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Community harvest dinner recap

By L. Anton Seals Jr., Project Coordinator, Chicago Urban Initiative

 As the summer season came to a close, Eat2Live celebrated the new fall season with food, music and great dialogue at the 1st annual Community Harvest Dinner. With over 50 participants, and help from the University of Chicago’s community service center, the dinner was a great success. We pitched a tent and set the tables in the front yard of the now-closed Yale Elementary School. 


Many community residents were able to find out more about this Englewood gem; what is growing and how they can help grow and steward in the Eat2Live space. We were glad to see our partner organizations attend and support the effort as well.


Resident Association of Englewood, Imagine Englewood If, Growing Home, Harvard Elementary School and Teamwork Englewood all showed support.  The issue of food access and health is an ongoing issue that residents and groups are continuing to address through these kinds of free public events. 


We were treated to food prepared by Real Men Charities and our superstar volunteer Ms. Vernice King. Food was provided by Goodness Greens and our Eat2Live garden. Yummy Yams, 10 cent veggie pasta, Vernice’s cantina bowl, along with Marvelous Natural Ginger Lemon-Aide, Fresh Kale, Mushrooms and fresh ripen avocados were given away to participants.


SoulFoodJunkies was screened followed with a brief dialogue after the film. 


The best take-aways were the connections made or reaffirmed about the work that is going on in Englewood and how engaged citizenry must continue to lead the process of reclaiming and transforming spaces in the Englewood community. 


Our efforts will be focused on continuing to build connections and collaborative efforts that are beneficial to those who call Englewood home.


Our last event of the season will take place October 26, 2013 2-4pm at the Eat2Live space at 70th and Princeton. Free pumpkins will be given away along with carvings demonstrations. 

Help spread the word and attend our last event of the season!  For more info, see:


For Vernice's Cantina Bowl Recipe, click here!