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Bob Benenson Tribute

April 15, 2021 @ 5:30 pm 7:00 pm

Please join us on the evening of Thursday, April 15 as FamilyFarmed and Naturally Chicago salute our friend Bob Benenson. After nearly seven years as FamilyFarmed’s Communications Manager and lead writer, Bob has moved on to start Local Food Forum, a newsletter that combines his long experience as a journalist and his passion for our region’s and nation’s local food community.

Click on the first button below to register for this virtual tribute (free to attend).

And to send Bob off right, please click the second button and consider purchasing the amazing drink kit that our friends at Koval (an all-organic Chicago distillery) and Twisted Alchemy (a local company producing delicious mixers made with cold-pressed juice) have crafted for the occasion. A non-alcoholic version of the kit is also available for purchase.

And to support Bob in his exciting new venture, please click the third button to learn more about… and subscribe to… Local Food Forum. The newsletter’s purpose is to help participants in the local food community better connect with each other and to help consumers better know the community and the vital contribution it makes to building a healthier and more sustainable food system.

As Bob says, “If you love to eat local food… if you grow local food, market local food, serve local food in your farm to table restaurant, teach about local food, expand access to local food, just want to know more about local food… this is YOUR newsletter. Whether you are a farmer, farmers market manager, farm to table chef, food-health advocate, supporter of school and community gardens, startup local food entrepreneur, food access advocate, proponent of food as a tool for economic development and jobs, or Chicago-region craft beverage maker — let’s build a community here.”

Paid subscriptions are just $50/year or $5/month, with a special Founding Member price of $100. This will not only get you tons of information (including weekly farmers market listings and photos of what’s in season), stories about the movement’s grass-roots change makers, and fun features such as food trivia, all reflecting Bob’s trademark humorous take on the world), but also the ability to post comments, share thought and recipes, and more fully engage with the community. Your support through paid subscriptions is crucial to the success of this much-needed unifying platform for our local food community. Click here for a sample issue.

More about the drink kit: The drink kits that include alcohol (Koval bourbon) must be picked up at the Koval Distillery shop (4241 N. Ravenswood Avenue, Chicago) from April 13-15, 2:00-7:00 p.m. There will be a non-alcoholic option for those who do not imbibe, which is available for pickup or delivery anywhere in the continental United States.

KOVAL will present a tasting and cocktail demo at the beginning of the event; Sonat Birnecker Hart — who co-founded Koval in 2008 as the first distillery in Chicago since Prohibition — will be attending the event.  Kim and Scott Holstein, co-founders of Twisted Alchemy (and Kim & Scott’s Gourmet Pretzels) — will lead a tasting of the Twisted Alchemy juices, and Zach Overstreet, KOVAL’s resident mixologist, will walk everyone through a cocktail demo that utilizes all the ingredients. FamilyFarmed CEO Jim Slama will lead a toast to Bob, and Bob will make some brief remarks thanking everyone for joining in the tribute.

We look forward to seeing you on the 15th!