She garners respect from New York Times best selling author Barbara Kingsolver and has been joined in song by musical greats Mary Chapin Carpenter and Alison Krauss. Singer-songwriter and Indiana native Carrie Newcomer shares a garden of creativity even in the depths of late winter. “I have a deep connection to the natural world, gardening and sustainable agriculture and gardening keeps me in touch with the true meaning of abundance,” says Newcomer. She steps out of her rural community near Bloomington, Indiana and onto the stage of City Winery Chicago Sunday, March 8 at 5PM to showcase her newest CD called “A Permeable Life.”

Kingsolver heralds her work, “To my mind – a writer’s mind, Carrie Newcomer is much more than a musician. She’s a poet, storyteller, snake charmer, good neighbor, friend and lover, minister of the wide-eyed gospel of hope and grace.”

Like an inspired poet, Newcomer writes about the extraordinary in the ordinary, of hope and rejuvenation. Her themes have been influenced by the spiritual, philosophical and humanitarian aspects of her life and “Room At The Table” could just be the social justice anthem we’ve been waiting for.

Newcomer has toured internationally and has been a voice for social justice involved with hunger. She is a co-founder of The Soup Bowl Benefit, an annual community event that has raised more than one million dollars over the past twenty years in support of hunger efforts in Monroe County, Indiana. An award winning songwriter and performer, "A Permeable Life" is her fifteenth solo CD. Newcomer has been listed as one of "the 50 most influential folk musicians of the past 50 years" by Chicago's WFMT. Her rich, voluminous vocal quality paired with her soulfully reflective lyrics combine for a sanctuary of sound.

When home during the growing season, Newcomer tends to a large garden and plants fruit trees on her land. She forages in the spring for wild mushrooms and cooks what she grows and finds along with farm shares of seasonal produce she receives from a local CSA farmer. At the peak of the summer harvest, she cans her own salsa, inspiring the song “The Work of Our Hands” which started, she says, “with a day of home canning!”

Listening to Newcomer's music can bridge the gap between seasons and fill up your emotions with a promising abundance. Don’t miss this very special intimate evening with Carrie Newcomer performing songs from “A Permeable Life” Sunday March 8 at 5PM. It’s also the beginning of Daylight Savings Time, a signal that spring is not far on the horizon. Tickets available online:

Watch and listen to Carrie Newcomer on You Tube performing "Room at the Table" from her new CD A Permeable Life:

City Winery Chicago located at 1200 W. Randolph, is nestled in the West Loop and caters to urban food lovers alike who are passionate about sharing wine, music and culinary arts. The facility itself is unique; combining a fully functional winery including wine making classes with your private custom designed labels, intimate music concerts, food & wine classes, wine tastings and tours, private events and fine dining. A patio is open during the summer months. City Winery Chicago was honored with a 2013 vision award by the Urban Land Institute Chicago, attributed to a unique design and adaptive re-use of building materials of the 33,000 square foot, 100-year old building. Once a refrigerated food distribution warehouse in 1911, City Winery Chicago has fully transformed the space by the re-use of of the building materials in design, reclaimed original wood beans, masonry and brick. 

November 19-22 Kendall College: "Taste What You See on the Screen" 

Tickets are now on sale for the 5th Annual Chicago Food Film Festival, benefiting The Good Food Project. The weekend long event is the only festival in the world where guests get to watch food films and then eat the food from the films - right in their seats! All events take place at Kendall College. This is a weekend food event you won't want to miss.

Tickets and more details about each event available online:

Edible Chicago is a proud media sponsor. Exclusive to our supporters, use code edible10 for a 10% discount off tickets!

Don't delay -- these events SELL OUT.

“Pasture-raised poultry” refers to the production system that raises poultry directly on pasture. This model has been developed over the last 20 years. The birds receive up to 30% of their food intake from pasture forage and bugs. This is important for their health and the nutritional value of their meat and eggs. Typically, this model is found only on small farms. When compared to cage-raised birds, pasture-raised has: less total fat, less saturated fat resulting in fewer calories, less cholesterol, more omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin A.

We encourage you to buy your holiday turkeys and meat locally, from the family farmers that raise them humanely and on pasture, without added hormones or antibiotics. These family farmers in the Tri-State area service Chicago land with convenient drop off locations and ordering online is available. Do order soon as these farmers have a limited supply of Thanksgiving turkeys and will sell out. Pick up between November 22-24.

CAVENY FARM, Monticello, IL. Raising Bourbon Red heritage turkeys for over 10 years. Chicagoland pickup locations include Evanston/Holiday Market-Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Lincoln Park/Green City Market, the House of Glunz/Downtown on Saturday, November 22 and Rustic Road Farm in Geneva on Sunday November 23. Contact info:, Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 217-762-7767.

GUNTHORP FARMS, LaGrange, IN. Multi-generational family farm specializing in pasture-raised pigs, Cornish Cross chickens, ducks and broad breasted white turkeys. On location USDA inspected processing plant. Pre-order your holiday turkey or meat today. Contact info:; Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 260-499-0276. Their product can also be purchased at: Green Grocer Chicago, Irv & Shelly's Fresh PicksButcher & Larder or through Door to Door Organics.

JAKE’S COUNTRY MEATS, Cassopolis, MI. Natural pork raised without antibiotics. Holiday roasts, bacon and chops. Also Wild-caught Great Lakes fish: Whitefish, Lake Trout, Chinook Salmon, Walleye, Perch. Also smoked fish for your holiday table. Find Jake’s products at Green City Indoor Winter Market on Saturday’s, Logan Square Indoor Market on Sundays. For additional pick up locations throughout Chicagoland and more info:; 269-445-3020.

HEARTLAND MEATS, Mendota, IL. Piedmontese beef, all natural no added growth hormones. American humane certified. Holiday roasts - standing rib roast, filet mignon, short ribs, soup bones and many more cuts. Find Heartland Meats at Green City Market's Indoor Market, Evanston's Market, and drop off location in Naperville; Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call: 877-588-LEAN.

MINT CREEK FARM, Stelle, IL. Offering pasture raised lamb, goat, beef, pork and duck. Pasture raised white and heritage bronze turkeys for Thanksgiving – fresh or frozen. Pick up frozen on Saturday, November 22 at Green City Market, 61st Street Indoor Market, on Sunday, November 23 at Heritage Prairie Farm. Fresh Turkey Pick Up: Dill Pickle Co-op on Monday, November 24. Contact:; 815-953-5682.

RUSTIC ROAD FARM, Elburn, IL.Pasture raised poultry and eggs, Heritage Pork featuring Red Waggle, Mangalisa and Berkshire. Lamb and Goat available. Vegetarian fed without hormones or antibiotics. Pick-ups at the farm on Saturdays: 1N292 Brundige Road, Elburn, IL; 773-682-0490.


DIRK’S GOURMET FISH, Chicago, IL. Family owned and operated, 39 years experience. Chicago’s premier fish and seafood shop. Healthy, fresh fish and sustainable seafood – best quality and variety. For your holiday entertaining, Dirk  Fucik can provide almost any species of fish – just ask. Special orders welcomed to your specifications.; 773-404-3475

JAKE’S COUNTRY MEATS, Casspolis, MI.  Wild-caught Great Lakes fish: Whitefish, Lake Trout, Chinook Salmon, Walleye, Perch. Also smoked fish for your holiday table. Find Jake’s products at Green City Indoor Winter Market on Saturday’s, Logan Square Indoor Market on Sundays. For additional pick up locations throughout Chicagoland and more info:; 269-445-3020.

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EAT YOUR WAY to CHICAGO GOURMET! Chicago Gourmet 2014, presented by Bon Appetit, is culinary heaven. Imagine two full days to celebrating food and wine at beautiful Millenium Park. More than 150 of Chicago's finest restaurants and chefs will be participating, along with hundreds of renowned vintners, breweries, spirit makers from around the globe. Attendees can also participate in cookbook signings from culinary experts, live cooking demonstrations, tastings and food and drink related seminars. The event has become one of Chicago's premiere food events.

This event will sell out soon! Single tickets remain for Sunday's main day event held from noon until 5PM. To puchase online visit:

You also have time to WIN a one day complinentary pass by participating in their "Dine Around Town" edition. Dine out five times at a choice of 90 participating Dine Around restaurnats by September 18 to qualify. Tickets are limited. More information here:

EDIBLE CHICAGO is available by print and now digital subscription on our website. Or complimentary print copies are available from many of our advertisers and at select distribution points around the city and suburbs. If you want to get your hands on a copy right away, download our digital for iPad, Iphone at iTunes (Newsstand) and for android with Google play. 

By subscribing to EDIBLE CHICAGO you help us GROW so that we can tell more compelling stories about our city's great artisans, chefs, growers, local food distributors and our local farmers. As a community, we can help create a vibrant food system and strengthen our local economy.

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