What’s In Season Now – Corks & Crayons – Sunday August 23

August 19, 2015 at 9:21 am

Support Purple Asparagus




Melissa Graham was one of the first Beet Reporters. We knew her from way back in the Chowhound days when she was MAG and hosting bread tasting parties. In those far away days, Melissa worked as an accomplished attorney. She soon gave up that career for her passion of cooking. She formed a catering firm, but that enterprise only showed her that her passion was not just in cooking but in spreading the word of a sustainable lifestyle. The logical progression was to leave catering and form an organization, Purple Asparagus, where she could educate children, families, and the community about eating that’s good for the body and the planet.  Through thei flagship program, Delicious Nutritious Adventures, they teach food literacy to children in Chicago Public Schools.  Purple Asparagus emphasizes real foods, especially of fruits and veggies.

Now on their 11th year, Corks & Crayons is Purple Asparagus’s annual fundraiser. Corks & Crayons will be held this year on August 23 from 3 PM to 6 PM at the Greenhouse Loft (located in the Green Exchange), 2545 W. Diversey Avenue, 2nd floor Chicago.

As with each year, Corks & Crayons provides food, drink and entertainment for the whole family. Mom and Dad get  craft cocktails, local beer, wines from our friend Damien Casten/Candid Wines, and tastings from top restaurants like Big Jones, Trencherman, and White Oak Gourmet. For the kids, there will be a photo booth, singing and dancing with Miss Jamie, balloon twisting with Miss Jamie’s Farmhand Scott, and an art experience. For additional information and tickets, go here.