Upcoming Events: Chicago!

August 23, 2012(updated on October 3, 2018)

mussels and clams

Though it’s hard to believe, I’m actually coming to the end of my book tour summer. I’ll still doing classes and hope to do a bit of travel down south come January or February, but the huge promotional push I’ve been tangled up in since May 22 is drawing to a close.

I’m wrapping things up with a four days of events in the Chicago area and I can’t think of a finer way to conclude. If you call that area of the country home, I do hope you’ll come out and say hi this weekend (there are still seats available in Sunday’s class. Sign up and make jam with me!).

Saturday, August 25:

  • 9:30 – 11 am, canning demo and book signing at the Batavia Farmers’ Market. This event is free!
  • 12:30 – 2:30 pm, book signing at Morton Arboretum in Lisle. The event is included in the price of admission to the arboretum.
  • 5 pm, Jennifer Downing of Nourish Cooking is hosting an informal reception for me at the Yellow House. It’s your chance to get a book signed and ask me canning questions, all while nibbling tasty bits and having a cocktail or two. This event costs $30 if you want to include a copy of the book, or $10 for the reception only. Click here to sign up.

Sunday, August 26:

  • 9:30 – 11 am, canning class at Green Home Experts in Oak Park. The class costs $40 and includes a small jar of the jam we made in the class. Click here to sign up.
  • 11 am – 2 pm, book signing at Green Home Experts. While there will be books for sale on site, copies may be limited, call ahead to reserve yours.
  • 3 – 5 pm, I’ll be participating in the Chicago Food Swap (also being hosted by Green Home Experts). I’m planning on squirreling away some granola in my luggage to swap. The swap is currently sold out, but you can click here to get on the waiting list.
Monday, August 27 (events coordinated by the Lake Forest Book Store)
Credit for the coordination this Chicago trip goes to Emily Paster from West of the Loop, Jennifer Downing from Nourish Cooking and Naomi McEneely from the Lake Forest Book Store. They plotted, planned and strategized in order to make it reality. All three of them have my unending gratitude and appreciation. 

Photo note: I realize that the image at the top of this post has nothing to do with canning or this trip to Chicago. I took the day off yesterday and spent a lovely eight hours at the Jersey shore with a couple cousins that I don’t see nearly enough. We capped off the day by cooking clams and mussels together on an outdoor propane burner. It was joyous and every time I look at that photo, I feel happy and so wanted to share a little bit of that. 

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10 thoughts on "Upcoming Events: Chicago!"

    1. Can we help you include Atlanta? I have an idea for a great venue that I could offer that offers canning classes, green market – all in a park setting. email me back if this might help – Lyn

    1. I was actually thinking more like South Carolina and Florida, but I will add Tulsa to my list of places to visit! Fingers crossed that I can make it work!

  • Can I entice you to come closer to me with classes?? Maybe like Minneapolis or Duluth, Mn. or Eau Claire, Wisconsin??? I know it’s in the middle of nowhere, but we can here, too!!! Just finished making “zucchini pickled relish”. YUM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Thank you for the wonderful book and your gracious answers to my questions at the Batavia’s Farmers Market…thank goodness next weekend is a three day weekend..I will be cooking up a storm!

  • Supper bummed that is missed you in Oak Park!!!! going to try to stop by Libertyville talk tomorrow night…