Oct
21
Sat
All Gardens Work Day @ Peterson Garden Project Community Gardens
Oct 21 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join us for the final work day in the garden to get everything ready for winter. All are welcome, and you’ll get a voucher from Chipotle for a free burrito, tacos or salad.

Click below on your preferred garden to sign up:
Global Garden
Hello!Howard
Land on Lincoln
NEIU Ground
Vedgewater
Swedish Covenant

 

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Tasks include:

  • trash pick up and weeding in common areas
  • organizing communication station and storage areas
  • updating the communication station
  • spreading wood chips in common areas
  • cleaning tools and watering cans

What to bring:

  • Garden or construction gloves (we will have extras handy)
  • Water to drink
  • Wear clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty

 

 

This event is part of 30 Days of Doing, our fall event series from October 15 to November 15 featuring garden and cooking classes, volunteer opportunities, community engagement, and more to support our mission to teach everyone how to grow and cook their own food! View the full list of events.

Oct
22
Sun
Volunteer Shift: Cooking with Herbs @ Community Cooking School, 2nd Floor inside Broadway Armory Park
Oct 22 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Volunteer help needed for the following tasks:

– Assistance with set-up and prep (no special cooking skills required)
– Sign-in / Greeter
– Assisting participants and instructor during class
– Clean-up

Volunteers get to take the class for free!

Please wear closed toed shoes and long pants. If you have long hair, please wear it up. You will be given an apron to wear during the class.

If you need to cancel your shift for any reason, please email [email protected].

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Winter Herb Care for Your Garden @ Community Cooking School, 2nd Floor inside Broadway Armory Park
Oct 22 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

In this class, we’ll show you how to grow herbs indoors, successfully transplant outdoor herbs to pots indoors, and overwinter tender perennial herbs indoors and out. We will cover: rosemary, chives, tarragon, sorrel, summer savory, thyme, mint, dill, sage, oregano, lavender, cilantro, basil, and parsley. Each participants will go home with one seedling to grow indoors.

This event is part of 30 Days of Doing, our fall event series from October 15 to November 15 featuring garden and cooking classes, volunteer opportunities, community engagement, and more to support our mission to teach everyone how to grow and cook their own food! View the full list of events.

Cooking with Herbs @ Community Cooking School, 2nd Floor inside Broadway Armory Park
Oct 22 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Get the most out of your home-grown herbs. Learn tips on storing and prepping your herbs, and discover how to use them in anything from infused vinegars to homemade syrups, sauces, and even desserts. You’ll get to enjoy some tasty examples and make your own take-home treat!

Demonstration class, vegetarian-friendly, BYOB.

Want to learn more about herbs in your garden? Join us for our Winter Garden Herb Care class from 1-2pm. Save 20% when you buy tickets to both classes!

This event is part of Peterson Garden Project’s 30 Days of Doing, our fall event series from October 15 to November 15 featuring garden and cooking classes, volunteer opportunities, community engagement, and more to support our mission to teach everyone how to grow and cook their own food! View the full list of events.

Glorious Garlic @ Global Garden
Oct 22 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Join us for a demonstration on how to plant garlic and keep vampires out of your garden. We’ll discuss how to prevent frost heaving, nutrient and drainage requirements, the biology of growing great garlic, and choosing the best garlic variety for your recipe. We will have a garlic tasting so you can be sure to know you’ll enjoy what you’re planting. Attendees will each take away a bulb of organic garlic to plant in their own garden. Class fee includes 1 bulb of seed garlic from local farm Willow Garlic Growers and breath mints.

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Oct
23
Mon
In the Kitchen with Income Tax @ Community Cooking School, 2nd Floor inside Broadway Armory Park
Oct 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join us for an evening in our Community Cooking School with Chef Ryan Henderson from Income Tax! Learn to make one of their signature dishes, carrot agnolotti, and enjoy a delicious meal around our table at the end of class.

Hands-on, vegetarian-friendly, BYOB.

Don’t forgot to join us for a dine-out night at Income Tax on Thursday, Oct. 26 and a portion of proceeds from that evening will go towards PGP!

This event is part of 30 Days of Doing, our fall event series from October 15 to November 15 featuring garden and cooking classes, volunteer opportunities, community engagement, and more to support our mission to teach everyone how to grow and cook their own food! View the full list of events.

About the Restaurant

Income Tax is an intimate restaurant in Edgewater with an emphasis on food-friendly wine and wine-friendly food. Neighbors and diners alike are invited to seek a quiet corner or gather round a spirited table filled with interesting wines, great cocktails and delicious plates of food. The team has hand-selected a food-friendly wine list that focuses on a variety of old-world regions and producers with an agricultural mindset. Income Tax has been praised in local and national press for its outstanding food, wine, atmosphere, and service.

About the Chef

Chef Ryan Henderson channels his love for wine and his expansive culinary influences into his own creative vision, drawing on his love for quality food in a warm and welcoming location. He has worked at restaurants as lauded as David Chang’s Momofuku Noodle Bar, with Alex Stupak at Empellon Cocina, with Wylie Dufresne at Alder, and with Danny Grant at Maple & Ash.

 

Oct
25
Wed
The Indian Table – Hands-on Home Cooking @ Community Cooking School, 2nd Floor inside Broadway Armory Park
Oct 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Indian food

Indian food is far more diverse than samosa, butter chicken, and saag paneer, especially when it comes to traditional homestyle dishes.

In this class, you’ll learn how to make batata poha, the flattened rice and potato dish, and masala chai, two of Chef Ronak Patel’s favorite dishes. Chef Ronak will also discuss some of the differences between Gujarati (west Indian) cooking and the northern Indian cuisine most of us are familiar with.

Flavorful, simple to make, and often vegetable-focused—come learn how Indian home cooking can be a great addition to your regular dinner rotation!

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

ronakChef Ronak Patel gained a love of preparing and eating eclectic foods at a young age. His parents welcomed his company in the kitchen and introduced him to food from around the world.

After pursuing his interest in film at Columbia College, Ronak decided to pursue his love of cooking through attending Le Cordon Bleu Chicago. He has worked for catering companies throughout the Chicagoland area, including Chef Daniel Private Dining, Urban Chef Chicago, Gourmet Gorilla, Aramark at Loyola University, Levy Events, The Perfect Dinner, Revel Central and Crème Crafted Parties and Catering.

Chef Ronak has taught classes and workshops at the Peterson Garden Project and the Sugar Beet Food Co-op in Oak Park. He has also volunteered as an Instructor Assistant in food education for elementary school students in Chicago through Purple Asparagus.

Oct
26
Thu
Dine Out at Income Tax for PGP @ Income Tax Bar
Oct 26 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Join us for an evening out at Income Tax! A portion of proceeds from this evening will go to support Peterson Garden Project’s free community programming and garden scholarships.

Walk-ins are welcome or make a reservation in advance (be sure to select Oct. 26).

You can also join PGP and Income Tax on Monday, Oct. 23, for a hands-on cooking class with Income Tax’s executive chef Ryan Henderson.

 

This event is part of 30 Days of Doing, our fall event series from October 15 to November 15 featuring garden and cooking classes, volunteer opportunities, community engagement, and more to support our mission to teach everyone how to grow and cook their own food! View the full list of events.

About the Restaurant

Income Tax is an intimate restaurant in Edgewater with an emphasis on food-friendly wine and wine-friendly food. Neighbors and diners alike are invited to seek a quiet corner or gather round a spirited table filled with interesting wines, great cocktails and delicious plates of food. The team has hand-selected a food-friendly wine list that focuses on a variety of old-world regions and producers with an agricultural mindset. Income Tax has been praised in local and national press for its outstanding food, wine, atmosphere, and service.

 

Oct
29
Sun
Sunday Supper – Pot Pie Party @ Community Cooking School, 2nd Floor inside Broadway Armory Park
Oct 29 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Join us one Sunday a month for an inter-generational cooking class! Each month, we’ll cover a new food topic, cook together, and sit down at the end of class to share the meal we’ve created. All ages welcome.

OCTOBER’S TOPIC: POT PIE

Whether you’re a chicken pot pie traditionalist or like to get creative with your favorite seasonal veggies, pot pie is a great way to use a mix of vegetables or meat you have on hand. Intimidated by pie crust? We’ll show you how to use biscuits instead!

Vegetarian-friendly, BYOB. Class will end with a meal around our table.

This class is part of 30 Days of Doing, our fall event series from October 15 to November 15 featuring garden and cooking classes, volunteer opportunities, community engagement, and more to support our mission to teach everyone how to grow and cook their own food! View the full list of events.

 

 

Nov
1
Wed
Volunteer Shift: PGP Cookbook Club – Soup & Bread Cookbook @ Community Cooking School, 2nd Floor inside Broadway Armory Park
Nov 1 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Volunteer help needed for the following tasks:

– Assistance with set-up and prep (no special cooking skills required)
– Sign-in / Greeter
– Clean-up

Volunteers get to take the class for free!

Please wear closed toed shoes and long pants. If you have long hair, please wear it up. You will be given an apron to wear during the class.

If you need to cancel your shift for any reason, please email [email protected].

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PGP Cookbook Club – Soup & Bread @ Community Cooking School, 2nd Floor inside Broadway Armory Park
Nov 1 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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Peterson Garden Project’s Cookbook Club is all the best parts of a potluck, book club and dinner party! Make a dish from this month’s book, bring it to the dinner (along with a bottle of wine or beer, if you’d like!), meet new people, try new recipes, discuss the cookbook and enjoy the company of your fellow diners. Learn more!

Begun in 2009, the Soup & Bread series at Chicago’s Hideout features recipes from well-known Chicago chefs such as Paul Kahan, the James Beard-bedecked maestro behind Blackbird and Avec, and Stephanie Izard, winner of Bravo’s Top Chef) as well as a range of nonprofessional soup enthusiasts. The recipes in the Soup & Bread Cookbook are all culled from Soup & Bread, resulting in a collection that is diverse in scope but uniformly delicious.

The book is organized into categories such as “Soup From Home,” “Soup That Shines,” “Chili For Competition,” and “Soup for (More Than) Sustenance,” and ends with a set of basic stock recipes. Throughout, Bayne weaves in stories of soup kitchens, soup swaps, and soup-driven art, showcasing how people all over the U.S. use soup to further social outreach, foster community, and help others.

A portion of the proceeds from sales of the Soup & Bread Cookbook will be donated to the Greater Chicago Food Depository.

This event is BYOB. Copies of the book are available at the Chicago Public Library.

This event is part of 30 Days of Doing, our fall event series from October 15 to November 15 featuring garden and cooking classes, volunteer opportunities, community engagement, and more to support our mission to teach everyone how to grow and cook their own food! View the full list of events.

 

HOW DOES COOKBOOK CLUB WORK?

  • After registering, you’ll receive a link to a Google doc along so you can add:
    • the name of the recipe(s) you’re planning to make
    • if oven or stove space is needed for reheating/keeping a dish warm
  • As much as possible, we stick to the recipe as written.
  • We meet, we eat, we drink (BYO). We talk about the recipes we made, what worked and what didn’t, what other recipes we want to try (or have tried).
  • We pick a cookbook for the next meeting.
Nov
2
Thu
Volunteer Shift: Apple Butter with Loyola @ Community Cooking School, 2nd Floor inside Broadway Armory Park
Nov 2 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Volunteer help needed for the following tasks:

– Assistance with set-up and prep (no special cooking skills required)
– Sign-in / Greeter
– Assisting participants and instructor during class
– Clean-up

Volunteers get to take the class for free!

Please wear closed toed shoes and long pants. If you have long hair, please wear it up. You will be given an apron to wear during the class.

If you need to cancel your shift for any reason, please email [email protected].

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Nov
4
Sat
Shop at Eileen Fisher for PGP @ Eileen Fisher, Water Tower Place
Nov 4 @ 10:00 am – 9:00 pm

Stock up on your fall favorites and shop to support a good cause! 10% of proceeds from the Eileen Fisher store at Water Tower Place on Nov. 4 will go to Peterson Garden Project.

Thanks to Eileen Fisher for sponsoring this event.

This event is part of 30 Days of Doing, our fall event series from October 15 to November 15 featuring garden and cooking classes, volunteer opportunities, community engagement, and more to support our mission to teach everyone how to grow and cook their own food! View the full list of events.

Nov
5
Sun
Volunteer Shift: PGP Chili Cook-Off – Shift 1 @ Community Cooking School, 2nd Floor inside Broadway Armory Park
Nov 5 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Volunteer help needed for the following tasks:

– Assistance with set-up and prep (no special cooking skills required)
– Sign-in / Greeter
– Clean-up

Please wear closed toed shoes and long pants. If you have long hair, please wear it up. You will be given an apron to wear during the class.

If you need to cancel your shift for any reason, please email [email protected].

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PGP Chili Cook-Off @ Community Cooking School, 2nd Floor inside Broadway Armory Park
Nov 5 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Join us for the first PGP Chili Cook-Off to raise funds for our free community programming and garden scholarships. Enter your chili for a chance to win fame and prizes or just come eat and vote for your favorite!

The event includes:

  • Unlimited chili samples
  • Non-alcoholic drinks + Lagunitas beer (21 and over only)
  • Cornbread + Dessert will be available for purchase for $2 per slice (cash only)

Want to submit your chili for the contest? Select “Chili Contestant” from the ticket options and you’ll receive an email with additional instructions, or read the rules below. Contestants must register by Tuesday, October 31. Contestants will also receive a bag of Rancho Gordo beans and a bottle of Co-Op Hot sauce!

Prizes will be awarded for Judge’s Choice, Best Presentation, and Most Creative. Prizes include restaurant gift certificates, PGP cooking class gift certificates, and ever-lasting fame and glory!

This event is part of 30 Days of Doing, our fall event series from October 15 to November 15 featuring garden and cooking classes, volunteer opportunities, community engagement, and more to support our mission to teach everyone how to grow and cook their own food! View the full list of events.

Chili Contestant Rules:

  1. Contestants must register and provide a team name, chili’s name, and full list of ingredients to [email protected] by Wednesday, November 1, 2017. Contestants who register but do not provide this information by the deadline forfeit their registration fee.
  2. Chili must be cooked from scratch at home and brought to the PGP kitchen the day of the cook-off. Doors open at noon for contestants and chili must be ready to serve at 1pm.
  3. Each contestant must bring at least 6 quarts of their homemade chili in a crockpot or other hot serving dish.
  4. PGP will provide power outlets, serving utensils, sample cups, bowls, and spoons. If contestants want condiments specific to their chili, these must be provided by the contestants.
  5. All meat and poultry must be obtained from USDA approved sources.
  6. Awards will be presented for Judges’ Choice, Fan Favorite Award for best presentation, and Most Creative. All decisions are final.

Special thanks to Sauce & Bread, Rancho Gordo, Lagunitas Brewery, and Mark Holzkopf.

Volunteer Shift: PGP Chili Cook-Off – Shift 2 @ Community Cooking School, 2nd Floor inside Broadway Armory Park
Nov 5 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Volunteer help needed for the following tasks:

– Assistance with set-up and prep (no special cooking skills required)
– Sign-in / Greeter
– Clean-up

Please wear closed toed shoes and long pants. If you have long hair, please wear it up. You will be given an apron to wear during the class.

If you need to cancel your shift for any reason, please email [email protected].

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Nov
6
Mon
Grow2Give Garden Gleaning @ Peterson Garden Project Community Gardens
Nov 6 – Nov 12 all-day

Join us for the annual end-of-season garden gleaning! While we dedicate anywhere from 5-25% of the plots in the gardens to growing food exclusively for our neighborhood pantries, at the end of the season we harvest excess produce from our member’s plots, just in time for Thanksgiving!

If you have still-producing crops such as herbs, kale, and carrots and would rather donate your last harvest to neighbors in need, leave everything in your PGP garden plot and we’ll harvest in the week after the gardens close. In years past, this has added up to a few hundred pounds of food!

Interested in helping out? We welcome help from volunteers of all skill levels to harvest, wash, weigh, package/label and deliver food. Choose a garden/time below!

Vedgewater, 6300 N. Broadway St.: Saturday, 11/11 9am-noon
Partner: Care for Real

Swedish Covenant, 5056 N. California Ave.:
Partner: Common Pantry

Edible Treasures, West Terrace at The Field Museum: Wednesday, 11/8 noon-1:30pm
Partner: Common Pantry

Global Garden, 2954 W. Lawrence Ave.: Saturday, 11/11 11am-1pm
Partners: Lincoln Square Friendship Center and First Slice

HelloHoward, 7519 N. Ashland Ave.:
Partner: Howard Area Community Center

Land on Lincoln, 5900 N. Lincoln Ave.: Saturday, 11/11 10am-noon
Partner: Inspiration Kitchen

NEIU Ground, 5250 N. St. Louis Ave.: Wednesday, 11/8 10-11 a.m; Saturday, 11/11 10-11 a.m
Partner: North Park Friendship Center

We’re thrilled to offer gleaning kits for all volunteers helping with harvesting this year. These kits were generously assembled and donated by Humana, and contain all of the items needed for harvesting and packaging produce for our partners. Each contains produce bags, labels, rubber bands, work gloves, markers, water, and snips!

Can’t make a gleaning date? Please consider a tax-deductible gift to Grow2Give HERE. 

 

 

 

 

 

Volunteer Shift: In the Kitchen with Anteprima @ Community Cooking School, 2nd Floor inside Broadway Armory Park
Nov 6 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Volunteer help needed for the following tasks:

– Assistance with set-up and prep (no special cooking skills required)
– Sign-in / Greeter
– Clean-up

Volunteers get to take the class for free!

Please wear closed toed shoes and long pants. If you have long hair, please wear it up. You will be given an apron to wear during the class.

If you need to cancel your shift for any reason, please email [email protected].

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In the Kitchen with Anteprima @ Community Cooking School, 2nd Floor inside Broadway Armory Park
Nov 6 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join us for an evening in our Community Cooking School with Anteprima! Learn to make two classic Italian desserts, biscotti and tiramisu, and enjoy a delicious meal around our table at the end of class.

Hands-on, vegetarian friendly, BYOB.

Don’t forgot to join us for a dine-out night at Anteprima on Thursday, Nov. 9 and a portion of proceeds from that evening will go towards PGP!

This event is part of 30 Days of Doing, our fall event series from October 15 to November 15 featuring garden and cooking classes, volunteer opportunities, community engagement, and more to support our mission to teach everyone how to grow and cook their own food! View the full list of events.

About the Restaurant

Anteprima’s regionally inspired, rustic Italian food comes from recipes they’ve learned in homes throughout Italy and governed primarily by the seasons. They search out the best ingredients they can locate, preferring local and organic producers when practical.

Nov
7
Tue
The Chinese Table – Chengdu Street Food + Book Signing for The Illustrated Wok @ Community Cooking School, 2nd Floor inside Broadway Armory Park
Nov 7 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Come sample the flavors of traditional Sichuan-style wontons and dumplings! Learn about fillings, shaping, sauces, and regional variations taught by Chef Damao Zhong from A Place by Damao.

Copies of The Illustrated Wok cookbook will also be available for purchase after the class.

Demonstration, BYOB.

This event is part of Peterson Garden Project’s 30 Days of Doing, our fall event series from October 15 to November 15 featuring garden and cooking classes, volunteer opportunities, community engagement, and more to support our mission to teach everyone how to grow and cook their own food! View the full list of events.

 

About the Cookbook

The Illustrated Wok shines a spotlight on “next-generation” chefs who are rethinking Chinese food to serve the needs and cravings of 21st century diners. This book is for all the home chefs who want to recreate this magic in their own kitchens. Each recipe is hand-illustrated by a different artist to create a gorgeous and unique cookbook experience.

About the Instructor

Damao Zhong is chef and owner of A Place by Damao in Chicago, which focuses on authentic Chengdu small-plate food and street eats.