Oct
22
Sun
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.

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

SoupandBread

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
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
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.

Nov
6
Mon
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.

Nov
8
Wed
Kitchen Basics – Knife Skills + Pho @ Community Cooking School, 2nd Floor inside Broadway Armory Park
Nov 8 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

A sharp knife–and knowing how to use it correctly–is one of the most important tools in the kitchen. It can also be one of the most intimidating.

In this class, you’ll learn how to use your knives and other time-saving kitchen utensils with ease. As we chop, slice, and dice, we’ll add our practice cuts to a communal pot of pho that we’ll make to enjoy together at the end of class.

This class is great for all levels of kitchen experience, not just beginners. Join us in an evening of confidence-building in the kitchen!

Hands-on, BYOB, vegetarian-friendly.

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.

knife skills class photo

 

Nov
9
Thu
Dine Out at Anteprima for PGP @ Anteprima
Nov 9 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Join us for an evening out at Anteprima! 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 call 773-506-9990 to make a reservation (be sure to select Nov. 9 and mention PGP).

You can also join PGP and Anteprima on Monday, Nov 6, for a hands-on cooking class.

 

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
12
Sun
Fall Preserving – Apple Butter + Book Signing for The Joys of Jewish Preserving @ Community Cooking School, 2nd Floor inside Broadway Armory Park
Nov 12 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Apple butter is a fall classic for a reason! In this class, we’ll make a delicious version of apple butter with cranberries from instructor Emily Paster’s new cookbook, The Joys of Jewish Preserving, a celebration of some of the most delicious foods Jewish cooks ever created.

This class is perfect for canning novices and veterans alike. Emily will teach attendees the basics of water-bath canning, including safety and storage, plus ways to customize your preserves. You’ll leave with the knowledge and confidence to try canning at home.

Copies of Emily’s book will also be available for sale at the class. Already have the book? Bring it along for the book signing from 1-2pm. While you’re at it, stick around for the Chicago Food Swap from 2-4pm!

Hands-on, vegetarian friendly, BYOB. We’ll end class with brunch around our table.

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 INSTRUCTOR

emily pasterEmily Paster is the writer, photographer and recipe developer behind the the popular family food blog, West of the Loop. In 2011, she founded the Chicago Food Swap, one of the most active food swaps in the country.

Emily’s first book, a combination cookbook and guide to the food swap movement entitled Food Swap: Specialty Recipes for Bartering, Sharing & Giving was published in May 2016. Her second cookbook, The Joys of Jewish Preserving, was released this fall.

An expert in home food preservation, Emily teaches canning classes and demonstrations throughout the Chicago area.

Chicago Food Swap! @ Community Cooking School, 2nd Floor inside Broadway Armory Park
Nov 12 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

 

Chicago Food Swap Logo Banner

Got some extra canned goods, or homemade treats from your garden harvest that you want to share? Or just need a good excuse to bake something?

You won’t want to miss our next Chicago Food Swap at Peterson Garden Project’s Community Cooking School!

What is a food swap, you ask?

The Chicago Food Swap is dedicated to bringing together cooks, bakers, canners, gardeners and foragers to trade homemade and homegrown foods. No money changes hands and it is only $5 to participate. Along the way, we forge new friendships and trade inspiration. Check out www.chicagofoodswap.com for a recap on past swaps, and to get an idea of what to expect.

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
16
Thu
Grateful Plateful Dinner @ Community Cooking School, 2nd Floor inside Broadway Armory Park
Nov 16 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Join Peterson Garden Project’s Grateful Plateful Dinner, a culinary recap of the year with a menu inspired by the stories of our gardeners, home cooks, and community partners, and help us celebrate the success of 2017’s 30 Days of Doing.

Taste, see, and hear the impact our gardens and cooking school made on our community with a special meal prepared by Chef Alvin Yu, PGP Board member and owner of Fyusion Dining.

The evening will include:

  • Cocktail hour with appetizers
  • 4 course family-style dinner
  • Complimentary signature cocktails and wine

Interested in purchasing a table for six or more people? Contact [email protected] for special group pricing.

The dinner is vegetarian-friendly. If you have allergies or food restrictions, please notify us when you purchase your ticket.

Special thanks to Fyusion Dining.

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.