Monthly peer-to-peer learning opportunities for small farmers and home food producers
Summits, workshops, and featured speakers on topics related to sustainable food production.
Local Food Features
Farm-to-table dinners, concerts, and other Food Works sponsored events featuring local food and beverages
2017 Event Overview
Rock the Pint Southern Illinois Tap Takeover
Thursday, March 30th, 4-10 p.m. at Hangar 9
Featuring local beer, cider and local bands: Hey Honey followed by The Jenny Johnson Band. Tickets are on sale now.
Chef Talk with Josh Galliano
Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 6 p.m. at Scratch Brewery in Ava, IL
Join Food Works and chat with Chef Josh Galliano, an award-winning chef, a passionate advocate for local food, a resident Southern Illinoisan, and currently at Companion Baking in St. Louis. He often cooks local ingredients with southern flavors inspired from his native New Orleans. Recognized with several awards such as ‘Food and Wine’s Best New Chef: Midwest’ and multiple nominations for the James Beard-Best Chef in the Midwest, Josh instills a blend of locality, technique, creativity, and reverence for the ingredients in the dishes he creates.
Tickets are limited for this event. Happy hour starts at 6 p.m.; talk begins at 7 p.m. Ticket options include Taste & Talk with a beer pairing, or without the beer pairing. Members receive a $5 discount with the special password. Get tickets here or RSVP to get tickets at the door by calling (618) 370-3287. Invite your friends on Facebook.
Fermentation Sciences Institute Tour with Director Matt McCarroll
Saturday, May 13, 2017 1 p.m.
Join Food Works on a tour of this Illinois asset for engaging the next generation of wine, beer, cider and food artisans. Watch your emails for details on location and parking.
Food Film Fridays at Scratch
Fridays in July 8 p.m. at Scratch Brewery in Ava, IL
Funny, poignant, and sometimes infuriating, today’s food films tackle a range of issues.
Rock the Plate
Sunday, August 27, 5 p.m. The Old Feed Store in Cobden, IL
Food Work’s local music and local food sampler featuring the best in seasonal flavors.
SOIL Farm Crawl
Saturday & Sunday, September 9-10, 2017
Food Works’ partners with the Neighborhood Coop to help you get to know your farmers. Sign up to volunteer!
Friday, November 3rd, 6:00 p.m.
Food Works’ annual harvest feast showcasing Southern Illinois culinary talent and tradition and local ingredients. Details TBA.