Calendar of Events

Good Food Chef of the Year Award and Demo
Mar 18 @ 10:15 am – 11:15 am

Christine Cikowski and Josh Kulp of Chicago’s Honey Butter Fried Chicken are the co-recipients of FamilyFarmed’s 2017 Good Food Chef of the Year Award. Honey Butter Fried Chicken, located in the Avondale neighborhood, has been a star of the Chicago fast-casual scene since it opened in 2013. And Christine and Josh have received well-deserved attention for their Good Food principles, including local and sustainable sourcing, fair and inclusive treatment of their workers, and their social conscience embodied in the fact that Honey Butter was the first in Chicago to declare itself a “Sanctuary Restaurant.”

After the award ceremony, Christine and Josh will conduct a cooking demo that will kick off our Chefs at Play program on the main stage.

FamilyFarmed presents its Good Food Chef of the Year Award to a culinary star who shares our principles for a better, healthier, more sustainable and more economically productive food system. Past winners are Rick Bayless of the Frontera restaurant group, Paul Fehribach of Big Jones restaurant; and Paul Kahan of the One Off Hospitality Group.

Purple Asparagus with Chef Tom Van Lente
Mar 18 @ 11:30 am – 11:50 am

Purple Asparagus, a longtime participant in the family-friendly programming at the Good Food Festival, will do a presentation on its popular program that brings fun and information lessons on food to Chicago classrooms, accompanied by Chef Tom Van Lente of Chicago’s The Winchester restaurant.

Paula Haney, Hoosier Mama Pie Company
Mar 18 @ 12:00 pm – 12:45 pm

As Hoosier Mama’s old-timey slogan goes, “Save Your Fork, There’s Pie.” Hoosier Mama Pie Company has been one of the Chicago area’s most popular bakers since it opened in 2009, in part because of Haney’s dedication to artisan ingredients. Along with two restaurants, Hoosier Mama Pie is a longtime vendor at Chicago’s Green City Market.

Aaron Lirette, Green River: Chef Demo
Mar 18 @ 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm

Green River, in downtown’s Streeterville neighborhood, opened in 2015 and made its first splash with its mixology program. But the excellent cooking by Aaron Lirette and his team soon received the attention it deserved from diners — and from the Michelin restaurant guide, which gave Green River a coveted star. Green River‘s website says Aaron’s “culinary philosophy stems from his commitment to working with local purveyors.”

Artisan Grain Collaborative: Growing, Milling, Baking
Mar 18 @ 2:00 pm – 2:45 pm

The Artisan Grain Collaborative will showcase and demonstrate the process of milling locally grown wheat — and baking a sourdough bread! We will present an up-close opportunity to see and learn the traditional methods of stone milling wheat into flour, and using that flour to bake a healthy and locally sourced loaf of artisan bread. Learn from Gilbert Williams, Lonesome Stone Mill; Dave Miller, Baker Miller;
Greg Wade, Publican Quality Bread.

Rob Levitt, The Butcher & Larder at Local Foods
Mar 18 @ 3:00 pm – 3:45 pm

Rob Levitt studied at the Culinary Institute of America and was a highly regarded chef and restaurateur — before he shifted gears and opened The Butcher & Larder meat shop in 2011. The Butcher & Larder has become a Chicago Good Food icon a little more than five years, serving sustainably and humanely produced meat with a heaping helping of first-rate customer service. First located in a small store in the Noble Square neighborhood, The Butcher & Larder is now part of Bucktown’s Local Foods grocery store.

Rob is fresh off receiving a Good Food Award for charcuterie at a ceremony held in San Francisco in January.




Rick Bayless, Frontera
Mar 18 @ 4:00 pm – 4:45 pm

Rick Bayless not only popularized regional Mexican food in the United States through his much-awarded restaurants, TV shows and cookbooks — he did so as a pioneer among chefs in the Good Food movement. He first helped small farmers from the region build a market in Chicago through his ingredient sourcing. Then, starting in 2003, his Frontera Farmer Foundation has provided what now amounts to nearly $2 million in grants to regional farmers to help them succeed.

Rick’s Frontera Farmer Foundation is collaborating with FamilyFarmed on a major fundraising event on April 30 at the Art Institute of Chicago. The Frontera 30th Anniversary Celebration will mark the 30th anniversary of Bayless’ landmark Frontera Grill. Rick also will participate on a timely panel titled “Does Good Food Need to Be Local?,” which will take place at 9:15 a.m. on Friday, March 17 during our Good Food Trade Show and Policy Conference, the middle day of our three-day Good Food Festival & Conference.