Although food is something we literally cannot live without, I'm often amazed by how little I know about its production and distribution. I certainly try to keep up with developments in that area, but sometimes I find it easier to learn something by experiencing it, rather than by reading about it.
That's why I'm so excited about the Good Food Festival, which takes place in Chicago on March 13 through 15 this year. This marks the tenth year of the festival, which is hosted by Family Farmed, a major supporter of locally grown and responsibly grown food. The three-day festival covers everything from financing for Good Food businesses to education regarding growing and distributing local food.
While the business aspect of the food business may be useful for some, I'm personally more interested in the fun stuff. Take Localicious, for example. This party celebrates Chicago chefs committed to good food practices. This year's lineup includes chefs from notable restaurants such as Big Jones, Floriole Cafe, Farmhouse and more. There's also the full schedule of workshops and chef demonstrations on Saturday. A class on organic vegetable gardening for the backyard farmer? Sign me up.
I'm planning to attend the Saturday workshop, but Good Food is too good to keep to myself. As such, PAPER/PLATES has partnered with the Good Food Festival to give away tickets to the Localicious party, the Saturday festival and the Saturday workshops. Check back over the next two weeks for your chance to win, and tell your friends too — we have a lot of tickets to give away!
Hope to see you at the Festival. I'll be the one hanging on Rick Bayless' every spicy word.
This post is brought to you in partnership with the Good Food Festival, which takes place March 13 - 15 in Chicago.