The Local Calendar 11/19/14 Indoor Markets Open This Weekend Then A Short Break, Food Film Fest, Holiday Rock N Roll, Pilot Light, Cider Summit 15

November 19, 2014 at 11:34 am

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2015 events have started to fill the Local Calendar, tickets have gone on sale for the 3rd Annual Cider Summit Feb 7 and of course, circle March 19-21 for The Good Food Expo.

Brussel sprouts were the trending vegetable last weekend at the Green City Market, stalks were flying out the door of the Nature Museum by the wagon full. One secret to sweetness, cut the sprouts off the stalks right before cooking.

If you have any last minute Thanksgiving day needs or just don’t have time to cook,  there are local purveyors who have the stuffing, vegetables, turkey done for you using local, sustainable produce as much as possible.  Check out The Green Grocer, Floriole Cafe and Bakery(orders need to be in by November 21), Publican Quality Meats,  Honey Butter Fried ChickenButcher and LarderProvenance Food and Wine, Tete Charcuterie, Local Foods, Sauce and Bread Kitchen and River Valley Farmer’s Table, are some of our favorites. Whether it is a heritage breed turkey like a bourbon red from Caveny Farm or heirloom vegetables like fingerling potatoes from Nichols Farm, these folks have you covered.

Chef Greg Biggers of the Sofitel Chicago has overseen the creation of Chestnut Provisions, an artisanally-driven kitchen to table concept featuring an assortment of cave aged cheeses and charcuterie, jams and preserves. They are curing meats and aging cheese with their own cheese cellar. The philosophy behind Chestnut Provisions is simple. Biggers, already a proponent for seasonal and local ingredients, took this notion one step further by producing the best and freshest product in house, just steps from the dinner table. The result is a conscious approach to ingredient-sourcing, creating an authentic dining experience for guests.

Put Cafe Des Architectes Holiday & Roll which benefits Share Our Strength, Monday December 15 from 6pm to 8pm on your calendar. Hosted by Chef Greg Biggers & Pastry Chef Leigh Omilinsky  Featuring Chicago’s top pastry chefs in a Buche de Noele contest, a very entertaining, live band, Rod Tuffcurls and the Bench Press, to get you in the holiday spirit.  Enjoy tasting each pastry chef’s creation as well as savory dishes and cast your vote for the best Yuletide dessert!

The crazy people of the Chicago Food Film Fest are in town, as usual, their agenda is packed full of films and food and beverages. All events take place at Kendall College, Thursday through Saturday and tickets are still available. Feed Your Mind Gala, the 2nd Annual Benefit for Pilot Light which empower children with the knowledge, attitudes, and skills they need to have a healthy relationship with food, looms on the horizon December 5.

Last chance to shop at the Saturday farmers markets before Thanksgiving!! Most of the markets will be closed the following Saturday,

The cold weather months are the time to seek out resources because people are more available. Need more info on urban ag, gardens, plants, farmers markets, local food, these organizations are good resources for you to bookmark and utilize:  Illinois Stewardship AllianceAdvocates for Urban AgricultureThe Plant Chicago, Edible AlchemyAngelics Organics Learning CenterWeFarmAmericaThe Peterson Garden Project  and The Talking Farm. Now on to the weeks ahead!

 The Week’s Local Calendar and Beyond

Wednesday – Saturday November 19-22

Chicago - The Chicago Food Film Festival - This event sells out, is always crazy, inventive and tons of fun! This year includes chicken wing madness, sriacha, the night aquatic, food porn and a night of beer. All events take place at Kendall College - 900 N North Branch Street

Thursday November 20

Chicago - Good Greens Meeting sponsored by the USDA Food and Nutrition Office. Open meeting in the Loop at FNS offices devoted to sustainable food issues and farmers markets. 10-noon  Agenda: Urban agriculture. They’ve invited urban ag leaders from across the Region to share their stories. Aside from growing food, understanding the economics of farming is critical in building a financially sustainable business. Todd Jones, Every Last Morsel, will discuss three free tools that farmers can utilize to improve their businesses. Urban Agriculture Discussion: Rodger Cooley, International Network for Urban AgricultureTyson Gersh, The Michigan Urban Farming Initiative, Jessica Surma, Advocates for Urban Agriculture, Megan Baumann, Chicago Botanic Garden, Barry Andersen, Holland Community Garden, Jeff Roessing, Eighth Day Farm Contact Alan Shannon if you are interested in attending.

Chicago - Adler After Dark – 6-10pm Adler Planetarium Galatic Gastronomy Enjoy the musical stylings of Fifth House Ensemble, Chicago’s dynamic narrative chamber music group, and learn more about Chicago’s culinary (and sustainability) renaissance with special partners SHE Cocktail Consulting,  Violet HourGreen City MarketChicago Market CoopJeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, and Foodseum. Each of these organizations will be showcasing their unique products and services for guests.

Saturday November 22

Champaign - Prairie Fruits Farm - The Un-thanksgiving Meal: Our Grandmothers’ Kitchens The colder weather has us pining for our grandmothers’ cooking.  For this menu, we’re travelling back across the Atlantic Ocean to the “Old Country” for some eastern European and German food traditions.  Expect peiroges, pickles, borscht, spaetzle, goulash and more.  We most definitely WON’T be serving turkey!

FS - Chicago (Bridgeport)Growing Power Iron Street Farm Store -  9am-3pm, located at 3333 S. Iron Street

FM - Chicago(Hyde Park/Woodlawn) - 61st Farmers Market (Indoor) 6100 S. Blackstone 9am – 2pm Market runs (12/6, 12/13, 1/10/15, 2/14, 3/14, 4/11) The Chicago Southside’s premier farmers market, straddling the Hyde Park and Woodlawn neighborhoods, offering the freshest produce, meat, eggs, cheeses and prepared foods from local and regional farms. This year’s lineup includes Mick Klug Farms, Mint Creek Farm, Peerless Bread and Jam, Growing Power, The Urban Canopy  and many more. Directions and CTA info The 61st Street Farmers Market accepts LINK and Senior Farmers Market Coupons. They also match LINK purchases up to $25 per cardholder, per market day, as long as funding lasts. This means that LINK cardholders can double the value of their LINK purchases each week at the Market.

FM – Chicago (Lincoln Park) -  Green City Market (Indoor)  8am – 1pm Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum Fullerton and Cannon Drive The Indoor market will take place (12/6, 12/20, 1/24/15, 1/24, 2/7, 2/21, 3/7, 3/21, 4/4, 4/18) Green City Market is a marketplace for local, sustainable food that educates, promotes and connects farmers and local producers directly to chefs, restaurateurs and the greater Chicago community. All of their purveyors undergo a rigorous application process that details their farming and/or production practices. Green City Market, a 501(c)(3) organization, is the only Chicago farmers’ market to provide free resources and educational opportunities about local sustainable issues to shoppers, sprouts, and farmers. It’s the only way to achieve a sustainable future. Their mission is to make quality, healthy, delicious food available for home cooks, restaurants, schools, and healthcare facilities.

Chicago - DIY Trunkshow Broadway Armory - Broadway and Thorndale  10am – 5pm The Peterson Garden Project will be there

FS - Elburn - Heritage Prairie Farm Farm Store9am – 3pm 2N308 Brundige Road Open seasonally, their Farm Store is home to a variety of products including raw and infused honey, their seasonal, organically grown produce, and a number of great items created by their Farm Kitchen. You will also find fresh products such as milk, eggs, meats, and cheese. They ,also, offer a great selection of specialty beverages. You can also find unique gift ideas, anywhere from locally made pottery to heirloom seed sets, or stop by to try one of our in house cafe drinks, like their signature honey latte! They are located just west of Randall Road on Highway 38.

FM - Grayslake – Grayslake Farmers Market10am – 2pm Saturdays through 12/20. Located in historic downtown Grayslake on Center Street.

Sunday November 23

FMChicago (Logan Square) - Logan Square Winter Market (Indoor) 10am -3pm  2755 N. Milwaukee Ave. This is one of the few winter markets that takes place every Sunday (except next week 11/30) through March 29. Over the years this is the one place where I know I can pick up microgreens and wheat grass, and sometimes find intriguing canned goods like a special version of kimchi or sauerkraut and the collaboration with the NOSH means that I can always find a filling snack or something for a late breakfast, brunch, lunch. Food stamps (Illinois Link/Snap cards) and credit cards are now accepted at the market.

FM - Chicago (Pilsen) - Pilsen Community Market11-3:30 Honky Tonk BBQ on 18th/Racine Pilsen Community Market strives to provide fresh, quality farm products, arts and crafts, music and information to a diverse community while embracing and connecting with surrounding neighborhoods.  Products Local and organic produce, meat, eggs, cheese, honey, freshly baked breads and other pastries, tamales, handmade jewelry, and more! Email

FM - Chicago (Roger’s Park) - Glenwood Sunday Market Indoor  (Indoor) -  The Glenwood Bar, 6962 N. Glenwood Avenue (12/14, 1/11/15, 2/8, 3/8, 4/12, 5/3) Glenwood Sunday Market’s mission is to make sustainable, regionally produced foods available to our whole community.  They believe that through an integrated relationship of food, education and community we will achieve our vision of an environmentally engaged neighborhood. This market continues to grow and get stronger every year. Vendors  The market proudly accepts Discover, MasterCard, Visa and Link/SNAP cards.

FM –  Deerfield - Faith in Place Winter Market –  North Shore Unitarian Church 9am to 1pm  2100 Half Day Rd

November 27


November 29

CLOSED – Green City Market, 61st Street Market

OPEN – Heritage Prairie Farm Store, Grayslake Market

November 30

CLOSED – Logan Square Market                                                                                                                              

December 5

ChicagoFeed Your Mind 2nd Annual Gala Benefit For Pilot Light - Pilot Light welcomes our friends and supporters to gather and enjoy our Feed Your Mind event at the Chicago Cultural Center!  The special evening will feature chef tastings, silent and live auctions, and great music!  Join us at Feed Your Mind to support Pilot Light’s work in Chicago schools to empower children with a healthy relationship with food.

December 6

ChampaignPrairie Fruits FarmWinter Holiday & Solstice Dinner It’s cold outside, but enter the Prairie Fruits Farm Dining Room inside our barn and you’re enveloped in wood stove warmth.  We like to create a festive atmosphere to get everyone in the winter holiday spirit: lots of small plates loaded with comforting holiday foods, warming beverages and great conversations around the communal table.  This dinner brings an end to our farm dinner season and eases us into winter slumber.  We will also have some great farm products available for holiday gift giving.

FM - Chicago (Ravenswood) - Faith In Place Winter Market10am – 4pm Berry United Methodist Church 4754 N. Leavitt Street

FM - Evanston - Evanston Market - Ecology Center Winter Market Saturdays, December 6, 2014 through April 25, 2015, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Ecology Center at the Ladd Arboretum, 2024 N McCormick Blvd. ContactDiane Khouri Joseph,

FMMorton Grove - Morton Grove Farmers  Market Wintermarket – 9am – 2pm  Village of Morton Grove American Legion Memorial Civic Center, 6140 Dempster Street

December 13

Chicago - Good Beer Hunting Holiday Pop-Up Shop -12-4pm 2557 W. North Ave.

December 15

Chicago - Maddys Dumpling House Pop-Up - 7-9:30pm Ampersand in Kinmont Restaurant 419 Superior St. $65 includes beverage pairings

ChicagoCafe Des Architectes Holiday & Roll - 6-8pm Sofitel Chicago Benefits Share Our Strength. Hosted by Chef Greg Biggers & Pastry Chef Leigh Omilinsky  Featuring Chicago’s Top Pastry Chefs in a Buche de Noele, live band Rod Tuffcurls and the Bench Press to get you in the holiday spirit.  Enjoy tasting each pastry chef’s creation and cast your vote for the best Yuletide dessert!

December 17

Chicago – Stuff Stuffed with Stuff – Stew Supper Club at Sauce and Bread Kitchen 7-10pm $50 6338 N. Clark Just to name a few these are delicious things stuffed with delicious things Bao, Paczki, Pierogi, Soup Dumplings, Mini Brie en Croute, the Chimmichonga, Oh my.  Eat the things Stuffed with Stuff with the Stew Supper Club because you can and should.

December 21

Registration opens for the January 18, 2015 Chicago Food Swap, this fills up fast!

ChicagoAll Chili Considered - 12-4pm The Empty Bottle 1035 N Western Need a way to warm up on a chili day in December? The people from Graze Magazine has just the thing! Sixteen home and professional chefs will compete for the Most Outstanding Chili award, as judged by their panel of esteemed culinary experts, and YOU, the people.  Get your tickets ahead of time to ensure that you have a place among all the chili and bread, music, and coziness we can offer. PLUS it’s a dollar off the ticket price at the door! ($9 advance tickets/$10 day-of)

January 11

FM – SkokieFaith In Place Winter Market 10am – 2pm Temple Judea Mizpah 8610 Niles Center Road

January 18

Chicago (Edgewater) – Chicago Food SwapFearless Food Kitchen Peterson Garden Project Broadway Armory 5917 N. Broadway

February 7

Chicago – The 3rd Annual Cider Summit - Artisanal ciders from around the world. Navy Pier This event sells out!!

March 19-21

Chicago - The Good Food Festival and Conference sponsored by Family Farmed