The Local Calendar 2/12/14 Fermentation, Cider, Coffee, 5th PGP Seed Swap, Urban Livestock

February 12, 2014 at 2:28 pm

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If you thought local, sustainable food slowed down in the winter, that the Polar Vortex was keeping everyone inside, think again! There are lots of classes, events, markets going on in Chicago to continue spreading the knowledge and joy of sustainable food and beverage. Seneca Kern, at WeFarmAmerica is working on wild fermentations of all kinds, water kefir, milk kefir, kambucha and his experiments. Get on the WeFarm mailing list to stay up-to-date on the classes he is offering or to join his Thriving Culture community. Counter Culture Coffee Chicago is spreading the word on sustainable, specialty coffee at their weekly cupping sessions on Friday morning, and it is called a coffee lab for a reason. I met Aaron and James from the DotCrossCoffee project who are trying to introduce the University of Chicago community and beyond to the tastes of specialty coffee. The weather didn’t keep people away from the cider summit last Saturday! Check Hail2TheAle’s calendar for upcoming craft beer and cider events in Chicago. PGP, the Peterson Garden Project has a busy calendar to encourage the home gardener, they came out with a new book, Fearless Food Gardening in Chicago and have a packed calendar of classes and workshops including their 5th Annual Seed Swap on Sunday. Christy Webber Landscapes offer a slew of classes for the home gardener.

The AUA WInter Gathering and Urban Livestock Expo takes place next weekend and of course, the center of the sustainable food universe in the midwest and beyond, the Good Food Festival with a very jam-packed calendar already is March 13-15th.  Tonight, Soup and Bread at The Hideout, Love, Lust and Hate . Onto the week ahead!

The Week’s Local Calendar

February 12

Chicago – Soup and Bread at The Hideout - Love, Lust and Hate - Our soup cooks all come from the ranks of LTH Forum, who are promising an aphrodisiac tomato soup, Vietnamese rice soup with a beef heart meatball (!), potage de garbanzos/cocido andaluz (featuring saffron, the spice of love) and a whole lot more. This crew also always rounds up platters of desserts as well, so this is one S&B you won’t want to miss. (To read their deliberations, see the LTH thread here: ) Special guest DJ this week is DJ Lady J, aka Jillian Matson. Bread courtesy Publican Quality Meats and Crumb Bread. Pay what you can donations benefit Casa Catalina in Back of the Yards.

February 14

Happy Valentines!

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 you 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

ChicagoEat Your Heart Out  - 6:00 pm to midnight Presented  by the folks at The Red Meat Market The Chop Shop and 1st Ward Events 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 their 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 - Green City Market Indoor Market at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum  8am -1pm Chef demonstration 10:30-11:30am The Heart Boys Dan and Steve. For the winter months, markets will take place:  3/1, 3/15, 3/29, 4/5, 4/19. Preorders for the new Green City Market Cookbook can be placed here.

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

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

Chicago - Delilah’s 16th Annual Vintage Beer Fest

ElginWinter Market Elgin - 9am -1pm 800 North State St.

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

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

February 16

Chicago – 5th Annual PGP Seed Swap – Swedish Convenant Hospital 2pm Bring your vegetable and herb seeds to share with other edible gardeners! You never know what you’ll find – gardeners are generous people, after all. Reconnect with old friends and meet new ones as we all get excited about growing together in 2013! This event is FREE, and open to the public. Grewbies welcome!

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.

GlencoeChicago Botanic Garden Winter Farmers Market - 9am – 1pm OPEN 1000 Lake Cook Rd

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

February 18

Chicago - Solidarity Soup: Exploring The Right To Organize With The Fight For 15 6-7pm Jane Addams Hull House

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

February 19

Chicago – Soup and Bread runs every Wed. through April 16th. The Hideout 1354 West Wabansia 5:30pm – 8pm Theme “The River” 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 below and then email us at with your preferred dates, or for more information go to

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 21

Chicago - A Place At The Table screening and discussion 7pm Lutheran School of Theology 1100 E. 55th St.

February 22

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

Chicago – Urban Livestock Expo - Angelic Organics Learning CenterAdvocates for Urban Agriculture (AUA), and the Chicagoland Chicken Enthusiasts again present the Urban Livestock Expo from 10AM to 1PM at the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences, 3857 W 111th Street in Chicago.

February 23

Chicago – Glenwood Sunday Market 5th Annual Heat It Up Chili Cookoff  - 12pm – 3pm Heat It Up! is a fundraising event to support the Glenwood Sunday Market, Rogers Park’s farmers market that brings local food to everyone in the community.   It will feature local cooks, both professional and home-based, providing chili tastings to attendees, a booth decoration contest, a cash bar, prize-wheel and tons of fun for the whole family! Choose your favorite chilis and vote with your tips (all tips benefit Glenwood Sunday Market)!  There will also be professional judges and local luminaries on hand to choose the top three chilis of the day

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

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

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

February 28

Chicago – Journeyman Distillery Dinner at Two Sparrows –  Hailing from Three Oaks, Michigan, Journeyman will bring several of its handcrafted, organically certified spirits to 2 Sparrows to be paired with four courses of time-honored, quintessential American cuisine by Chef/Owner Gregory Ellis. 2 Sparrows’ dedication to staying seasonal continues with this throwback to an era of definitive, classic dishes.

March 1

Beverly – Winter Farmers Market Faith In Place - 9am – 1pm Beverly Unitarian Church 10244 S. Longwood Dr.

Woodstock - Woodstock Indoor Market - 9am – Noon McHenry County Farm Bureau Building ( 3/1, 4/5)

March 7-19

Chicago - One Earth Film Festival – Sponsored by Green Community Connections One Earth Film Festival is the Midwest’s premier environmental film festival, creating opportunities for understanding climate change, sustainability and the power of human involvement. We showcase top-issue, thought-provoking environmental films and lead audiences in riveting post-film discussions focused on solutions. Schedule

March 9

Chicago – Chicago Food Swap – 2pm Free Range Office Wicker Park Fills up very quickly so sign up now!

March 13-15

Chicago UIC Forum 10th Anniversary Good Food Festival The agendas are set, lots of great seminars, speakers, food, beverages and more. Follow Good FoodFestCHI on twitter It looks to be another incredible inspiring weekend to bring positive change to the food world!

March 15 – 23

Chicago – Chicago Flower and Garden Show Navy Pier Includes places like Dirk’s Fish on the slate for a cooking demo and Growing Power always participates.

March 15

Chicago – Band of Farmers Talent Show The Hideout

Chicago – Winter Farmers Market Faith In Place - 9am – 1pm Lutheran School of Theology 1100 East 55th St.

March 16

Palatine - Winter Farmers Market Faith In Place - Countryside Church UU 10am – 2pm

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 29-30

Chicago –  2-DAY WORKSHOP: “HIGH BIONUTRIENT CROP PRODUCTION - 9:30am – 4:30pm Garfield Park Conservatory  Learn from a life long Farmer of his understanding and first hand experiences utilizing a Biological Approach to crop production. Dan Kittredge, Executive Director of the Bionutrient Food Association (BFA) & the Real Food Campaign, will lead the workshop.  Cost: $150.00, with Scholarship funds available for Farmers. *For Event Information*: please contact the North Lawndale GreeningCommittee – Dr. Shemuel Israel, President NLGC – cell: 773-332-7887; or Annamaria Leon, Director, Education & Community Outreach cell: 414-339-55537, or email at

March 30

Oak Park - Winter Market Faith In Place -8:30am – 1pm St. Giles Catholic Parish 1045 Columbian Ave.

March 31

Chicago - Chowdah Fest is back at Columbia Yacht Club

April 5

Chicago – Spring Lamb Butcher Class – From the folks at The Red Meat Market 

April 6

Chicago - Chicago Food Swap 3pm The Chopping Block Sign up for their newsletter to get all the information on signup and how it works

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.



One Comment

  1. Robin Schirmer says:

    OOPS! The Faith In Place market at Euclid Ave Methodist is Saturday, Feb 15, not Sunday, and the market noted for Augustana Lutheran in Hyde Park has already occurred. There are more of these moveable feasts coming to Arlington Heights, Beverly, Palatine, Oak Park, River Forest, and Hyde Park. Go to for the full schedule.

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