It is good to be back and blogging! Blogging in August as we barreled into the High Holidays became too much to keep up with. I hope that you all had a wonderful and sweet New Year and an easy Yom Kippur fast. I am using this New Year as the chance to reboot my diet. This past month I definitely got away from healthy eating and too often relied on snacking and take out to pull me through this busy time. It is a priority for me to go back to eating meatless several times a week (for the whole of Sukkot actually, more on that later), cooking every night, and making smart decisions at the grocery store. More fresh fruit and veggies and less processed packaged food in my cart from now on!
Here at Temple Sholom we are gearing up for Sukkot, and as we’ve met to plan our holiday festivities eating healthy and ethically has also been on our minds. One of the events that I am most excited about is the Succulent Sukkot Vegetarian Potluck sponsored by our fabulous 20s&30s and Eco Chavura groups. We are challenging people to go meat free during the Sukkot Festival. As I mentioned earlier it is a challenge that I am accepting for myself, and I hope that some of you will take it on as well. To make our task of going meat free for 8 days a little easier here are some great resources that our Eco Chavura team has compiled. Again, this is just a sampling of places, if your favorite place isn’t on the list please share it with us!
Where to shop
Green City Market Wednesdays and Saturdays 7 am – 1 pm http://www.greencitymarket.org across street from Lincoln Park Zoo Farm in the Zoo
Logan Square Farmers Market Sundays 10 am – 3 pm Logan Boulevard from Milwaukee to Whipple http://logansquarefarmersmarket.org/home
Green Grocer Locally sourced, locally-owned market on Grand Avenue in West Town http://www.greengrocerchicago.com
Chicago French Market A collection of food stands run by local and many organic or sustainably produced food artisans in Metra’s Ogilvie Train Station in West Loop http://www.greengrocerchicago.com
To find a Farmers Market in your neighborhood visit: http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/ supp_info/farmers_market.html
Where to dine out (just to name a few!)
Uncommon Ground (East Lakeview and on Devon near Clark)
Perennial Virant (Lincoln Park)
Big Bowl (Gold Coast, River North, other locations)
Lula Cafe (Logan Square)
Girl and the Goat & Little Goat (both on Randolph)
North Pond Cafe (Lincoln Park)
Browntrout (Lincoln Square)
Milk and Honey Cafe (Division in Wicker Park)
The Bristol (Bucktown)
Hannah’s Bretzel (sandwich shops around the Loop)
For meatless recipes that you can make at home for your family and friends please check out some of my previous blogs. Also, Pinterest is a great place to find recipes; it’s where I’ve found a lot of my favorites. Speaking of recipes I’ll be trying out some dessert recipes to try and find a winner for Wednesday night’s Potluck. Check back next Monday, and I’ll share the recipe I brought to the dinner.
Carrie Rosen is the Temple Sholom new girl, joining the staff in April as the Fund Development Coordinator and Executive Assistant to Boni Fine. She is a sometimes vegetarian.