It’s A Good Food Week

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March 10, 2014 at 10:08 am

Good Food Festival – March 13 – March 15 – UIC Forum

Photo Credit - Amanda Areias

Photo Credit – Amanda Areias

We look forward to a great week of good food with good people. The Local Beet is a proud media sponsor of the Good Food Festival. We will be covering the events and participating in the exhibitor hall on Saturday. Find us to talk local, and follow us on social media for all our Fest snapshots (but no snap chats). Find us on Facebook or Twiter. Also, follow my Twitter feed and Jeannie’s Twitter feeds for additional posts. ┬áSee below for all whats planned.

Good Food Financing & Innovation Conference – March 13 – The first day of the Good Food Festival addresses a vital concern. Making good food enterprises prosper. This day provides three sets of speakers. First, luminaries such as Walter Robb, Co-CEO of Whole Foods and Erika Allen, of Growing Power, give insight into our current locavore environment. Second, prospering food businesses and emerging food businesses provide insight into their strategies, triumphs, and stumbles. Finally, investment banker Andy Whitman and others provide insight into how to achieve success, including finding the necessary financing.

Trade School Food and Policy Conference – March 14 – Many needs served. From getting local food into your schools to getting local grains in your restaurants, this day brings together thinkers and doers, operators and organizers. This is a prime opportunity to see how local food will gain traction, traction from better policy and traction from better infrastructure. Needless to say, this is a great day to network with like minded folk as well as your chance to meet many of your Eat Local Heros.

Photo Credit - Amanda Areias

Photo Credit – Amanda Areias

Localicious – March 14 – Celebration. What do we say more than anything on the Local Beet. The way to get people to eat local is to eat local. Or drink local. A wave of local restaurants including Big Jones, White Oak Gourmet, Brown Trout, River Valley Farmer’s Table and Radler as well as local boozers like Koval, Death’s Door, and Round Barn Winery will convince you what all the fuss is about. It’s also your chance to raise a glass to all the hard work to all those who put the Festival together.

Photo Credit - Amanda Areias

Photo Credit – Amanda Areias

Photo Credit - Amanda Areias

Photo Credit – Amanda Areias

Festival & Workshops – March 15 – So, you’re not looking for angel financing, you don’t run a small business. Hell, you have to work on Thursday and Friday. Saturday is for you. As usual, the Festival schedules a very complete day, from demonstrations with leading chefs to intriguing panels. Once again, our good friend, Melissa Graham, and Purple Asparagus, engage the kids. The Good Food Commons allows you to easily learn how to a better locavore with mini-sessions on topics from kombucha to condiments. Beyond the speakers, there’s an exhibit hall with more than 150 farms, local food artisans, restaurants, and non-profits. Taste it. Hear it. Learn it. Do it. Saturday.

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