The foodie in me loves to venture outside Chicago city limits to explore other eateries. My dinner exploration last night took me to Prairie Grass Cafe (601 Skokie Blvd, Northbrook, IL). If you can’t already tell by the name this café selects the freshest ingredients to reflect the season. Co-Owners and Chefs of the café, Sarah Stegner and George Bumbaris, are super supportive of Chicago’s Green City Market and local sustainable farms.
In honor of Green City Market’s 20th anniversary and the launch of Green City Market, A Song of Thanks by Sharon Hoogstraten, Chef Sarah Stegner and the Prairie Grass team are hosting a celebration! The event takes place at noon, Tuesday, September 17 at Prairie Grass Cafe, 601 Skokie Blvd. in Northbrook.
Prairie Grass Cafe will be celebrating the book with a luncheon featuring very special guests including: author/photographer Sharon Hoogstraten; Jeanne Nolan, founder & president of The Organic Gardener; Edible Garden Green City Market; Melissa Flynn, executive director of Green City Market, and Sarah Stegner, co-chef and co-owner of Prairie Grass Cafe and founding board member of Green City Market.
Guests will enjoy a special lunch menu, cost $45 per person.
About the book: Green City Market, A Song of Thanks
Green City Market, A Song of Thanks celebrates founder Abby Mandel and the advent of the Know your food-know your farmer movement. Inspired by Alice Waters, but challenged by the shorter midwestern growing season, Abby defied the status quo and introduced seasonal, organic, sustainably farmed food to Chicago. Wooing farmers, chefs, and introducing a new mindset to shoppers, she created a legendary institution that spawned a network of farmers markets across the country. In this 20th anniversary reprise of Chicago’s Green City Market, photographer Sharon Hoogstraten has crafted a moving homage to Abby’s work and the market. Using a vintage poem by Edward Smyth Jones as a narrative script, essays from Chicago’s top chefs, and two hundred pages of beautiful photography, she gives us a visual retrospective and permanent souvenir of a market you either know well-or will wish you did. Abby Mandel, chef, culinary genius, food columnist, was the creator of the Green City Market, an organic, sustainable and certified farmers’ market. Alice Waters called it “the best sustainable market in the country, “Edward Smyth Jones, son of a Mississippi sharecropper, who longed to study at Harvard produced an extraordinary volume of poetry including A Song of Thanks. Published in 1911, this poem challenged the photographer and illuminates the market produce and seasons. An award-winning photographer, Sharon Hoogstraten has been documenting the Green City Market since 2008.
Sharon will be selling her book and signing it at the Prairie Grass Cafe event. The book costs $40 and may also be purchased on Amazon beginning in October.
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