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Family-Friendly Benefit Supports Healthy Eating Program For Chicago Kids

Tenth Annual Purple Asparagus "Corks & Crayons" Features Chef Ryan Hutmacher

CHICAGO, Aug. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Foodies and families alike can celebrate good food for a good cause at Purple Asparagus' upcoming Tenth Annual Corks & Crayons Benefit on Sunday, August 24, 2014 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. The event will be held at one of the country's premier sustainability venues, the Greenhouse Loft at 2545 W. Diversey Ave in Chicago.

Tickets for "Corks & Crayons" are $75 for adults, $15 for ages 5-18. Kids under 5 are free. Tickets can be purchased online at www.corksandcrayons.com.

Fantastic Foods and Brews
The event is hosted by Ryan Hutmacher of The Centered Chef and first ever Weight Watchers head chef. Food lovers will also enjoy tastings from popular restaurants including:

· Big Jones

· Honey Butter Fried Chicken

· Farmhouse

· Uncommon Ground

· One North Kitchen & Bar

· Pecking Order

· Max's Wine Dive

· Saranello's

· Le Pain Quotidien

· Crew Bar + Grill

· Floriole

· Katherine Anne Confections

· White Oak Gourmet


There will be brews from Ale Syndicate, cocktails made with Templeton Rye whiskey, Candid Wines, and delicious non-alcoholic beverages for kids.

Family Fun
The event features activities to keep the entire family entertained including a mini farmer's market, smoothie making (using a bike blender!), tours of the LEED Certified Green Exchange, silent auction, raffle prizes and art projects for kids.

Good Cause
Proceeds from the event go to support "Delicious Nutritious Adventures," a Purple Asparagus program that teaches children and families about food that's good for the body and the planet. The program is active in more than 30 communities throughout Chicagoland, including many that are under-served.

"Our program offers kids a hands-on approach to learning about and tasting over 40 different kinds of fruits and vegetables, some of which many have never seen," said Melissa Graham, founder and Head Spear of Purple Asparagus. "Corks & Crayons is a key funding source to helping us sustain our programming and potentially expand it to reach even more Chicagoland kids."

About Purple Asparagus:
Purple Asparagus is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation that educates children, families and the community about good eating for the body and the planet. For more information, visit www.purpleasparagus.com.

For Media Inquiries, contact:
Stephen Landfear
(773) 606-8543
stephen@purpleasparagus.com

SOURCE Purple Asparagus

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