Past Events – 2010

2010 Annual Meeting

On 01/31/10 at 1:30 PM to 4:00 PM
Located at: Kendall College – 900 N. North Branch St, Chicago, IL 60622

Join us for the 2010 Annual Meeting for Slow Food Chicago!

We’ll recap our exciting 2009 year and highlight our planned 2010 projects and events.
Enjoy:

  • FOOD from Chicago’s local producers, farmers, and chefs.
  • THOUGHTS from nationally-renown activist, educator, and Director of Special Projects for the Chez Pannise Foundation (including the Edible Schoolyard in Berkeley, CA) Marsha Guerrero
  • CONVERSATION with the Chicago chapter members, board, and supporters!

NOTE: Unfortunately, due to much larger than expected demand for the event, we can no longer accept attendees for the Annual Meeting. Our apologies, but we will not be able to accommodate without a confirmed RSVP.

We will hold other public meetings later in the year and sincerely hope that you can attend. Please consider signing up for specific volunteer lists below:

Slow Food Chicago is run entirely by volunteers. We are always interested in meeting those in our community, members and non-members alike, who enjoy committing themselves to our work. Volunteer jobs may run the gamut from simply helping out on a single event to serving on a Board committee more long-term.

2010 opportunities include:
– Work with schools
– Children’s lunch
– Events support
– Food justice initiatives
– Internal functions (website, grants writing, photographer, social media, marketing & design)

Whether you have special skills or not, there’s a place for you to lend a hand. If you’d like to volunteer, in any capacity, or simply want more information on how to contribute to the mission of Slow Food Chicago, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at volunteer@slowfoodchicago.org.

Organic Cultivation of Backyard Apple Trees

On 02/21/10 at 2:00 PM
Located at: The Historic Clow House @ 10S404 Knoch Knolls Road Naperville, Illinois
Join our ‘sister’ chapter, Slow Food City’s Edge, for a discussion with Rick Belding.

Slow Food Cityʼs Edge is pleased to present Rick Belding, pioneering orchardist and head of the fruit and vegetable collection at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Rick will provide specific information on methods and formulations used in the organic care of Chicago Botanic Gardenʼs apple orchards. His insightful presentation will provide homeowners with the requisite information on how to grow Americaʼs favorite fruit in their own backyard. Rick is a leader and a generous educator and with the knowledge gained at his presentation we will be able to continue the work of the Slow Food movement to preserve countless varieties of heirloom apples.

Come prepared to learn and taste an heirloom apple treat. We will also make some varieties of heirloom apple trees available for sale and future pickup

Tickets may be purchased directly from Brown Paper Tickets for $20 – Event ID 96757
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/96757

For additional information, contact: info@slowfoodcitysedge.org

Kids Write to Eat

On 02/27/10 at 8:00 AM
Located at: Green City Market – Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum 2430 North Cannon Drive Chicago (773)755-5100
Children of all ages are encouraged to attend Green City Market and Slow Food Chicago’s “Kids Write to Eat” event on Saturday, February 27. It’s an opportunity for America’s youth to participate in a letter-writing campaign to Congress, speaking out about their wishes for the Child Nutrition Act and its governance of U.S. school lunch programs.

The campaign takes places from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. upstairs in the Nature Museum North Gallery. We’ll provide the paper, pens and crayons! Be sure to stop by and have your voices heard.

Follow this link for specific guidelines from The Slow Food USA Time for Lunch Campaign about how people of all ages and backgrounds can let their voices be heard regarding healthy eating options in schools. Stage your own letter writing campaign and be a champion for change!

Pear-grafting workshop at Wright College

On 04/08/10 from 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Located at: Wright College – Room S101 4300 N. Narragansett Ave. Chicago, IL 60634

In this hands-on workshop, you will graft and take home a low-maintenance fruit tree; Asian Pear, European Pear, or Quince. You will be instructed on how to graft or join two pieces of wood together with “whip and tongue”. And you will have time to practice this technique. We will discuss how to work with rootstock that has a larger diameter than your scion wood.

Cost: $30 / $25 for Slow Food members

Materials: Pear, apple and quince rootstock will be available as well as scion wood at no charge. Grafting knife will be available for $15. A utility knife or a sharp thin knife can be used in place of a grafting knife. Please let us know in advance if you would like to order a grafting knife.

Workshop is not advised for young children. Register online at:
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/103597

Proceeds benefit Slow Food Chicago.

Pear-grafting workshop at Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

On April 10, 2010 at 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum – 2nd Floor Science Lab North at 2430 North Cannon Drive Chicago, IL 60614

In this hands-on workshop, you will graft and take home a low-maintenance fruit tree; Asian Pear, European Pear, or Quince. You will be instructed on how to graft or join two pieces of wood together with “whip and tongue”. And you will have time to practice this technique. We will discuss how to work with rootstock that has a larger diameter than your scion wood.

Cost: $30 / $25 for Slow Food members

Materials: Pear, apple and quince rootstock will be available as well as scion wood at no charge. Grafting knife will be available for $15. A utility knife or a sharp thin knife can be used in place of a grafting knife. Please let us know in advance if you would like to order a grafting knife.

Workshop is not advised for young children. Register online at:
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/103599

Proceeds benefit Slow Food Chicago.

Farm to Table Kick-Off Party at Carnivale

On 05/26/10
Located at: Carnivale (702 W. Fulton Market)

Solstice Potluck Supper at Chicago Honey Coop

On 06/18/10 at 6:00 PM
Located at: The Chicago Honey Coop at 3740 W. Fillmore

HONEY COOP Re-scheduled for Sunday 6/20

Honey Co-op Potluck Re-Scheduled for Sunday, June 20th from 4-7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the door.

Join Slow Food Chicago and the Chicago Honey Coop for our annual ‘Sweet’ Summer Solstice Potluck Supper!

Chicago Honey Coop is an urban apiary dedicated to sustainable agricultural practices. This West Side bee farm is home to about 60 chemical-free hives that provide ingredients for: jars of honey, honey mustard, candles, moisturizing bars, lip balm and a honey-sugar body scrub.

Bring your chairs and a potluck dish to share. We’ll have beer, wine and soft drinks.

• beer & soft drinks donated by Goose Island Brewery
• salmon donated by Plitt Seafood
• bread donated by Cook Au Vin

Take part in the raffle to support The Honey Coop’s effort in the rearing of their queen bees. Tours will be given of this inner-city bee-hive farm located on the site of the original Sears headquarters in Chicago. Children are free

Bee Etiquette: Please wear light colored clothing and a hat. Don’t wear perfumes or colognes or scents.

To order tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/114084

NOTE: Rain date June 20th (Check back here on the day of the event. Rain date will be called by noon on June 18th)

Directions
3740 W. Fillmore is 2 blocks North of Roosevelt Rd. between Independence Blvd. and Central Park. The Apiary is easily visible from the street. We take up the whole block on the north side of Fillmore. There is plenty of parking available on the street.

Driving: Take I 290 West to Independence Blvd. exit and go South about 3 blocks just past the old Rail Road viaduct. Turn left on Fillmore St. We are located in the middle of the block.

By Bike: http://www.ridethecity.com/chicago

By train: There is a Blue line stop at Homan/Kedzie. Walk the ramp toward Homan Ave., walk South on Homan approx. 5 blocks just past the 12 story 1905 original Sears Tower. Fillmore is the first Street beyond the tower. Walk 2 blocks West to the apiary.

By Bus: Homan/Kimball bus to Fillmore St. and walk west 2 blocks.

Brewmaster Dinner at Uncommon Ground

06/21/10
Uncommon Ground (1401 W. Devon Ave.)

Gardening Workshop at Spence Farm

On 04/10/10 at 2:00 PM
Located in: Fairbury, IL
Learn the basics from how to start seed indoors, when to plant outside, what gardening tools to use, where to get the seed, how to deal with insects and pests the chemical free way. http://www.spencefarmfoundation.org/

Lost Southern Foods dinner

On 04/27/10 at 6:30 PM
Big Jones

FEAST: A Play about Food in Multicultural Chicago

On 04/02/10 at 8:00 PM
Located at: Laura Wiley Theater
Albany Park Theater Project presents a collection of short plays about food and culture in immigrant Chicago.

Tea 101 at Sweet Cakes Bakery

On 05/02/10 at 10:00 AM

Book discussion – Slow Food: A Case for Taste

On 06/13/10 at 2:00 PM
Located at: First Slice Cafe (4401 N. Ravenswood Ave.)

Announcing Slow Food Chicago’s book club! If you love devouring words as much as seasonal produce, join us for our inaugural meeting. We’ll discuss “Slow Food: A Case for Taste” by Carlo Petrini.
If you love devouring words as much as seasonal produce, join us for the inaugural meeting of Slow Food Chicago’s book club! We’ll be discussing Slow Food: The Case for Taste by Carlo Petrini, founder of Slow Food.

RSVP to sfchicagoevents@gmail.com if you plan to join us.”

Fermentation Workshop with Ben Walker

On 07/25/10 at 1:00 PM
Located at: 3459 W. Diversey, Apt. 3
Learn how create delicious fermented foods with Ben Walker, an urban farmer and beekeeper. $10.00 per person, includes a donation to Slow Food Chicago. Registration required, please RSVP to sfchicagoevents@gmail.com

Anniversary Dinner at Sepia

On 07/26/10 at 6:30 PM
Located at: Sepia (123 N. Jefferson St.)
In celebration of Sepia’s third anniversary this month, the restaurant is teaming up with Slow Food Chicago to host a celebratory dinner on July 26. The intimate event will feature a meal from Executive Chef Andrew Zimmerman, who will use his culinary wattage to pair five courses of fresh, local ingredients with small-production wines curated by Wine Director Scott Tyree.

The event begins at 6:30 p.m. with a cocktail reception, followed by dinner at 7:00 p.m. Cost is $85 per person, plus tax and gratuity, and a portion of the proceeds will go to Slow Food Chicago. Reservations are required and can be made by calling Sepia at (312) 441-1920 or visiting OpenTable.com. Sepia is located at 123 N. Jefferson St.

Monday, July 26 at 6:30 p.m.
Sepia (123 N. Jefferson St.)
$85 per person, excludes tax and gratuity. Reservations required – call (312) 441-1920

The menu:

Carpaccio of Confit Octopus
watermelon, cucumber, sesame, kimchi

NV Gruet Blanc de Noirs, New Mexico

Ratatouille Tart
roasted zucchini, sweet peppers, eggplant marmalade, prairie fruits farm chevre, parmigiano sable

2007 Ermacora Sauvignon, Colli Orientali del Friuli

Pan Roasted Wild Striped Bass
Three Sister’s sweet corn, chanterelles, bacon, fines herbs

2004 Chablis Mont de Milieu 1er Cru, Maison Verget

Lamb Loin Wrapped In Cured Lamb Belly
lamb neck bisteeya, vadouvan, pistachio

1999 Chateau Musar, Bekaa Valley

White Chocolate-Mascarpone Tart
cherry-raspberry compote, lemon verbena syrup, buttermilk ice cream

2009 Elio Perrone Bigaro Moscato/Brachetto, Piedmont

The event begins at 6:30 p.m. with a cocktail reception, followed by dinner at 7:00 p.m. Cost is $85 per person, plus tax and gratuity, and a portion of the proceeds ($7.50 per person) will benefit Slow Food Chicago. Reservations are required and can be made by calling Sepia at (312) 441-1920 or visiting OpenTable.com. Sepia is located at 123 N. Jefferson St.

Book club — Salt: A World History

On 08/01/10 at2:00 PM
Located at: First Slice Cafe (4401 N. Ravenswood Ave.)
Slow Food Chicago’s book club is the perfect opportunity for those who love eating up words as much as seasonal produce. Join us to discuss “Salt: A World History,” by Mark Kurlansky. RSVP to sfchicagoevents@gmail.com if you can make it!

Pig Roast at Goose Island

On 08/22/10 at 2:00 PM
Located at: Goose Island Beer Co.. (1800 W. Fulton)
Sample pork dishes from some of Chicago’s most talented chefs, paired with Goose Island beers! Stay tuned for registration info.

Volunteer to Weed Whack

On 07/10/10 at 8:00 AM
Located at: Genesis Farm: 8373 E 3000S Rd St Anne, IL 60964 (Meet at Southport Grocery)

Genesis Growers, an organic farm in St Anne, Illinois was hit by a tornado last week leaving the farm in a critical need of weeding; given that this farm practices sustainable farming and no chemicals the weeding can only be done by hand. If you can give a half day this Saturday please keep reading for specifics.

Volunteers will meet at Southport Grocery and Cafe (3552 N Southport, Chicago) at 8am; everyone is responsible for their own transportation but carpooling is encouraged. This can be determined amongst yourselves that morning. At Southport

Southport Grocery will provide lunch (provided by Slow Food Chicago) as well as driving directions.

How much time is needed?

8AM – Arrive Southport Grocery
10AM – Arrive Genesis Growers
Lunch Break
1:30PM – Depart

It takes about 1 1/2 hours to get to Genesis Growers from Southport Grocery. You will arrive around 10am…work till noon…break for lunch…and then work until about 1:30pm.

What do you need to bring? Lots of water and a beverage you want with your lunch. Please wear comfortable clothes, covering your arms and legs, as well as sturdy shoes and sunscreen. The crew at the farm will provide you with the tools you need. Also there is no refrigeration at the farm so bring a cooler for your lunch.

Click here to sign up..and thanks in advance for your time. Volunteers will be taken through noon on Friday.

Farm Dinner at Uncommon Ground

On 08/30/10 at 6:00 PM
Located at: 1401 W. Devon Ave.

http://www.slowfoodchicago.org/index.php/2010/08/23/aug-30-uncommon-ground/

Book Club discussion: “Heat” by Bill Buford

On 09/19/10 at 2:00 PM
Located at: First Slice Cafe (4401 N. Ravenswood Ave.)

Happy Hour at Prairie Fire

On 09/28/10 at 6:00 PM
Located at: Prairie Fire (215 N. Clinton St.)
Join Slow Food Chicago president, Amy Cox, as she guest bartends seasonal cocktails at Prairie Fire! All proceeds benefit Slow Food Chicago Terra Madre programming.
On Tuesday, September 28, come meet some of our 2010 Terra Madre delegates while Slow Food Chicago’s Amy Cox puts on her guest-bartending apron to mix up a seasonal cocktail behind the bar at Prairie Fire (215 N. Clinton). All tip money received will support grants for local food producers to participate in the 2010 Terra Madre sustainable food conference in Turin, Italy.

Each Tuesday evening at Prairie Fire, Chefs Sarah Stegner and George Bumbaris invite one or more of their friends in the “good, clean, & fair” food community to serve as guest bartender, mixing a signature drink for a deserving cause. The drink Amy will be mixing for the evening is a Caramel Apple Martini, made with Seedling Orchard cider, house-made caramel sauce, and North Shore Distillery vodka.

To complement the exclusive cocktails, Chefs Stegner and Bumbaris will prepare seasonal appetizers including house-made Mint Creek Farm pork sausage with sauteed local apples.

TomatoFest Potluck Supper

On 09/09/10 at 5:30 PM
Located at: Chicago Honey Co-Op 3740 W. Filmore

Thursday September 9

Time: 5:30-8:30 pm
Cost:
$10.00 for Slow Food members and Honey Coop members + side dish or dessert.
$15.00 for non-members + side dish or dessert.

Children are free

Contact:
Reservations required at Brown Paper Ticket
Volunteer at TomatoFest and get in free!

Chicago TomatoFest Potluck Supper

Help raise money for a community garden in North Lawndale!
Show off your home grown tomatoes! If you grew tomatoes this summer, bring a few along. Label them with your name, their variety and where they were grown.
Bring your favorite potluck dish to share– appetizer, main course or dessert. We encourage you to use tomatoes in your contribution, but if you don’t, that’s fine too!
Bring your chair!
Organically grown wine provided by Candid Wines
Beer & soft drinks donated by Goose Island Brewery
Proceeds to benefit preSERVE, a community garden in North Lawndale in partnership with the North Lawndale Greening Committee, NeighborSpace, the Chicago Honey Co-Op, and Slow Food Chicago.

Directions:<

Take I-290 west to Independence Blvd. Exit and go south about 3 blocks just past the old railroad viaduct. Turn left on Fillmore Street. The Honey Co-Op is in the middle of the block at 3740 W. Fillmore. It is 2 blocks north of Roosevelt Road between Independence Blvd. and Central Park.
By train: There is a Blue Line stop at Homan/Kedzie. Walk the ramp toward Homan Ave., walk south on Homan approx. 5 blocks just past the 12 story 1905 original Sears Tower. Fillmore is the first street beyond the tower. Walk 2 blocks west to the Honey Co-Op.
By bus: Homan/Kimball bus to Fillmore St. and walk west 2 blocks.

Chicago TomatoFest news:
Check out the TomatoFest blog http://chicagotomatofest.blogspot.com/
and the press on Buy a Sandwich, Build a Garden, http://www.nbcchicago.com/feast/Buy-a-BLT-Build-a-Garden-101313649.html our fundraiser for the preSERVE garden!

The First Annual Tomato Fest Closing Event

On 09/26/10 at 1:00 PM
Located at: The Custom House Tavern
Join us at CUSTOM HOUSE TAVERN as some of Chicago€™s most passionate farm to table establishments participate in a great event marking the close of tomato season. Each chef will prepare a dish inspired by the classic BLT.

Launch Party for a charitable cookbook: The Flexitarian Cookbook

On 09/29/10 at 6:00 PM
Located at: Mercadito -108 W Kinzie St

Description: Come celebrate the launch of The Flexitarian Cookbook, a new charitable cookbook whose proceeds benefit two nonprofit organizations: Yoga Bear, which provides free yoga for cancer patients, and Slow Food USA, which helps lobby for healthy lunch options to be available at underfunded schools. The event will be held at Mercadito, Wednesday, September 29, 6 to 8:30 p.m., for more information please go to: http://flexpartychicago.eventbrite.com

Flextarian invite

Flextarian invite

Book Club discussion: “Cheesemonger: A Life on the Wedge” by Gordon Edgar

On 10/24/10 at 2:00 PM
Located at: First Slice Cafe (4401 N. Ravenswood Ave.)

Farm Dinner at SugarToad

10/13/10 at 6:30 PM
SugarToad (2139 City Gate Lane in Naperville, IL)
Join Slow Food Chicago for a festive family-style dinner celebrating Slagel Family Farms! $60 per person, plus tax and gratuity. For reservations, please call the restaurant at (630) 778-8623.

Recipe demo and discussion with “Good Meat” author, Deborah Krasner

11/05/10
Time and location TBA!

Book discussion: My Life in France by Julia Child

12/05/10 at 2:00 PM
La Creperie (2845 N. Clark Street.)
Please RSVP to sfchicagoevents@gmail.com if you’d like to participate.

Terra Madre Day

12/10/10 at 1:00 PM
African Heritage Garden in North Lawndale
FREE! Learn about our garden projects, plant garlic, and enjoy good company over hot cider. For details and registration, please email slowfoodpreserve@gmail.com.