Corks & Crayons 2015

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


We’ll be adding more chefs so be sure follow us on Facebook and Twitter or check back soon to see who else will be serving up delicious eats.


Hosted By Momma Cuisine, Johanna Cook

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National cooking personality and host, Johanna Cook has been captivating audiences with Momma Cuisine for many years. The brand’s mission is to simply get families across America making Great Everyday Meals with simple ingredients and basic cooking techniques. Momma Cuisine’s vision is to connect with their targeted consumer base of busy moms by providing exclusive access to the best of what brands can offer.

Johanna Cook’s warm and engaging personality has helped her become an internationally recognized cooking personality and host, as she regularly appears on live television. Momma Cuisine’s online cooking series In The Kitch, which features interviews in the kitchen with nationally recognized celebrities, has garnered the attention of mainstream media. Momma Cuisine’s audience has become increasingly loyal and knowledgeable about the brand.


Event Details

Date: Sunday, August 23 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 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, beer from Ale Syndicate, wine from Candid Wines, and cocktails from Templeton Rye.  During the event there will be many activities to keep the entire family entertained including a mini farmers market, tours of the LEED Certified Green Exchange, a photo booth, singing and dancing with Miss Jamie, balloon twisting with Miss Jamie’s Farmhand Scott, an art experience for the kids, a silent auction, raffle prize drawings, specialty cocktails, beer and wine, and more.  And, because Purple Asparagus cares about the environment too, the event is waste-free and everything is either recycled or composted.

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 programming.

Photos From 2014

Photos from last year’s event can be viewed  HERE.


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.



Sponsorship / Donations / Event Booth

Sponsorship, donation, and event booth opportunities are available.  For more information, click HERE.  For questions, contact Stephen Landfear at or (773) 606-8543.


Event Contacts

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

Melissa Graham, Executive Director, Purple Asparagus,

Lori Klamo, Corks & Crayons Co-Chair,