Local Calendar 4/30/14 Green City Market Outdoor Opens, Morel Fest, New Wave Brewer’s Bash, Slagel Farm Dinner With Chef Paul Virant

April 30, 2014 at 9:23 am


May is the month many of the outdoor markets open and thankfully signal that the polar vortex is truly behind us and spring is here!! Get to the opening of the  Green City Market this Saturday, they have a full morning of activities planned. The chef demonstration tent will feature founding board member and board co-president Sarah Stegner (Prairie Grass Cafe) and Carrie Nahabedian (Naha and Brindille), also a member of the board. The Evanston outdoor market opens 5/10, Daley Center 5/15 and 61st 5/17.

That elusive harbinger of spring in Chicago, ramps may be found at some of these markets but the early shopper will get the ramp. Ramps will continue to be included on some of the farm to table menus at restaurants in Chicago. But don’t delay in seeking out ramps, the window of their availability is very narrow.  Farm dinners(they should be called farm meal, some are brunches, lunches or dinners) with some of the most well known farmers get booked really quickly, while others tend to pop up and we will post them on the Beet calendar. Here is Slagel Family Farm’s schedule  (5/3-10/4) , their first dinner is this Saturday May 3rd with Chef Paul Virant. Prairie Fruit Farms has announced their schedule(5/25-12/4, a last minute addition are 2 family style brunches this Saturday May 3 and May 10. Mint Creek Farm’s next event is Mother’s Day May 11. A recent announcement is a summer solstice dinner to be held nearby at Frillman Farms on 6/21 by our friends at White Oak Gourmet.

There are some very active organizations in Chicagoland providing resources, classes and advocacy on local food. Some to put on your list are Illinois Stewardship AllianceAdvocates for Urban Agriculture, The Plant Chicago and WeFarmAmerica. PGP(Peterson Garden Project)  provides 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.

If you just do not have time to make it to one of the farmers markets every week but you still want to eat local produce, a produce share from the Green Grocer is an easy way to go. They source from the same farmers who sell at the markets but they handpick and curate the items that go into your weekly share so everything will be ripe to use and they offer flexibility for people who may travel because of work, live alone, or don’t necessarily want a weekly box.

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! Woo hoo spring is definitely here!

The Week’s Local Calendar

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

Bridgeport – New Wave Brewer’s Bash Mash Tun Festival 3-7pm Co-Prosperity Sphere 3219 S. Morgan St. Join the Mash Tun Society as they celebrate the release of Mash Tun Journal # 5 and meet the new generation of breweries that have recently launched in Chicagoland. You get a copy of the new issue of the mag, a tasting glass, and pours of brews by New Wave breweries like: 18th Street, One Trick Pony, Dryhop, Off Color,  Ale Syndicate, Slap Shot, Atlas, Lake Effect BuckleDown, Une Année  and others. Complementary vittles and other surprises in store.

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

******Chicago - Opening Day of the Green City Market in Lincoln Park!   Preorders for the new Green City Market Cookbook can be placed here. Here is a detailed list of the days activities.

Chicago - The Plant Chicago Workshop SeriesSummer Crops Seed Starting – 10am 1400 W. 46th St.

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

Chicago - Growing 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!!

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

*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

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

May 4

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

Logan Square - 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.

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

Rogers Park - Glenwood Indoor Farmers Market – 9am – 2pm Glenwood Bar 6962 N. Glenwood Ave. Last indoor market of the season includes the Rogers Park Garden Group annual garden sale.


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

Evanston - Downtown Evanston Market Opens - (5/10-11/8) 7:30am – 1pm Located Intersection of University Place and Oak Ave. (behind Hilton Garden Inn, east of East Railroad Ave.)

May 11

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

May 12

Chicago – Ada St. and County Barbecue Join The Hideout for “On The Table” -As of 4/28 this event was sold out, check the Hideout website or call to see f they have openings.

Chicago – Michigan Wineries Walk Around Tasting - City Winery 6-9pm 1200 W. Randolph

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

May 15

Chicago – Daley Plaza Farmers Market Opens – Country Financial announces winner of their market bag contest and it is a chance to pick one up to use for the season!

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

May 16

Join in and CELEBRATE Food Revolution Day!

May 17

Chicago –  The Plant Chicago Workshop Series - Container Gardening - 10am 1400 W. 46th St.

Hyde Park – 61st Farmers Market Opens – (5/17-12/13) 9am – 2pm 61st and Dorchester

Roger’s Park – The Red Cherry Supper Club presents Cultured – 6-10pm Join them for #CulturedGSM,  glorious evening of beautiful food, free flowing Revolution Brewery beers, signature cocktails, wine, cider, soft drinks and live entertainment.  Cultured: A Red Cherry Supper Club Event benefits Glenwood Sunday Market – your farmers market in Rogers Park, a program of Rogers Park Business Alliance. Sourced from the finest local farmers, food artisans, brewers, distilleries and performers, Cultured will occur in a fabulous surprise location to be announced to event attendees only. Ticket prices are all inclusive.

May 18

Chicago – Chicago Monthly Food Swap at Green Home Experts

May 19

Chicago - Trash Fish Chicago 2014Big Jones 6pm 5347 N. Clark This year, besides an impressive selection of hometown heroes, chef Susan Spicer will be joining us from New Orleans and chef Colby Garrelts is headed up from Kansas City. It’s bound to be a fun and delicious time, all to help support the work of Chefs Collaborative and promote ocean and fishing sustainability. Get your tickets today!

May 20

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

May 24

Chicago - The Plant Chicago Workshop Series Aquaponics 101 - 2:30pm – 4:30pm The ReBuilding Exchange 1740 W. Webster

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

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.

Lake Zurich - Opening Day of the Lake Zurich Farmers Market The Market will run every Friday, rain or shine, from June 13th through September 29th, 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Paulus Park 200 S Rand Rd

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

Prairie View, Il – White Oak Summer Solstice Dinner on Frillman Farms

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.