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.

Tickets are $50 and can be puchased online:


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


Friday, 17 April 2015 15:40

Fearless in the Kitchen: Cook What you Grow

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If you’ve found yourself with an armful of Jerusalem Artichokes at your local autumn farmers' market and don't know what to do next, fear not. Peterson Garden Project's Community Kitchen in Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood offers classes to teach you how to prepare and cook with seasonal food.

 We’ve been a long time supporter of the Peterson Garden Project. Its inception was the brainchild of Chicago resident LaManda Joy, a Portland native and an “Edible” gardening, expert. When she told us about a desire to teach Chicagoans how to grow their own food, we were immediately interested in her ambitions. She fulfilled her dreams in spades. In the last five years, Joy now oversees eight community gardens, 1,200 garden plots and almost 4,000 people gardening at these sites. According to Joy, many are folks with no prior gardening experience, but have come in search of learning how to grow food for themselves and their families.

 The Peterson Garden Project, a 501c3 non-profit, has grown to become the city’s largest food gardening educational program in the city. And another of Joy’s milestones came true this past year. She and her team of passionate food and garden advocates in partnership with the Chicago Park District opened a teaching kitchen to help people learn how to cook, prepare or preserve what they grow or purchase from fresh markets. The classes are geared for all levels and are held on evenings and weekends at the Broadway Armory Park in the Edgewater neighborhood. The teaching kitchen is a 3,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility where classes are taught by a variety of local chefs or food and garden experts.  To sign up, or check out a full listing of classes throughout the fall, or for teaching and volunteering opportunities, visit:


Wind Ridge Herb Farm located in Caledonia - a 70 mile scenic drive from downtown Chicago is hosting their annual HERB, GARDEN and WELLNESS FAIRE on May 16-17 from 10AM-4PM. There will be a plant sale, vendors covering your garden and art needs, holistic practitioners, live music, wine tasting plus chef-demos. Kids are welcome--even a petting zoo will be onsite.

Wind Ridge Herb Farm grows over 400 varieties of culinary and medicinal herbs without the use of chemical fertilizers. They are certified naturally grown. They also carry a full line of herbal soaps, lotions, ointments, essential oils, vinegars and herbal teas. 

To learn more about Wind Ridge Herb Farm and their events, visit online: Or call 815-885-1444.


Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread & Wine and the Chicago French Market are proud to announce the 5th Annual Pastoral's Artisan Producer Festival presented by the Specialty Food Association at the Chicago French Market from 11 AM to 3 PM on Saturday, April 25, 2015. 

This is a FREE tasting and meet-the-maker event featuring producers of artisan cheese, bread, beer, wine, charcuterie, confections, and other food stuffs. 

Metra will offer an $8 weekend pass, including unlimited rides on both Saturday and Sunday. Kids 11 and under ride free.

Find out more about this not to be missed event. Edible Chicago is a proud media sponsor:


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