The Local Calendar 3/18/15 Good Food Festival, Spring Thaw, Local Food Lobby Day
They have finally arrived, Spring and the behemoth of good food, the 11th Annual Good Food Festival at the UIC forum!! At Localicious on Friday night you have an opportunity to sample local food prepared by award winning chefs and drink local beverages.
Now that Spring is in the air, are you getting an itch to get your hands dirty and work with the soil? There are many alternatives in Chicagoland to volunteer on an urban farm, a few of the options: Altgeld Sawyer Corner Farm (Logan Square), Chicago Lights Urban Farm, City Farm , Growing Home, Growing Power Chicago, Peterson Garden Project and the Talking Farm in Skokie. If you have a favorite one, let me know in the comments below.
It is ,also, that time of year where the farmers start finalizing their farm dinner schedule, a few stalwarts to check out, Heritage Prairie in Brundige, Mint Creek Farm in Stelle, Outstanding In The Field (nationwide farm tour that has stops in the Chicagoland area), Prairie Fruit Farm in Champaign and Slagel Family Farms in Fairbury.
The calendar is full of fun and interesting sustainable food and beverage events and markets. Tonight Soup and Bread at the Hideout, Thursday Gout De France at Cafe Des Architectes, the Green City Market is back Saturday, you can mull over your favorite pinot at Pinot Days or stop by the Chicago Flower and Garden Show, both at Navy Pier, support the Talking Farm and celebrate Spring at Farmhouse on Sunday (you can read more about them here) and the list goes on. The last Soup and Bread of the year is Wed 3/25 and the farmers take over, this is going to be a big one! Local Food Lobby Day organized by the Illinois Stewardship Alliance is Wed, 3/25.
Through March 22
Chicago - Celebrate Gout de France at Cafe Des Architectes - 1000 chefs around the world are celebrating the tastes of France tonight which includes Chef Greg Biggers at Cafe Des Architectes Be part of the celebration!! The heart of French cuisine is using local ingredients!
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
Saturday 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)
Chicago - 8th Annual Pinot Days 2-5pm Navy Pier
Sunday March 22
Chicago (Lincoln Park) - Floriole Monthly Supper Series - 6-8pm Racine and Webster Sunday Supper with Jonathan Zaragoza First Course: Masa dumpling caldo Second Course: Prawns a la diabla with citrus cilantro salad Third Course: Pork belly mole manchamanteles, tortillas a mano Dessert: Tres leches ice cream cake, tepache sherbet, dry lime meringue
Chicago (Lincoln Park) – Carnivores Dinner with Slagel Farms at White Oak Tavern 6pm White Oak Tavern executive chef John Asbaty is again partnering with LouisJohn Slagel of Slagel Family Farm for a special Carnivores Dinner. Although vegetables are the cornerstone in many of Asbaty’s nightly presentations, on March 22nd, meat takes center stage. All four courses will incorporate Slagel’s fresh farm raised, hormone free cuts.
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.
Chicago (Logan Square)- Stein and Schwein Dinner – Das Radler – All proceeds to benefit Growing Home 6:30pm
Chicago (West Town) - Tiki Cocktail Class – LUSH Wine and Spirits 1412 W. Chicago 6-7:30pm
Chicago (Logan Square) - Katherine Anne Confections Spring Preview Party - 5:30pm 2745 W. Armitage
Chicago – Band 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.
FM – Oak Park – Faith In Place Winter Farmers Market Euclid Avenue United Methodist Church 9-1pm
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!!
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 – Woodstock - Woodstock Farmers Market
FD – Stelle - Mint Creek Farm Easter Brunch
Checkout all the events going on for WhiskyWeek!
Chicago(Wicker Park) - Happy Hour at Piece Pizza with Green Chicago Restaurant Coalition (GCRC) -5:30pm Join GCRC at their first every monthly happy hour gathering at Piece Pizzeria and Brewery! Stop by between 5:30-7:30pm for drinks and networking, to catch up with old GCRC contacts, and make new ones! Piece is generously offering a 10% discount on drinks for the group.
Chicago – 16th 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.
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 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.
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.
Chicago – BACONFEST UIC forum Extra crispy, in a beignet, bacon in bloodies and more! Friday dinner 7-10pm, Saturday midday 12-3pm and evening 7-10pm.
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.
Chicago(Bridgeport) – The Lager Beer Riot sponsored by Marz Brewing to benefit Benton House – 7-8pm To mark the 160th anniversary of the Lager Beer Riot, Chicago’s first act of civil disturbance, and to celebrate the city’s growing beer culture, Pocket Guide to Hell and Marz Community Brewing Company are hosting an audience interactive dodgeball reenactment and beer tasting on Saturday,April 25, 2015 starting at 6 pm. The event is part of Version Festival 15 and is a fundraiser for Benton House, the historic nonprofit charitable center in Bridgeport. This event sounds like all that an event should be, creative, educational and it involves alcohol, local beer as a matter of fact. Tom Keith hopefully you are all over this one!!
FM - Chicago (Lincoln Park ) - OPENING DAY Green City Market
FM – Evanston - OPENING DAY Downtown Evanston’s Farmers Market
FM - Chicago (Loop) – Opening Day Daley Plaza Farmers Market