The Local Calendar 3/18/15 Good Food Festival, Spring Thaw, Local Food Lobby Day

March 18, 2015 at 9:46 am


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


March 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

March 19

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!

March 19-21


Chicago (Pilsen) - THE GOOD FOOD FESTIVAL - Thursday 3/19 Good Food Financing FairFriday 3/20 Trade Show, School Food and Policy ConferenceFriday 3/20 Localicious PartySaturday 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

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

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 CoursePrawns a la diabla with citrus cilantro salad Third CoursePork 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.

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

March 24

Chicago (Logan Square)- Stein and Schwein Dinner – Das Radler – All proceeds to benefit Growing Home 6:30pm

March 25

Chicago - Farmers Soup and Bread at The Hideout -  5:30pm – 7:30pm The Hideout 1354 W. Wabansia

Chicago (West Town) -  Tiki Cocktail Class – LUSH Wine and Spirits 1412 W. Chicago 6-7:30pm

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

March 26

Chicago (Logan Square) - Katherine Anne Confections Spring Preview Party - 5:30pm 2745 W. Armitage

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.

FM – Oak Park – Faith In Place Winter Farmers Market Euclid Avenue United Methodist Church  9-1pm

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)

FMWoodstock - Woodstock Farmers Market

April 5

FD – Stelle - Mint Creek Farm Easter Brunch

April 6-10

Checkout all the events going on for WhiskyWeek!

April 7

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.

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 11

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.

April 12

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

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 22


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.

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!!

May 2

FM - Chicago (Lincoln Park ) - OPENING DAY Green City Market

FM – Evanston - OPENING DAY Downtown Evanston’s Farmers Market 

May 14

FM - Chicago (Loop) – Opening Day Daley Plaza Farmers Market