The Local Calendar 4/16/14 One Last Soup and Bread, Mint Creek Brunch, Green City Market

April 16, 2014 at 10:55 am

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Spring ramps have made it to some of your favorite restaurants, Chef Stephanie Izard tweeted Wednesday, “Ramps being delivered today! Hitting goat menus tomorrow! Yay spring might actually be here!!”, Lula Cafe tweeted today, ” Working on the first course for farm dinner tonight! Skatewing, clams, first of the season ramps.”

Farm dinners(should be called farm meal, some are brunches, lunches or dinners) with some of the most well known farmers get booked really quickly. Mint Creek is offering the first event of the season Easter brunch this Sunday. Here is Slagel Family Farm’s schedule for the season (5/3-10/4) . Their first dinner is Saturday May 3rd with Chef Paul Virant. Prairie Fruit Farms has announced their schedule(5/25-12/4) but they stagger their offerings, so their first 5 dinners went on sale and they just announced 2 family style brunches on May 3 and May 10. The offerings for the rest of the summer will be available for sale at the end of May. The best way to stay informed about ticket availability for these dinners is to sign up for the farm newsletters on their websites.

PGP(Peterson Garden Project) is one of the leading organizations in Chicago providing classes, programs and resources to teach you how to grow your own food, including a book “Fearless Food Gardening in Chicagoland” and soon it will be opening the Fearless Food Kitchen in Edgewater to teach you how to cook the food that you grow.

Do you live in the Evanston/Skokie area? The Talking Farm has lot of volunteer work days available for students, families and corporate team building time at their Howard Street Farm, located at 3701 Howard St on the Evanston/Skokie boarder. They even have a “Talking Farm Hand Certification Program” for those interested in urban agriculture.

It is that time of year for the Country Financial Farmers market bag contest! They’re giving away scholarship money to three Chicago high school students! If you know a student with a gift for art, encourage them to enter their Chicago Farmers MarketsReusable Bag Design Contest. The student with the winning design will win a $1,000 scholarship and see their art on thousands of farmers market canvas bags. Two runners-up will get $500 scholarships. Get more info on how to enter! We love their bags, we love that they are reusable and we love that Chicago high school students get scholarship money from this!

The 2014 CSA Guide is out! If you are a small to mid-size farmer reading this or know one let them know about the USDA’s resources for them, there is a webpage with all sorts of info here! There are so many organizations in Chicagoland providing resources, classes and advocacy on local food. Some of our favorites are Illinois Stewardship Alliance, Advocates for Urban Agriculture, and WeFarmAmerica.

Lots going on, 2 weeks until the Green City Market goes outdoors! The local calendar is picking up, now onto the week ahead, take advantage of the incredible markets and farmstead/craft/artisanal food and beverage scene that Chicago has to offer! We are very lucky!!!

The Week’s Local Calendar

April 16

Chicago - Soup and Bread at The Hideout - 6pm Last week! –  The Hideout 1354 West Wabansia Bread is donated as ever by their pals at Publican Quality Meats. Pay what you can donations benefit a local food pantry.

April 19

Chicago - Edible Gardens Workshop Green City Market - 9a;30am – 10:15am Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum  Planting the Garden of your Dreams Jeanne Nolan, founder of the edible-garden business The Organic Gardenerand author of the new book From the Ground Up, explains how to shatter the winter blues with a spring garden.

Chicago - Green City Market Indoor Market at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum  8am -1pm Opening Day for Outdoor is May 3!  Preorders for the new Green City Market Cookbook can be placed here.

ChicagoGrowing Power Iron Street Farm Stand - 10am – 3pm 3333 South Iron St. Pick up your salad greens and they are ,also, selling at select Walgreens on the south and west sides!!

ElginMarket Elgin - 9am -1pm 800 North State St.

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

April 20

Chicago - Dark Matter, Brooklyn Brewery and Half Acre Present Devil’s Lettuce Release Party (FREE) 6pm The Double Door 1572 North Milwaukee

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. Last day of the Logan winter market, spring/summer starts May 19th.

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

Kempton(90 min from Chicago) - Mint Creek Easter Brunch - 11am Ticket price ($75) includes a fabulous brunch prepared by Chef Guia Hoffman at the beautiful and inviting Greenhouse Bed and Breakfast, of which she is part-owner. According to Harry, no one does brunch better than Guia — and all who know her are inclined to agree. Mint Creek meats will be featured, as will local produce (from the Greenhouse Bed and Breakfastand Three Plaid Farmers) when seasonally available. You’ll also enjoy a first-hand, interactive tour of the farm, where you’ll get out amongst the animals and learn all the ins and outs of the place from head farmer/owner Harry Carr.

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

April 21

Evanston – Free Screening Growing Cities at Farmhouse 703 Church St. 6:30pm Sponsored by Whole Foods Evanston

April 21- 25

Chicago – Checkout all the Whisky Week events!

April 22

Champaign - Ramp Fest The Land Connection Dinner and Silent Auction - 6:00 p.m. $150.00 Prairie Fruits Farm 4410 North Lincoln Avenue Please help them celebrate the coming of spring with a farm-to-table meal prepared by Chef Alisa DeMarco of Prairie Fruits Farm featuring ramps, the first wild green of the season


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!

Chicago - A Charitable Confection - A dessert cocktail party. Presented by Grandbaby Cakes. To support Project Orange Tree an active Chicago-based youth movement to stop the violence by both educating teens about its systemic causes and empowering youth to change the cycle. Project Oasis allows for the purchase land in Chicago’s most urban areas to transform them into much needed community gardens in food deserts and safe, peaceful areas for the surrounding youth.

April 26

Chicago – TND Presents 2nd Annual Safari Supper – 6pm   TND (Tuesday Night Dinner) Presents: invites you to join them for the 2nd annual Safari Supper, a progressive dinner showcasing Chicago’s underground dining community. Guests will travel to several distinct Chicago venues, each hosted by a different supper club. Included in the event are paired drinks, curated art and live music – all by way of bus. This sounds like A LOT OF FUN!!!!!!!!!! Tickets and more information here VIP

April 27

Crystal Lake – Eco-Friendly Food and Beer FestDuke’s Alehouse & Kitchen 2-6pm 110 Main St.

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.

May 2

Chicago - Spring Off The Avenue – 5:30pm -8:30pm 444 W. Chicago Ave. The Chicago Lights Urban Farm and Free Write Jail Arts and Literacy are joining together for an event showcasing what’s growing in these two Chicago Lights programs.  The evening will feature art, poetry, and performances by Free Write Jail Arts, along with food, drinks, and networking in a beautiful greenhouse setting.

May 2 – 3

Ottawa - Midwest Morel Fest

May 3

Champaign – Family Style Brunch at Prairie Fruit 9:30am and 11:30am seatings

ChicagoOpening Day of the Green City Market Outdoor Location!

Chicago – Graze Issue 5 Release Party 8-11pm The Charnel House 3421 W. Fullerton

*FD Fairbury, Il/Chicago - Slagel Family Farm Dinner – Farm tour and dinner 2:30pm Chef Paul Virant Vie/Perennial Virant $125 Bus option Noon 1800 N. Lincoln BYOB

May 8

Chicago – Beats and BBQ Growing Power Iron Street Farm - 5:30pm We’ll have delicious BBQ and veggies from the farm, as well as local beer to quench your thirst. Duane Powell of Maximum Audio Visual will be providing the “beets” for our BBQ. They’ll have tours of the farm at 6pm and 7pm.  Come see what’s growing, taste honey from our six bee hives, pet our adorable goats, and see the newest commercial compost facility in Chicago. Your ticket and donation help fund their work in Chicago.  Thanks to our Advisory Board for coordinating this exciting dinner.

May 10

Champaign - Family Style Brunch at Prairie Fruit 9:30am and 11:30am seatings

May 11

Stelle(90 min from Chicago) - Mint Creek Mother’s Day Brunch – 11am

May 12

Chicago – SWANK-A-LICIOUS – Les Dames Escoffier Bi-Annual Fundraiser 5:30pm – 9:30pm Gallery 1028 1028 North Hooker St.

May 15

Chicago - Second Annual Chefs Playground - A benefit for The Academy of Global Citizenship Terzo Piano at the Modern Wing of the Art Institute

May 20

Chicago – 12th Annual Growing Home Spring Dinner and Auction – Salvage One 1840 W. Hubbard 5:30pm – 9:30pm Tickets

May 25

*FD Champaign – Prairie Fruit Farms Dinner Honey Butter Fried Chicken Memorial Day Celebration Chicago sensation chefs Christine Cikowski and Josh Kulp of Honey Butter Fried Chicken and Sunday Dinner Club fame will return to the farm for our first dinner of the season. This event will be held from 1-5pm. It is a simpler menu and is priced at $85 per seat. (Sold out, availability will be determined by any cancellations)

May 31

*FD Champaign – Prairie Fruit Farms Dinner -1-5pm “Bring on the spring!”  Sit down with guest farmers John and Connie Caveny to savor some of their spring, grass-fed lamb.  Rhubarb, asparagus, greens, and other early season delicacies will complement the featured meat. (Sold out, availability will be determined by any cancellations) $125 text/tip BYOB liquor will be for sale at the event as well.

June 11

Chicago/Andersonville – “Piggy Benefit for Southern Foodways AllianceBig Jones (southern heirloom cooking) – 6pm 5347 North Clark To quote Chef Paul Fehribach, “this will be a good one!” They are pleased to offer some deeply rooted Kentucky cooking for their second Piggy Bank Dinner, a benefit for the Southern Foodways Alliance. Julian Van Winkle will be there to discuss his storied bourbon (12, 15, and 23 year will be served) plus a couple of selections from Buffalo Trace Distillery, and they are cooking up a 5-course menu with receipts and inspiration from Lettice Bryan’s The Kentucky Housewife (Louisville, 1839) and The Foxfire Book of Appalachian Cookery. SFA documentary films will be shown, The Poker Night String Band will play some righteous tunes, and good times will be had by all.

June 14

*FD Champaign - Prairie Fruit Farms Dinner -1-5pm Wild Game Dinner  Prairie Fruits Farm on the Range: Longhorn cattle, bison, and elk; they conjure up an image of open range on the western plains, don’t they? Yet, here we are in east-central Illinois, 20 minutes from K & D Ranch. They raise all three of these large and graceful herbivores on their farm near Kickapoo State Park, and they’ll be our guest farmers for this meat centric meal.  Expect late spring and early summer vegetables and fruits to adorn the menu as well. $125 text/tip BYOB liquor will be for sale at the event as well.

June 21

*FD Fairbury, Il/Chicago - Slagel Family Farm Dinner - Farm tour and dinner 2:30pm Chefs Cosmo Goss and Chris Kuziemko The Publican/Publican Quality Meats $125 Bus option Noon 1800 N. Lincoln BYOB

June 28

*FD Champaign - Prairie Fruit Farms Dinner -1-5pm The Urbana Butcher comes to the Farm Chef Josh Boyd earned his culinary stripes cooking at Bacaro and Carmon’s Restaurant in downtown Champaign. He’s recently opened “The Urbana Butcher” shop in downtown Urbana, to rave reviews.  He specializes in house-made sausages, pickles and country pates.  This dinner will transport you to the French countryside, where pork is king and fresh, impromptu menus are the norm (Sold out, availability will be determined by any cancellations) $125 text/tip BYOB liquor will be for sale at the event as well.