Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Green City Market Junior Board to Host Second Annual "A (Mostly) Veggie Affair: Cheat on Meat or Go Whole Beast!" Thursday November 13

Two-Week Early Bird Ticket Sales Window Begins Today!

The Green City Market Junior Board will present its ever-so-local and seasonal fall fundraiser, A
Junior Board member chefs Jared Batson, Scott Manley and Eric Mansavage also will prepare three whole pigs “Three Little Pigs-style,” incorporating straw, wood and bricks both in their cooking methods and for creative inspiration. With all the great local food being offered, attendees will be able to Cheat on Meat or Go Whole Beast!

(Mostly) Veggie Affair: Cheat on Meat or Go Whole Beast!, at Wicker Park’s Chop Shop & The 1st Ward (2033 W. North Ave.) from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Thursday, November 13. Throughout the evening, guests will enjoy a walk-around stationed tasting, featuring local chefs’ all-vegetable dishes made with Green City Market vendor produce. Complimenting the array of delicious vegetarian fare,

The current chef line-up (with additional names to be added) includes:
Jared Batson (The Nomad Food Company)
Abe Conlon and Adrienne Lo (Fat Rice)
Beverly Kim and John Clark (Parachute)
Kim Leali (Nico Osteria)
Scott Manley (Table Donkey and Stick)
Eric Mansavage (Farmhouse)
Isaac Magaña (XOCO Wicker Park)
Bruce Sherman (North Pond)
Jared Van Camp (Nellcote/RM Champagne Salon/Old Town Social/Leghorn/Owen + Alchemy)
Lee Wolen (Boka)
Chop Shop

The fundraiser also will enlist five of the city’s most talented bartenders, who will pour creative libations featuring Green City Market product. In addition, local craft beer from Junior Board member Jared Rouben’s Moody Tongue Brewing Company and Goose Island Brewpub will be on offer, along with bottled cocktails from Charles Joly’s Crafthouse brand. The fundraiser will also enlist five of the city’s most talented bartenders, who will pour creative libations featuring Green City Market product and spirits generously provided by Wirtz Beverage Illinois.

The five featured bartenders will include:
Will Duncan (Punch House)
Robby Haynes & Hank Prendergast (Analogue)
Charles Joly (Aviary/Crafthouse/World’s Best Bartender)
Wade McElroy & Jeff Donahue (Sportsman's Club)
Danny Shapiro (Scofflaw)

Seasonal desserts will be provided by Stan’s Donuts & Coffee, Labriola Bakery Café and Green City Market vendor Seasons Soda.

Tickets are on sale today at http://www.gcmveggieaffair.brownpapertickets.com priced at $45 for early bird from October 1 to 21, and $55 for general admission thereafter. Proceeds from both the event and the online auction will benefit Green City Market’s LINK Card matching program, Illinois' food assistance program that enables families to purchase wholesome local and seasonal food from the farmers' market.

In conjunction with the event, the Green City Market Junior Board also will host an online auction, packed with exciting, one-of-a-kind experiences for Chicago food and drink lovers, which will launch on Wednesday, October 22. Last year, the auction featured such coveted items as a private destination dinner prepared by award-winning Chef Paul Kahan at Virtue Cider Farms in Fennville, MI. Watch for more details on this year’s auction in the coming weeks! Check the Green City Market website at http://www.greencitymarket.org for details.

Green City Market is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to improve the availability of a diverse range of high-quality foods by providing a marketplace for purchasing sustainably grown food and to educate, promote, and connect farmers and local producers directly to chefs, restaurateurs and the greater Chicago community. Green City Market, Chicago's only year-round sustainable farmers market, operates May - October at the south end of Lincoln Park, 7am-1pm, every Wednesday and Saturday and in the Fulton Market District at 222 North Halsted Saturdays from 7am-1pm. The Market moves indoors to The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum November – April. For more information, visit www.greencitymarket.org or call (773) 880-1266.

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