Prairie Grass Cafe (601 Skokie Blvd, Northbrook, IL 60062; 847-205-4433) has partnered with The Organic Gardener Ltd to offer an exciting Earth Day promotion where diners can win a copy of The Organic Gardener’s Jeanne Nolan’s book From the Ground Up, and a garden consultation. The garden consultation is a wonderful opportunity where Jeanne Nolan will spend an hour in your garden, giving input on how to grow an all-natural and edible garden yourself!
Every diner will receive a raffle entry from when dining at lunch or dinner beginning Monday, April 16 through Sunday, April 22. The winner will be selected at 7 pm on Earth Day, Sunday, April 22.
With the purchase of an entree on Earth Day, April 22, Prairie Grass Cafe dinner customers will enjoy a complimentary bowl of the restaurant’s special River Valley Ranch mushroom soup… earthy and delicious! River Valley Ranch mushrooms are certified organic mushrooms and are available at Green City Market.
“I’ve known Jeanne for many years and I’ve always been so inspired by the way she transformed a challenging journey into a deep and passionate commitment to sustainability,” said Sarah Stegner, co-chef/owner of Prairie Grass Cafe. “I share her passion; I applaud what she’s achieved.”
About the Book: From the Ground Up
An inspiring story for everyone who’s ever dreamed of growing the food they eat.
When Jeanne Nolan left Chicago in 1987 as a teenager to join a communal farm in search of a less materialistic, more authentic existence, she had no idea that her decades-long journey would lead her to the heart of a movement that is changing our nation’s relationship to food. Now a leader in the sustainable food movement, Nolan shares her story in From the Ground Up, helping us understand the benefits of organic gardening – for the environment, our health, our wallets, our families, and our communities – and offering practical tips to help us start growing our own organic food. The great news, as Nolan shows us, is that it has never been easier to grow the vegetables we eat, whether on our rooftops, in our backyard, in our schoolyards, or on our fire escapes.
From the Ground Up chronicles Nolan’s journey as she returned seventeen years later, disillusioned with communal life, back to her parents’ suburban home on the North Shore, as a single mother with few marketable skills. Her mother suggested she plant a vegetable garden in their yard, and it grew so abundant that she established a small business planting organic gardens in suburban yards. She was then asked to create an organic farm for children at Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo, and she soon began installing gardens around the city – on a restaurant’s rooftop, in schoolyards, and for non-profit organizations. Not only did she realize that practically anyone, anywhere, could grow vegetables on a small scale, but she learned a greater lesson as well: rather than turning her back on mainstream society, she could make a difference in the world. The answer she was searching for was no further than her own backyard.
In this moving and inspiring account, which combines her fascinating personal journey with the knowledge she gained along the way, Nolan helps us understand the importance of planting and eating organic food – both for our health and for the environment – and provides practical tips to help us grow our food. With the message that we can create our own utopias in our very own backyards or rooftops, From the Ground Up can inspire each of us to reassess our relationship to the food we eat.
Jeanne Nolan has been growing food organically for over twenty-five years. She is a well-known educator and consultant, and the founder of The Organic Gardener Ltd. Jeanne regularly teaches about growing food on WTTW’s Chicago Tonight, and has been featured in The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Food & Wine, Woman’s Day, and other national publications. Her book was published by Spiegel & Grau, a division of Random House, in 2013. She lives with her husband and two daughters on a little farm in Northbrook, Illinois.
About Prairie Grass Cafe
Prairie Grass Cafe (601 Skokie Blvd.; Northbrook, IL; 847-205-4433), co-owned by chefs Sarah Stegner and George Bumbaris, supports Chicago’s Green City Market and local sustainable farms, selecting the freshest ingredients to reflect the season. To make a reservation, please call (847) 205-4433 or visit prairiegrasscafe.com. Follow Prairie Grass Cafe news at newsline360.com/prairiegrasscafe, on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/SarahStagner, on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/prairiegrasscafe, on Facebook at Facebook.com/PrairieGrassCafe
Prairie Grass Cafe Hours:
|Sunday – Brunch||9:30 am – 2 pm|
|Sunday – Dinner||5 pm – 9 pm|
|Monday-Friday – Lunch||11 am – 2 pm|
|Monday Dinner||5 pm – 9 pm|
|Tuesday-Thursday Dinner||5 pm – 9:30 pm|
|Saturday Brunch||10 am – 2 pm|
|Friday and Saturday Dinner||5 pm – 10 pm|