Previewing Local Food and Vendors at SPINS Preview to Good Food Festival

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It was great meeting the owners behind some truly great food brands and finding out about new brands!

Set up before the event started.

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They had silly candy hearts haha 🙂

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Ashley joined us on her birthday to educate people about Tiny But Mighty’s ancient heirloom popcorn. This popcorn is delicious and won’t get stuck in your teeth! You can buy it at Marianos, Whole Foods and other grocery stores in Chicago.

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Luis from Zapp’s Dancing Grains donated bread for us to top off with various goodies. This bread is hearty, tasty and keeps you full! The Marbleous bread was particularly good with peanut butter for breakfast the next day!

Zapp's Dancing Grains

Susin Firk from Karma Kombucha provided us with samples of her healthy and tasty Kombucha. We really enjoyed the peach one 🙂 You can find her Kombucha at Whole Foods and Marianos.

Karma Kombucha

Topnote came out to showcase their drink mixers! I’m a big fan of the ginger beer 🙂 I love Moscow Mules and was excited to find out about a clean brand with few ingredients.

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Paul sampled and gave away some River Valley Ranch salsa. The portabella salsa was delightful! Be sure to check out their storefront.

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Big Fork served up delectable bacon without the b.s. They don’t use antibiotics or artificial ingredients.

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Be sure to stop by the Good Food Festival this weekend to check out these great products and other good food 🙂 There will be food samples, chef demos, educational sessions and other great things. I’ve gone in the past and met great people and had amazing food! #GFFChi

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A La Card Chicago

A La Card Chicago is a deck of food cards that gives you $10 off $25 for participating restaurants. I bought one last year and am really happy I did so. It’s a great way to try out new restaurants, explore different neighborhoods and save some money! Just be sure to tip on the full amount! Sometimes Living Social has a deal on this. Last month I checked out Floriole with a few friends. The sweets were fantastic, fresh ingredients and great space. Has anyone else bought A La Card? Any restaurant recommendations to check out from this year’s deck?

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Monthly Cooking Night with the Ladies

Last year at Gourmet Chicago I was watching a chef demo and thinking about how thousands of people who love eating, cooking and all other culinary things gather for this event every September. I got the idea to get together with two of my close friends once a month and cook something awesome! We’ve been doing this just over a year and I am truly happy we get to do this. It’s a great chance to catch up, bond, learn to cook new things and feast!

Here’s a few pictures from November cooking night! We decided to make salad (with sunflower seeds, chicken, avocado and black beans), garlic bread, veggie patties and chicken wings! I am picture 4 &5.

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