Twenty-one new restaurants will join Green City Market’s 15th annual Chef BBQ Benefit this Thursday, July 16 in Lincoln Park. The BBQ will showcase the best of Chicago’s culinary scene, including some of my favorite new comers: Japonais by Mormioto, Lillie’s Q, Maddy’s Dumpling House, The Gage, and Villains Chicago.
"The Green City Market BBQ is one of the best events of the summer and a great time for all involved. The market is like a seasonal candy store for chefs, so it’s awesome to be able to support our farm community,” said Tony Quartaro, chef and co-owner of Formento’s and Nonna’s.
All dishes served at the BBQ feature items offered from the market prepared by over 100 chefs and restaurants. In addition to food, the Midwest’s best brewers, distilleries, wineries, and mixologists will feature locally made craft beer, wine, cocktails and non-alcoholic beverages.
“The Chef BBQ is one of the most anticipated events of the summer and a great time to celebrate all of the amazing food and talent this city has to offer,” said Sarah Stegner, co-president of the Green City Market board and chef/partner of Prairie Grass Cafe in Northbrook.
This benefit is open to the public and supports all operation of the market (which my kids and I frequent over the summer).
Green City Market's greatest challenge is balancing the growing expenses of running an outdoor market while keeping its farm fees as low as possible. Because of the difference in Green City Market's costs to operate Chicago's first year-round farmers market and keeping its farmers' fees intentionally low, Green City Market must rely on the support of generous individuals to help cover this difference. The Green City Market Chefs BBQ on July 16 goes a long way to helping support Market operations throughout the year.
"The Green City Market BBQ is one of the highlight chef-focused events of the summer, featuring incredible locally and sustainably sourced foods. Attending the event is synonymous with supporting the market and the farmers themselves, all dedicated to bringing the most seasonal and ethically procured products to our palates," said Josephine Washuk, former chef, Green City Market supporter and Mother of three.
Will I see you there? I would love for you to come over and say hi. I am anxiously awaiting all of the deliciousness that will be there.
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