A Peak Season Celebration of Green City Market at Mick Klug Farm
Saturday, September 8, 2018, 4:00pm–9:00pm
About the event:
Join Green City Market and Mick Klug Farm, one of our very first market vendors, for an exclusive farm tour and seasonal dinner showcasing the product and people that make up the market community. Enjoy a summer evening at the farm, chat with farmers and chefs, and savor a locally-sourced menu featuring ingredients from Mick Klug Farm, Finn’s Ranch, Green Acres, Petals Farm, and more! All proceeds from the dinner support Green City Market’s sustainable farmers markets, which connect 50+ Midwest farmers to Chicago consumers, chefs, and community members year-round.
Each ticket includes a behind-the-scenes look at Mick Klug Farm during peak-season led by Abby Schilling, passed appetizers upon arrival at the farm, a 3-course seated, family-style dinner, and wine and beer provided by Chicago purveyors – plus an optional pre-departure reception at GCM Lincoln Park and shuttle services to the farm.
Participating chefs have made sourcing local ingredients a priority and have built lasting relationships with the Midwest farming community. The line-up includes:
- Lisa Kalabokis, GCM Chef Educator and Chef of Abby's for Good
- Eric Mansavage, Executive Chef of Farmhouse
- Paul Virant, Executive Chef/Owner ofVie&Vistro
- Pat Sheerin, Executive Chef ofCity Mouse
- Michael Ciapciak and Dana Creeof Pretty Cool Ice Cream
Beer provided by Moody Tongue Brewery, wine provided by Black Star Farms and Cody Kresta Winery, cider will be provided by Farmhouse, and a signature cocktail and mocktail option will be provided by Vie.
"Green Grapes & Ham" (Grape Jam, Pork Belly, Pecan Butter, Brioche Toast), Swiss Chard Wrapped Smoked Eggplant Dolma, Beer Onion & Pimento Cheese Gougeres
Grilled carrots, preserved ground cherries, salsa roja
Ratatouille, arugula, chevre
Finn’s Ranch pork cassoulet,
Shell beans & succotash, Peach mostarda
Handcrafted ice cream bars and popsicles featuring Mick Klug Farm fruit
Please note any dietary restrictions on the event registration form. Please contact GCM’s Development Manager, Camille Veri, at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions regarding dietary restrictions or allergies.
Mick Klug Farm is located in St. Joseph, Michigan – approximately a 2-hour drive from Chicago. Guests are welcome to drive separately to the farm or to take a shuttle from the market to Mick Klug Farm, departing at 1:00pm the day of the event from GCM Lincoln Park (1817 N Clark St.). Shuttle seats are limited and reservations are first come, first served. Please select the optional add-on ticket for a bus seat if you would like to take the shuttle to the farm.
Event Schedule–subject to change
- 12:00-1:00pm CST – Optional Pre-Departure Reception at GCM Lincoln Park
- 1:00pm CST – Shuttle Departs GCM Lincoln Park
- 4:00pm EST – Guests and Shuttle Arrive at Mick Klug Farm
- 4:00-4:30pm EST – Passed Appetizers Prepared by GCM Board Chefs
- 4:30-6:30pm EST – Tour of Mick Klug Farm
- 6:30-8:30pm EST – 3-Course, Seated Dinner Prepared by Top Chicago Chefs
- 8:30pm EST – Dinner Concludes, Shuttle Departs
- 9:30pm CST – Shuttle Arrives in Chicago (Lincoln Park)
About Mick Klug Farm:
Mick Klug grew up on a 40-acre farm his parents established in the 1930s. He took ownership in 1974, and has expanded the land to over 120 acres. For the past several years, Mick, along with his daughter, Abby Schilling and son-in-law, Mark, worked together to manage the farm, several farmers market stands, and sales to many restaurants in Chicago. This year, Mark's brother, Ben Schilling, and sister-in-law, Bae, joined the team. The families grows many varieties of fruits and vegetables, employing approximately 25 employees seasonally. The families are committed to sustainable agriculture and promoting locally grown produce. They have provided fresh produce to the Green City Market for over fifteen years and to City of Chicago Farmers Markets for over 30 years. Look for ramps, purple and green asparagus, rhubarb and strawberries in the spring and raspberries and blueberries in the summer. Peaches, their biggest seller, and shelled peas also are specialties. In the fall, you can find over 10 varieties of seedless grapes at Mick Klug Farm's stand, along with Concords and Niagara's too!