Another Non-Wedding Event

March 28th, 2016

I mentioned before that I volunteer my time in my community with the Rogers Park Food Co-op, a community-owned grocery store in formation.  I head the Events committee.

Everyone who volunteers with the Co-op just finished work on our first Annual Meeting.  Naturally, I was very much involved in putting together this event.  It was an all-volunteer, low-budget event, which presented any number of challenges.  It turned out absolutely terrifically.

Many of the neighborhood restaurants very generously donated food for dinner, giving us a gorgeous ethnic buffet.  We were lucky enough to also have donations of photo and video services, so I can share with you some of the fun.

We had a paper theme: In this case, it was the co-op's logo stamped on butcher paper to cover the tables. Photo by Perfect Light Photos.

We had a paper theme: In this case, it was the co-op’s logo stamped on butcher paper to cover the tables. Photo by Perfect Light Photos.

Volunteers made paper flowers to decorate the tables. Photo by Perfect Light Photos.

Volunteers made paper flowers to decorate the tables. Photo by Perfect Light Photos.

Collective Resource helped is in our goal to a zero-waste event.  (We threw out only four paper bags of garbage, and one of them wasn't even full!) Photo by Perfect Light Photos.

Collective Resource helped us in our goal to a zero-waste event. (We threw out only four paper bags of garbage, and one of them wasn’t even full!) Photo by Perfect Light Photos.

First order of business was the presentation by the board. Photo by Perfect Light Photos.

First order of business was the presentation by the board. Photo by Perfect Light Photos.

Then, we opened the fabulous buffet! Photo by Perfect Light Photos.

Then, we opened the fabulous buffet! Photo by Perfect Light Photos.

A dozen restaurants donated food, beverages, and dessert. (Yes, that's me, trying the vegetarian food.) Photo by Perfect Light Photos.

A dozen restaurants donated food, beverages, and dessert. (Yes, that’s me, trying the vegetarian food.) Photo by Perfect Light Photos.

There was also a raffle of gifts from other generous neighborhood businesses. Photo by Perfect Light Photos.

There was also a raffle of gifts from other generous neighborhood businesses. Photo by Perfect Light Photos.

A good time was had by all!  Photo by Perfect Light Photos.

A good time was had by all! Photo by Perfect Light Photos.

My Secret Life

February 1st, 2016

I plan and manage weddings all year, but in my free time, I also volunteer my time with a terrific group of people who are founding a food co-op in Rogers Park.  I always like to have at least one volunteer project in my life, and I have an undying passion for local food and the politics of food issues.  (And, I really like food!)  So, this group is a great fit for me, especially because I get to plan events to help the co-op grow.

The first major event I planned (with many other volunteers and Heartland staff) was last October: Heartland Cafe’s Harvest Dinner and Barn Dance.  Heartland put on the event; I did a bunch of the planning for it; everyone had a great time; and Heartland made a sizable donation to the food co-op.

The event was a harvest dinner on the patio of the restaurant followed by a barn dance at the Red Line Tap around the corner (which is also part of the Heartland empire in central Rogers Park).  Wade Chandler, a photographer who lives in Rogers Park, very kindly donated his services for the event.  (Check out his Facebook page for more information.)  Here are a few glimpses of this terrific evening.

 

The Heartland Cafe patio was all decked out for the Harvest Dinner.

The Heartland Cafe patio was all decked out for the Harvest Dinner.

Tom Rosenfeld, one of the Heartland's owners, welcomes the guests--and tells them how important food co-ops are.

Tom Rosenfeld, one of the Heartland’s owners, welcomes the guests–and tells them how important food co-ops are.

The Heartland's kitchen served up a luscious buffet of seasonal dishes.

The Heartland’s kitchen served up a luscious buffet of seasonal dishes.

The guests enjoyed the food and the company.

The guests enjoyed the food and the company.

The Co-op had its brand new t-shirts ready!

The Co-op had its brand new t-shirts ready!

Volunteers at the pumpkin carving station improved on the decor.

Volunteers at the pumpkin carving station improved on the decor.

After dinner, the dance started at the Red Line Tap.

After dinner, the dance started at the Red Line Tap.

Caller Jo Mortland and the band kept the dancers moving.

Caller Jo Mortland and the band kept the dancers moving.

A Most Fun Wedding Show!

February 16th, 2015

committed_sthed-updated_2015If you would never consider going to a wedding show (I don’t care for most of them), there is one show in Chicago that should catch your eye:  Committed 2015.  And it’s this Sunday, February 22, noon to 4:00, at Greenhouse Loft, 2545 West Diversey Ave., 2nd Floor.

Committed is Chicago’s only eco-conscious wedding event and also includes a Rumpus Room where you can try out some ideas (a popcorn bar? make your own cake topper?) and take them home with you.

Committed is the brain-child of the Green Wedding Alliance, and all the vendors showcased at the event are members of the Alliance.  This is your one-stop shop for meeting cool, fun wedding vendors who can help you green your wedding.  Buy tickets now.

Introducing Healthy Green Goods

May 14th, 2012

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Healthy Green Goods in Evanston is not a wedding vendor, but Marny Turvil, the owner, is someone you should know if you are interested in environmental topics.

The store on Main Street stocks a wide variety of non-toxic and environmentally safe items for the home, including linens, paint, furniture, air and water purifiers, and personal care items.  Marny is also available for in-home consultations on indoor air quality and keeping a healthy home.

If you are looking for a high-quality, environmentally friendly, non-toxic gift (for a wedding or for any occasion), Healthy Green Goods is a good place to start.  They will even ship anywhere in the US.