The Local Calendar 2/20/15 Charc Week, 6th Annual PGP Seed Swap 3/1, 28 Days to GFF, Green City Market This Weekend

February 20, 2015 at 9:00 am


Spring is surely around the corner because the local calendar is abundant with events, farmers markets and happenings. If you are contemplating an urban garden or have that planting idea in your head that you didn’t follow through with last year, the Peterson Garden Project has a class, workshop, and information to enable you to execute that plan. The PGP website is a “go to” for any urban gardener and now cook, since they have opened the Fearless Food Kitchen. To think only 6 years ago, they had their first seed swap. The PGP 6th Annual Seed Swap is on March 1st.

It is only 28 days until another event that has grown and evolved over the years, the 3 days (3/19-21) of the Good Food Festival. Rob Gardner continues to report on new developments and the GFF website is another “go to” resource for information on people, issues, chefs, farmers who are all a part of the good food movement.

Do you live on the north shore and are interested in sustainable farming, gardening, or food?  The Talking Farm is your  ”go to” resource for all things farming and good food. Their “Spring Thaw” Celebration is 3/22 5-8pm.

Finally, it is not Shark Week but Charc WeekThe fine art of encased and prepared meats made locally is celebrated next week at many restaurants in Chicago, check out the schedule and the week is capped off with the Charc Bites party on Thursday, February 26 at The Dawson. Green City Market is back this weekend, with a new executive director in place Melissa Flynn, Empty Bottle market, Evanston, lots more on the calendar, check it all out! One last thought, if you can’t make it to a market, instead of going to Mariano’s, Whole Foods or Plum Market, if you are nearby stop by our friends The Green Grocer at Grand and Noble!! They source from a lot of the same farmers that go to the markets, Cassie has been a strong advocate for GMO free food and they are just great people!!

Saturday February 21

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

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

Chicago - Delilah’s Vintage Beer Fest - Noon – 5pm  2771 N. Lincoln Ave. Delilah’s hosts its Eighteenth annual vintage beer festival. More than one hundred beers, primarily strong ales, barrel-aged beers and live beers, from over 50 breweries will be tasted – side by side – many in multiple vintages.

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

Sunday February 22

Chicago (Lincoln Park) - Floriole Monthly Supper Series - 6-8pm Racine and Webster

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.

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


February 23 – 27

Charc Week - Includes 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 23

Chicago (West Loop) - Choucroute Dinner with Chef Lee Wolen Wines from Michael Malat Austria at Tete Charcuterie

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

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

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

Chicago (Lincoln Park)Slagel Family Farm Dinner at White Oak Tavern & Inn - Farmer LouisJohn will leave the farmstead and deliver to their kitchen his freshest stock of farm-raised, hormone free meats. Chef John will plan on the spot the final, multi-course menu, which will be served family style that same evening. LouisJohn will join the dinner, prepared to discuss his famed family-run operation and what goes into producing quality meats. $90 per person plus $30 for wine/cocktail pairings. For reservations for this very special evening call 773-248-0200

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

ChicagoPerfectly Paired – A Charity Dinner for Cooking Matters Chicago - Vera Chicago 6-9pm $125 Lake and Morgan

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 6-8

Chicago/Oak Park4th Annual One Earth Film Festival -

March 7

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

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

March 8

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

March 14-22


March 14

FM - Chicago (Hyde Park/Woodlawn) - 61st Farmers Market at Experimental Station - 9am – 2pm 6100 S. Blackstone (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 FarmsOrganic Bread of HeavenMint Creek FarmA10 Homemade PastasSauce & Bread KitchenGrowing PowerThe Urban CanopyThe Eating Well and many more.

March 15

Chicago –   Chicago Food Swap at The Chopping Block

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

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

Chicago8th Annual Pinot Days 2-5pm Navy Pier

March 22

Evanston - The Talking Farm “Spring Thaw” Celebration at Farmhouse Evanston 5-8pm

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.

March 30

Chicago - CHOWDAH FEST is back! Chowdah Fest is back and takes place at the most scenic venue for an event, The Columbia Yacht Club. Some of our favorite fish people will be there like Dirk’s Fish who seems to be the crowd favorite every year!!

April 4

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

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

Chicago - Pastoral 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.