March 2, 2014
Welcome to Kolatek's Bakery & Deli!
Anybody who is a regular listener to WCPT knows all about Kolatek's Bakery & Deli. They are a proud sponsor of Chicago's Progressive Talk, and we couldn't be happier that such a quality business likes what we do on the radio.
In fact, when I posted that we would be broadcasting The Mike Nowak Show from Kolatek's on Sunday, March 2, I was happy but not really surprised to see a tweet from friend of the show Rob Gardner at The Local Beet:
@ GoodFoodFestChi @ mikenow @ KolateksBakery -- wow. I've been singing praise of Kolateks for ages. In fact going today for smoked fish
If I actually knew how to do a screen shot, I would have posted that. But...baby steps...baby steps. And the ironic thing is that, as I sit here writing this post, I am snacking on some of that incredible smoked salmon, and getting greasy finger prints all over my brand new laptop computer. AND I DON'T CARE!
We are going to have a ball this Sunday morning, regardless of how much snow comes down overnight. And I extend an invitation for you to stop by the store today, tomorrow or anytime, just because they are that good.
However, there is a bonus for braving the weather and showing up today.
Kolatek’s Bakery and Deli along with WCPT and The Mike Nowak Show are going to make one lucky listener a “Bread Winner” FOR THE REST OF 2014! But what does that mean? You might be asking.
-Kolatek’s has 44 varieties of homemade, artisan breads, which are Non-GMO, fresh-baked and made with all natural ingredients and no preservatives.
-To celebrate this we are going to give ONE WINNER a “golden ticket” of sorts. The ticket will entitle the winner to choose a free loaf of bread from Kolatek’s every week for the rest of 2014!
-With 44 weeks left in the year, and 44 different artisan breads you can experience them all, or get your favorite loaf every week. The choice is yours. (pending availability)
-To Enter: all you have to do is get down here to Kolatek’s Bakery and Deli (2445 N. Harlem Ave.) today during the live broadcast of The Mike Nowak Show and enter to win, ITS THAT SIMPLE! You must be present to enter, but not to win.
-The winner will be selected on Monday March 3rd, and will be contacted by WCPT staff, and mentioned on The WCPT FACEBOOK Page as well as on the MIKE NOWAK SHOW WEBSITE AND FACEBOOK PAGE.
C'mon, how cool is that?
And, during the show, I will be talking to Bart Kolatek about how his family started the business and the amazing variety of local, fresh, unusual and healthy foods they have in the store. Well, this is starting to sound like a commercial, so I'll leave it at that. And I hope you join us, whether in person or on the radio.
The Good Food Festival, part deux
Last week, I wrote about the tenth anniversary of what is now known as the Good Food Festival--three days of teaching, learning, buying, schmoozing and eating...all in the name of local food. Here is how the three days come together:
Thursday, 3/13/14 - Good Food Financing & Innovation Conference
Farmers, investors and Good Food business owners come together to to forge new connections and learn how to grow the Good Food system
Friday, 3/14/14 - Trade Show, School Food, and Policy Summit
Farmers, trade buyers, and other stakeholders learn to grow their businesses, discover new techniques and tips and interact with policy makers.
Friday, 3/14/14, 7:00 - 9:30 p.m. - Localicious Party
The party pairs family farmers with chef-driven restaurants for a sampling of homegrown cuisine and local libations to wash it all down. Celebrate the farmers who grow our food and the chefs who transform it!
Saturday, 3/15/14 - Festival and Workshops
A crazy (in a good way) day, featuring an exhibit hall with more than 150 farms, local food artisans, restaurants, and non-profits, not to mention chefs demonstrations, workshops, food classes, a CSA farmer pavilion and more!
This is the second of three weeks that I am making room on my show for the Good Food Festival, as one of the media sponsors. Last week, I talked to Stephen Jones from the Bread Lab at Washington State University and Gilbert Williams of Lonesome Stone Milling in Wisconsin about the Spotlight on Ancient and Heirloom Grains workshops--one on Friday and two on Saturday.
This week, I want to focus on Festival and Workshops on Saturday March 15th. During the day, you can visit
But there are also a boatload of workshops all day long. Some go as long as three hours, like the Urban Farm Tour, or the
Good Food Master Class: Brew Your Own Beer seminar. Many are an hour and fifteen minutes long, such as
So You Want to Start a Food Business? or
Preserving Biodiversity: Practical Strategies for Home Gardeners or
So You Want to be a Farmer?
One of those workshops is called
Organic Vegetable Gardening for the Backyard Farmer and it features Jeanne Nolan, who was on the show last summer, when her book,
FROM THE GROUND UP: A Food Grower's Education in Life, Love and the Movement That's Changing the Nation was published. You might also know her as the brains behind The Edible Gardens at Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo , or part of the team that put together the country's first organic rooftop farm on top of Uncommon Ground Restaurant on Devon Avenue.
She is also the the founder of The Organic Gardener Ltd. , which has designed and installed vegetable gardens on rooftops, in schoolyards, and in suburban backyards all around Chicago. So, obviously, she knows her stuff. I'm thrilled to have her stop by Kolatek's to be on the show.
In the back of FROM THE GROUND UP are "10 lists of 10 Essentials for Every Aspiring Gardener." The lists I hope we can touch on this morning are "How to Grow a Food Garden, in Ten Steps," "Ten Ways to Tackle Weeds and Pests Without Chemicals," and "Ten Easy-to-Grow Vegetables for the Beginner Gardener." We'll see how much time we have.
There's another part to the Good Food Festival that people can take advantage of...especially if they don't think they can handle sitting in one place for too long. The Good Food Commons is also on Saturday, March 15th, but its each of its sessions is only 20 minutes long. They include Herbal Infusions for Cooking, Introduction to Cheese-making, Beekeeping in the City,
Improving Organic Soil and much, much more.
The one I'm featuring today is called Oh Shiitake Mushrooms! How to grow your own in your backyard, and it will be taught by Jill Niewoehner of MamaGrows. As she states on her website, Jill doesn't grow just mushrooms, but that's the part that is really fascinating, if you ask me. In fact, she sent me a link to site that is for the novice who wants to tackle growing mushrooms. Here's a post that Jill wrote called "Mushrooms are Really Fun Guys." Uh...fun guys...uh...fungis? Oh, never mind.
Anyway, if you find this at all interesting, she will be teaching several courses at the Oak Park Conservatory in June. I suggest you keep her blog link handy.