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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 ›› Melissa Graham

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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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 ›› Melissa Graham

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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A Thank You for a Successful Year

Jul 11, 2013 No Comments ›› Melissa Graham

To Our Purple Asparagus Teachers, Parents, and Volunteers, Thank you so much for all of your help and participation during this past school year. We really appreciate your hard work and dedication in making this year successful. Because of you, Purple Asparagus was able to enhance the lives of over 1100 students in 17 different schools ...

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The Buick Discovery Tour

May 29, 2013 No Comments ›› Melissa Graham

On May 18th-19th, FOOD & WINE Magazine and Buick presented the Buick Discovery Tour.  Hosted at Kendall College, invited guests and media spent the afternoon test driving the newest models in Buick's luxury fleet and watching live cooking demos from esteemed chefs. James Beard Award-winner Gale Gand of Tru entertained attendees with humorous anecdotes as she ...

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Native Foods Supports Purple Asparagus on June 5

May 22, 2013 1 Comment ›› Melissa Graham

On Wednesday, June 5th, Native Foods Café will be spotlighting Purple Asparagus for their Native Community Days. Civically minded Native Foods Café believes that Earth Day should be celebrated not only once a year, but also every month. To this end, Natie Foods hosts Native Community Days two days each month to give back to ...

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Picnic for Earth: Chicago

Apr 18, 2013 No Comments ›› Melissa Graham

This Saturday, April 20 in Millennium Park, The Nature Conservancy will host Picnic for Earth: Chicago, a celebration of our planet. In its third year, this event raises awareness of the significant challenges facing our global agricultural system, and asks people to think about where food comes from, how food choices impact the Earth, ...

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Technology in the Classroom – Creating Measurables with Apps

Jan 30, 2013 No Comments ›› Melissa Graham

Purple Asparagus has partnered with the Center for Elementary Mathematics and Science Education (CEMSE) at the University of Chicago and Region Apps, LLC, to develop a student survey iPad app as part of a program evaluation of Purple Asparagus’ Delicious Nutritious Adventures program. The program evaluation, conducted by CEMSE, is taking place in ten CPS first ...

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You Like Us: Good News from Kellogg School

Jan 16, 2013 No Comments ›› Melissa Graham

During the fall, Purple Asparagus collaborated with a team of students from Northwestern Kellogg School of Management's Neighborhood Business Initiative. The students conducted an evaluation of our programs and advised us on how to best implement growth plans and increase our visibility in the community. A survey conducted with 62 participants provided us with some ...

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