“Pigs is pigs,” Ellis Parker Butler once said. Well, not exactly. In Chicagoland this month, there are pigs you can watch … and other pigs you can eat. Don’t get them mixed up!
The company offers free performances at noon every Sunday through the end of August on the Great Lawn at Millennium Park in the South Loop.
And at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 14, Emerald City will perform the show at Theatre at the Center’s Theatre for Young Audiences in Munster, Ind.; tickets are $7 to $8.50.
PIG OUTS. A more gustatory, adults-only pig presentation begins at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 22, when Slow Food Chicago hosts its second annual pig roast at Goose Island Beer Company’s West Loop brewery, 1800 W. Fulton St.
Tickets for the event are $60, and include Goose Island beers and local pork prepared by chefs prepared by local chefs:
- Rick Gresh of David Burke’s Primehouse
- Erling Wu-Bower of The Publican
- Jared Wentworth of Longman & Eagle
- David Carrier of Kith & Kin
- Mark Steuer of The Gage
- Rob Levitt of Mado
- Michael Schrader and Jimmy Farrell of N9ne Steak House
- Andrew Hroza of Goose Island Clybourn
- Christine Cikowski and Joshua Kulp of Sunday Dinner Chicago catering
Plus a vegetarian option and dessert provided by Stephanie Samuels of Angel Food Bakery.
Finally, at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 28, the Culinary Historians of Chicago host a pig roast picnic feast and program on “The American Family Farm,” covering its history, evolution and impact, by pig farmer Jon Hoek of Belstra Group Farms in DeMotte, Ind. The event takes place at Washburne Culinary Institute in Englewood. Hoek will explain the dramatic changes that have taken place in farming over the last 20 years and several Indiana farm families will serve a feast including a relish tray; side dishes and cheeses from Fair Oaks Farms and a whole spit-roasted roast pig from Belstra Farms, as well as Indiana sweet corn, salad, pies and beverages. Tickets are $15.