Abby Mandel Meyer
Yesterday, we noted the passing of one of the leaders and true visionaries of the Chicago local food scene. For those who need some background, the CTrib fronts a nice bio of her today (reg. req.). As reported yesterday, Ms. Mandel, or Abby Mandel Meyer as the Trib notes, introduced farm fresh foods and local wares to the Chicago area well before locavore became the word of the moment.
Under the auspices of The American Institute of Wine & Food, she founded The Best of The Midwest Market in 1989 to showcase produce and artisanal food from 12 Midwest states. It was an annual, one-day event that continued for 11 years and was held in several Chicagoland venues, ultimately landing at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe.
For some personal remembrances, see this thread on LTHForum.