Eat it to save it – Beaver Dam Pepper Celebration 2013

The Beaver Dam Pepper Celebration is here again! In collaboration with Slow Food Chicago and Slow Food WiSE we are happy to present an extravaganza of menu specials, tastings and community potlucks in Milwaukee and Chicago.

The pepper is a rare heirloom varietal, brought to Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, in 1912 by Joe Hussli, an Hungarian immigrant. It needs to be trellised cause the fruit grows 9 inches long, hence it is more labor intensive than modern varieties. It is on the Slow Food Ark of Taste as an almost extinct varietal. But - as with everything heirloom - the flavor is SO MUCH BETTER than that of hybrid peppers. They have an amazing flavorful heat that slowly builds up and then mingles. Read the story of the pepper here!



We are honored that the following great Chicago chefs are showcasing the Beaver Dam Pepper in a menu special from September 19 – 22 . From a Beaver Dam Pepper infused drink, to a cauliflower dish w. pickled peppers and a chocolate truffle with the Beaver Dam Pepper & Michigan cherries, you will be able to enjoy this rare local heirloom in many delicious variations!

PLUS: Beaver Dam Pepper Celebration FAN CARD: if you Eat It To Save It at five of these participating restaurants from 09/19-22, you will receive a FREE jar of Scrumptious Pantry's Heirloom Pickle Beaver Dam Pepper!

The following Chicago-area restaurants will offer menu specials:

Big Jones w. Heirloom tomato salad, Anson Mills Farro Verde, Prairie Fruits Chèvre, Pickled Beaver Dam Peppers

Billy Sunday w. Atlantic Crab fondue with pickled Beaver Dam Peppers and herbed flatbread

Green Zebra w. Beaver Dam Pepper Hash with salt roasted Red Thumb fingerlings, fried egg, and an apple shallot jam

Katherine Anne Confections  w. Beaver Dam Pepper truffle with Michigan Cherries, FEW bourbon, local wildflower honey, and bittersweet chocolate

Marion Street Cheese Market w. Beaver Dam pepper relleno, goat milk ricotta,  sweet corn grits and pepper consommé

Uncommon Ground Devon w. Beaver Dam Pepper grilled cheese: brioche bread, butterkaese & chihuahua cheese, Beaver Dam Pepper jam & roasted Beaver Dam Depper sausage

Uncommon Ground Clark w. Beaver Dam Pepper stuffed with a local wild mushroom risotto and a garlic parmesan sauce

Standard Market w. Beaver Dam Pepper Slaw: a crisp symphony of peppers, cucumbers, carrots, snap peas, and Scrumptious Pantry Beaver Dam Peppers, marinated in a sweet and tangy mustard vinaigrette.


In-Store Samplings

The Beaver Dam Pepper will be available to taste the weekend of 09/22 &22 in the following Chicago area retailers

City Olive

Dill Pickle

Green Grocer

Marcels Culinary Experience



Plus, join us at various Whole Foods locations the following days and times

South Loop, Chicago                                       09/19  from 4  to 7 pm


3640 N. Halsted Street, Chicago                 09/20    from 5 to 7 pm

1550 N. Kingsbury Street, Chicago             09/20    from 5 to 7 pm


30 West Huron Street, Chicago                   09/21     form 11 to 2 pm

500 E. Ogden Ave, Hinsdale                        09/21    from 12  to 3 pm


201 63rd Street, Willowbrook                       09/22    from 11 to 2 pm

760 Waukegan Rd, Deerfield                        09/22    from 11 to 2 pm

1640 Chicago Ave., Evanston                       09/22    from 4  to 7 pm


20281 N. Rand Road, Kildeer                      09/28     from 11 to 2 pm



Heirloom Flavors Potluck, September 22

If you are inspired to play with the pepper in your own kitchen, you can purchase fresh peppers at Green City Market and Logan Square Farmers' Market at the booths of Radical Root Organic FarmMajestics Nursery and Montalbano Farms, as well as at the Dill Pickle Food Coop in Logan Square. Scrumptious Pantry’s pickled Beaver Dam Pepper is available at all Whole Foods Stores and other selected retailers around Chicago.

We’d love to taste your Beaver Dam Pepper creation at the Community Potluck on September 22 – if you do not have a chance to bring a Beaver Dam Peppers dish, fear not! The theme is “Heirloom Flavors”, so every dish that either incorporates any heirloom variety or showcases a family recipe, is more than welcome. The event is BYOB.  In the spirit of environmental sustainability, please bring a plate and silverware! Glasses are provided.


Scrumptious Pantry, 3230 W. Fullerton Ave (Logan Square)



Tour de Menu, September 21 (& Milwaukee Cocktail Week, September 22)

The following Milwaukee-area restaurants will be offering menu specials


Bavette La Boucherie  w. Pickled mustard seed, sauerkraut and oktoberfest beer brat with a pickled beaver dam pepper relish

Glorioso's Italian Market w. Orrechiette pasta with the BDP, brunelli sausage, arugula and caramelized onions with a light tomato broth


Great Lakes Distillery   will craft a Beaver Dam Pepper Cocktail for Milwaukee Cocktail week's launch event on 09/22
In Store Tastings 09/21
Glorioso's Italian Market                                                                12.30 - 3.00pm
Whole Foods Milwaukee                                                                  4pm - 7pm


These beautiful Beaver Dam Peppers are growing strong in Marye's garden. Are you growing the Beaver Dam Pepper, too? You should join the Beaver Dam Pepper Championship! All you need to do to participate is to tweet or post pictures of your plants & peppers growing on Scrumptious Pantry's or Slow Food Chicago's Facebook or twitter using the hashtags #BeaverDamPepper #Pepperazzi. If you grows the largest Beaver Dam Pepper you will win a Scrumptious Pantry gift basket valued at $100, and the title of "Beaver Dam Pepper Champion". The Beaver Dam Pepper Champion will be announced at the Chicago Community Potluck on September 22.



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