The Local Beet: Contributors

Jeannie Boutelle

Events Editor Jeannie Boutelle learned about good food and wine during her college studies in the Loire Valley. As an MBA at NYU, she took French cooking classes at the Peter Kump School of Cooking (now the Institute of Culinary Education). From Peter, she learned first hand about the nature of ingredients. As a high yield bond salesman in NYC, she always managed to have clients who were "foodies". Her travels across the globe involved mountains, high pastures, and learning what "local" food means in desolate places like the middle of the Taklamakan desert. She left the finance business to follow her passions sustainable/artisanal food and beverages and farmers markets which lead to her contribution, since inception, of ad sales for Edible Chicago magazine. Her travel essays can be found at In The Know Traveler. She has produced the Local Calendar on the Local Beet as well as other topic specific pieces. She has been on the Board of Slow Food Chicago, Social Media Chairman for Chicago Food Day 2012 and 2013, Hunger Messaging Co-Chair for the 2014 Taste of the Nation event and Engagement Chair for the 2015 TOTN. She is currently a board member of the Talking Farm in Skokie. Having worked at the markets for some of the top sustainable farmers, she knows first hand about the time and effort that it takes to bring "good food" to the table. Her current topics include wine, cider, spirits and her love of vegetables. Her essay, "My Mutton Given For You: Thoughts on Merciful Meat Consumption" was published in the first issue of Graze magazine. She has contributed food opinion pieces, particularly on GMO labeling to the Chicago Huffington Post blog. Lately, she has been studying her way through the wine world, to date, she has passed the CSW and WSET Level 3 with Honors and is potentially pursuing the WSET Diploma.

Posts by Jeannie Boutelle:

Do You Live in Skokie or Evanston? Vegetable Box from the Talking Farm Howard Street Now Available

Celebrate Hyper-Local Food and Earth Day at the Peckish Pig 4/23

The Local Calendar 10/7/16 Pilot Light Feed Your Mind Tonight, Talking Farm Hullabaloo 10/22, Say Good-by To The Outdoor Markets

Attention All Local Beets! Beet discount to the Future of Food Saturday 10/1

The Local Calendar 9/9/16 Green Grocer 9th Annual BBQ Sat., Cochon Heritage BBQ Sun., TTF Know Your Soil Class 9/17 , Chicago Gourmet Fest 9/23-25

The Local Calendar 8/5/16 Closed Loop Food Fest Sat, AUA Summer Soiree 8/11, Heritage BBQ 9/11 Peaches, Watermelon

The Local Calendar 7/1/16 Happy Fourth!! Berries Galore! Blueberries, Raspberries, Screening At The Fork, GCM BBQ, Nomad Pizza Pop-Up

The Local Calendar 6/3/16 Strawberries are here!! Heal The Planet Farm Festival, Opening The Plant Outdoor Market and GCM West Loop Peoria St. tomorrow, Checkout Metropolitan Farm’s BBQ 6/12

The Local Calendar 5/6/16 Ta Da!! – Opening of the Outdoor Markets, Green City and Evanston 5/7! Country Financial Market Bag Contest at Daley Plaza Market 5/12

The Local Calendar 4/8/16 Ramps, Morels, Spring Onions, Outdoor Markets on the Horizon, Cochon 555 weekend, Cheesetopia, TTF Spring Thaw

The Local Calendar 3/11/16 Baby Goat Time of Year at Prairie Fruit, Good Food Festival, 7th Annual Bee Forum, 17th Annual WhiskyFest, Local Food Lobby Day 4/7

The Local Calendar 2/12/16 Urban Livestock Expo, Cider Summit 2/27, 61st Market and Logan Square

The Local Calendar 1/11/16 7th Annual MLK Food Justice and Sustainability Weekend, Wisconsin Supper Club Debut Siskel 1/23, Cider Summit 2/27, Maple Syrup Fest 3/5

The Local Calendar 12/4/15 Piggy Bank, Holiday Gift Ideas, Indoor Markets, One of a Kind Show, Green Grocer, Local Foods, SBK Kitchen

The Local Calendar 11/6/15 Meat Matters, Ramenfest, Green Grocer and Local Foods Turkey Tastings, Chicago Market Co-op Pop-Up

The Local Calendar 10/9/15 Time to Think Turkey, Feed Your Mind, TOTN, Pumpkin Season

The Local Calendar 9/10/15 Know Your Funding, Farm Aid 30, Spence Harvest Feast, Chicago Gourmet, Heritage BBQ, TOTN

Let’s Give Every Child Healthy Food Every Day! Get to the Taste of the Nation 10/11

Cochon 555 Heritage Breed BBQ is Back! Sunday 9/27 Morgan Manufacturing

The Local Calendar 8/7/15 Runoff The Movie, Veggie Fest 8/15-16, Purple Asparagus 8/23, Food & Wine Festival 8/28-29

The Local Calendar 7/9/15 LOCAL FOODS Open For Business, GCM BBQ 7/16, AUA Summer Soiree 7/23, Sugar Beet Opens 7/31

This Book Cooks by Kerry Dunnington Nostalgic, Farm Sourced, Practical Recipes Keeping the Earth In Mind

The Local Calendar 6/11/15 Its Berry Season, GCM Soho House, Pizza at SBK 6/14, Spence Farm 6/19, West Loop Craft Beer Fest

Curious About Veganism? The Good Karma Diet by Victoria Moran is for You!

The Local Calendar 5/14/15 Daley Plaza Market Opens Today, 61st Street Saturday, Craft Beer Week, Seedling Sales at Kilbourn Park Greenhouse, PGP Learning Center Edgewater and at the Howard Street Farm in Skokie

Chicago Chicken Enthusiasts These Books Are For You

Heritage Breed Pigs and Farmers Ruled at Cochon 555 Sunday

The Local Calendar 4/10/15 AUA Spring Gathering, 100Watts!, Pastoral Producer Festival, Cochon 555, GCM Outdoor 5/2, Morel Mania

Mind Your Own Beeswax Or Maybe Not, Beeswax Alchemy by Petra Ahnert

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

Hear Local Music at City Winery Sunday, March 8 Carrie Newcomer: Forager, Farmer, Hunger Activist, Musician

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

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

The Local Calendar 12/19/14 Last Green City Market of the Year, Pilsen Community Market, All Chili Considered, KAM Isaah Food Justice in January

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

The Local Calendar 10/15/14 Huckleberry, Graze Golden Delicious, Food Swap, The Northman Pop-Up, Fund A Farmer, Green Pumpkins, A Mostly Veggie Affair

The Local Calendar 9/17/14 Chicken Coop Tours, Talking Farm Hullabaloo,The Beaver Dam Pepper Celebration and Lots More!

The Local Calendar 8/27/14 Cochon Heritage BBQ Goose Island Brewery Sat., Put Spence Farm Foundation Harvest Feast On Your Calendar

Epic Labor Day Feast Heritage BBQ Presented By Goose Island Cochon 555

The Local Calendar 7/23/14 Angelic Organics Harvest Dinner, TOTN Chicago 8/13, Spence Farm

The Local Calendar 7/2/14 Merry Berry Happy Fourth!! Fermented Foods at Sugar Beet Co-op

Tails From The Prairie

Good Greens Meeting Agenda 6/26, Grants, Jobs, Resources

Forward Local Calendar: Green City Market BBQ, Taste of the Nation, Farm Dinners, Fermented Foods, Permaculture Workshops and More

The Local Calendar 6/18/14 Meet The Market Kinmont, Support Spence Farm at BrownTrout, Moody Tongue debut

Green City Market Announces Chef Lineup for Their Annual BBQ July 17

Wine To Waterâ„¢, Support the Right to Clean Water and Taste Top Wine Picks At The Same Time

We Need You To Sign This Petition Today!!! Armchair Advocacy for Good Cheese!

Be a Local Food Star Today!

The Local Calendar 6/4/14 What Is Your Favorite Market? Piggy Benefit at Big Jones

The NRA Show 2014 Some Local, Sustainable Light Amid All The Main Stream Food

The Local Calendar 5/21/14, Memorial Day, The Start of the “Summer” Market Season

Deadline for Applications Alma MBA Food and Wine June 30th

The Local Calendar 5/7/14 Wednesdays at Green City, Beats at Iron Street, Mother’s Day at Mint Creek

Local Calendar 4/30/14 Green City Market Outdoor Opens, Morel Fest, New Wave Brewer’s Bash, Slagel Farm Dinner With Chef Paul Virant

The Local Calendar 4/16/14 One Last Soup and Bread, Mint Creek Brunch, Green City Market

Fruit Vendor Wanted for PCC Austin Produce Market

The Local Calendar 4/9/14 CoffeeCon, Cochon 555, Pastoral Artisan Producer Festival

Know Your Farmer, Know Your Cheesemonger, Know Your Cheese! 4th Annual Pastoral Artisan Producer Festival

The Local Calendar 3/26/14 Farm Dinner Season, Local Foods Awareness Day, Come See Us At Soup And Bread Tonight!

Chef Dean Zanella Has Supported Local For A Very Long Time, Now Let’s Support Him!

The Local Calendar 3/12/14 The Good Food Fest Is Here, Soup And Bread Tonight, Green City Market And More!

Ed Needs A Van: Here’s Why

GE Foods Its Complicated!

Coffee: The Need For Caffeine Where Does Local Fit In? The Coffee Project Part 1

The Local Calendar 2/27/14 Support The Plant at Revolution Brewing Tap Room, Urban Roots, Sugar Beet Market

The Local Calendar 2/12/14 Fermentation, Cider, Coffee, 5th PGP Seed Swap, Urban Livestock

From The Crowds At The Cider Summit The Cider Revolution in Chicago Has Begun

The Local Calendar 1/30/14 Green Grocer 6th Anniversary, Cider Summit, Green City Market

The Local Calendar 1/16/14 Food Justice Vortex in Hyde Park, More Winter Markets

The Local Calendar 1/3/14 Happy New Year! Soup and Bread Starts Up Wednesday

The Local Calendar 12/18/13 Last Green City Market Of The Year, Art And Appetite Show And More

Where To Source Local Foods

The Local Calendar 12/4/13 AUA Movie Night, Co-op Image Holiday Bazaar, MK At Inspiration Kitchen

The Local Calendar 11/27/13 Happy Thanksgiving Most Markets Closed Shop Local This Weekend

The Local Calendar 11/20/13 Glenwood Market, The Food Film Festival, Hazzard Free Farm

Give Local: Support Artizone, SandwichMeIn and Lula Cafe As They Give Back To The Community Over The Holidays

The Local Calendar 11/13/13 Two Weeks Until Thanksgiving, Order Your Turkey Now

The Local Calendar 11/7/13 Artisan Market Streeterville, Glenwood Sunday Market, Shop Local For the Holidays

The Local Calendar 10/30/13 A Bioneer Weekend and the Indoor Markets Are Opening!!

The Local Calendar 10/23/13 Fund A Farmer At Uncommon Ground, Food Day 2013, Green Saturday

The Local Calendar 10/16/13 Savor the Days, Outdoor Markets Closing Soon, Food Day Chicago 10/24/13

The Local Calendar 10/11/13 Food Truck Rally at Daley Plaza, Wild Plants Gathering, Only a Few Weeks Left for Outdoor Markets

The Local Calendar 10/2/13 A (Mostly) Veggie Affair, Pilot Light, Edna Lewis

The Local Calendar 9/25/13 Indy Spirits Expo, Chicago Gourmet Fest, Edible Chicago Fall

The Local Calendar 9/18/13 The Wurst Festival Starts Today, Chicken Coops, VeganMania, Hullabaloo in Skokie

The Local Calendar 9/11/13 Final Public Hearings To Label GE Food Tues., Rhone Rangers, and More

The Local Calendar 9/4/13 Chipotle Cultivate, ReVIVE, Raise The Roof and Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food

The Local Calendar 8/28/13 Check Please! Farm to Table, Int’l Net For UrbanAg Launches Tues., Chipotle Cultivate 9/7

The Local Calendar 8/21/13 Corks and Crayons, Meet The Market, Fermentation at Green City

Sustainable Food Adventures To Do Before The Summer Ends

The Local Calendar 8/14/13 No KID Hungry TOTN, Sound Opinions, Movie and Mingle at Weiss, Kilbourn Park Organic

The Local Calendar 8/7/13, GE Labeling Hearings Carbondale, Farm Dinners, Tomato Season

The Local Calendar 7/31/13 Public Hearings to Label GE Foods Carbondale 8/7, Country Chef Challenge at Daley Plaza Thurs., Food Swap Sunday

Unacceptable Levels Premiers in Chicago – Supporting Local Food Is One Of The Answers

You Can Participate In The Food Day 10/24/13 Collective Event at Daley Plaza: Deadline To Apply Is August 15th

The Local Calendar 7/24/13: SaveAntibiotics, RESET with WeFarmAmerica, Edible Alchemy Fundraiser, Canning at the Green City Market

Local Calendar 7/17/13 Tonight Food Patriots at Uncommon Ground, The Locavore’s Taste of Chicago The GCM BBQ!

The Local Calendar 7/10/13 Windy City Smokeout, Glenview Market, Local Beets

The Local Calendar 7/3/13 The Reds, Whites and Blues Of The Markets