with that frigid air. At least the local calendar chugs along with lots to do indoors, to taste, sip, learn, buy and experience. If you are looking for more information, help with an urban garden, you want to connect with urban gardeners and farmers, the Advocates for Urban Agriculture listserve is always full of information from a wide variety of groups and people who are really actively involved in all aspects of urban agriculture.

Congratulations Green Grocer on your 6th Anniversary and providing a place where people can buy food that is GMO free. Stop by tonight to sip a cocktail and try a little of their food. Chicago will be ground zero for artisanal cider next weekend(checkout the other cider events ahead of the Summit), February 8th is the Cider Summit at Navy Pier. It is a chance to meet the producers and taste a broad spectrum of artisanal ciders from around the world! Get to the Green City Market at the Nature Museum or the Morton Grove Market or the Logan Square Market or the Faith In Place Market in Hyde Park. There are markets all over the city this weekend for you to stock up on some local offerings. So now on to the week ahead:

                                                                                             The Sustainable Week Ahead

January 30

Chicago – Green Grocer 6th Year Anniversary Party – 8-10pm 1402 W. Grand Ave. To appreciate the moment and have some fun they have put together a nice evening of wine, spirits and food with two of their favorite vendors: Candid Wines and Journeyman Spirits.  And they will be offering $6 all the bottles they are tasting which is a sweet bit of customer appreciation. We love their tag line, “thank you for shopping local, organic and non-GMO!”

Chicago – Passport To Cider - Hosted by Hail To The Ail at Hopleaf 7pm 5148 N. Clark  If you’re curious about hard cider and are looking to expand your knowledge, this evening is for you. You’ll  have the chance to learn about ciders from England, Scotland, France, Spain and the US. Cider expert Brian Rutzen will take you through the history and process of cider making. Sample ciders and meet the folks from Shelton Brothers, Paramount Merchants, Louis Glunz, B. United and Artisanal Imports. Light snacks will be provided.

Chicago - Journeyman Distillery 3 Course Bar event - 6pm Uncommon Ground 3800 N Clark St Uncommon Ground hosts Journeyman Distillery for a 3-course bar event featuring specialty cocktails paired with brussels sprout salad, maine bay scallops, Florida shrimp and more. $30 per person.

February 1

Chicago - Green City Market Indoor Market at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum  8am -1pm Chef demonstration 10:30-11:30am Noah Sandoval Senza. For the winter months, markets will take place:  2/15, 3/1, 3/15, 3/29, 4/5, 4/19. Preorders for the new Green City Market Cookbook can be placed here.

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

Chicago - Bee Keeping Class Chicago Honey Coop - Jane Addams Hull House 10am – 3pm

Chicago - Faith In Place Winter Market - 9am – 1pm Augustana Lutheran Church of Hyde Park 5500 Woodlawn Ave.

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)

February 2

Chicago – Thriving Cultures Workshop – Held by WeFarmAmerica at The Green Exchange – 1pm 2545 West Diversey Learn about fermented foods!

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

Morton Grove – Morton Grove Winter Farmers Market -

February 5

Chicago – Soup and Bread runs every Wed. through April 16th. The Hideout 1354 West Wabansia 5:30pm – 8pm Their theme this week is “Mac N Cheese” — You never know who you will run into or is making soup, if you are in the neighborhood stop by!! Bread provided by Publican Quality Meats and Crumb Bread. Pay what you can donations.


February 6

Chicago – James Beard Dinner at Balena – According to Chicago Eater Chris Pandel and company continues to draw big culinary names into Balena and The Bristol. The latest is a James Beard chef dinner on Feb. 6 at Balena, featuring courses by Jonathan Waxman (Barbuto in NYC), Andrew Carmellini (Lafayette in NYC), Gerard Craft (Niche in St. Louis), and Chris Cosentino (Incanto in San Francisco). Six total courses with wine pairings cost $115; call Balena for reservations.

February 7 -8

Chicago – Pioneers in Ecological Medicine Training - Brought to you by EcoVision Sustainable Learning Center, with the cooperation of High Falls Foundation, Inner Ecology,, and Growing Power. The training is aimed at providing professional growers with the practical know-how needed to introduce East Asian traditional medicinal plants as specialty crops. The primary facilitator, Jean Gibletter, is a veteran grower of these plants with decades of experience. Specific topics reviewed will include: 1) Selecting crops appropriate for your ecological setting; 2) Germination, propagation, and seed-saving; 3) Harvesting and processing; 4) Assessing and managing production risks; 4) Tools and equipment needed; 5) Records and calculations of production costs; 6) Quality control; 7) Marketing, legal and regulatory issues. Workshop attendance is limited to professional farmers located within the Eastern Forest region. If you are uncertain as to whether you meet this criteria, please contact us directly. 2013 PEM alumni are welcome to register for this training at a reduced rate.

February 8

Beverly – Second Annual Beverly Seed Swap - 3 to 4:30pm BAPA Community Room 11109 S. Longwood, Chicago Parking in East side lot.

Plainfield - Faith In Place Winter Market – 10am – 2pm Plainfield United Methodist Church 15114 S Illinois St.

February 9

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

February 11

New!!  Chicago – Our Beef With The Livestock Industry – An Evening to Inspire Change 6-7:30pm Sopprafina Marketcaffe 10 N. Dearborn Sponsored by Environment Illinois, Prairie Rivers Network, Food & Water Watch, Illinois Environmental Council

February 14

Chicago – Valentines Wood & Wine Make It Take It for couples – 2:30pm – 5:30pm Rebuilding Exchange  Make your board and then take it home with a bottle of wine. This cutting board project is the perfect introduction to working with wood. Students will leave with a beautiful finished piece made from Urban Ash and get the opportunity to use a router, drill press, and orbital sander to shape their cutting boards. Lastly we will use walnut oil to achieve a hand-rubbed finish. All of the ash trees in North America are dying as a result of the emerald ash borer beetle. Here’s your chance to make something with this beautifully figured hardwood before its all gone.

February 15

New!! Chicago – Eat Your Heart Out  - 6:00 pm to midnight The Chop Shop and 1st Ward 2033 W North Avenue  $50 per ticket includes 2 complimentary drinks! Join 4 butchers, 3 bands, and 3 comedians for a sensory experience that pairs food, music, and cocktails!  Watch as our Butchers demonstrate their cutlery skills and prepare dishes from a pig, goat, lamb, and cow. Rock out to White Mystery, Blasted Diplomats, and SoftSpeaker throughout the night, and be entertained by local comedians during the butchery presentations. Ticket price includes a culinary sampling from each animal, two complimentary drink tickets, and a full night of live entertainment! Butchers with Knives, Bands, Girls in Red Dresses, with full bar – what can go wrong?

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!

Oak Park – Faith In Place Winter Market – 9am -1pm Euclid Avenue United Methodist Church 405 S Euclid Ave.

February 16

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

February 18

Orland Park – Meet The Buyer Event Cook County Farm Bureau  9am – 4pm Orland Park Civic Center

February 19

New!! Chicago – Food Patriots World Premier Chicago Cultural Center – 5:30pm – 8:30pm Claudia Cassidy Theater 78 E. Washington Touched by their teenage son’s battle with a foodborne superbug, Jeff and Jennifer Spitz document their family’s struggle to raise backyard chickens, grow food and transform into Food Patriots. Join them for the world premier as well as dinner catered by Chipotle and Paramount events. For dinner, RSVP here, movie seating is first come first served. Watch the trailer.

Springfield – 11th Annual Composting Symposium - Lincoln Land Community College

February 22

Arlington Heights – Faith In Place Winter Market – 9am – 1pm Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church 1234 N Arlington Heights Rd.

February 23

Chicago – Poutine Fest 2 – This wil sellout the way Doughnut Fest has soldout. Chicagoans love food FESTs in the winter!

Chicago – Food Patriots Screening at Temple Shalom – 12:30pm – 2:30pm Temple Sholom 3480 N. Lake Shore Dr. Sponsored by Faith In Place

February 26

New!!! Chicago – Winter’s Hard Eat Your Pancakes -7-10pm 6338 N. Clark St.  The Stew Supper Club presents another awesome dinner at Sauce and Bread Kitchen.

February 27

New!!! Logan Square – Seeds For Success:A Benefit for the Plant Chicago – 6-9pm Revolution Brewery Tap Room 3340 N. Kedzie Plant Chicago, NFP is excited to announce Seeds For Success, a fundraiser at the Revolution Brewery Tap Room to celebrate another great year of promoting closed loop food production and building reuse at The Plant!  The event will include:  light dinner fare and dessert, craft beers from Revolution Brewery, a silent auction with items from local Chicago businesses, raffle prizes from event sponsors

March 13-15

Chicago UIC Forum 10th Anniversary Good Food Festival The agendas are set, lots of great seminars, speakers, food, beverages and more.

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 Richard & Nicole Benjamin showcase a carefully-curated selection of wines & cheeses while talking about general pairing guidelines, and stories behind their products & the people who make them. Join them for a fun evening in the fashion of an informal dinner party. Cost is $35 per person. Participants receive 15% off any purchases made that night.

March 31

Chicago - Chowdah Fest is back at Columbia Yacht Club

April 25

Chicago – 15th Annual Whiskyfest Chicago – This has SOLDOUT already but keep checking the calendar for all the other ancillary events that happen during this week!

April 27

Lincoln Square - Salute to Women in Wine & Cheese - 7-8:30pm Provenance Lincoln Square  2312 W. Leland Avenue With Mother’s Day on the horizon, they are  inspired to create a different take on their wine & cheese pairing class. Taste a lineup of offerings made by great women cheese & wine makers. Join senior staff members Richard & Nicole for a fabulously tasty lineup! Cost is $35 per person. Participants receive 15% off any purchases made that night.