The Local Calendar 6/18/14 Meet The Market Kinmont, Support Spence Farm at BrownTrout, Moody Tongue debut

June 18, 2014 at 8:35 am

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With the summer solstice this week, it gives you that extra bit of sunlight to take a late stroll on the beach, cocktails on the patio, time to work in the garden, take the dog for a walk, a picnic outside. The summer harvest is not even close to peaking though. I continue to write about the luxury of getting to the Green City Market on a Wednesday. It is a completely different experience than a Saturday, you have a chance to talk to the farmers, market hands and chefs who are at the market that day and just the general “summertime vibe”, pick up cooking tips, shop at a leisurely pace!! Market continue to open, the expanded Glenview Farmers  Market opens Saturday.

Farm dinners- Slagel Family Farm’s schedule  (next available dinner 7/12),  Prairie Fruit Farms  schedule(-12/4), this weekend’s summer solstice dinner to be held nearby at Frillman Farms on 6/21 by our friends at White Oak Gourmet.

Need info – Organizations in Chicagoland providing resources, classes and advocacy on local food: Illinois Stewardship AllianceAdvocates for Urban Agriculture, The Plant Chicago, Angelics Organics Learning CenterWeFarmAmerica and The Peterson Garden Project.

Want to volunteer- Growing Home has tons of volunteer opportunities every week. Do you live in the Evanston/Skokie area? The Talking Farm has volunteer work days available for students, families and corporate team building 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. EverThrive Illinois has a food and cooking education program that has a need for volunteer as well.

Here is a list of the city of Chicago markets, for those near Sugar Grove, their farmers market opens this Saturday! Now onto the busy week ahead includin: have a seasonal cocktail at Meet The Market tonight with the Green City Market Junior Board at Kinmont, tomorrow support Wine to Water at Wine Enthusiast’s Red and White Bash at Architectural Artifacts in Ravenswood, The Moody Tongue Brewing Company debuts their culinary Saturday and Monday dine with the Spence Farm Dinner at Browntrout. Check out the rest of the week ahead and more on the local calendar.

The Week’s Local Calendar

June 18

Champaign - Prairie Fruit Farms & Creamery Open House 3-6:30pm

Chicago (Lincoln Park) - Green City Market – 7am – 1pm Chef demonstration Chef Heather Terhune, Sable For anyone who has the time, visiting the market on a Wednesday is a luxury!!!!!!

Chicago - Meet The Market At Kinmont - Green City Market Junior Board – One thing is guaranteed about these gatherings of the GCMJB, the cocktails are always seasonal and superb!!!!!!!! 6:30pm – 9:30pm 419 W. Superior

Chicago( Fulton River District Near West Side)Join We Compost and the Compost Collection Network at the Rhine Hall Distillery (2010 W Fulton) 5:30-7:30 pm, for an evening of sustainable food and mingling with restauranteurs and businesses that compost. RSVP here for free! Click here to view the official flyer.

Chicago(Edgewater)Community Meeting at The Fearless Food Kitchen - They’ll be holding two community meetings at the Fearless Food Kitchen, co-hosted by 48th Ward Alderman Harry Osterman. All are welcome, please RSVP via the link above. Broadway Armory Kitchen, 2nd floor 5917 N. Broadway Ave.

June 19

Chicago (Ravenswood) –  Wine Enthusiast’s Red and White Bash - 7-10pm Architectural Artifacts 4325 N. Ravenswood Buy tickets now! This is an opportunity to taste and try a variety of wines from around the world and at the same time 100% of net ticketing proceeds will go to benefit Wine to Water, bringing clean water sources to impoverished nations around the globe.

ChicagoGranja Urbana Urban Farm Dinner at City Farm - 7-9pm 1204 N Clybourn Ave $100

Chicago(Downtown) - Chefs On The Grill - Welcome summer with hot grills, cool drinks, live music, and prizes at the ultimate Chicago grilling competition benefiting Common Threads and the Illinois Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (IRAEF)

Chicago - Daley Plaza Farmers Market (Through Oct. 30) 7am – 3pm Katherine Ann Confections, Nichols Farms, River Valley Kitchens and more.

Chicago (Uptown) - Uptown Farmers Market at Weiss Memorial Hospital – 7am – 1pm (Through Oct) 4646 N. Marine Drive

June 20

ChampaignPrairie Fruit Farms & Creamery “Pop Up” Dinner of the season.  This month’s theme is Italian Sausage.  Come on out to the farm from 5:30 to 7:30 pm for some artisan sausages prepared by Piemonte Sausage, a new charcuterie maker in Champaign-Urbana.  NO RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. We’ll also have live music by “The Hathaways,” an acoustic, Peruvian duo.  For the full menu and all the details about our Pop Ups, visit our website.

ChicagoBike to Work Rally Daley Plaza 7am – 9am

Lake Zurich - Lake Zurich Farmers Market (Through  9/26)- 3pm – 7pm Paulus Park, 200 S Rand Road Over 25 vendors, food concessions, along with live music and family programing each week.

June 21-22

Chicago(Wicker Park) - Green Music Fest – Damen Ave Btwn North and Schiller

June 21

Chicago(Lincoln Park) – Edible Gardens Free Workshop - “Necessary Nourishment: Feeding Your Plants for Healthy Growth and Production” 9:30am – 10:15am Edible gardens at the zoo

Chicago (Lincoln Park) -  Green City Market 7am – 1pm Right across from the Hotel Lincoln Chef demonstration Martial Noguier Bistronomic 

Chicago(Hyde Park/Woodlawn)61st Farmers Market ( Through 12/13, goes indoors as of Nov.) 9am – 2pm

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

Chicago (Pilsen)Moody Tongue Brewerys First Annual Pair Up - 3-6pm Thalia Hall 1807 S. Allport Ave. Produced in collaboration with Good Beer Hunting. An afternoon featuring food pairings to preview Moody Tongue Brewery’s first line-up of beers. CTA - 5 blocks east from the 18th street Pink Line stop. The 18th street bus #18 stops at the corner of 18th and Racine, a half block east of Thalia Hall.

New!!! Chicago(Logan Square)Dirt Shop An In-Depth Composting Workshop with Nancy Klehm – 4-7pm Earnest Earth 2917 W. Armitage Register here  Join them and learn how to build your backyard compost pile!

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

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

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 SOLD OUT check with Slagel for cancellations

New!!! GlenviewOpening Day Glenview Farmers Market(Through 10/11) – Wagner Farm 1510 Wagner Road 8am – Noon Expanded with more vendors!

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

Prairie ViewWhite Oak Summer Solstice Dinner on Frillman Farms

Sugar GroveSugar Grove Farmers Market – (through 9/27) 8:00 a.m. to noon Village of Sugar Grove Municipal Building Parking Lot, 10 Municipal Drive

June 22

Chicago(Edgewater)CHICAGO MARKET #1000in100 LAUNCH PARTY - 2- 6pm Metropolis Roastery 5545 N Clark Calling all lovers of local food: the grocery store of your dreams is becoming a reality. Chicago Market, a community co-op, is hosting a family-friendly event with food, drinks, activities for kids and adults alike, and more.

Chicago (Lincoln Park) - Sunday Supper at Floriole - 6-8pm Join them one Sunday each month(7/13, 8/17) for a relaxing and tasty dinner served family-style. A children’s menu will also be provided, kids under ten pay their age!

Chicago (Pilsen) - The Pilsen Community Market  9-3pm 18th and Halsted

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

Logan SquareLogan Square Outdoor  Market  (Through 10/26) 10am–3pm

New BerlinIllinois Stewardship Alliance Summer Shindig - 3-6pm Danenberger Family Vineyards 12341 Irish Rd Join them for an evening of local food and libations, live music, and good company. Free for all members and $10 for non-members.

June 23

Chicago – (North Center)Bounty of the Midwest Dinner to Support Spence Farm - 7:30pm  10:30pm Browntrout 4111 N. Lincoln  Chef Sean Sanders of Browntrout and Chef Thomas Leavitt of White Oak Gourmet team up to create a four course dinner celebrating the bounty of Midwest corn. You’ll be joined by Chicago’s own Koval distillery with whiskey based cocktail pairings for each course. They’ll be using organic and Non GMO corn in each course. $65 Public Transportation, CTA buses # 50 & 80 or Brown Line stop at Irving Park. Metered Street Parking available on Lincoln Avenue.

Chicago - First Annual Paella CookoffMercat A La Planxa 638 South Michigan 7pm – 10pm Its starting, Bon Appétit presents Chicago Gourmet has local chefs and culinary crusaders flexing their competitive muscle with a first annual Paella Cook-off. A portion of proceeds benefits the Illinois Restaurant Educational Foundation (IRAEF),  a non-profit organization (501 c3) dedicated to building the future of Illinois’ hospitality workforce.

LyonsLyons Community Market – 2-7pm Veteran’s Park Ogden Ave & Lawndale Ave. (every Monday through Sept. 29)

June 24

Chicago(Avondale) - The Meat Hook Meat Book Book Release BBQ w/Brooklyn butcher Tom Mylan & Rob Levitt (Butcher & Larder) Tickets for the event, which is being held on Honey Butter Fried Chicken‘s patio, are available now by calling 773-687-8280 and include food along with a copy of Mylan’s book

Chicago - MCA Farmers Market – 7am – 3pm Downtown at the MCA (Every Tuesday through Oct. 28)

New!!! Chicago -Publican Quality Meats Guest Chef Burger NightHalf Acre squares off against Revolution Brewing 6-9pm


June 26

Chicago(Lincoln Park)Monthly Dish at Sono Wood Fired to support Meals On Wheels Chicago

Chicago(Avondale)Eli’s Cheesecake Agriculture Speaker Series – Jim Slama Founder of Family Farmed

June 27, 28, 29

Chicago(Bucktown)Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival

June 27

Chicago - AUA Rooftop Movie & Mingle Night -7:30pm-11:30pm Weiss Memorial Hospital Rooftop Farm (On top of parking garage, SW corner of Leland & Clarendon) and find opportunities to get involved, make new connections, and enjoy local eats, drinks, entertainment and people amidst towering sunflowers, clucking chickens and veggie beds as the sun goes down and the stars come out! More info here:…

June 28

*FD ChampaignPrairie Fruit Farms Dinner -1-5pm The Urbana Butcher comes to the Farm Chef Josh Boyd. He’s recently opened “The Urbana Butcher” shop in downtown Urbana. He specializes in house-made sausages, pickles and country pates.  (Sold out, availability will be determined by any cancellations)

Chicago(Bucktown) –  Potluck: Chicago @Altgeld Sawyer Corner Farm - 12pm – 8pm 2501 N. Sawyer You are welcome to bring a taste of your favorite comfort food dish and its recipe to share. The recipes will be added to the Chicago Recipe Box, a project that archives shared meals and promote further city-wide community binding. If you cannot commit to a dish, please still join us to enjoy the meal and other daylong activities. Potluck: Chicago @ ASCF is curated by artist Caitlin Ryan.

ChicagoGarden to Gourmet – Join Executive Chef Cardel Reid for a one-of-a-kind cooking experience at The Signature Room at the 95th®. Chef Reid will lead a tour of Chicago’s famous Green City Market followed by a cooking demonstration and plated lunch at The Signature Room®. 9:00am – 2:00pm $75 per person, all inclusive Call 312.280.0472 for reservations.

Chicago(Logan Square) - Fork and the Road Relaunch Party – 3pm Illinois Centennial Monument - Hit the road with Graze on a leisurely literary and snack-filled bike ride!

June 29

ChicagoFood Swap at Sur La Table 900 North Michigan 3pm

Chicago (Portage Park) - Portage Park Farmers Market ( 6/ 29, 7/20, 8/3, 17, 9/7, 21, 10/5) 10am – 2pm near the corner of Berteau and Central

June 30

New!!! Chicago(North Center) - The Stew Supper Club Hits the Road – They join forces once again with Half Acre Beer The Half Acre taproom 4257 N Lincoln They are pairing their three courses with three beers of your choosing for $30.  They asked themselves what the best food to go with beer is and two words blurted out Nacho Champs.  Two seatings get your tickets here

Check out the Forward calendar for all there is to for the summer!