Corks & Crayons: Fundraiser for Purple Asparagus at Uncommon Groud

August 24, 2009 at 9:43 pm

Foodies old and young will come together once again to celebrate the joys of family meals when Purple Asparagus holds its Fifth Annual Corks & Crayons benefit dinner at Uncommon Ground Edgewater (1401 W Devon Ave, Chicago) on Sunday, August 30th from 4-7pm.

The all-ages, end-of-summer party will feature a sampling of healthy, delicious, family-friendly selections from Uncommon Ground’s menu. Grown-ups can also sip wine donated by Candid Wines, assorted beers from Three Floyds, cocktails by Templeton Rye and iced coffee from Crop to Cup while younger guests can select from age-appropriate beverages from the restaurant’s non-alcoholic menu.

The event will include a mini farmers’ market for kids, a gardening demonstration by The Organic Gardener, live entertainment, a raffle and a silent auction for bidding on gourmet treats, great retreats and more. During this kid-friendly fundraiser for Purple Asparagus, families will also be able to tour the certified-organic green roof atop Uncommon Ground where the restaurant grows much of the produce on its menu.

Purple Asparagus is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization founded by Chef Melissa Graham in 2005 to bring families back to the table by promoting all the things associated with good eating. The group has partnered with Green City Market, the Greater Chicago Food Depository and the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs for a wide variety of cultural and educational programs. It is a valuable resource for schools, museums and farmers’ markets, educating both kids and adults with cooking demonstrations, tastings and other activities. The group has hosted family dinners at restaurants including Erwin, Volo and May Street Market.

Tickets for “Corks & Crayons” are $50 (nonmembers $55) for adults, $22 ($25) for young adults ages 13-21 and $12 ($15) for ages 5-12. Kids under 5 are free. Money raised at the event will help Purple Asparagus expand its school programs and enable the organization to teach more families about the pleasures and importance of eating well. Tickets can be purchased via credit card at, or by checks payable to Purple Asparagus sent in care of Melissa Graham, 1854 W Newport Ave, Chicago, IL 60657. For more information on the event and Purple Asparagus membership, visit


One Comment

  1. Rob Gardner says:

    We have our tickets. Hope to see you all there.

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