Have you been thinking about composting but just can’t swing it where you live? Good news! Now there is way to keep your food scraps out of the landfill without undertaking your own composting operation! Jon Scheffel has launched his Healthy Soil Compost service, which offers customers two ways to return food to soil, for a small fee. Continue reading “Composting in South Loop Made Easy”
Our Veggie Chili Cook-Off was really fun. We came, we tasted, we savored and we supported the environment. Here’s one of the winning recipes, Gail Merritt’s 3-Bean Chili, People’s Choice. Continue reading “People’s Choice Winner”
Swag and swagger!
Someone will be going home with both at the end of the Veggie Chili Cook-Off competition on Monday, March 31. Will it be you?
This Monday – March 24 – is the last chance to register your chili entry!
Besides bragging rights, winners of the Judges’ Choice and the Peoples’ Choice awards will be taking home an amazing artisan-made prize and either a Native Foods’Celebrations cook-book or $50 gift card. Plus, just like every other person who registers for the event – either with a chili entry or as a chili eater – they will be entered in a raffle for prizes donated by our 2014 MMM! participating restaurants. You don’t need to be a culinary expert to enter. Just someone who isn’t shy of a little challenge in the kitchen, and who likes fun with friends and neighbors. Don’t miss the chance to be named the maker of the best veggie chili and take home all the swag and swagger! Register your killer veggie chili for our Veggie Chili Cook-Off, now! Then, let your friends and neighbors know – so they can register, too. Every registered chili eater gets a vote in the Peoples’ Choice chili competition and entry into the raffle.
Veggie Chili Cook-Off
March 31, 6-8pm
Daystar Center, 1550 S. State St.
Join friends and neighbors as we cook, taste, and crown the best vegetarian chili in town. We’ll have beer on hand and raffle prizes from the South Loop restaurants participating in MMM!
Best of all, the proceeds will go toward a South Loop community garden.
Everyone who registers – as a chili entry or eater – is entered to win raffle prizes donated by our 2014 MMM! participating restaurants.
Why a veggie chili?
Lots of people don’t know that eating less meat is a great way to be kind to the environment. Better than recycling, even. When we eat less meat we help reduce our carbon footprint, we help reduce our dependence on fossil fuel, and we help reduce water usage. So eating less meat? Good for us; Great for the environment!
Action Opportunities in this Edition
Earth Hour: Saturday, March 29
South Loop Composting, April 3
2nd Ward Spring Clean and Green, April 26
Chicago River Day, May 10
Earth Hour 2014: Saturday March 29, 8:30pm
New this year. Turn off your lights for one hour on March 29 at 8:30pm AND contribute to projects that are delivering tangible results.
The aim of Earth Hour has always been to go beyond one hour. This year the program is introducing Earth Hour Blue. It is all about the collective effort of individuals around the world getting together to help fund or add their voice to support on-the-ground environmental and social projects – that deliver real, tangible outcomes. Take one of the actions below to get involved:
JOIN THE HOUR ; BACK A PROJECT ; ADD YOUR VOICE
South Loop Composting
April 3, 6pm
Join friends and neighbors in the South Loop to learn how we can bring composting to our buildings and community. Please email us to let us know you are interested. We’ll be in touch with you about details.
2nd Ward Spring Clean and Green
April 26, 2014 9am/12pm
Ready to pitch in to make our community a little cleaner and a little greener? Ald. Fioretti’s office would love to hear from you. Contact Marcia Travlino, 2nd Ward Volunteer, at 312-263-9273.
22nd Annual Chicago River Day
May 10, 2014 9am/12pm
Join Friends of the Chicago River for the 22nd annual Chicago River Day! Everyone can help out! Friends welcomes individuals, families, schools, corporate teams, scout troops, community and conservation groups to take part in Chicago River Day.
Signing up is as easy as 1-2-3
1. Go to the Chicago River Day site registration
2. Pick a site near you or one of particular interest
3. Register for your site online by clicking on the registration button for your site
Then show up the morning of May 10 with a smile and ready to get a little dirty making the river a lot cleaner.