Corks & Crayons 2014

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Welcome to Corks & Crayons, our annual chefs tasting benefiting Purple Asparagus’ nutrition education programming!  Come savor sustainable and scrumptious offerings from some of Chicago’s best chefs!

This year’s event will feature delicious eats from the following:


Hosted by The Centered Chef, Ryan Hutmacher


The Centered Chef, Ryan Hutmacher is CEO & Co-Founder of Centered Chef culinary studio in Chicago, IL.  As “The New Face Of Healthy Cooking,” Weight Watchers and ABC’s The CHEW crowned Chef Ryan the winner in “The CHEW’s Search For The Weight Watchers Chef” competition.  Aside from his new title as the First Ever Weight Watchers Chef and being nationally recognized as a 2014 Event Innovator by BizBash Magazine, his culinary expertise has been featured on local and national networks including ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, WGN, CLTV, and WCIU, where he showcases functional ingredients that can be prepared both easily and healthfully.  He’s a contributor to publications including Weight Watchers Magazine, Chicago Athlete, USAT “Fuel Station” and Competitor Magazine and has been featured by Crain’s Business Chicago and Triathlete Magazine, for his work as an entrepreneur. As an Ironman and marathoner, he actively participates in the Chicago endurance sport community and focuses his passions around teaching his “clean, simple & sexy” cuisine.

Event Details

Date: Sunday, August 24 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Ticket Prices: Adults (19 and Older) $75 Youth (Ages 5 to 18) $15 Children 5 & Under Are Free.

Location: Greenhouse Loft (located in the Green Exchange),  2545 W. Diversey Avenue, 2nd floor Chicago, IL 60647




About Corks & Crayons

Corks & Crayons is Purple Asparagus’ signature, annual, fun-for-all-ages event. Taking place in the gorgeous Greenhouse Loft this year’s event will feature tastings from some of Chicago’s top chefs.

During the event there will be many activities to keep the entire family entertained including a mini farmer’s market, tours of the LEED Certified Green Exchange, a photo booth, an art experience from A Muse, a silent auction, raffle prize drawings, specialty cocktails from Templeton Rye, wine from Candid Wines, and local brews from Ale Syndicate.

Purple Asparagus, winner of the 2012 International Association of Culinary Professionals Culinary Youth Advocate award, helps thousands of school children throughout Chicagoland learn better eating habits through their flagship program, Delicious Nutritious Adventures. Proceeds from the Corks & Crayons event directly support Purple Asparagus’ educational programs.

Public Transportation

Diversey Bus #76 stops right in front of the Green Exchange California Bus #52 stops three blocks west of the Green Exchange Western Bus #49 stops three blocks east of the Green Exchange Blue Line California Station is a 5 minute walk to from the Green Exchange


Street Parking is available on Diversey, along with parking spots on the East side of the Green Exchange. A paid lot is also available at the Regal Cinema (corner of Western and Schubert) for $2 a day.


Event Contacts

Stephen Landfear, Corks & Crayons Co-Chair,, (773) 606-8543

Melissa Graham, Executive Director, Purple Asparagus,

David D’Silva, Corks & Crayons Co-Chair,

Lori Klamo, Corks & Crayons Co-Chair,


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