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September Events

September 11th, 2pm - 5pm, $65

Slow Food Chicago Farm Roast

Tickets here.

Slow Food Chicago’s Farm Roast brings together the region’s best chefs, farmers, brewers, and bartenders for an afternoon of incredible food, drink, and education. Toss in music, games, and Local Foods’ incredible space – it’s perhaps the most fun and delicious way possible to support local food culture.

Chefs will be using ingredients from Slow Food’s Ark of Taste – a living catalogue of heirloom ingredients and distinctive foods that are in danger of disappearing. But good news – you can help! The best way to save these rare and unique foods is to eat them!

Participating Chefs and Restaurants:

Jason Vincent, Giant
Kevin Hickey, The Duck Inn
Dana Cree, The Publican
Rob Levitt, The Butcher & Larder
Christine Cikowski and Josh Kulp, Honey Butter Fried Chicken
Michael Ciapciak, !Bang Bang! Pie & Biscuits
Leigh Omilinsky, Nico Osteria
Sarah Rinkavage, Lula Cafe
Sandra Holl, Floriole Bakery
Justin Hall, FIG Catering
Tom and Lori Leavitt, White Oak Gourmet
Zeeshan Shah and Yoshi Yamada, Bombay Breakdown
Dan Compton, Vie
Eric Mansavage, Farmhouse

Participating Breweries, Wines, and Mixologists:

Moody Tongue Brewing Company
Half Acre Beer
Pipeworks Brewing Company
Candid Wines
Brooklyn Brewery
Virtue Cider
Scott Stroemer, Nico Osteria
Brandon Phillips, The Duck Inn
Chase Bracamontes, The Publican

Local Foods Grocer & Distributor1427 West Willow StreetChicago, IL, 60642



September 13th, 7pm - 9pm, $40

Making it: The Business of Food

Join us for a lively, candid discussion with the entrepreneurs behind four of Chicago’s most popular food businesses:

Michael Ciapciak, Owner, Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits
Paula Haney, Owner, Hoosier Mama Pie Co.
Sandra Holl, Owner, Floriole Cafe & Bakery
Elizabeth Madden, Owner, Rare Bird Preserves

Michael Ciapciak is the owner of Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits, an award-winning restaurant with locations in Logan Square and Ravenswood that continue Midwestern cooking traditions and Michael’s unique take on hospitality, decadence and cafe life.

Paula Haney’s Midwestern roots and affinity for seasonal, local produce are evident in every handmade pie that her staff lovingly creates. Hoosier Mama Pie Co. began at the Green City Market, and has since expanded to include shops in Evanston and Chicago. She has received rave reviews for her pies and cookbook from everyone including Food & Wine and Bon Appetit.

Sandra Holl and her husband Mathieu started Floriole at Chicago’s Green City Market. In 2010 they opened Floriole Café & Bakery in Lincoln Park. Sandra has appeared on Unique Sweets and the Martha Stewart Show, contributed to Bon Appetit and Sweet Paul magazine and was named Pastry Chef of the Year at Chicago’s Jean Banchet Awards.

Rare Bird Preserves was founded by Elizabeth Madden, who fell in love with preserving fruit while she was a student at the French Pastry School. The ingredients are locally sourced whenever possible and the fruit is cut, juiced, and zested by hand. The products are crafted in the traditional way in copper pots but result in unique, non-traditional flavors.

The conversation will be moderated by Janet Fuller. Ms. Fuller is a James Beard-nominated food writer, the former Food Editor of the Chicago Sun-Times and regularly contributes to Epicurious and DNAinfo.com.

Our evening will include:
~Crafthouse Cocktails, premium drinks from world-renowned mixologist Charles Joly
~Tasty beers from Begyle Brewing.
~Samples of decadent desserts (and a few savory bites) from all of our panelists

September 23rd - 25th, All day, ticket price varies

Chicago Gourmet

Stop by and taste what we bring on Saturday.


More information here.

September 25th, 6:30pm, $30

Sunday Supper at Floriole

Tickets here

First Course
caponata and goat cheese flatbread
Second Course
layered late summer vegetable lasagna
plum upside-down cake with port black tea sorbet and pine nut crumble

For kids 12 years and younger ($15)
First Course
broccoli, carrot, green goddess dip
Second Course
baked, breaded chicken strips with honey mustard
s’mores parfait (chocolate pudding, bruleed marshmallow, graham cracker crumble)

October Events

October 7th, 7pm, $150

Feed Your Mind GAla

Please join us for Pilot Light’s 4th Annual Feed Your Mind Gala Benefit.  Tickets are available now!

Pilot Light welcomes our friends and supporters to gather and enjoy our 2016 Feed Your Mind Gala Benefit!  Our founding chefs will be joined by over 20 other chefs and mixologists for a night of signature tastings and drinks from some of the best restaurants in Chicago.


You know the saying, ‘Teach a man to fish…’? What would happen if someone taught a kid about fish? Or about vegetables? Where food comes from and how it’s sourced? That’s just what Pilot Light set out to do.

Knowing that better nutrition equals better minds, Pilot Light partners chefs with teachers to create Common Core-compatible lessons on food basics. The result? Healthier kids that are empowered to share this newfound knowledge with their friends, their families and their communities.

By attending Feed Your Mind, you’ll support Pilot Light in expanding our program to reach more teachers and students throughout Chicago.

Tickets here

October 9th, 6:30pm, $30

Sunday Supper at Floriole

Join us for an Oktober Fest!

November Events

November 10th, 6pm-10pm

A (Mostly) Veggie Affair

November 18th, 5pm

Thanksgiving Orders due by 5pm

November 23rd

Thanksgiving - bakery closed

December Events