May 10-11: Food and Drink Leaders come together at "Edible" Institute in NYC

 By Brian Halweil, Editor of Edible Manhattan Our readers know that Edible Manhattan&nbsp...

Sugar Beet Co-op of Oak Park signs lease to open in early 2015

The Sugar Beet Food Store Cooperative of Oak Park, a member-owned full service grocery store, has of...

Chicago Gourmets Fine Dining Club

Looking to meet like-minded foodies in our community who love to share food trends, meeting award wi...


The new Spring issue will be making its way around the Chicago area by April 16. We’ll be deli...

DINNER ON THE FARM presents: The Brooklyn Brewery MASH At Growing Power's Iron Street Farm

Sunday, April 27 at 4PM at Growing Power's Iron Street Farm. Join the good folks of BROOKLYN BR...


Sunday, April 27 at 4PM at Growing Power's Iron Street Farm. Join the good folks of BROOKLYN BREWERY beer and enjoy local delicacies by featured artisans that include CHICAGO HONEY CO-OP, WEST LOOP SALAMI and CRUMB BREAD.

Get to know your Growing Power farmer and learn how your food is grown on a private tour. Savor a delicious family style meal prepared by CHEF NICOLE PEDERSON of FOUND RESTAURANT and CHEF JARED WENTWORTH of LONGMAN & EAGLE and BROOKLYN BREWERY CHEF ANDREW GERSON. Live music performed by The Golden Horse Ranch Band. Children are welcome to this event.

Dinner on the Farm creates unique local food experiences designed to celebrate farms, chefs, breweries, and food entrepreneurs dedicated to good, sustainable food. Through their roaming culinary events, they work to connect people back to the land and to the farmers and artisans who are making our communities a better place to live.... and EAT!

Growing Power, Inc., now celebrating 20 years, is a non profit organization and land trust that supports people from diverse backgrounds by helping to provide equal access to healthy, high-quality, safe and affordable food. Lead by Farmer, Founder and CEO Will Allen, Growing Power has multiple farm sites located in Milwaukee and Madison and in Chicago: Growing Power.

And the NEW Edible Chicago spring issues on hand for each guest! We hope you can join us all for this very special event. To purchase tickets and learn more about the event and organizers go to: Dinner on the Farm. And Part of the proceeds will benefit Slow Food Chicago.

Photo courtesy of Dinner on the Farm.

Sunday, 13 April 2014 17:21


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The new Spring issue will be making its way around the Chicago area by April 16. We’ll be delivering complimentary issues at our advertiser locations and select distribution points during that week and the weeks following. Check ourwebsite for an up to date list, Facebook page andTwitter for live updates on where you can find your copy. In this issue you’ll learn first hand about unraveling the mystery of tea from local tea experts. You’ll get to know about Wind Ridge Herb Farm owner and herb grower Liz Fiorenza who uses chemical-free practices to grow and harvest over 400 culinary and medicinal herbs. We include a special feature on the historical Elawa Farm and gardens in suburban Lake Forest.

You’ll always find seasonal recipes in Edible Chicago. For the spring issue, we thought recipes for a farmer’s market brunch with friends was in order after such an extended winter hibernation. Of course, we also found some thirst quenching seasonal market cocktails to add to your brunch menu. We round out our editorial content by featuring a Wild Salmon recipe with jasmine green tea as an ingredient, courtesy of James Beard award winning chef Sanford D’Amato.

Can’t find a print copy? You can subscribe anytime and have pristine copies delivered right to your door. Your subscription helps us to continue to do what we love doing best: Telling the stories about our unique and vibrant food community. Annual subscriptions are $28.00 and and you can sign up

Thursday, 03 April 2014 16:16

Chicago Gourmets Fine Dining Club

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Looking to meet like-minded foodies in our community who love to share food trends, meeting award winning chefs and cookbook authors, while experiencing fine dining at some of Chicagoland's hottest restaurant establishments? Look no further. Chicago Gourmets is an organization that offers all of that and more. Special invitations to view the "back of the house" and "behind the scenes" tours, and even an annual summer farm-to-table dinner and farm tour out in the country. Since 1997, Chicago Gourmets, a membership driven dining club, holds over 70 events per year with 700+ members. Events often sell out quickly, so don't delay if you're interested. Here are some exciting upcoming dining events that are opened to the public. For membership information and a full list of events and menus visit their website:

Upcoming events:

Saturday, April 19 at 10:30AM: Hemmingway Bistro and Tour in Oak Park. Experience a private guided tour of Hemingway's House followed by a 1:30PM Parisian lunch at Hemmingway Bistro. 

Tuesday, April 22 at 7:00PM: Michelin rated Elizabeth Restaurant in Chicago. Unique, New Gatherer cuisine that highlights seasonal Midwestern bounty in all its flavors and textures. Guests also have an opportunity to meet the author of newly released, "Slices of Life" Leah Eskin.

Friday, April 25 at 6:30PM: Joseph Mellot Wine Dinner at Froggy's French Cafe in Highwood. Exceptional French cuisine by Chef Thierry on the northshore. Guests will also meet M. Corentin Chon, brand ambassador at 500 year old Joseph Mellot Winery. Sparkling wine reception & canapes prior to dinner.

Wednesday, May 7 at 6:30PM: Friendship restaurant in Chicago. "Chinese at its Best". Hosted by chef and owner Alan Yeun. Exceptional menu with wine pairings.

Tuesday, June 3 at 6:00PM:  Coppervine in Chicago. Guests will enjoy Chef Michael Taus' elevated comfort food. Classical french menu with a global influence. Dine family style with wine pairings. 


The Sugar Beet Food Store Cooperative of Oak Park, a member-owned full service grocery store, has officially signed a lease with Interfaith Housing Development Corporation for the retail space located at 812 Madison Street. The 5,300 square foot store is expected to open in early 2015.

The Sugar Beet Co-op will be owned by members of the community, and will sell food directly from local farms and producers, many of whom are familiar to the Oak Park Farmers’ Market including Genesis Organic Growers and Tomato Mountain Farm. The Sugar Beet Co-op will carry a wide range of products including: an excellent selection of organic and sustainably grown fruits and vegetables, bulk items, local dairy products, eggs, meat, prepared foods and more.

One of the benefits of shopping at The Sugar Beet will include connecting consumers to local farmers and producers, so people will know how their food is grown and prepared. The store will feature a small café seating area and will host workshops, tastings and cooking demos to get our community excited about preparing and eating good food.


The Sugar Beet Co-op will be open to the public although members of The Sugar Beet will be entitled to store discounts, voting rights on issues and ownership in the store. Membership is open to everyone and can be purchased through the website:

Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread & Wine and the Chicago French Market are proud to announce the 4th Annual Pastoral's Artisan Producer Festival at the Chicago French Market from 11 AM to 3 PM on Saturday, April 12, 2014. This a FREE tasting and meet-the-maker event featuring over 100 producers of artisan cheese, bread, beer, wine, charcuterie, confections, and other food stuffs. Edible Chicago is also a proud media sponsor for this event since it's inception, and we couldn't be more excited about the success of this event each year. It's not to be missed! It's a perfect opportunity to meet the people behind the food. You can sample, sip and savor and even buy to take home.


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