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July 2010 Newsletter 
Greetings!

It's darn hot these days, isn't it?  On the bright side, the farmers' markets are brimming with summer produce, tomatoes, eggplants, peppers, and so on.  It's a great time to be in Chicago.

The dog days of August are going to be very busy here at Purple Asparagus and we wanted to fill you in on all of the wonderful events and programs that we've got going on and a few others organized by friends of the organization.

The Purple Asparagus team

Support Purple Asparagus at Corks & Crayons!
Save the Date

It's back and better than ever.  Corks and Crayons, our annual fundraiser, will be held on August 29, 2010, from 4-7pm at Uncommon Ground on Devon.  Join us to hear great music, drink cocktails made with Templeton Rye, beer from Three Floyds, and wine from Candid Wines, and eat delicious, sustainably produced foods.  There will be plenty to keep the kids occupied, including the Dolores Kohl Education Foundation's StoryBus and a mini-farmers market manned by our pint-sized guests and stocked with certified organic produce from Harvest Moon Farms.  Enjoy a great afternoon while supporting our work in the schools, farmers' markets, and community centers throughout Chicago. Even if you can't join us, you can still support our work.  Follow @corksandcrayons on Twitter for the latest news about the event and our online auction.  The event is sponsored by Pivotal Chicago, Candid Wines, Three Floyds, Templeton Rye, Organic Valley, RedMink Entertainment, Wholesome Sweeteners, Harvest Moon, and Gourmet Gorilla.
What's on Your Plate?
Don't miss your opportunity to see the documentary Michael Pollan called "exactly the film we need now."  What's on Your Plate? follow two New York tweens as they search for answers about the food system while talking with sustainable food experts like Bryant Terry and Anna Lappe.

Swedish Covenant Hospital
Sunday August 1, from 3-5pm
Children should be at least 8 years old

Swedish Covenant Hospital
Anderson Pavilion, Auditorium
2751 W. Winona
Chicago, IL 60625

Call (773) 878-6888 to register. 


Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme in the Lurie Garden
Learn about herbs in the Lurie garden with Purple Asparagus in Flavors of the Garden on August 8 from 2-4pm. We'll meet at the Cultural Center to talk about herbs then head to garden where we'll see  the herb garden. Afterward, we'll do some cooking with herbs back at the Cultural Center.

To pre-register call the DCA Box Office at 312-742-TIXS.

Act Now for Good Food
The next week is critical for those of us who want better school food. Committees in both the Senate and House of Representatives have passed their versions of the Child Nutrition Act reauthorization. Now, we need our elected leaders to pass these bills in time for the upcoming school year -- before Congress goes on recess Aug. 7.

Please urge your Senators and Representative to help bring this bill to the floor for a vote before Congressional recess on Aug. 7. Click here to send a letter.
A Small Step for Food Justice

About a week ago, Governor Quinn signed into law the Illinois Farmers Market Technology Improvement Act, which ultimately will enable more farmers' markets to accept LINK cards.  Click here for more information.

Micro-Brews for Sustainability
The 3rd Annual Oak Park Microbrew & Food Review is on August 21st.  Taste 50 craft beers from 25 local microbreweries, sample delicious food from local restaurateurs, groove to cutting-edge local bands and partake in festive activities, all while enjoying the Marion Street shopping area. Ticket prices range from $30 to $75 and all proceeds benefit Seven Generations Ahead's work to build healthy, environmentally sustainable communities. For more information about the event, click here.
 
Hire a Sitter and Pig Out!
Support Slow Food Chicago at the 2nd ANNUAL PIG ROAST AT GOOSE ISLAND Sunday, August 22, 2010
2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. at the   Goose Island Beer Company (1800 W. Fulton Street)

Buy your ticket before Sunday for $50.00, $60.00 thereafter.

Food will be prepared by:

* Rick Gresh (David Burke's Primehouse)
* Jared Wentworth (Longman & Eagle)
* David Carrier (Kith & Kin)
* Mark Steuer (The Gage)
* Rob Leavitt (Mado)
* Michael Schrader and Jimmy Farrell (N9ne Steakhouse)
* Andrew Hroza (Goose Island Clybourn Brewpub)
* Christine Cikowski and Joshua Kulp (Sunday Dinner Chicago)

Vegetarian option and dessert provided by Stephanie Samuels (Angel Food Bakery).
Tickets also include a commemorative beer glass & an optional tour of the Goose Island Beer Company. Please note: brewery tours are on a first-come, first-serve basis. Be sure to arrive on time if you'd like to participate!

NOTE: No one under 21 years old will be admitted.


Buy tickets by clicking here.
Looking for A Few Good Spears
 As always, if you would like to volunteer with Purple Asparagus or would like to contribute your support for our important programming in other ways, please email us at info@purpleasparagus.com or call us at 773-991-1920.

In particular, we need volunteers for our much expanded school programs for this year.
 Thanks again for your continued support.
Purple Asparagus
A non-profit organization dedicated to bringing families back to the table by promoting and enjoying all the things associated with good eating.
 
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