If you purchased heirloom tomatoes during the Chicago TomatoFest plant sales you're invited to the Second Annual Chicago TomatoFest
Potluck Supper at the Chicago Honey Coop. The event celebrates the end
of tomato growing season in Chicago and you're asked to bring a dish
that showcases the heirloom tomatoes you grew all season. The tickets
are $10.00 for Honey Co-op and Slow Food Chicago members and $15.00 for
non-members. Children under 10 years of age get in free and proceeds
benefit Slow Food Chicago.
I asked Sydney Barton, Social Media
Ambassador of the Chicago Honey Co-op for some tips for those who have
never been to the apiary on the West Side Of Chicago before.
Q: Anything people who have never been to an apiary should now? Certain things people should avoid?
Wear light colored clothing and a hat, avoid sandals,(NO FLIP FLOPS)
and don't walk right in front of beehives. If they bring children,
don't let them go unsupervised.
Q: What's with the light colored clothing?
It's a bee thing. They are more likely to become defensive (big black
bears stealing honey) and they don't seen to notice light colors.
Q: Parking and the best way to get to the apiary?
Parking is easy on the street because we are the only thing on the
block. I recommend Ride the City: safe bike routes made easy to find
the best route by bike. Here are other directions:
Take I 290 to
Independence Blvd. Exit and go South about 3 blocks just past the old
Rail Road viaduct. Turn left on Fillmore St. We are located in the
middle of the block. Or 3740 W. Fillmore is 2 blocks North of Roosevelt
Rd. between Independence Blvd. and Central Park. The apiary is easily
visible from the street. We take up the whole block on the north side
of Fillmore. There is plenty of parking available on the street.
train: There is a Blue line stop at Homan/Kedzie. Walk the ramp toward Homan Ave., walk South on Homan
approx. 5 blocks just past the 12 story 1905 original Sears Tower.
Fillmore is the first street beyond the tower. Walk 2 blocks West to
By bus: Homan/Kimball bus to Fillmore St. and walk west 2 blocks.
can follow the Chicago Honey Coop on Twitter where Sydney has mentioned she hopes someone brings tomato paella. You can purchase tickets for
the potluck supper here. If you can't make the potluck supper but would like to eat some heirloom tomatoes this season check out the Old School BLT Bonanza by Chicago TomatoFest going on around Chicago until September 20, 2009 or stop by one of Chicago's Farmers' Markets.
If you haven't purchased tickets through the Slow Food Chicago website you can "pay at the door," so don't let that stop you from attending tonight if you just heard about it.