Cook County Food Summit 2020 has ended
THANK YOU for registering for the 2020 Virtual Cook County Food Summit!
For a list of all sessions with Closed Captioning in Spanish, click here.

**Did you know that special Produce(n)Protest boxes are available in connection to Chef Emm’s cooking class on Friday? Pick up a box at Urban Growers Collective’s South Chicago Farmstand this Saturday, 10/17, for $35! Order your box here.


¡GRACIAS por registrarte en la Cumbre Alimentaria del condado de Cook 2020!
Para obtener una lista de sesiones con subtítulos en español, haga clic aquí.

** ¿Sabías que las cajas especiales de Produce(n)Protest están disponibles en conexión con la clase de cocina del Chef Emm el viernes? ¡Recoja una caja en el puesto agrícola de Urban Growers Collective en el sur de Chicago este sábado 17 de octubre por $35! Ordene su caja aquí.

Andrew Culotta

My grandfathers came to the United States from Sicily and brought with them, Italian gardening traditions and vegetable wisdom. These were times of depression and a garden was essential for the family food supply. The backyard, was not a grass planted lawn, it was food for the family, every inch of it. Cherry trees, plum, pear and apple; egg plant, tomatoes, onions, garlic, herbs - oregano, basil, mint, lettuce, swiss chard, spinach, cucumbers, zucchini -- I am certain if they had more land they would have grown their own wheat to produce flour for homemade bread; my father's father (all of my family were residents of Melrose Park) also made his own wine barrels and of course red wine (Dago Red) and the red wine vinegar for salads..
There was no shortage of pizza toppings. Canning, to stock up for the winter months was an art in itself. An activity that brought family together at the harvest.
I myself, do a very small part of keeping these traditions alive. I wish I could do more.
What's better, watching Netflix and cutting the grass, or producing healthy chemical free food and family togetherness?

I am happy to see the Cook County Food organization, I think it is essential for our health: physical, mental and spiritual.

Andy Culotta in celebration of traditions that need to be shared.
Wednesday, October 14

11:00am CDT

11:30am CDT

1:30pm CDT

Thursday, October 15

10:00am CDT

12:00pm CDT

2:00pm CDT

Friday, October 16

9:30am CDT

10:00am CDT


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