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
The Beaver Dam Pepper will be available to taste the weekend of 09/22 &22 in the following Chicago area retailers
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 Farm, Majestics 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)
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
BEAVER DAM PEPPER CHAMPIONSHIP
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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