Sunday, August 19, 2007

Purple Asparagus's Annual Benefit at Crust: Eat Real (2056 W. Division)

Purple Asparagus, a non-profit dedicated to bringing families back to the table, is hosting its third annual benefit at Crust: Eat Real. Located at 2056 West Division, Crust is the first certified organic restaurant in the Midwest. On Sunday, August 26, 2007, from 4:00pm-6:00pm, Chef Altenberg is graciously opening his restaurant to us for a family dinner that will be great fun for all ages. The event, which is sponsored by Goodness Greeness, America's largest privately-held organic distributor, will feature a bountiful sampling from Crust's wonderful menu as well as organic beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages.

Proceeds for the event and the auction will allow us at Purple Asparagus to expand our programs in the schools and further our ability to teach families about good eating.

Adult tickets are $45.00 for members and $50.00 for non-members. Tickets include beer, wine and nonalcoholic beverages. Big Kid (5-12) tickets are $10.00 for members and $12.00 for non-members. Little Kids are free. To purchase tickets, you can mail a check payable to Purple Asparagus c/o Melissa Graham at 1824 West Newport Ave.Chicago, IL 60657 or visit Brown Paper Tickets to buy tickets by credit card. Please call 773-991-1920 or email for any questions.

For added fun, there will be a live auction where you can bid on a guest spot on the award-winning web cast, SPATULATTA! We also have a great silent auction line-up that will appeal to a variety of tastes. Our list thus far is: a Chicago Barbecue Tour with Doctor of Ribs, Gary Wiviott, whose talents are often profiled in the columns of John Kass; a Sustainable Evening, a seasonal meal prepared with sustainable product by Monogramme Events & Catering and paired with sustainable wines from Provenance Food & Wine; a birthday party for 15 at The Kids' Table; a mixed case of sustainable wine from Candid Wines, a month's worth of certified-organic food delivered by Maddy's Organic Meals; Chicago Gift Box from The Spice House; a pie from Hoosier Mama; baskets from Seedling, Fox & Obel, Marion Street Cheese Market, Beauty on Call, M.A.C. and Gourmet 47; a gift bag from children's' milliner, Ooh la la!; gift certificates to Timo, Paramount Room, Uncommon Ground, Katachi, Dirk's Fish & Gourmet, Chopping Block, Language Stars, Om on the Range Yoga Studio, Shelly's Fresh Picks, Tipsy Cake, Jump Ahead Academy, Southport Hair, Parto Nadieri Salon, Merry Music Makers, Hotslings and Ellie's Party; tickets for Baby Loves Disco, Victory Garden and Remy Bumppo; a Cutie Pie Kit from Homemade Pizza Company; and jewelry and a gift certificate from Team Blonde Jewelry.

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