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Event Sun Aug 22 2010

BLT Bonanza: Buy a Sandwich, Build a Garden

Chicago TomatoFest 2010 is in full swing, and starting tomorrow, BLTs will become philanthropic. The Old School BLT Bonanza is a sandwich-based fundraiser for PreSERVE, a collaboration between Slow Food Chicago, NeighborSpace, Chicago Honey Coop, and the North Lawndale Greening Committee that operates a community garden at 12th and Central Park. The once-vacant lot is now producing sweet potatoes, crowder peas and black-eyed peas; organizers are raising funds to purchase tools, build a storage shed, create informational signage, and erect low fences.

Dine at restaurants like Uncommon Ground, City Provisions, Custom House Tavern, and Osteria Via Stato, and order a BLT made with locally produced heirloom tomatoes and heritage pork. For each sandwich ordered, participating restaurants will donate 50 cents to the PreSERVE garden project. The fundraiser runs through September 19.

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Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

The State of Food Writing

By Brandy Gonsoulin

In 2009, food blogging, social media and Yelp were gaining popularity, and America's revered gastronomic magazine Gourmet shuttered after 68 years in business. Former Cook's Illustrated editor-in-chief Chris Kimball followed with an editorial, stating that "The shuttering of Gourmet reminds...
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