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White Boy Tacos: Taco Seasoning

Aug 23, 2014 No Comments ›› Melissa Graham

How many of you growing up in the 1970’s remember the Ortega family pack? Full of crispy half moon taco sleeves, taco seasoning, and sometimes something that resembled salsa, it was a box of family dinner fun. I’m not sure when taco night entered my mom’s bag of tricks – it may have even been ...

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The Asparagus Are Coming: Pan Roasted Asparagus

Aug 23, 2014 No Comments ›› Melissa Graham

(Originally posted April 2010 at www.littlelocavores.com) I'm a freak. There I admitted it. I just got an email from Irv & Shelly's Fresh Picks, a Peapod for locavores, telling me that asparagus will be available in the next delivery. It literally elicited a shriek from me. I was at a lunch a few weeks back where I was ...

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Partner Spotlight – Whole Foods Market

Jan 17, 2014 No Comments ›› Stephen Landfear

Partner Spotlight: Whole Foods Market As we reflect on how far we've come as an organization and look towards our bright future, we are so thankful for the many people who make our work possible. Purple Asparagus relies on many different kinds of support; monetary, in-kind, and volunteers - both in and out of the classroom ...

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Gift the Gift of Good Nutrition

Dec 6, 2013 No Comments ›› Stephen Landfear

We are thankful for you. Support Purple Asparagus in 2013 During the holiday season there is so much to be thankful for. We at Purple Asparagus are thankful for you. You have helped us make an impact on one of Chicago's most important issues - Childhood obesity. How are we doing it? By exposing Chicago's elementary school children ...

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Making a Difference Outside the Classroom: Camila Ruiz

Aug 23, 2013 No Comments ›› admin

As a volunteer-run non-profit, our volunteers are the lifeblood of our work. They make things happen for Chicago children's food and cooking education, every day. From leading Delicious Nutritious Adventures in Chicago Public Schools to fundraising for these programs - and everything in between! Check out what Camila Ruiz, our English-Spanish translator, is doing to ...

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Here’s How Just One Classroom Assistant Makes a Difference

Aug 22, 2013 No Comments ›› admin

As a nearly-all volunteer run non-profit, our volunteers are the lifeblood of our work. They make things happen for Chicago children's food and cooking education, every day. From leading Delicious Nutritious Adventures in Chicago Public Schools to fundraising for these programs - and everything in between! Check out what Carrie Laski, one of ...

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The Key to Getting Kids Excited about Eating Healthy: Our volunteers!

Aug 19, 2013 No Comments ›› admin

As an all-volunteer run non-profit, our volunteers make our mission come to life in Chicago Public Schools everyday, in a variety of ways!  From Delicious Nutritious Adventure leaders to fundraising- and everything in between!  We are so thankful for our volunteers and everything that they do to help us make nutrition and cooking education fun ...

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Purple Asparagus - Corks & Crayons | Corks & Crayons is Purple Asparagus’ signature, annual event for families of all ages. This year’s event included tastings from twelve of Chicago’s top chefs – including Top Chef Contestant Heather Terhune, Thr

10 Days to Corks & Crayons!

Aug 15, 2013 No Comments ›› Melissa Graham

It’s that time of year again: In just one very short week- on August 25, 2013 from 4pm -7pm- all of us at Purple Asparagus are ecstatic to hold our 9th annual signature fundraiser, Corks and Crayons. Get ready for an afternoon of amazing tastings from 10 local Chicago chefs who are passionate about creating delectable ...

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Eat Your Vegetables! Studies from Stanford University

Aug 8, 2013 No Comments ›› admin

In a country where more than one third of children and adolescents are overweight or obese, initiatives like Purple Asparagus’ Delicious, Nutritious Adventures are vital in making a change. Similar to our program, a recent study performed by Stanford scholars found that teaching children the importance of healthy foods and why their bodies need a ...

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Guest Post: Cheerful Cherry Soup for the Dog Days of Summer

Jul 17, 2013 No Comments ›› admin

During the colder months there is nothing that I love more than curling up with a cup of hot tea and a bowl of steaming soup. I focus on warm, comforting foods but in the summer, that is the last thing I want. I tend to lean towards light, cool, and fairly convenient foods as ...

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