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
Take a trip out to the country and visit Rustic Road Farm in Elburn for their Thanksgiving Market on Sunday, November 24 from 10AM-2PM. Pick up your Caveny Farm Fresh Heritage Poultry, and meet farmers John and Connie Caveny. Caveny Farm is one of Ilinois leading heritage poultry supplier for the past ten years. Pre-order your heritage Bourbon Red Turkey at: cavenyfarm.com
Rustic Road Farm's Thanksgiving Market will also be offering vegetables grown on site, grains from Hazard Free Farm, local honey, jams and chutneys for your Thanksgiving table. Arrive at 11AM and enjoy a cooking demo featuring Chef Patricia Yeo from Top Chef Masters who is also a member of the Big Bowl family of restaurants.
About Rustic Road Farm:
A 5-acre sustainable farm located in Elburn, owned by Big Bowl Partner and Executive Chef Marc Bernard and his life partner Luis Apolinar. The farm grows and harvests fresh produce and eggs for Big Bowl restaurants and select Lettuce Entertain You restaurants. Recently planted are raspberry and blackberry bushes and apple trees. The farm is also home to an assortment of pigs, goats, sheep and turkey that are being raised humanely and without the use of chemicals or drugs.
Executive Chef Marc Benard has been cooking seasonally and sustainably for over thirteen years. He and his Big Bowl team work tirelessly to establish relationships between local farms and purveyors that provide the Big Bowl family of restaurants with local, seasonable produce and ingredients all year round.
Written by Brian Halweil, Publisher/Edible Manhattan.
Time was, groups fighting for animal rights typically sought change via boycotts, angry letters, ads showing factory farm horrors and urging their fellow Americans to go vegan. But in recent years, one leading animal rights organization, World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA), has taken another path, with considerable success.
“In the old days we might have called on customers to boycott or write letters,” says Kara Mergl of WSPA’s New York office. “A combination of pestering and begging. Now our message to businesses is, ‘We’re here to work with you and consult with you, rather than yell at you.’ WSPA is working from the perspective of how change can shift,”
And instead of telling people to give up animal products, they’re working with businesses to improve livestock’s lives, starting with laying hens. The organization has many offices worldwide working to reduce animal cruelty, and here in the U.S. Choose Cage-Free is their main campaign.
Why start there? Sheer numbers. “The number of dairy cows in America is really a fraction of the number of laying hens,” says Mergl. “We’re not talking about farms with a thousand hens selling at the farmers market. We’re talking about on a global scale, multi-national corporations.”
In other words, they’re taking a collaborative approach to working with corporations. One way they are doing so is through participation in the Sustainability Consortium: a multi-stakeholder organization (including Wal-Mart, McDonalds, Unilver, Hershey and General Mills as well as the Environmental Defense Fund, World Wildlife Fund and Environmental Protection Agency) committed to building a scientific foundation for sustainable improvements to consumer goods and products. Discussions are ongoing, but so far cage-free eggs have won several measurable achievements and notable milestones including a pledge by Burger King that 100 percent of its eggs and pork in the U.S. will be cage-free by 2017.
But while they aren’t calling upon the public to picket or boycott, they do want your help—namely in the form of signing the Choose Cage Free pledge and supporting both farmers and businesses that have committed to cage-free eggs. As for customers’ own purchasing, WSPA created an egg buying guide that can help buyers find these eggs nationwide under labels like Organic Valley, or under regional labels like Pete & Gerry’s, which distributes throughout the Northeast (including New York) and Mid-Atlantic.
The change that WSPA seeks may not happen overnight—Mergl says some corporations take 3-5 years to to go completely cage free. “We give the producer opportunity to make the change,” she says. Which in the end, is what it’s all about.
To learn more about cage-free eggs and WSPA’s work, visit their website.
Take time this fall with the family to escape city life to experience Southwestern Michigan for a Fall Harvest Celebration with Emerald Avenue--a collection of family-owned farms, wineries and small businesses. Just 90 minutes from downtown Chicago.
Emerald Avenue’s fall harvest is bursting with excitement! Throughout November, shop our Farmers Market for artisan goods and fresh produce to add to your favorite family recipes for the upcoming holiday. Delight in orchards producing remarkable views with turning leaves offering rich reds, muted greens and bright golds. Savor sweet and juicy Mutsu, Fuji and Granny Smith apples along the way.
Refreshment options abound whether you choose from one of 25 fresh pressed ciders at Grandpa's Cider Mill or an oak-aged wine at Contessa Wine Cellars. Relax at Molter Family Orchards with lush and verdant fields perfect for a pastoral, country picnic among the fall foliage. Jollay Orchards has a pumpkin patch for picking the perfect pumpkin, or you can wander through their corn maze or delight in a spooky haunted house.
Stop by the Farmers Market just off I-94 EXIT 39 to pick up a map for a self-guided tour.
Farmers Market, Open Saturdays
3401 Friday Road
Coloma, MI 49038
Just off I-94 EXIT 39
Visit THEEMERALDAVENUE.COM for more information or visit us on FACEBOOK.
Our new Autumn Edition is fresh off the presses! The Dairy-Themed issue features dairy related stories and recipes about cheese, butter, yogurt and milk, and much more.The cover features Roelli Cheese's award winning Red Rock, a blue-vein cheddar. It's as good as it looks! We feature Wisconsin cheese maker Chris Roelli and his award winning cheeses in this issue. Photo by Grant Kessler.
As of the week of September 23: find your free copy of Edible Chicago at the following advertisers and select distribution specialty businesses and restaurants that support local food and beverages, the arts and sustainable lifestyles. Additional locations coming soon.
Andersonville: Hop Leaf, Kopi Cafe, Women and Children First Bookstore
Bridgeport: Pleasant House Bakery
DePaul: Dirk's Fish and Gourmet Shop
Edgewater: Uncommon Ground (Devon)
Gold Coast: Big Bowl (and city locations)
Lakeview: Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream
Lincoln Park: Green City Market Info. Table, Kingsbury Street Cafe, Peggy Notebaert Museum
Logan Square Farmer's Market: At vendors: Gretta's Goats, Jake's Country Meats, Mint Creek Farm, Phoenix Bean (and Phoenix Bean Warehouse)
Logan Square: Provenance, Dill Pickle Co-op
Loop: Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread and Wine
Old Town: Plum Market, Spice Market
River North: Brindille, NAHA, Osteria Via Stato, Sable Kitchen and Bar
Rogers Park: Glenwood Tap (For Glenwood Farmers Market)
Ukranian Village: Empty Bottle
West Loop: Ina's, Little Goat, Picollo Sogno, Publican Quality Meats
West Town: Chicago Green Grocer
Wicker Park: Olivia's Market
Suburban North: Evanston Farmers Market at vendor: Brockman Family Farms. Chicago Newsstand on Main, Found Restaurant
Suburban West: Autre Monde Cafe & Spirits, Oak Park Farmer's Market: Info Table, Herbally Yours. Trattoria 225 Restaurant, Sirius Cooks, Marion Street Cheese Market, UPS Store on Marion.
Southwest Michigan: Pleasant House Restaurant and MicroBrewery, Emerald Avenue Co-Op
Events: Chicago Gourmet Fine Dining Club, Peterson Garden Project Workshops/Events