WELCOME THE FALL SEASON! HIGHLIGHTS IN OUR FALL HARVEST ISSUE.....
Herefordshire Redstreak, Gascoyne’s Scarlet, Kingston Black and Foxwhelp sound like character names or locations in the PBS show Downton Abbey, but they are actual names of apples—bittersharp varieties, to be exact—sought after by generations of cider makers for distilling hard cider. Fall is apple season, and in this issue we’ll take you back a couple of centuries to a time when Johnny Appleseed helped to cultivate these cider apples for hard cider—one of the most popular beverages on the wild frontier—and forward to its newfound popularity today.
Hard apple cider wouldn’t be alcoholic if it wasn’t for the process of fermentation. We caught up with fermentation guru Sandor Katz to get the lowdown on fermenting. Not for alcohol, but for seasonal vegetables and fruits you can find this fall at your local fresh markets.
And not only will you find apples and leaves falling from the trees, so are nuts. From our Edible archives, author, farm advocate and forager Terra Brockman tells us about her foraging experiences for Illinois black walnuts and hickory nuts—a family tradition. Terra also shares with us a delightful black walnut pie family recipe.
Looking for a unique restaurant find? One of our recent is Cellar Door Provisions in the Avondale neighborhood. Simple yet elegantly made-from-scratch prepared food with an emphasis on what’s in season and local.
And there's much more inside including our sustainable red wine recommendations, seasonal recipes and a cooking class listing.
Here’s to the abundance of food at the markets in all its color and glory as the growing season closes, and as we prepare to nest and nurture at the homestead with more cooking, baking, preserving and soup making. Celebrate the season with your own inherited traditions. Or take some time to create your own.
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Come join the Slagel family for a farm tour and dinner series this season in Fairbury, Illinois. The day's events include a butchering demo where you can take the fresh product home with you. Kids are welcome with an adult. Collect eggs, hold baby piglets and pet baby lambs on the farm tour. The farm dinner will be prepared with local, seasonal ingredients and shared family-style by acclaimed Chicago Guest Chefs. Event dates scheduled:
September 26: Nightwood/Lula & Rootstock featuring Chef Jason Hammel and Chef Mike Simmons
October 3: Osteria Via Stato & White Oak Tavern featuring Chef David DiGregorio and Chef John Asbaty
The Slagel Family is a fifth-generation livestock farm in Central Illinois. Their popular farm dinner series which runs from May to October, have been delighting Chicagoans since 2011. The Slagel's raise and harvest their livestock naturally and humanely. Their product of pork, beef and chickens is a mainstay at some of Chicago's most respected restaurants supporting local farmers and sourcing the highest quality product. The Slagel's were recently featured in Chicago magazine: http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/May-2015/Slagel-Family-Farm/
Meet these gifted chefs on the farm this eason as they prepare dishes of the freshest ingredients and Slagel meats exclusively for this farm dinner.
Where: Slagel Family Farm 236-1 E 600 N Rd., Fairbury, IL 61739
Tickets are limited. Bus transporation to and from the farm is included in ticket sales: http://www.slagelfamilyfarm.com/dinners.html
Join us for a very special evening that will include an exclusive, private one hour tour of Rick Bayless' magnificent backyard organic garden, followed by cocktails and a multi-course Mexican al fresco dinner at nearby Goddess and Grocer. The tour will be guided by Rick Bayless' Master Garden Bill Shores.
The garden is located on three adjacent city lots in Chicago's Bucktown neighborhood. It's completely organic and serves as a model for urban food production. You'll be inspired by the stunning mix of traditional beds, raised beds, containers, vertical and indoor garden spaces, composting systems and much more.
Event is being co-produced by Edible Chicago Events and Mortar + Pestle Events. Photo courtesy of Bill Shores.
Tickets are very limited and can be purchased online:
The Michigan Grape and Wine Industry Council is sponsoring a "Michigan Wine Showcase" on MONDAY, JUNE 1 at CITY WINERY CHICAGO. Fifteen producers will be on hand to share some of Michigan's finest award winning wines. It's the ideal opportunity to taste a diverse array of wines from a state with a unique soil and climate. The quality and variety of wines produced is a reason why Michigan is dubbed the "NAPA Valley of the Midwest." It's ranked #13 in wine production in the country, home to 117 commercial wineries with 50 different grape varieties -- that's 15,000 acres of vineyards -- and is the 4th largest grape growing state.
Winemakers and vineyard owners will be showcasing their wines at City Winery from 6PM-9PM and connoisseurs can taste over 100 wines with locally sourced, seasonal food pairings. Vineyards include family operations like the Simpson family of Good Harbor Winery, third generation wine makers who have been growing and harvesting grapes for 300 years. Good Harbor Vineyard, located on the Leelanau Penninsula, is one of the largest Pinot Grigio plantings in the state. Another showcase vineyard from the Penninsula is L Mawby. This winery exclusively produces some of the finest tasting and most affordable sparkling wines in the Midwest. A full list of participating wineries is located on their website.
City Winery, a wine, restaurant and music venue is located in the West Loop/Fulton Market neghborhood. They also produce their own wines sourcing a variety of grapes from all over the world -- and also regionally. Chief Winemaker Robert Kowal chose a Midwest crop this season for his wines, "About two tons of Michigan Riesling yielding 300 gallons of juice." City Winery is able to lower their carbon footprint by using Michigan grapes.
Come and "Meet the Maker" behind the grape. Be prepared to ask questions, enjoy sipping Michigan wines paired with locally sourced, farm fresh small bites.
City Winery Chicago, 1200 W. Randolph St., Chicago. Phone: 312-733-9463
Come join the Slagel family for their first of the season farm tour and dinner on Saturday, May 23 from 2:30PM-9:00PM. The day's events include a butchering demo where you can take the fresh product home with you. Kids are welcome with an adult. Collect eggs, hold baby piglets and pet baby lambs on the farm tour. The farm dinner will be prepared with local, seasonal ingredients and shared family-style by acclaimed Guest Chefs: Erling Wu-Bower from Nico Osteria and Brian Huston from Boltwood. Bus transporation is included with ticket price.
The Slagel Family is a fifth-generation livestock farm in Central Illinois. Their popular farm dinner series which runs from May to October, have been delighting Chicagoans since 2011. The Slagel's raise and harvest their livestock naturally and humanely. Their product of pork, beef and chickens is a mainstay at some of Chicago's most respected restaurants supporting local farmers and sourcing the highest quality product. The Slagel's were recently featured in Chicago magazine.
Chef de Cuisine Erling Wu-Bower of Nico Osteria has worked under Chef Paul Kahan since graduating from college, and has worked at Avec, The Publican, and The Publican Quality Meats. Wu-Bower says of his cooking that he is driven by two things: beautiful ingredients and flavor. He has also worked with Chef Brian Huston.
Chef de Cuisine Brian Huston of Boltwood restaurant was a 2015 James Beard Award semifinalist for "Best Chef, Great Lakes", has previously worked at The Publican and helped define Farm-to-Table cooking in the Midwest. He has a passion for locally sourced and market-driven ingredients.
Meet both of these great chefs on the farm as they prepare dishes of the freshest ingredients and Slagel meats exclusively for this farm dinner.
Don't delay! Tickets are limited so purchased today!
Date: Saturday, May 23: 2:30pm-9pm
Where: Slagel Family Farm 236-1 E 600 N Rd., Fairbury, IL 61739