October 24, 2015 by Gaeadinner at 7:30pm, doors at 7pm2042 W 21st Street, Chicago 60608$40 & BYOB (or drinks available for purchase)Join Andrea & Dietrich to kick off the winter underground dinner series as they prepare their favorite dishes for you in this 4 course seated dinner.Menu Musings:Pickle Plate + Homemade Bread + GreensSunflower Butter Miso Soup SoupSage Mushrooms + Polenta + Chocolate Balsamic SauceSweet Rice Flour Shortbread + Cardamom Plum Jam + Coconut Cream**vegan & gluten free options available!**______________
August 28, 2015 by Gaea
Ferment for health! Ferment for taste! Ferment for radical self-sustainability!
Kimchi is a traditional Korean ferment, a side dish famously eaten on… well, everything. It can be spicy, sweet, garlic-y, red hot, salty, spiced, or any combination of the above. It’s guaranteed to be mouthwatering, however you flavor it.
Traditional ingredients include napa cabbage, cucumber, radish, green onion, garlic and ginger, though most vegetables and fruits can be used. The creation then goes through a fermentation process where microbes transform the mix of spices and vegetables into a flavor-loaded, vitamin-packed, super-good-for-you condiment or side dish. This process takes one to three weeks, exercising your patience. Rest assured, the wait is well worth it.
In this class, we will experiment with a variety of traditional and non-traditional vegetables and spices to create your very own recipe in class. As much produce as possible will be sourced by Edible Alchemy Foods Co-op from local area farmers using sustainable means of agriculture. Other produce used will be organic. We’ll sample a few varieties of kimchi during the class, to help inspire.
Bring home your own kimchi creation, with instructions on how to continue the fermentation process, and a whole bunch of ideas of how to eat your kimchi once finished!
Eco Collective: 2042 W 21st Street, Chicago
instructor: Andrea Mattson-McGaffey
instructor bio:Andrea manages Edible Alchemy Foods Co-operative, a locally & sustainably-focused produce & bulk co-operative. She is quite the fermento- judging Chicago’s Good Food Festival’s Kimchi Challenge in March 2013 and teaching fermentation classes all over the windy city. She also manages the Eco Rooftop garden, teaching workshops to students of all ages. Her passion for food began while studying art at the Art Institute of Chicago, and extended into creating a structure that allows people to learn skills like gardening, composting, cooking, preserving food & using medicinal herbs while developing community bonds with all who cross her path.
July 19, 2015 by Gaea
Friday Night Feastival Pre-Party Edible Alchemy Dinner + Blues & Burlesque
7:30-9 Edible Alchemy 3 course vegetarian dinner
9-12 show + dancing with Anthony Moser & The Fat Tone Blues Band
$50 for dinner + 2 drink tickets + blues & burlesque
$10 blues & burlesque
Fried Squash Blossom on a bed of Nasturtium leaves/greens/flowers with assorted pickles: beet, romanesco, garlic scape
MAIN: Seared Cauliflower, Hazzard Free Polenta, Roasted Chili Aoli, Radish Sprouts, Live Onion Crisps, Rainbow Card & Chocolate Balsamic Drizzle
Grilled & Chilled Summer Peach with Cashew Mascarpone, Red Wine Cherry Reduction, Coconut Cream, and Hazelnut Flax Cookies
THIS MEAL IS GLUTEN FREE!!
Check out Anthony’s Music here:
Want to help make the event happen? Volunteer!
We need people throughout the week to help us organize, food, create, teach, decorate, garden, sound, and more.
We’ll be splitting all funds raised with the Eco Collective for our vintage 1892 community house repairs and upkeep. Edible Alchemy funds raised will go into :
-a workshop scholarship fund (to cover tuition for anyone to apply.)
-free workshop days with guest teachers & hands on food workshops (funds to cover material expenses)
-community event hosting
– our food scholarship program (even without the shares we always have extra veggies & pickles)
-have an idea? let us know where our funds can best support the community!!!
don’t miss Saturday’s Feastival!
12-6pm Symposium: workshops & presenters
6-9pm culinary playshops & snacks
9pm-Sunrise music & dancing & partytime
tickets on sale at door.