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Win 2 Tickets To Growing Home's Annual Benefit

By Chuck Sudo in Food on Jun 5, 2009 6:00PM

tomato-missionBANNER.jpg Growing Home, the non-profit organization providing job training for homeless and low-income individuals in Chicago through a social enterprise business based on organic agriculture (via their hoop houses on Wood Street in Englewood), is hosting its annual benefit at the Chicago Cultural Center next Thursday, June 11. The benefit will feature passed appetizers and a 3-course dinner with dishes from Charlie Trotter's, Vie, Nia, Monogramme Events and Catering, the Meatloaf Bakery; a silent auction; an open bar; and a keynote address from Rick Bayless.

Tickets to the public sold out earlier this week (UPDATE: We were just informed tix are still available)), but we here at Chicagoist have 2 passes to give away (a $250 value). But we're gonna make you work for it. To enter for a chance for these tickets, write a 150-word essay explaining how locally grown produce — whether from a group like Growing Home, a farmers market or on your own — has helped to make you more aware of how we as consumers source the food we eat. Send the submissions directly to me (chuck[AT]; write :Growing Home Essay" in the subject heading.

Entries will be accepted through close of business Monday. We'll pick the winner and run the winning essay on Tuesday.