Monday, November 16, 2015

It's a Chicago Food Day 2015 + Lake County BIG Apple Crunch WRAP

Golly Gee Willackers... FINALLY a recap on our Chicago and Lake County Food Day events!

Better late than never... so here we GO!

I had a ball on the planning committee with Executive Director Dana Garcia (pictured left of me) and Marketing Creative Lead, Bill Bonner. Here we all are with our fantastic Governer's State Volunteers! The event was a huge success at Daley Plaza, anchored by Cathy Kenworthy, CEO of Interactive Health who spoke in front of Daley Plaza about the impact of real food wellness in our lives. I could just feel the electricity buzz stronger at the Farmer's Market after her inspirational speech!

It was an honor to be a part of this year's Chicago Food Day events and I cannot WAIT until next year!! Be sure to visit and check out how our entire nation celebrated!

Gotta have music! Thank you Chicago Ambassador Sarvin and Awatif for volunteering with us!

Look who joined us from Lake County! Ohhhhh... I am still dreaming of our adventures together last Summer at the Prairie Farm Corps!

We kicked off our Hidden Harvest Hunt with three drops at Daley Plaza. Dana and I thought it would be fun to take a cue from Survivor's hidden immunity necklace shenanigans... Would anyone realize that it's an actual envelope and not just a decoration on the podium? 

Learn more about our incredible 3-day +6k sponsored social media treasure hunt that helped 15 Chicagoans BUY + COOK + GROW + EAT more real food HERE

I took the stage after Cathy to kick off our 2015 Hidden Harvest Hunt with a few LIVE Hidden Harvest drops on the Plaza!

He found the hidden immunity necklace... errrrr I mean envelope!

This lucky winner found his at the American Diabetes of Illinois tent!

Our first winner outside of Daley Plaza was literally panting as she came up the escalator with her stroller! She inched out another treasure hunter by only 5 minutes! WHOA!

Huge thanks to the following Hidden Harvest Drop Location Sponsors for making our social media treasure hunt so FUN & INTERACTIVE:

Thank you Foodseum!

Thank you The Chopping Block

HUGE thanks to our Hidden Harvest Hunt inspiration and sponsor, @HiddenCashChi1. This lovely family found their envelope!

The @HiddenCashChi1 twitter handle is at it year round, so don't forget to give them follow and keep up the "pay it forward" cash hunting! ...You never know how much moullah you will find:)

Thank you Uncommon Ground for hosting TWO drops with Farmer Alison at their urban rooftop farm (the 1st certified organic rooftop farm in the USA!) and at their epic Greenstar Brewery with Brewmaster Martin (the 1st certified organic brewery in Illinois!).

Thank you Real Food Northwestern for hosting TWO drops during your very own campus Hidden Harvest hunt! We are so impressed by your week of Food Day activities! GO NU!

Thank you Snap Kitchen!

Thank you Wow Bao!

Thank you Growing Home at the Green City Market

Huge LOVE to Ambassador Christina Erickson for braving our Hidden Harvest in the cold rain with me all day!!!

Thank you Holzkopf's Meat Market!

Thank you Peterson Garden Project's Fearless Kitchen for hosting TWO live drops in your community cooking classes!

The Great Apple Crunch - Lake County

HATS OFF to the Stevenson High School's NEW Food Revolution Club for organizing Lake County's first multi-district Big Apple Crunch!

Over 3500 students at Washington, Mechanics Grove, Fairhaven, Diamond Lake, West Oak, Sprague and Daniel Wright schools took part in the Lake County Apple Crunch for Food Day. Over 2,000 apples were donated by Harvest Time Orchard (Twin Lakes, WI) and hand picked by the SHS Food Rev club. District 76's apples were donated by Preferred Meals. Additional apples were donated by Sunset Foods, Mariano's and Trader Joe's.

The SHS Food Revolution club coordinated the entire Lake County effort from start to finish; I could not be more impressed by the organization and execution of the school events! WOW! 

WELCOME NEW AMBASSADOR SARA LOHRMANN to the Lake County Food Revolution Team! Sara joins me and Ambassador Christina (pictured left) as the SHS Food Rev sponsor. Together we will work to bring more energy to our local Food Revolution efforts happening in our homes + schools + workplaces here in Lake County! 

I got to meet these two amazing co-founders of the SHS Food Revolution Club at West Oak! They took charge and led all four West Oak School lunches in crunching simultaneously. Each student left with a certificate of participation including easy "from scratch" recipe ideas to take home and try out in their own kitchens.

Ambassador Christina + Food Revolution Club SHS = AMAZING!!

Congratulations to all of the apple trivia winners - They won their very own t-shirt prizes!

Big thanks to Mary (hot pink coat) at Preferred Meals for donating apples for District 76's CRUNCH and to Sue Kruckman (far right), our amazing D76 Wellness Committee Chair who helped to organize D76's big lunchroom day!

THANK YOU for supporting food education + more real food in our schools!

And that's a FOOD DAY 2015 WRAP!

See ya next year on and around October 24th!!!!


Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Chicago Food Day Kicks off TOMORROW!

You're looking at this year's Hidden Harvest Chicago! We have over 6k worth of Chicago Food Day sponsor give aways to help Chicagoans Buy + Cook + Eat + Grow more REAL FOOD! Our foodie loot has been divided out and placed into 15 lucky envelopes that will be hidden all over Chicago Thursday through Saturday.

TomorrowOctober 22nd, 2015, we will host our main event at Daley Plaza. It’s shaping up to be a beautiful Fall day! Visit our vendors, stay for lunch and don’t miss out on our main stage announcement. At 11:30am we will announce our drop locations for Hidden Harvest AND I will LIVE drop clues for our first drop at Daley Plaza. Be sure to be there to get the inside scoop on where the rest of the envelopes will be located! Learn more about it all at our Chicago Food Day Daily Dish Blog

Huge thanks to our Hidden Harvest Sponsors for stuffing these envelopes full of Chicago Food Day treasure. 

Whole Foods
Northwestern Real Food (NURF)
Liberty Prairie Foundation
Peterson Garden Project
Evolve Bistro
Snap Kitchen
Uncommon Ground
The Chopping Block
Saigon Sisters
Wow Bao
Blind Faith Café
Tomate Fresh Kitchen
NU Dining
Growing Homes
American Diabetes Association

Here's how YOU can hunt down one of our HH envelopes (Value ranges from $250 to $400+):
1. Follow @FoodDayCHI + @HiddenCashChi1
2. Our hunt will run like a twitter party. Be sure to follow #HiddenHarvestChi as @FoodDayCHI may NOT be the only one originating clues... hmmmmmmmm:)
3. Be downtown Chicago Thursday, Friday and Saturday! (duh)
4. Join us at Daley Plaza at 11:30 to get a chance at 3 drops!
5. Don't be greedy now, one envelope per person please:)

Oh what FUN!

Wondering what Food Day is all about? Check out our national day of action's website HERE and be inspired to change the way America eats.


Friday, October 16, 2015

Happy World Food Day!

Today is World Food Day and October 24th is our National Food Day.

Last weekend I went to Boston with Chris for a long weekend and I have never felt more connected to the spirit of our American Revolution and to the Patriots who built this country.

Join me today in re-sharing Jamie Oliver's Global petition. I couldn't resist taking some more "sign it, share it" selfie pics in front of some historic Revolutionary sites... Today, the USA + UK is gathering to fight for something together with a global team:

Food Education & Food Truth

We've reached 1.6 million signatures and we need to get to 2 million. It's T-minus 1 month to go until the the G20 Summit in Turkey. Take a minute to read Jamie's petition letter today and watch his video --> Jamie Oliver Petition Update

The brave are gathering - Our Food Revolution is alive and well.

Speaking of Brave, professional athletes are speaking up. Thank you Tom Brady (aka Paul Revere) Read all about what he said here.


I'm in the trenches as a Volunteer Chicago Food Day planner. Check out all that we are planning to help Chicagoans connect to more local, sustainable and clean food next week -->
Chicago Food Day Events Calendar

Hidden Harvest Chicago - Get your Twitter on! Follow @FoodDayChi + @HiddenCashChi1 to find hidden envelopes all over Chicago starting on Thursday October 22 and running through Saturday October 24th. We have stuffed 15 envelopes with over 4K worth of cash, gift cards, vouchers and a cookbook to connect winners with local Chicago & Lake County restaurants, urban farms and cooking schools. Learn more about our epic sponsors and the details to the "eatreal" treasure hunt here. Thank you to Ambassadors Sarvin Haghighi (Chicago), Vanessa Green (Chicago), and Christina Erickson (Lake County) for joining our Food Day team! It's gonna be crazy fun and we're kicking it off at our Daley Plaza event!!

Midwest Big Apple Crunch - Not only are we crunching apples together at Daley Plaza on October 22, we're crunching apples here in Lake County too! Big apple LOVE out to Preferred Meals who is donating over 1100 apples to our District 76 schools! Thanks to the incredible collaborative efforts of the Stevenson High School Food Revolution Club, student volunteers have organized local Lake County schools to crunch apples together. The Food Rev Club secured over 2,000 apples to be distributed which will impact over 3,000 students in school districts 103, 75, 76 and the Little Patriots Preschool program in district 125. Huge thanks go out to Sara Lohrman (SHS teacher & Food Revolution Club advisor) and fellow Ambassador Christina Erickson (SHS teacher & Food Revolution Club) for organizing this incredible volunteer event.  Sara, Christina and I will be crunching together with volunteers and students in the lunch rooms on Friday, October 23rd!!

See you on the other side of Food Day 2015!