Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Green City Market's Locavore Challenge Starts Tomorrow

It isn't too late to pledge to become a Locavore! Join Green City Market and other Chicagoans by committing to eating locally grown and produced foods for two weeks! The challenge starts tomorrow. Make a conscious effort to buy food from Illinois, bordering states and Michigan. Come to Green City Market's Town Hall meeting on Sept. 23 and enjoy local, prepared foods, share recipes with other Locavores and have your questions answered by the experts. Sign up at the market and pick up your Locavore kit, or download our pledge form and fax it to 773-880-1262.

Green City Market Annual Harvest Benefit

More about Green City Market... If you haven't had the opportunity to attend their annual Harvest Celebration, mark your calendar for September 13 and order your tickets now! This annual event is the swankiest of them all. The fabulous setting at the beautiful country estate and gardens of Bill Kurtis and Donna La Pietra in Mettawa, IL is only matched by the outstanding food and drink offerings by Chicago's top chefs and mixologists.

What you can expect? Chefs cooking flavorful local foods, the gardens, potager, tree house, the fire pit and the pond -- a true country feast showcasing the freshest, best tasting Green City Market products. It brings together camaraderie of the most passionate food environmentalists.

Chef participants include: Rick Bayless of Frontera Grill/Topolobampo, author/chef Gale Gand of Tru, Mark Mendez of Carnivale, Carrie Nahabedian of NAHA, Bruce Sherman of North Pond, Rita Gutekanst & Marguerite Lytle of Limelight, Sarah Stegner and George Bumbaris of Prairie Grass Cafe, Paul Virant of Vie and Randy Zweiban of Province. An array of exciting one-of-a kind culinary auction packages will be offered, all in support of the Market.

This year's packages include: A weekend getaway to Kentucky featuring a farm tour and dinner at Capriole Farm, A Farm dinner at Heritage Prarie in Geneva, Il - spend the weekend in their beautiful farmhouse and invite eight of your friends for a chef prepared dinner or brunch, a VIP Table at the Green City Market Chef BBQ in Lincoln Park (pre reception for you and your guests with celebrity chefs preparing hors d'oeuvres and cocktails), exclusive chef inspired events, cooking classes and more!

Ticket levels are:
Heirloom Benefactor level - two (2) tickets at $2,500.
Heritage Contributor level - one (1) ticket at $1,000
Market Patron level - one (1) ticket at $500
Market Supporter level - one (1) ticket at $250

This is a tax-deductible contribution to Green City Market, a 501(c)3 not for profit organization, less $100 (cost of the dinner), per ticket. For more information, please call 773-880-1266 or visit here to reserve your tickets. Capacity is very limited for this special event. Reservation deadline is Friday, September 11th, 2009 or while tickets last.

Green City Market Harvest Celebration
Sunday September 13, 2009
4:30 p.m. until 7 p.m.
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