Now until Jan 27: ART and APPETITE: American Painting, Culture, and Cuisine at the Art Institute Chicago.Written by Ann Flood
This wonderfully retrospective exhibit is right up our alley: Food as the focus in art form. Over 100 paintings, sculptures and decorative arts from the 18th century to the 20th century, along with a selection of period cookbooks, menus, trade cards and posters to expore the art and culture of food in America. American artists have used food to celebrate and critique relating to politics, race, gender, commerce and expression. Before our country became a fast food nation, this exhibit allows us to view where food comes from historically and how these famous artists reflected our unique food culture.
Running from now until January 27.
The Art Institute of Chicago is opened daily from 10:30AM-5PM. Thursday until 8:00PM. Admission to the Art Institute is free on Thursdays from 5PM-8PM. More information about the ART and APPETITE exhibit: http://www.artic.edu/art-and-appetite-american-painting-culture-and-cuisine
The Peterson Garden Project, a not-for-profit organization with a mission to inspire Chicagoans to grow their own food is hosting a first holiday market at their learning center from Dec 6-14. Celebrate the talents of their local garden community. You'll have a chance to buy one-of-a-kind gifts such as gourmet foods, jewelry, knits, candles, ornaments and more. 15% of the total sales will go to the Peterson Garden Project.
Grand Opening evening celebration is Friday, December 6 from 6PM-8PM. Enjoy hot apple cider, goodies, music and good cheer. Location: Peterson Garden Project's Learning Cener: 4642 N. Francisco Ave., Chicago's north side.
Regular holiday market hours:
December 7-14 10AM-8PM Sat/Sun 4PM-8PM Mon-Friday
To learn more about Peterson Garden Project and their mission to transform Chicagoan to grow their own food in community gardens visit: petersongardenproject.org.
Did you know that you can learn how to DEHYDRATE all of your favorite ingredients to keep fresh year round in your own kitchen? Maximize fresh taste and nutrition just like professional chefs. Author, nationally recognized chef and culinary consultant Jill Houk can teach you how to dehydrate ingredients to make some of the best tasting recipes by her easy-to-follow instructions. Her book, The Essential Dehydrator co-authored with health food writer Susan Palmquist, is packed with over 100 delicious recipes you can enjoy year round thanks to the process of dehydrating food. Curious to learn more? You can meet Jill Houk and the book's food photographer Angie Garbot at Plum Market on Sunday, December 8 from 10AM-2PM. Ask questions and buy the book!
Learn more about Jill Houk: http://circleimagine.com/portfolio-item/chef-jill-houk-website/
The Essential Dehydrator Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Essential-Dehydrator/540057816032657
Plum Market specialty grocery store, located in Old Town, is where you can find the very best of Natural, Organic, Local and specialty-selections in a full service grocery store experience. Plum Market supports and features locally owned food businesses in Chicago. Opened daily and near the red line. 1233 North Wells. 312-229-1400. PlumMarket.com.
Dec 8: Fine art exhibit and sale featuring the original "Stella" the Holstein Cow from Edible Chicago.Written by Ann Flood
About the cow:
"Stella" the Holstiein cow is an original fine art pastel painting by Oak Park artist Cheryl Ann Spran. The painting was featured for Edible Chicago's dairy-themed issue which is out now. In the intimate painting, inquisitive "Stella" lives naturally in her native green pasture which is where she stands. The painting has a custom frame created by recaimed barn wood and done by Karen Ruesch, proprietor of Dame of Frames in La Grange Park. "Stella" is looking for a loving home, especially for the holidays. This one of a kind painting is for sale and is currently on display at Amelia's restuarant in Forest Park, along with other original paintings on sale by artist Cheryl Ann Spran. A special art reception to meet the artist is scheduled for December 8 from 4PM-7PM.
If you do purchase "Stella" the holstein cow, do let us know! We want to take your photo with Stella for our next issue.
About the artist:
Cheryl Ann Spran is a Chicago area native and grew up in Cicero. She has lived and taught art in Manhattan, Brooklyn and in the Chicago area. She has taught in the Chicago land area and holds at Fine Arts degree from Southern Illinois University. Spran translates the essence of animals, which is her specialty, onto canvas and she is available to do commissioned-based work. Spran is also interested in commissioned-based work of farm animals much like her painting of "Stella". You can view her current work at: http://cherylann.fineartsstudio.com
The fine art paintings are currently on display at the Amelia's restaurant in Forest Park. Amelia's is a family run business, sourcing from local farmers whenever possible. They also use fresh, seasonal and often organic ingredients and many menu items are baked from scratch. Their menu includes an affordable wine list and cocktails. Address: 7330 Harrison St., 708-366-6633. Web: ameliasgoodfood.com
Save your fork and a healthy appetite for fun.... it's almost time for the Fourth Annual Chicago Food Film Festival, a one-of-a-kind multi-day food and film extravaganza, where you will literally be "tasting what you eat on the screen". The festival will be held at the culinary school Kendall College and features over two-dozen short films including several Chicago premieres. While watching, you'll be served paired bites and beverages that relate to each film.
Most anticipated selections include a film featuring Alinea restaurant's famed Chef Grant Achatz. Also Chicago Food Journalist David Hammond, host of the online show called "You Really Should Eat This" makes a festival debut. And you won't want to miss trying the wildly popular RAMEN BURGER created by Keizo Shimamoto from Brooklyn NY, making its first debut in Chicago. The premiere called Biting into the Ramen Burger will also be shown. Shimamoto will be in attendance with plans to attend Friday night's Food Porn Party which will be featuring the World's first Food Porn star Larry Cauldwell and his fondue lounge, and at Saturday night's Lowcountry Shrimp Boil.
"Meet and Greet, Taste and Eat" with wine and food guru and television personality David Rosengarten from M Chapoutier also on Friday night.
The Food Film Festival, which originated in New York by filmmaker and author George Motz, made its debut in Charleton this year. A portion of the proceeds will to to the local non-profit called The Good Food Project: thegoodfoodproject.org
You can purchase tickets for each event or an all-access pass. But don't delay -- the Food Film Festival will no doubt sell out again this year!
Kendall College, 900 N Branch St., Chicago, IL