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.


Join the International Association of Culinary Professionals at its Chicago Book & Blog Festival on Saturday, March 15 from 7-9PM at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile. This is the perfect opportunity to meet more than 45 cookbook authors and food bloggers. Chicago authors include Rick Bayless "Mexican Everyday", Peggy Wolff "Fried Walleye and Cherry Pie" and Amelia Levin "Chicago Chef's Table: Extraordinary Recipes from the Windy City". Mingle with fellow members of Chicago's culinary community while enjoying food, drink and giveaways throughout the evening. Attendees will be able to buy cookbooks signed by the authors. 

The event is part of this year's International Association of Culinary Professionals' annual conference which is being held this weekend in Chicago. Tickets are $35.00 for the public. To purchase online:

 By Brian Halweil, Editor of Edible Manhattan

Our readers know that Edible Manhattan is part of a national network of magazines that share a mission of chronicling — swooning over, really — our local food and drink community. But did you know that this May, all we Edible publishers will gather in New York City for several days of shop-talking over memorable meals and meetups? Even better, you can be part of it.

On May 10 and 11, at the New School, food and drink leaders from around the nation will gather for the 2014 Edible Institute, a two-day discussion of the most important topics in the American food and drink movement. In addition to the Edible publishers — representing nearly 90 communities, from Edible Shasta Butte (northern California) to Edible Sarasota (Florida), and every delicious place in between — expect the room to be packed with wine and beer makers, food activists, agribusiness dropouts, culinary students, talks and panels by farmers, chefs, drink makers, journalists and food and drink enthusiasts (like you).

Headlining this year will be New York Times food columnist and author Mark Bittman, whose 2007 TED Talk, “What’s Wrong With What We Eat,” has garnered 2.5 million views. Among those discussion topics during the Institute will be author Jane Black discussing how the food movement can cross class lines. And the keynote address on the second day will be from Small Planet Institute founder Anna Lappé to speak about her Food Myth Buster series and recent Real Food Media project.

And this is just a small sample of the fun. There will be tasting interludes with Brooklyn beer, Montauk oysters and all manner of fermented stuff (kombucha! pickles! herring!). And there will be musical interludes provided by our favorite farmer-folksingers Bennett Konesni and Edith Gawler of the Sylvester Manor Educational Farm, who always get hands clapping and feet stomping with their particular brand of feverish fiddling and old-time work songs. (Watch them get a room full of Tedsters to chant African shepherd tunes.)

 In addition to two days of discussions, plus food and drink tastings, attendees will have access to selected events during the weekend, from walking tours of Brooklyn’s rooftop gardens and bus trips to Hudson Valley wine country to a live Food + Tech meetup. Find the full schedule of discussions and happenings, and reserve your space, here.

Saturday, 15 February 2014 11:59

Meat and Dairy CSA with Mint Creek Farm

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Imagine receiving fresh, organic-grass fed meat and dairy delivered to you weekly at your local farmers market, or right to your door. Illinois family farms Mint Creek Farm and Kilgus Farmstead offer both to Chicago area residents. 

CSA, or Community Supported Agriculture, allows you to get a sizable discount on fresh food by committing to a monthly share of a dvierse selection of organic, pasture-raised meats and dairy products.

Mint Creek offers 3 different meat CSAs, each one includes a variety of pasture raised meats every month and available year round. CSA meat pick up is on the second weekend of each month at Chicago farmer's markets and also available through home delivery for an extra cost. Pasture raised, organic lamb, pork, beef, veal, goat and poultry are offered 3 and 6 month commitments. 

The Weekly Milk CSA includes Mint Creek Farm fresh eggs and Kilgus Farmstead Milk -- whole, skim, 2% and also heavy cream and half and half.


or you can call 815-953-5682 to inquire and place your order. 

Tuesday, 11 February 2014 09:44

Good Food Festival and Conference March 13-15

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GOOD FOOD FINANCING & Innovation Conference

March 13 at UIC Forum

The Good Food Financing & Innovation Conference is a dynamic day that connects funders with food businesses seeking financing. Past participants of the Financing Fair have raised over $5 million in funding. This year we welcome Walter Robb - Co-CEO of Whole Foods Market, who will join us for a keynote address and discussion of growing Good Food businesses across the country!



GOOD FOOD TRADE SHOW, Food Policy Conference, and School Food Conference

March 14 at UIC Forum

The Good Food Trade Show, Food Policy Conference, and School Food Conference are three powerful tracks - food industry experts and information for the trade; food policy sessions and networking; and advancing healthier foods for our schools. This year we are honored to present Deborah Kane, Director of the USDA Farm-to-School Initiative who joins us for our Opening Symposium.



March 14 at UIC Forum, 7:00pm

Presented by and The Nosh, the Localicious Party Friday evening pairs Chicago’s premier chefs who value local food sourcing with farmers for an evening of delicious food, the best local wines, beers and spirits and a live Bluegrass band! This year we also present the Preview of The Band of Farmers CSA Farmer Talent Show at Localicious!



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