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

Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1299371

Friday, 17 April 2015 15:40

Cooking Classes at THE "FEARLESS" FOOD KITCHEN

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If you’ve found yourself with a fistful of turnips at a farmers market and didn’t know what to do, fear not. The "Fearless Food Kitchen" in Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood offers classes to teach you how to prepare and cook with seasonal food. The Chicago Park District and non-profit Peterson Garden Project have partnered to open an 800 square foot state-of-the-art teaching kitchen with a capacity to host 40 people. The space can also be rented for private events.The "Fearless Food Kitchen" is located at the Broadway Armory at 5917 N. Broadway Ave.,ChicagoMore detailed  information about the classes, dates and tickets can be found online at: petersongarden.org.

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: windridgeherbfarm.com. 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:

http://www.pastoralartisan.com/events-page/5th-annual-pastorals-artisan-producer-festival

 

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: http://www.citywinery.com/chicago/tickets/carrie-newcomer-5pm-show-3-8.html

Watch and listen to Carrie Newcomer on You Tube performing "Room at the Table" from her new CD A Permeable Life: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=92OM5bdQ4N4

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. 

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