The Local Calendar 7/23/14 Angelic Organics Harvest Dinner, TOTN Chicago 8/13, Spence Farm

July 23, 2014 at 9:07 am


Providing summer meals in neighborhoods where children do not have access to good food is one of the many ways Share Our Strength fights hunger in Chicago. One way to reduce violence in Chicago communities is by providing good food to children in these stressed neighborhoods so they feel a sense of community and full stomachs are a way to do that. You can make a difference by attending the Taste of the Nation event at Navy Pier on Wednesday August 13th. Many of the chefs and mixologists that support the local food community will be there, in force! The best way to fight the “G” word is with the other “G” phrase, “good food”.

For those of us who have access to the farmers markets, their tables are full of produce, from Nichol’s Farms endless rows of root vegetables: taproots, bulbs and tubers to Growing Power’s beautifully displayed baskets of greens and edible flowers.  Eggplant, peaches, corn have appeared on the tables. If you ever need an idea of how to cook with what’s available locally, the Green City Market cookbook is the answer. The cookbook is organized in a very approachable manner by season and the recipes highlight the ingredients available that time of year and not necessarily the cooking techniques, so it is a cookbook for everyone.

Farm dinnersAngelic Organics Learning Center Peak Harvest Dinner is this Saturday, Slagel Family Farm’s schedule  (next available dinner 8/9 Found Kitchen and Rootstock),  Prairie Fruit Farms & Creamery schedule(-12/4), Mint Creek,  and Spence Farm Harvest dinner tickets just went on sale.

Need info - Organizations in Chicagoland providing resources, classes and advocacy on local food: Illinois Stewardship AllianceAdvocates for Urban AgricultureThe Plant ChicagoAngelics Organics Learning CenterWeFarmAmericaThe Peterson Garden Project and The Talking Farm.

Here is a list of the city of Chicago markets! Sign up to become an owner of Chicago’s newest Co-op here, the Chicago Market.  Now on to the busy weeks ahead:

                                                                 The Week’s Local Calendar

July 23

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

FM – Chicago (Lincoln Park) - Green City Market - 7am – 1pm Carrot Festival Chef demonstration Chef Patrick Sheerin The Trencherman For anyone who has the time, visiting the market on a Wednesday is a luxury!!!!!!

July 24

Chicago(Uptown) - AUA Movie and Mingle Night Weiss Memorial Hospital - 7:30pm – 11:30pm  Join them for July’s Movie & Mingle Night, featuring the film Tierralismo, a stirring defense of the importance of farm work and sustainable agriculture practices in Cuba.

FM – Chicago - Daley Plaza Farmers Market (Through Oct. 30) 7am-3pm Katherine Ann ConfectionsNichols FarmsRiver Valley Kitchens and more.

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

July 26

Chicago(Caledonia) - 7th Annual Angelic Organics Peak Harvest Dinner - 5pm – 9pm Presented by premier Chicago chefs, including Chef Paul Virant. You’ll enjoy a five-course gourmet meal made with seasonal produce fresh from the farm and other sustainable, local ingredients. All proceeds from the Farm Dinner support their educational programs that build the local food system.

Chicago – Feastival Fundraiser Edible Alchemy – 2pm – dawn Eco-Collective 2042 W. 21st

FM – Chicago (Lincoln Park) -  Green City Market 7am – 1pm Right across from the Hotel Lincoln Chef demonstration Mickey Kearns All Natural Chicago

Chicago - Bike To Brew Organized and Sponsored by the Active Transportation Alliance 3-10pm

FM – 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!!

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

FM - Evanston - Downtown 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.)

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

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

Oak Park - 3rd Annual Edible Garden Tour - 10am – 3pm Sponsored and organized by The Sugar Beet Co-op

FM - Oak Park – Oak Park Farmers Market (through 11/1) - 7am – 1pm 460 Lake St.

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

July 27

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

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

July 28

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

July 29

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

Chicago -Publican Quality Meats Guest Chef Burger Night - 6-9pm


July 30-31

New!!! Chicago(Edgewater) - 70′s Supper The Stew Supper Club – 7-10pm Sauce and Bread Kitchen - Fadist maybe?, delicious maybe?, it’s all a little hazy. They hope to settle these questions once and for all. They will revisit this often forgotten era of tupperware induced cuisine head on (moussaka and hambrosia included).  Don’t miss this fondue time machine for it is only leaving the Sauce and Bread Kitchen station twice. Veggies are always welcome just let them know before hand.

July 30

Chicago(Lincoln Park)Green City Market Tour and Lunch at Perennial Virant - 10:30am Presented by Chicago Gourmets and the Green City Market.

August 2-15

•••••• Chicago - 14 Day Intensive Urban Permaculture Design Workshop - Hosted by the Chicago Permaculture Guild and taught by Albert Bates. Albert Bates was a civil sector representative at the Copenhagen climate conference, trying to point the world back towards a stable atmosphere using soils and trees – Garden Earth. His books include Climate in Crisis (1990), The Post-Petroleum Survival Guide and Cookbook (2006) and The Biochar Solution (2010). He has taught appropriate technology, natural building and ecovillage design to students from more than sixty nations. A co-founder and past president of the Global Ecovillage Network, he is presently retired and living in an ecovillage in rural Tennessee.

August 2

Chicago (Back of the Yards) - Aquaponics Herb Garden Workshop – 2pm The Plant 1400 W. 46th St.

Chicago - Fork and The Road Bike Tours Sausage Fest - Tour meetup information will be emailed to ticket-holders one week before each tour. Expect to bike 10 to 15 miles per tour and eat at three to five food purveyors befitting that tour’s theme. Vegetarian modifications can be made to all tours but Sausage

August 3

Chicago – Fork and The Road Bike Tours History’s Favorite Foods

August 7-10

Chicago – The 35th American Community Gardening Assoc. Conference - Join your peers, and meet new friends, for exciting tours, networking and presentations by the leading lights in the community garden movement. Plus there will be other incredible presentations, networking, and tours of Chicago gardens (including our Edible Treasures Garden at The Field Museum – the host venue). To top it off, Garfield Park Conservatory is hosting a big “garden soiree” to celebrate the 35 years of achievement of this incredible organization. Find out more and purchase tickets for this event HERE!

August 9-10

NapervilleVeggiefest – 11am – 8pm Vegetarians, vegans, health conscious and family-fun seekers will enjoy Veggie Fest, an outdoor festival held on the grounds ofthe Science of Spirituality Meditation Center. Free admission, free parking and a wide assortment of vegetarian fun for the whole family. Expected to attract 30,000 visitors.

August 9

Bangor, MI - Camp Blueberry – For two Saturdays this season – August 9 and 16 – Joe’s Blueberry Farm is opening their farm up to tent campers. They have seven spots available on each of those Saturdays. Camping hours will be from 6 p.m. Saturday to 10 a.m. on Sunday.  No charge. It’s primitive camping – but there will be porta potties and fresh water. If you’re already a Joe’s Blues customer, just send them an email. If they have more requests than spots, they’ll draw names. Deadline for letting them know is July 8.

Chicago(Back of the Yards) –  The Monster Food Truck Rally Returns 11:00am–3:00pmThe Plant 
1400 West 46th Street is once again hosting the city’s finest food trucks for a great day of Southside fun at its third annual Food Truck Rally. Tickets are now on sale for $5, and will be available for $7 at the door. Guests of The Plant will enjoy: Local food trucks La Adelita, Bridgeport Pasty, Flirty Cupcakes, and more to be announced. All proceeds directly benefit the mission and programming of Plant Chicago, NFP, a 501c3 non-profit organization with a mission to promote closed-loop food production and sustainable economic development through education and research

Chicago(Hyde Park) - Common Threads Produce Stand and Open House - 10am – 1pm 4901 South Kenwood All the following workshops and activities are FREE!! 11 am & noon: Medicinal Herbs & Weeds – Cheryl Williamson, Herbologist + Master Gardener Ongoing: Cooking in the Garden – Stephanie Folkens, Common Threads Chef Ongoing Kid’s Activity: Oragami Flower Making

Fairbury - Slagel Farm Dinner with Found Kitchen & Rootstock 2:30pm Bus option available from Chicago.

August 13

•••••• Chicago - Taste of the Nation Chicago - No child should go hungry and 1 out of 5 in Illinois are. Attend this incredible event to fight hunger in Illinois. A beautiful venue, Navy Pier and it’s the night for fireworks, incredible chefs and very tasty cocktails. Join the hunger core and make a difference while tasting food from the chefs we love.

August 16

Chicago – Fork and The Road Bike Tours Emerald Necklace Tour

Oak Park - 7th Annual Oak Park Micro Brew Review - Get to downtown Oak Park  for the largest zero-waste, craft beer event in the Midwest!  Featuring over 150 inventive brews from the Midwest’s finest craft breweries, live music and small plates from popular local restaurants. Co-produced with the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild. The Micro Brew Review is a fundraiser benefiting Seven Generations Ahead and the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild. Tickets are non-refundable.

August 17

Chicago - Fork and The Road Bike Tours Korean, Remixed

Chicago (Lincoln Park) - Sunday Supper at Floriole - 6-8pm Join them one Sunday each month. Ode To Sweet Corn: Chilled corn soup, local marinated shrimp, seared flank steak, corn pudding, tomato-corn salad, cornmeal crusted crostata, roasted peaches, peach leaf ice cream

August 30

Chicago - Cochon 555′s Heritage BBQ – 4-8pm Goose Island Brewery 1800 W. Fulton Heritage BBQ presented by Goose Island Beer Co. is an all-inclusive event, a stand-up tasting where five notable chefs will each be given a 200 pound heritage breed pig to create six dishes for a crowd of pork-loving enthusiasts. A panel of 20 respected judges will vote for the city’s “BBQ King or Queen.” The events raise awareness for responsible family farms, culinary schools, local food producers, craft brewers, great winemakers, and prestigious distillers wanting to celebrate with an amazing food event during National Bourbon Month. The cause is local, the flavors are global, the talent is unbridled.

Chicago – Fork and The Road Bike Tours Architect’s Diet

September 6

Chicago – Fork and The Road Bike Tours Italy, not Eataly

September 7

Chicago(Uptown) - 5th Annual Kegs For Kids The Hopleaf Bar Tasting Party – 12pm – 5pm A benefit for Edgewater’s Helen C. Pierce Elementary

September 13-14

ChicagoMod Mex & Mod Mix – Kendall College Four of the world’s finest Mexican chefs unite in Chicago this fall to cook, compete, and create.  Join them for two days of hands-on demonstrations, intimate conversation and the most memorable meal of your life: Chef Rick Bayless, Frontera Grill/Topolobampo/XOCO, Chef Curtis Duffy, Grace, Chef Fany Gerson La Newyorkina Brooklyn, NY,  Chef Pablo Salas Amaranta Restaurant, Mexico City

September 13

Chicago(Hyde Park) - Common Threads Produce Stand and Open House - 10am – 1pm 4901 South Kenwood All the following workshops and activities are FREE!! 11 am & Noon: Introduction to Permaculture – Matthew Stephens, Permaculture Expert Ongoing: Cooking in the Garden – Stephanie Folkens, Common Threads ChefOngoing Kid’s Activity: Make Your Own Chia Pet

Fairbury - Slagel Farm Dinner with Three Aces, Bedford & Carriage House 2:30pm Bus option available from Chicago.

September 20

Chicago – Fork and the Road Bike Tours Poultry Slam

September 21

Fairbury – Harvest Feast Spence Farm Foundation

September 26-28

Chicago - Chicago Gourmet Weekend – Millenium Park – Ground Zero for these 3 days in the world for all things culinary. Checkout the link for tickets, information, schedule, events.

October 4

Chicago – Fork and the Road Bike Tours Vedging Out