It’s Food Day: Watch What You Eat

By Patty Wetli | Monday, October 24, 2011

Food Day promotes healthy, affordable food produced in a sustainable, humane way, including organic farming. Credit: Flickr/suzettesuzette

Next Monday, the nation celebrates candy, er, Halloween. (Anyone handing out Heath Bars? Drop me a line.) But today, October 24, has been set aside as the first annual Food Day.
I know what you’re thinking: Isn’t every day Food Day? Technically, yes. But the point being made by organizers is that Americans need to alter the way they relate to the stuff they eat.

Created by the Center for Science in the Public Interest and boasting an advisory board that counts Alice Waters and Michael Pollan among its members, Food Day is intended not just to raise awareness of a broken food system, but to serve as a catalyst for change. Among its six fundamental principles: Support sustainable farms and limit subsidies to big agribusiness.

A number of Food Day events are being held across Chicago, and residents are encouraged to create their own menus or forums for discussion. In Center Square territory, several restaurants are featuring special menu items made from healthy, organic and/or locally sourced ingredients (H, O and L in the key below); mention “Food Day” for additional discounts.

Angel Food Bakery, 1636 W. Montrose Ave., will feature a Butternut Squash and Apple Cider Soup. The squash is locally grown, from Liz’s Garden Goodies, and the cider is fresh Seedling Cider. Note: Angel Food is closed Mondays, so celebrate Food Day on Tuesday, October 25.  (H/L)

Bad Apple, 4300 N. Lincoln Ave. Try a seasonal Curried Squash Salad made with roasted assorted squash, cauliflower, lentil and dried cranberry with a curried mint yogurt dressing. Also offered is the Chicken Caesar Soze, made with roasted chicken, romaine, tomato, bacon and Caesar dressing served on rosemary focaccia. Both items are offered at 10 percent off.  (H)

Bistro Campagne, 4518 N. Lincoln Ave., offers a seasonally changing menu featuring products from local organic farmers during the Midwest’s growing season, and even from organic farms on the West Coast throughout the winter. Bistro Campagne is committed to the use of organic food products and strongly supports the sustainable, low-impact agriculture movement. Enjoy 10 percent off the entire menu.  (H/O/L)

Café Selmarie, 4729 N. Lincoln Ave., will offer a Spinach Salad made with baby spinach, apples, celery, scallions and toasted walnuts with a port wine glaze.  The spinach salad will be discounted 10 percent during lunch hours, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (H)

Drew’s Eatery, 2207 W. Montrose Ave. Drew’s specializes in healthy fast food and accommodates everyone from carnivores to vegans. All menu items are made with local, organic and sustainable ingredients. Enjoy 20 percent off any menu item. Note: Drew’s is closed on Mondays; celebrate Food Day on Tuesday, October 25.  [H/O/L]

Earth’s Healing Café, 1942 W Montrose Ave. The cafe will offer two of its raw, gluten-free, dairy-free and soy-free pies at 20 percent off: Chi-Lime Pie and Maca Cheesecake (maca is a root vegetable).  (H/O)

Gene’s Sausage Shop & Delicatessen, 4750 N. Lincoln Ave., is offering 10 percent off a dozen organic eggs from Milo’s Poultry Farm in Bonduel, Wis. (H/O/L)

Julius Meinl, 4363 N. Lincoln Ave., has Hot Apple cider, 100 percent natural, made from locally grown hand-picked organic apples from Seedling Orchard in South Haven, Mich. Offered at 50 percent off. (H/O/L)

Jury’s Food & Drink,  4337 N. Lincoln Ave., offers many healthy menu items including fresh salads, turkey and veggie burgers, and seafood options. Receive a 10 percent discount on all menu items.  Note: Celebrate Food Day at Jury’s on Tuesday, October 25. (H)

Sola, 3868 N. Lincoln Ave., is committed to farm-to-table cuisine. Dishes are made with local, seasonal ingredients. Take 10 percent off the entire menu. (H/O/L)

Urban Vegan, 1605 W. Montrose Ave. Enjoy half-priced pad thai during dinner hours. (H)

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