The Local Calendar 1/30/15 Food Policy Summit, PGP Benefit, Cider Summit Returns Feb. 7th, Winter Markets

January 30, 2015 at 3:15 pm

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It was a happy sight to see a table of greens when I walked through the doors of the Nature Museum at the Green City Market last Saturday. They were grown by Genesis Growers in their 7 hoop houses. It is that time of year when the tables are full of condiments from last seasons harvest or root cellar vegetables. But as I told the guys at Nichols, I still think their potatoes taste better than those of large grocery stores. The potatoes don’t have that refrigerator taste, have more water in them and the fingerling potatoes just really have more flavor. Bushel and Peck had plenty of pickled and fermented things, they even had beet ketchup!

The 3rd Annual Cider Summit looms on the horizon, where you will have a choice of 150 different ciders including  Vandermill out of Grand Rapids. Aeppeltreow, cider and perry, among other beverages they have concocted at their site in Wisconsin, is situated within Brightonwoods Orchard, that has over 200 varieties of apples. You don’t get much more tree to cup than cider. There are so many different types of cider, just  like beer and wine, that are determined by the apples, and by the fermenting style. So this is a really fantastic opportunity to taste a breadth of high quality offerings.

Soup and Bread is on again this winter season raising money for local food pantries. Check it out, it is every Wednesday from 5:30pm to 7:30pm at the Hideout. The National Maple Syrup Festival is in March.The gigantic Good Food Festival is gearing up for another inspirational 3 days of all things local and sustainable in the food world. If you have time today, you can join up with the Chicago Food Policy Summit at the Chicago Temple, tomorrow support Peterson Garden Project at their Dig In benefit for their cooking school at the Fearless Food Kitchen.

Trying to serve something relatively local, tasty and nutritious for the Superbowl? Floriole Cafe and Bakery can help you. The Local Calendar never ends, it will be updated dynamically as events pop-up, we keep you on your toes at the Local Beet!!

The Local Calendar for This Week and Beyond

Friday, January 30

Chicago - Chicago Food Policy Action Council 2015 Summit – 9am First United Methodist Church at the Chicago Temple - The Chicago Food Policy Action Council (CFPAC) is a 501c3 non-profit that advocates for responsible food and agriculture policy recommendations and promotes systemic changes creating self-reliance for all communities in obtaining their food. They are comprised of a Board of Directors, Steering Committee of both civic and city representatives, Neighborhood Food Policy Councils and a membership body of over 550 people. You are invited to participate in the Chicago Food Policy Action Council’s Annual SUMMIT 2015 happening today. They have not held a working summit in four years and look forward to sharing their achievements and strategic directions for the coming year.  This will be a working meeting. They will share the results and continue engaging community during the Good Food Festival’s policy sessions, taking place Friday, March 20th, 2015.

Saturday January 31

Chicago (Edgewater) – Dig In Neighbors! Kitchen Warming and Benefit - Fearless Food Kitchen at the Broadway Armory 5917 N. Broadway 6pm Although the ground might be too frozen right now for digging, they are thrilled to invite you to join them as they commemorate the grand opening of PGP’s new 3,000 sq. ft community cooking school- Fearless Food Kitchen- inside the historical Broadway Armory Park building. All proceeds benefit their mission to teach everyone in Chicago how to grow and cook their own food. Enjoy a bright night with your neighbors today as you plant the seeds for a bountiful 2015 PGP cooking and growing season!

FM – Evanston - Evanston Indoor Market at the Ecology Center 2024 McCormick Blvd. 9am – 1pm (Every Saturday through April)

FM- GlenviewFaith In Place Winter Market 9am – 1pm Glenview New Church 74 Park Drive

Sunday February 1

Superbowl XLIX

FMChicago (Lakeview) - Faith In Place Winter Markets 9:30am – 2pm Temple Sholom 3480 N. Lakeshore Drive

FM – Chicago (Logan Square) - Logan Square Indoor Market – 10am – 3pm 2755 N. Milwaukee Ave. (Every Sunday through March) and they partner with The Nosh. The Logan Square Chamber of Commerce will issue Coupons to SNAP/LINK participants to use like cash when buying food items. This is thanks to Link Up Illinois.  At the Logan Square Farmers Market SNAP/LINK customers will be able to receive up to $30 in Coupons each market.

Wednesday February 4

ChicagoSoup an Bread at The HideoutWhat is Soup and Bread? 5:30pm – 7:30pm The Hideout 1354 W. Wabansia Calling All Cooks Soup and Bread FAQs

Thursday February 5

Chicago (North Center/Ravenswood) - The Power of the Press: Ciders of the UK, France, Spain and the US - The Fountainhead Chicago 7pm Fountainhead and The Northman Present: The Power of the Press…The Apple Press that is! Join them as they explore and celebrate Ciders from throughout the United States, UK, Spain and France. As a matter of fact, they’ll be offering beverages made with all sorts of pressed apples from Ciders to their Spirited relatives. Chef Cleetus and Crew will be offering some outstanding Cider inspired dishes.

February 7

FM – Arlington Heights - Faith In Place Winter Market Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, 1234 N. Arlington Hts Rd.

Chicago - Third Annual Cider Summit at Navy Pier Grand Ballroom – 2 Sessions 11am – 3pm and 4pm – 8pm The owners and cidermakers will be on hand to inform and guide guests through the samplings which will be available in 4-ounce portions. Cider Summit will feature over 150 ciders including regional favorites and international classics from countries such as England, Scotland, France, and Spain. The event will also feature specially selected food pairings, regional and national cider association display booths, and an event store featuring Cider Summit t-shirts and other merchandise. This has sold out every year. You don’t get anymore farm to bottle than cider!!!

FM – Chicago(Lincoln Park) - Green City Market at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum 2430 N. Cannon Drivc 8am – 1pm (Indoor market dates: 2/21, 3/7, 3/21, 4/4, 4/18)

Chicago(West Loop)Whole Hog Break Down Class at City Winery – Sponsored and organized by The Red Meat Market 10am – 1pm

FM - Evanston - Evanston Indoor Market at the Ecology Center 2024 McCormick Blvd. 9am – 1pm (Every Saturday through April)

FMMorton GroveMorton Grove Winter Market –  9am – 2pm Morton Grove Civic Center 6140 S.  Dempster St.

February 8

FM - Chicago (Hyde Park) - Hyde Park Handmade Artisan Bazaar and Farmers Market - 11am – 4pm Hydepark Handmad 5311 S. Lake Park Av. West 2nd floor

FM - Chicago (Logan Square) - Logan Square Indoor Market - 10am – 3pm 2755 N. Milwaukee Ave. (Every Sunday through March)

FMChicago (Roger’s Park) - Glenwood Sunday Market (3/8, 4/12, 5/3) at The Glenwood Bar 6962 N. Glenwood Ave. 9am – 2pm

February 11

Chicago - Soup an Bread at The Hideout - What is Soup and Bread? 5:30pm – 7:30pm The Hideout 1354 W. Wabansia Calling All Cooks Soup and Bread FAQs

February 14

Happy Valentine’s Day

Chicago - Third Annual Chicago Urban Livestock Expo - 10am – 1pm Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences, 3857 W. 111th Street In search of a fun (and informative) Valentine’s Day excursion? What says “I love ewe” better than a date at the 3rd annual Urban Livestock Expo! Presented by: Angelic Organics Learning Center, the Chicagoland Chicken Enthusiasts and  Advocates for Urban Agriculture.

Chicago - The Wicker Park Dog Fundraiser at The Twisted Spoke – 7-10:30pm

FM - Chicago (Hyde Park/Woodlawn) - 61st Farmers Market at Experimental Station – 9am – 2pm 6100 S. Blackstone (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 Ellis Family Farms, Organic Bread of Heaven, Mint Creek Farm, A10 Homemade Pastas, Sauce & Bread Kitchen, Growing Power, The Urban Canopy, The Eating Well and many more.

FMChicago (Hyde Park) - Faith In Place Winter Markets  9am – 1pm Augustana Lutheran Church of Hyde Park
5500 S. Woodlawn Ave

FM - Evanston - Evanston Indoor Market at the Ecology Center 2024 McCormick Blvd. 9am – 1pm (Every Saturday through April)

February 15

ChicagoChicago Food Swap

FM - Chicago (Logan Square) - Logan Square Indoor Market - 10am – 3pm 2755 N. Milwaukee Ave. (Every Sunday through March)

FM – Chicago (Pilsen) Pilsen Community Indoor Market at the Honky Tonk BBQ 11am -3:30pm 18th St and Racine Indoor season: every third Sunday 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.

Chicago (Ravenswood) - Cupid, Dinner and Trivia River Valley Farmers Table with Chicago Market  - 6-9pm 1820 W Wilson

February 17

Mardi Gras aka Fat Tuesday

Chicago (Logan Square)Sauced Night Market – 6pm – 11pm Emporium Logan Square 2363 North Milwaukee Ave

February 18

Chicago - Soup an Bread at The Hideout - What is Soup and Bread? 5:30pm – 7:30pm The Hideout 1354 W. Wabansia Calling All Cooks Soup and Bread FAQs

February 21

FM - Chicago(Lincoln Park) - Green City Market at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum 8am – 1pm (Indoor market dates: 3/7, 3/21, 4/4, 4/18)

FMChicago (Ukranian Village) - The Empty Bottle Farmers Market - 12pm – 5pm 1035 N. Western

FM - Evanston - Evanston Indoor Market at the Ecology Center 2024 McCormick Blvd. 9am – 1pm (Every Saturday through April)

February 22

FM - Chicago (Logan Square) - Logan Square Indoor Market - 10am – 3pm 2755 N. Milwaukee Ave. (Every Sunday through March)

FM – Deerfield - Faith In Place Winter Markets – 10am – 2pm North Shore Unitarian Church 2100 Half Day Road

February 23 – 27

Charc Week - From February 23-28, The Butcher & Larder, The Dawson, La Sardine, Perennial Virant, The Radler, Table, Donkey, & Stick, Tete, West Loop Salumi, and Chop Shop will be featuring special Charcuterie offerings on their menus. Stop in any or all of them to see what they have come up with!

February 25

Chicago (Logan Square)Our Kitchen, OurselvesA Panel Discussion About Food and Feminism 7-10pm Revolution Brewing 2323 N. Milwaukee Sponsored by Graze Magazine What does it mean to be a woman and a chef? Or is the conversation over — is there equality in the kitchen?  In conjunction with Render: Feminist Food & Culture Quarterly‘s #foodfemfeb events, Graze, Render, and Women and Children First are hosting a panel discussion about food and feminism, from the perspective of four well-known Chicago chefs, moderated by WCF’s own Lynn Mooney and Eden Sherman. Featured speakers include: Gale Gand, Beverly Kim, Iliana Regan, and Mindy Segal  Come for the conversation and stay for the beer and snacks! Ticket price includes appetizers and free pours of Revolution Brewing‘s five signature beers.

Chicago - Soup an Bread at The Hideout - What is Soup and Bread? 5:30pm – 7:30pm The Hideout 1354 W. Wabansia Calling All Cooks Soup and Bread FAQs

February 26

ChicagoCharc Bites – The Official Charc Week Party – Join all of the Charc Week chefs  at The Dawson (730 West Grand Ave) for bites of their signature Charcuterie creations.  7p – 10pm Moody Tongue, CH Distillery beverage sponsors tickets

February 28

FMChicago (Beverly) - Faith In Place Winter Markets - Beverly Unitarian Church, 10244 S. Longwood Dr

FM - Evanston - Evanston Indoor Market at the Ecology Center 2024 McCormick Blvd. 9am – 1pm (Every Saturday through April)

March 1

Champaign - Heirloominous 2015 Seed Swap at Prairie Fruit Farm 1-4pm

Chicago (Lincoln Square) – Peterson Garden Project 6th Annual Seed Swap - 2-4pm Swedish Covenant Hospital 5145 N. California

Chicago (Rogers Park)Heat It Up Pro-Am Chili Cook Off & Fundraiser – 12pm – 3pm 1328 W. Morse Ave. Join the fun as a competitive chili-master OR a delighted chili eater at the Sixth Annual Heat It Up! This way-too-delicious event is a great way to celebrate the many ways of chili as well as supporting Glenwood Sunday Market, Rogers Park’s favorite Farmers Market and its ground-breaking Food Access Programs. Chili, Live Auction, Cash Bar, 50-50 Raffle, Popular vote chili winners, Judged chili winners…great prizes for the chefs and a fantastic time for all!

March 3

Chicago (Andersonville) - Chef Edna Lewis Benefit Dinner - BIG JONES RESTAURANT | Chef Paul Fehribach, Owner 5347 North Clark Street Cocktail Hors d’oeuvres Reception ~ 6:00 pm 6-Course Dinner ~ 7:00 pm $125.00 per person

March 5-8

Brown County, IndianaNational Maple Syrup Festival - The National Maple Syrup Festival moves to Brown County, and March 5 – 8 will feature tree tapping, sap boiling, incredible foods and unique drinks using maple syrup as an ingredient. The Dutch Oven Diva will cook, bake and have samples of her sweet and savory foods around a huge stone fireplace in Brown County State Park.  The rangers there will lead interpretive hikes, teaching how to indentify maple trees in winter and spring.  Descendents of the Delaware and Shawnee will reenact how their ancestors made maple syrup on this land centuries ago, and nearby French Colonial reenactors will demonstrate how early white settlers made it differently.

March 6-7

PeoriaSeeds2Success II Greater Peoria Food Summit – 9am start Peoria Riverfront Museum  222 Southwest Washington Street

March 7

FM – WoodstockWoodstock Farmers Market – 9am – Noon Farm Bureau

March 19-21


Chicago (Pilsen) - THE GOOD FOOD FESTIVAL - Thursday 3/19 Good Food Financing Fair, Friday 3/20 Trade Show, School Food and Policy Conference, Friday 3/20 Localicious Party, Saturday 3/21 Good Food Festival, Urban Farm Bus Tour


March 21

Chicago – 8th Annual Pinot Days 2-5pm Navy Pier

March 25

Springfield - LOCAL FOOD LOBBY DAY! Sponsored by the Illinois Stewardship Alliance

March 28

ChicagoBand of Farmers CSA Coalition at The Hideout 5-10pm  Join Band of Farmers at the 3rd Annual Talent Show–the event that started it all! We define “talent” broadly, from performance art to poetry to music, and of course the farmers’ fashion show! This year the Talent Show will be coupled with a silent auction featuring everything from farm-made foodstuffs to wearables to faerie homes. Proceeds will be used to start the Band of Farmers’ fund for CSA scholarships.

April 10

Chicago16th Annual Whisky Fest Chicago – 6:30pm Hyatt Regency Before there was Baconfest, Poutinefest, Donutfest and Ramenfest there was Whisky. Get ready for whisky week and all that it entails.

April 12

Milwaukee - CheeseTopia Noon -4pm The First Annual CheeseTopia, a new one-day cheese festival debuts at the Pritzlaff Building, a renovated warehouse in the Historic Third Ward of downtown Milwaukee, while Year two will be in Chicago, and Year 3 in Minneapolis.

April 17-18

ChicagoBACONFEST UIC forum Extra crispy, in a beignet, bacon in bloodies and more! Friday dinner 7-10pm, Saturday midday 12-3pm and evening 7-10pm.

April 25

ChicagoPastoral Artisan Producer Festival at the French Market – Meet regional cheese makers, charcuterie, beer and wine producers. A day to taste and sip just about everything you can buy at Pastoral and it is free.