Calendar of Events

DIY Kombucha
Mar 18 @ 10:30 am – 10:50 am

Chef Greg Tefs, Peterson Garden Project

This fizzy, fermented drink is more than just delicious and good for you—it’s easy to make at home, too! Learn how to make and customize your kombucha in this demonstration. We’ll also discuss some of the benefits of this fabulous, healthy sparking soda.

Five Ways to Preserve the Harvest
Mar 18 @ 11:00 am – 11:20 am

Emily Paster, Chicago Food Swap

Food blogger and cookbook author Emily Paster will compare and contrast five different ways to preserve the local harvest including canning, freezing, dehydration, fermentation and root-cellaring/cold storage and explain the pros and cons of each method. Attendees will walk away with Emily’s “Freezer Cheat Sheet” which demystifies the process and benefits of freezing local and home-grown fruits and vegetables as well as an overview of safe water-bath canning procedures and helpful resources.

Urban Soapmaking
Mar 18 @ 11:30 am – 11:50 am

Kate Jakubas, Meliora Cleaning Products

Soap can be made from and with many homestead-sourced materials, starting with vegetable oils or animal fats. Herbal additives can also be used to create a soap that is as unique as your homestead! See a demonstration of soap being made and learn about the science and art behind creating it from materials around you.

Easy Cheeses
Mar 18 @ 12:00 pm – 12:20 pm

David Arfa & Elsa Jacobson, Fresh Curds

Explore the versatility of dairy. Starting with cultured cream, you will learn how to transform it into butter, then how to transform the resulting buttermilk into a yogurt, and finally how to transform yogurt into two different cheeses — Quark and Halloumi. You will experience a cross-cultural evolution of delicious dairy, with no special equipment or experience required. Generous samples provided for all items presented!

Making Different Pestos
Mar 18 @ 12:30 pm – 12:50 pm

Sylvia Noth, Christy Webber Farm & Garden

This workshop presents easy recipes for making different types of pesto with basil, sage and cilantro.

Knife Skills 101
Mar 18 @ 1:00 pm – 1:20 pm

Lilly Saouli, Peterson Garden Project

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 demonstration, learn how to use your knives with ease and confidence.

Vegan ‘Cheese’ Techniques
Mar 18 @ 1:30 pm – 1:50 pm

David Arfa & Elsa Jacobson, Fresh Curds

In this exciting session, we will inoculate soy beans to make tempeh, ferment tofu to make “Chinese cheese,” and culture nuts for delicious non-dairy cheeses. We will cover ingredients, share recipes, provide sources, and sample generously. Our focus is on a low-tech process, doable in the home kitchen: we take an encouraging approach for DIY-ers to make a tasty range of proteins, from the traditional to the experimental.

Healing Salve-ation
Mar 18 @ 2:00 pm – 2:20 pm

Sam Vergara, Windy City Harvest

Learn how to make your own healing hand salve with the North Lawndale Windy City Harvest Youth Farm teens. Our teens have been harvesting honey and learning what to do with the leftover beeswax. Learn how to turn your own harvested bee wax into a home good for yourself or a gift for someone else. The teens will share their favorite scents and mixes to start you off with a great recipe!

Food Preservation Basics
Mar 18 @ 2:30 pm – 2:50 pm

Jessica Surma, Heartland Alliance

Interested in conducting some kitchen experiments? Not ready to dive into canning quite yet? This workshop will cover a variety of techniques beyond canning, including freezing, drying, fermenting and jam making to help you preserve the bounty of each season.

Vegetable Stock: Recycled Gold
Mar 18 @ 3:00 pm – 3:20 pm

Sarah Jane Mallin, Pyrite Sun

Creative Kimchi
Mar 18 @ 3:30 pm – 3:50 pm

Dietrich McGaffey, Edible Alchemy Foods

Experience the joys of the lacto-ferment pickle at home. Learn how to make a variety of kimchi & kraut flavors, starting from the basics of setting up your ferment to choosing a spice palette to suit the occasion!