Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Calling All Food Geeks...

It's April. In my world that means fresh, local food...soon:)

Anyone up for a trip to the Chicago History Museum on April 22? The last time I went to a talk there it was to see Audrey Niffenegger speak about the Time Traveler's Wife (a very favorite novel here at TKTC). It was awesome and I signed up for their alerts...something I would recommend even though I usually hate giving out my personal email address.

The Local Option

Tuesday, April 22, 7:00 p.m.

In honor of Earth Day and Chicago’s efforts to go green, join us as we discuss all things local and organic. What does organic and all-natural really mean? How can I support local growers? What is a "locavore" and how can I become one? And what are area businesses doing to improve our food options and assist the local farmer? Featuring Rick Bayless of Frontera Grill and Topolobampo, Sarah Stegner of Prairie Grass CafĂ©, and Dave Cleverdon, farmer and owner of Kinnikinnick Farm and Green City Market board member. Moderated by Dimitra Tasiouras, Program Director of the Illinois Humanities Council.

$10; $8 members.

In other food news, Lisa and the Epicurious Alchemist are coming over for dinner tomorrow night. As I was so thoroughly impressed the last time they had ME over, I need to step up my game. I'm thinking of stealing this recipe from We Are Not Martha and just leaving the prosciutto out for L. Although, as a girl who's about to have two super Italian last names, she may need to bend on the cured meats eventually:)

In still more To Kiss the Cook news, I'm going to Club Lucky for dinner tonight. Now how do you like them apples?


Anonymous said...

Oh I just love going to markets. I wish I lived somewhere that they were year round in some way. I would live close by, have a cute bag to carry all my lovely stuff in and then frolic home. :) We have several here in Colorado Springs, but I'm sure they are NOT as awesome as there in Chicago. I'm jealous!!

Shanti said...

oh take me. please take me! haha i wish i could fly out for that, it looks awesome. i loved the lp farmers market during the summer. i'd walk through it on my way to north ave beach. *sigh* i also love time traveler's wife. such a good read.

have fun at club lucky! i worked for a lady who did their PR a while back. delish.

Susie said...

Oooh let me know if you make it and how it turns out. Seriously though, the prosciutto really makes the dish. At least make L a chicken breast without, but include it in the others!

Need Club Lucky details tomorrow please. Thanksss :)

Cheryl said...

I'm jealous of them apples. But I'm soooo happy it's April.

foodmomiac said...

Can I come? Or did you want fun bloggers in their twenties. ;-)

L Sass said...

I wish I could go with you. In five months, I will volunteer to go to all kinds of dorky presentations with you, for sure.

ToKissTheCook said...

CurlySue: We do pretty well by ourselves for summer in the city but I’m pretty sure Colorado markets would kick our tail consistently by comparison- I envision everyone growing their own stuff up in the mountains!

Shanti: I’m a huge fan of Club Lucky…what a fun client!! I had a guest in town and he fell for it hard as well- I may or may not have had my leftover eggplant parm for breakfast☺

Sues: Yeah, points for Boston. Big time. I am officially a mess. A kind’ve giddy mess but a mess all the same!

Cheryl: I think you should move south and come be a Wicked Parker with PBRazz & I. We have a pretty sweet, smaller farmer’s market on Sunday’s on the green and Club Lucky is a short walk!

Foodmomiac: I’m pretty sure you could be a contributor on this talk. I already bought two tickets so the other one is yours if your want it!

Sass: I can’t wait! And careful what you wish for…I have a cache of geeky talks I would looove to drag you to!

Jenn said...

That dish on We Are Not Martha that you're considering making looks delicious! Go for it, prosciutto or not!!

Nilsa S. said...

The lovely blogger Rosalicious will be in town from Denver on the 22nd. I'll have to check in with her before committing, though it does look interesting. I'm a big fan of Bayless' local restaurants. And I work practically across the street from Prairie Grass. And Club Lucky? Some dear friends used to live just upstairs, so we'd go there often. I miss the hood!

d said...

i may be into this little shindig too. i'm gonna put it on my calendar.

and branner's calendar.

he might have plans.

nicoleantoinette said...

I'm such a food geek! Unfortunately, I'm a west coast food geek...

brookem said...

i wish i was closer! and i loved the time traveler's wife!

ToKissTheCook said...

Jenn: I totally went for it and yum. Next post.

Nilsa: Oh that would be so fun! What a cool way to intro her to Chi-town and then grab a fabulous dinner!

D: Get on it. I know Branner's a busy boy (God he is so cute) but I think there may be table scraps to be had.

NA: West Coast represent. You could walk into your backyard and hypothetically pluck an avocado, lemon...anything.

Brookem: We do too! I need to read that book AGAIN.

Elizabeth said...

I miss Chicago! STL doesn't have the same quality food markets, but I still love to go and check out new seasonal food.