Archive for Food

EHC’s Annual Ice Cream Social – Sat. July 23

Join us for an afternoon of summer fun! Come listen to music on the grounds of the Dawes House (225 Greenwood Street, Evanston, IL), watch Kevin Kelly’s hilarious and entertaining magic show, enjoy a serving of Andy’s Frozen Custard, and enjoy free admission to the Dawes House! This is a summer favorite for kids and adults and it is entirely free!

Event Schedule:

The Ridgeville Band, 1-2 pm
Kevin Kelly’s Magic Show, 2-3 pm
Face Painting for Kids, 1-4 pm
Dawes house Open for self-guided tours of house and viewing of exhibits, 1-4 pm
Plus: Kids’ Games, Popcorn, Lemonade, and Andy’s Frozen Custard
Don’t forget to download the free Pokemon Go app so you can enjoy the Pokestop and Gym at the EHC.
If you have any questions about our Ice Cream Social you can email Grace Lehner or call 847-475-3410.
Saturday, July 23, 2016 (rain or shine)
Evanston History Center,
225 Greenwood Street, Evanston
1:00 – 4:00 pm
Admission: Free and open to the public!

Spring Classes at Gather

Spring 2016 Registered Classes

We are so excited to bring you an amazing collection of enriching classes spanning the visual arts, movement, music making, and the culinary arts. Check out our incredible line up for the Spring and call 847-859-2312 or follow the links below to register.

  • I heart Art: Collage & Construction with Angela 
  • Super Soccer Stars: Kick & Play
  • Super Soccer Stars (2-3 year olds)
  • Fun with Food! with Mamata

More information and registration

Cooking Class at Maggiano’s – Sat. April 16


Easter Cookie Decorating – Thurs. March 24

Do you have a 5th-8th grader (ages 10-14) who would love to learn how to decorate cookies? Sign him or her up for Spoonfoolery’s Easter Cookie Decorating class at The Collage Cafe Thursday, March 24 from 4-6 pm. Cost is $45 and includes 6 *large* sugar cookies and all decorations and packaging. Recipe to make the cookies and frosting at home also provided. Please call Lindy Stockton at 773.837.4433 to reserve your spot.


Parachutes of Love – Sat. Feb. 13

F65 Show the LoveParachutes of Love on February 13!
There is so much going on in downtown Evanston during February to celebrate Chinese New Year, Mardi Gras and of course, Valentine’s Day! Join us on Saturday, February 13 to shop and dine for a cause. Show the Love for Foundation 65 by shopping and dining in downtown Evanston. Participating businesses are donating a percentage of their sales from February 13 and/or February 14 to Foundation 65, an Evanston nonprofit that provides arts and literacy grants to District 65 schools.

Kick off the afternoon by catching a heart parachute with a surprise giveaway — gift cards, coupons, or even a free night at the Hilton Orrington Hotel! At 12:30 pm we’ll start dropping the parachutes from the Hilton Orrington (1710 Orrington Ave.) so be sure to arrive on time!

A special thanks to these businesses for donating a percentage of sales to Foundation 65: World of Beer, Bottle & Bottega, Becky and Me Toys, Koi Restaurant, Gigio’s Pizzeria, Giordano’s, Evereve, Patisserie Coralie, Bistro Bordeaux, Creperie Saint Germain, and Edzo’s Burger Shop!

Click here to find out where to shop and eat to “Show the Love” and learn about Valentine’s Day specials in downtown Evanston.

Celiac Disease & The Gluten-Free Diet: Myths & Facts – Tues. Oct. 20


Tuesday, October 20, 7 pm, Community Meeting Room, Main Library

Dr. Esperanza Garcia-Alvarez, medical director of Advocate Children’s Hospital’s Pediatric Celiac Center, will provide and overview of celiac disease, an often misunderstood and overlooked autoimmune disease. Carrie Ek, Clinical Nutritionist at the Pediatric Celiac Center, will provide details of the gluten-free diet and discuss the benefits and misconceptions about this increasingly popular diet.

Register online or by calling (847) 448-8620.

Share Your Table for Thanksgiving – NU Program

ThanksgivingBring the world to your Thanksgiving table… Share Your Table for Thanksgiving with an international student, scholar or family from Northwestern!

The International Office seeks friendly hosts in the Evanston/Chicago area for our seventh annual “Share your Table for Thanksgiving” program! They will be matching local Evanston and Chicago community members with Northwestern international students, scholars and families who are interested in experiencing an American Thanksgiving dinner.

They will match you up with interested students, scholars or families, and will provide you with each other’s contact information so you can make arrangements. Looking to learn more about this program? Check out their new website with photos from 2014 and testimonials from previous hosts and our international students.

Interested? Please complete this online form:

Questions? Please contact Stephanie Cisneros at or 847.467.4025

Stuff the Bus – Sat. Oct. 17

Come support the COPE Food Drive benefiting District 65 Families!
Sat. October 17th, 10a-3pm
Valli Produce (Corner of Dempster & Dodge)
How you can help:
  • Stuff the grocery bag that is being sent home with your kids & return it to your school from Oct. 12-16
  • Come to Valli Produce & STUFF THE BUS with donated food
  • Visit and click the donate button
  • Spread the word to your friends and family!
COPE Food Drive benefiting District 65 Families
Pick up free groceries Sat. October 17th, 4-6pm at Valli Produce (corner of Dodge and Dempster)


Volunteers are needed for the Stuff the Bus Event, October 17th! Sign up here


What to Feed Your Picky Eater – Weds. Oct. 14

titleAllegra Burton, MPH, RDN, registered dietitian nutritionist, will offer a short talk on suggestions and solutions for feeding picky eaters. There will also be an informal Q&A session where parents can ask Allegra specific questions about their family’s nutrition.

Join us for this drop-in program. No registration required.

Wednesday, October 14, 10:30 am, Evanston Public Library, North Branch


Ice Cream Social at the Dawes House – Sat. July 25

Join us for an afternoon of summer fun! Come listen to music on the grounds of the Dawes House, watch Kevin Kelly’s hilarious and entertaining magic show, enjoy a serving of Andy’s Frozen Custard, and enjoy free admission to the Dawes House and “Evanston Ties the Knot,” an exhibit of Wedding Fashions and Customs, and much more! This is a summer favorite for kids and adults and
it is entirely free!

Event Schedule:
The Ridgeville Band, 1:00-2:00pm
Kevin Kelly’s Magic Show, 2:00-3:00pm
Face Painting for Kids, 1:00-4:00pm
Dawes House Open for self-guided tours of house and exhibits, 1:00-4:00pm

Plus: Games for Kids, Popcorn, Lemonade, Andy’s Frozen Custard.

Saturday, July 25
1:00-4:00pm (Rain or Shine)
225 Greenwood St.

This event is free

If you have any questions about our Ice Cream Social you can contact us by email, by clicking here.

Presented in Partnership with the Evanston Public Library. The EHC gratefully acknowledges Andy’s Frozen Custard

Custer Street Fair – June 20-21

splash_03.jpgVisit Custer’s Last Stand Festival of the Arts.

For sale: 250 Artists and craftspeople exhibit and sell paintings, ceramics, pottery, photographs, jewelry, graphic arts, wearable art, country and home craft, antiques and collectables. They are joined by 150 local businesses and commercial exhibitors who put on an old fashioned Sidewalk Sale.

For kids: In Eiden Park, there will be free balloon sculptures from the teen clowns of Starfish Learning Center, and the amazing Jugglerman-Adam Zeisler. Piccolo Theatre presents Prof. Theophilis Leaming’s Medicine Show Extravaganza. Fifty variety performers perform throughout the fair with juggling, magic, comedy, music, aerial acts and stage shows in the theatre in the Evanston Arts Depot.

Food: Over 30 food vendors offer a reasonably priced international menu featuring the old favorites and new fare.

Entertainment: The Festival Stage has FlashBack Chicago, The Terré Cohen Orchestra conducted by Rich Maisel, Bopology, Blake and Blue, Jack Hubble Jazz Outfit, and John Temmerman’s Jazz Obsession Quartet. Also featuring Canadian folk star David Francey, Wailin’ Walter, the Kent McDaniel Band, the Shoreliner Chorus and Billy J. Ivers & The Lonesome City Bluegrass Band.

The Show Stage features a Native American Pow Wow by The American Indian Center. Also Kraig Kenning, Christopher Greene & New Perspective, the all female Hurricane Saxophone Quartet, The Mark Cleveland Band, plus Corky Siegel and Frank Donaldson.

Check out the theatre offerings of the Piccolo Theatre at in their intimate theatre in the Evanston Arts Depot.

Admission: $1 suggested donation; donations are not required.

This year’s Fair hours are from 10:00 am till 9:00 pm.


More info

Family Events at the Downtown Farmer’s Market

BeesCome and taste, meet some great local chefs, bring the kids – the Friend’s of Evanston Farmer’s Markets Tent is a happenin’ place!

They’re generally located in the south west corner of the market, close to the City of Evanston tent. Demonstrations, tastings and kid events run from 9 am to 11 am.

  • May 30 – Campus Kitchens – NU – tastings & news of CKNU charitable activities.
  • June 6  – Campus Kitchens – NU
  • June 20 – Evanston Garden Walk Ticket Sales (26th Annual Garden Walk takes place June 28 – benefits Evanston Environmental Assoc.)
  • June 27 – Hewn Bakery, Chef Ellen King plus Evanston Garden Walk Ticket Sales
  • July 4 – Peckish Pig, Chef Debbie Evans
  • July 11 – Chef Nina Barrett, Beginnings and Bookends, a James Beard award-winning chef
  • July 18- Garden Club of Evanston
  • July 25 – Now We’re Cooking, Chef Nell Funk
  • Aug. 1 – Campus Kitchens – NU
  • Aug. 8 – Found, Chef Nicole Pedersen
  • Aug. 15 – District 65 – fun, educational activities for kids
  • Aug. 22 – Heller Bees and Fireman vs Policeman Cook Off
  • Aug.29 – Farmhouse, Chef Eric Mansavage
  • Sept. 5 – Chef’s Station, Chef Elio Romero
  • Sept. 12 – Bravo, Chef Sven Lindroth
  • Sept. 19 – Smylie Bros, Chef Grant Carey
  • Oct. 3 – Boltwood, Chef Brian Huston
  • Oct. 17 – Heller Bees – get the buzz!
  • Oct. 24 – Campagnola, Chef Vince DiBattista

MARKET HOURS: The market opens at 7:30 am, closes at 1:00 pm.

Parent Night Discussion – Food Safety Guidelines – Thurs. May 1

Did you know that District 65’s current Food Safety Guidelines were being revised?  Please join members of the District’s Wellness Council and Administration to discuss key components and concerns, as well as next steps for the draft policy concerning food safety measures.  These measures address policies and procedures for food and beverages served or sold at school, including potluck events and food grown from school garden.

Thu, May 1

JEH Board Room, 1500 McDaniel Ave

Little Beans Cafe and Play Space May Expand Into Evanston

Little Beans, a popular family café and indoor playground located in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood, is looking to open a new location in Evanston.The café has filed paperwork with the City of Evanston’s Planning and Zoning Division to complete a special use process with the City’s Zoning Board of Appeals and Planning & Development Committee to occupy space at 430 Asbury Ave. Little Beans is currently working with the property owner to negotiate a lease to locate at the space, formerly an Osco-Drug pharmacy.

“We love the city of Evanston and feel it’s the perfect mix of urban and suburban for Little Beans,” said co-owner Shannon Valko. “Little Beans is a place families can play, imagine, create…and caffeinate. Evanston residents and families will love having a new place to enjoy time with their kids for play, parties and events, as well as a new option for drop-off camps, classes and other specialty programming.”

Valko will tell community members more about the cafe’s plans at Ald. Burrus’s 9th Ward Meeting at 7 p.m., Wednesday, February 12, at the Levy Senior Center, 300 Dodge Ave.

Little Beans boasts an assortment of coffee drinks and snacks that both families and customers not utilizing the play area alike can enjoy in a comfortable atmosphere while children play, learn, imagine and create in an interactive indoor village and playground. The café offers classes, activities, camps, events, parties and open play. In addition to the Evanston location’s interior space, Little Beans also plans a drive-thru. For more information, visit

Bagel Art Pumpkin Carving Party – Tues. Oct. 22

Bagel Art is having its 2nd Annual Pumpkin Carving Party

Tuesday, Oct. 22
3:00 – 8:00 PM
$5 / pumpkin

Includes cupcake and cider; carving tools provided

Webinar – Picky Eaters: How to Feed Your Kids Well

Please join the National Lekotek Center on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 for a webinar titled, Picky Eaters: How to Feed Your Kids Well.

This webinar offers information and strategies for parents and professionals related to feeding and eating issues.  A team consisting of  Stephanie Wells, pediatric dietitian, Sara Probasco, occupational therapist, and Kate Connolly, speech language pathologist, will discuss how to start off with the right foods, strategies to decrease pickiness,  and what is involved in the whole eating experience (neurological, hormonal, sensory, behavioral).

Wednesday, October 23, 2013
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. CST

Presented by Stephanie Wells, Sara Probasco and Kate Connolly

Register here

Nurture and COPE Offer Nutrition Education

NSHC SUMMER 16Nurture is initiating a new partnership with Caring Outreach by Parents in Evanston (COPE) /District 65 – Kingsley Elementary School due to a grant from The Evanston Lighthouse Rotary Club and the Fuller Grant from St. David’s Episcopal Church,

Families will attend a 4-class series including nutrition, fitness, and cooking education. Each family will be given a slow cooker, meat thermometer, and 4 bags of nutritious groceries. Families will also enjoy a light, healthy meal together as part of each class.

Family exercise programs will include gentle yoga, stretching, aerobic activities like jumping jacks, and other exercises that can be done in a small space. In addition, families will share ideas about how to incorporate more physical activity into their daily routines.

Adult nutrition and cooking classes will demonstrate how to make inexpensive, delicious meals in a slow cooker while participants learn strategies for increasing their consumption of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean and plant-based proteins, and home cooked meals. Families will also learn tips for portion control, the importance of breakfast and healthful ingredient substitutions to improve the nutrition profile of their family favorites.

Click here to see how Family Program alumni from 2012 have increased consumption of nutritious foods, physical activity and energy and healthy while saving money on food.

Classes will be held from 6 – 7:45pm on Wednesdays September 25, October 9, 23 and 30 at Kingsley Elementary School at 2300 Green Bay Rd, Evanston, IL 60201. If you would like to attend, volunteer or observe one of these classes, please contact Rebecca Weiland at

Build a Better Lunch Box – Sat. Aug. 24

20130821-165357.jpgOn Saturday, August 24th from 12-4pm at Whole Foods, children are invited to taste and grade a delicious array of healthy snack samples, fill out a Lunch Box Report card, and receive a free back to school gift.

This event is free and is taking place at both Whole Foods Evanston locations this Saturday from 12-4pm.

Evanston History Center Ice Cream Social – Sat. July 27

The Evanston History Center holds its annual Ice Cream Social from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 27, at the Dawes House, 225 Greenwood St.

The event — to be held rain or shine — is free and open to everyone.

The program features face-painting for kids, Andy’s Frozen Custard, popcorn, lemonade, treats from Whole Foods Market and tours of the Dawes House through the afternoon plus the following scheduled events:

  • The Ridgeville Band at 1 p.m.
  • Kevin Kelly’s Magic Show at 2 p.m.
  • LakeDance Performance at 3:30 p.m.

Evanston History Center
225 Greenwood St.
Evanston, IL 60201

Activities for Kids and Families at the Ethnic Arts Festival – July 20-21

Visit the Evanston Ethnic Arts Festival, a two-day trip “around the world” at Dawes Park in Evanston, from noon to 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 20 and Sunday, July 21. Dawes Park is located at Sheridan Road at Church Street.

Family Stage entertainment will include performances by Irish Music School of Chicago, Mexican Folkloric Dance Company, Indonesian Performing Arts Chicago, Kuumba Lynx Performance Ensemble, the Phillippine American Cultural Foundation, Chicago DanzTheatre and S.O.U.L. Creations, as well as performances in Indian music and dance by Kalapriya and Korean music and dance by Il Kwa Nori.

Art activities for children include origami, face painting, papel picado, Morocan clay drums, maraca-making, tie-dye, Mehndi, and Lithuanian folk motifs. Ethnic cuisine ranges from Jamaican jerk chicken to tilapia tacos and gyros, tamales and crab rangoons to gelato and smoothies. Vegetarian options will be available.

Complete entertainment schedules and a map of artist booths will be available at the fest and posted in advance at Free parking is available at the Northwestern University lot, three blocks north of Dawes Park. Free shuttle buses will transport festival-goers between the parking lot and Dawes Park. For more information, please call 311 or 847-448-8260.