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CHICAGO RAW FOOD COMMUNITY! Message Board › Much Gratitude to all who created the Chicago Raw Community's Green Gratitud

Much Gratitude to all who created the Chicago Raw Community's Green Gratitude Event!!!

rawgirl A.
Group Organizer
Chicago, IL
Huge thank yous to everyone who came out to our Green Gratitude Dinner Dance and to all those who contributed their love and energy to create it! This was our fifth year and it was a wonderful community gathering!

Much Love and Appreciation to our Chicago Star Chef Team:
Mastermind Chef Blake Kuralt, Linda Szarkowski, Ellie Welton, Jane Fresne, Mary Ferazza, Elena Sumina, &
Jason Janiak from Raw Creations
Much Love and Appreciation for our organizers: Ariane and Marina

Lots of Love and Gratitude to:

Tim VanOrden, Guest Speaker, we loved your talk!! Thanks for driving here all the way from Vermont just for our event!! We raised $160 for Tim’s project in the raffle, thanks everyone!
Running Raw Project,

Karen Keane & Newleaf Natural Grocery for Food Donations, as well as the fabulous Raw Chocolate Superfood Elixir as the welcome drink!

All our wonderful volunteers:
Karen Keane – for making the napkins, creating the choc elixir, for donating food!!!!
Liz - you have been awesome for 4 years in a row!!
Ondrea – for décor and coordination – lots of love!
Pineapplehead for doing endless stacks of dishes, and shopping and and and
Adrienne – you are the registration queen!
Rebekah and Daniel – you are the hardest working volunteers ever!! Esp with mushrooms!
Rob – for supporting the organizer and running around
Joan – for the placecards invention and your time!! And the raw almonds of course!!!
Analida, Gosia, Robb, Karen Kass, Lisa Lopez, Pam, Karen, & Craig thanks for your great energy!
Chef Edgar Rodriguez from St. Augustine College for plating genious!
Rossi our wonderful photographer – we anxiously await your magic fotos! and more HUGS!
DJ Al, thanks for the grooves.

Tim VanOrden and Larabar for yummy Larabar parting gift.
Mickey and Jo at The Chicago Diner for flatware, flutes, carafes, plates (check out their raw thanksgiving menu)

Ineeka Tea and Caitlin for the amazing Chamomile and Hibiscus teas!

We thank our local farmers for growing most of the food for our event:
Henry, the best farmer in the world, at Henry’s Farm
Chad and Danika at Lake Breeze Organics,
Genesis Growers, Veggie Farmer Vicki Westerhoff 815-427-6617
Green Acres Farm, Veggie Farmers Brent & Beth Eccles 574-896-3830,
River Valley Ranch, Mushroom Farmer Eric Rose, 262-539-3555,

Raffle Items donated by Karyn’s, Jason of Raw Creations, Tim VanOrden and Gosia with Egorushka Hand Bags
Door Prizes donated by Matt at Foods Alive, Angela Stokes, Matt Monarch, Jim Carey, Joan Levine, Sacred Heart Chocolate by Newleaf Natural Grocery

HUGE APPRECIATION for Supreme Master TV for filming all aspects of our event and creating a program featuring Green Gratitude and broadcasting it on

The meal was designed and created by our raw chefs to harmonize farmers’ market fresh, local, and organic ingredients for you, committed to sustainable living. The meal was vegan, organic, and gluten-free. The Green Gratitude Dinner Dance was a green event, as much as possible was composted (soup bowls, dessert plates) or washed to be reused.
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  • Green Synergy Festival

    HEALTHY WEEKEND GETAWAY! Victoria Boutenko, Tim VanOrden, Elaina Love!

  • Foods Alive

    discount on group buys - flax oil, hemp seeds, dressings, flax crackers

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