by Jennifer Olvera
Chicagoans quest to eat seasonally — and, perhaps, more importantly — locally continues with the next installment of the Green City Market Locavore Challenge. The event features a series of activities at Green City Market during the two-week period of September 8-September 22, all aimed at increasing awareness of locally produced and grown food, getting to know farmers and encouraging individuals and those in the food community to steer clear of food from afar.
On September 11 from 9 a.m.-noon, a Locavore Fair will feature demonstrations from organizations, such as Slow Food Chicago, the Shedd Aquarium’s Right Bite program and Purple Asparagus. Meanwhile, September 18 ushers in a cook-off with Kendall College, Le Cordon Bleu, Washburne Culinary Institute, during which students prepare a two-course menu in 45 minutes using a “mystery basket” of ingredients. Celebrity judges will decide who walks away with a $500 scholarship.
Wrapping things up, a family-style Locavore Dinner is scheduled for September 22 at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The cost is $25, and tickets can be procured by calling 773-880-1266 or by stopping by Green City Market (where you’ll no doubt want to by some grub).
To learn more about the initiative, take the pledge and download the official challenge kit, visit www.chicagogreencitymarket.org.