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Chicago Chefs Gather Globally to Change School Lunch

Chefs from across Chicago will venture south—to the Southwest Side, that is—to help raise awareness for a cause that's plaguing kids across the country. Child obesity comes from poor eating habits and a lack of general awareness about food and often that starts with school lunch.

This isn't to say that schools don't want to feed kids better, but a lack of funds often prohibits eating healthy food. But on Monday, Oct. 11, 12 of Chicago's top chefs will take a trip down to the Academy for Global Citizenship to help raise funds for the school's pilot organic food program.

The Global Grazing event on Columbus Day will unite Bill Kim (Urban Belly), Stephanie Izard (Girl & The Goat), Giuseppe Tentori (Boka), Carlos Gaytan (Mexique), Andrew Hroza (Goose Island), Paul Kahan and Brian Huston (The Publican), Jason McLeod (Ria/Balsan), Nicole Pederson (C-House), Chris Pandel (The Bristol), Mindy Segal (Hot Chocolate) and Chuy Valencia (Chilam Balam) to help the cause.

With all the other food events going on in the city throughout the year that cost $100 or more, this one is a steal at $40. The school has also caught the attention of Michelle Obama, who awarded it with the USDA’s Healthier U.S. School Challenge Gold Level with Distinction Award. If you want to spend your Monday night grazing globally, grab tickets here. Apparently there are only 250 so the night aims to be pretty intimate.

Kids with a cabbage [Photo: Academy for Global Citizenship]


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The Bristol

2152 North Damen Avenue, , IL 60647 (773) 862-5555 Visit Website

Academy for Global Citizenship

4743 W. 47th St., Chicago, IL