Good Food on Every Table

Michael Bashaw, Whole Foods Market Midwest President
Shane Christensen of dailyServing

dailyServing ‘Functional Food’ Products Aim at a Healthy-Conscious but in a Hurry Society

Americans are increasingly health-conscious and concerned about what foods they are putting into their bodies. While there are plenty of nutritious and tasty whole foods out there, it is easy to fall back on the old, less healthy habits of doughnuts or candy bars or chips.
This is an issue that dailyServing, a Chicago-based food startup, aims to address.

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Koval Distillery Oat Whiskey and Ginger Liqueur

Koval Hot Toddy: A Crafty Winter Warmup

Good Food on Every Table recently posted a story about Chicago’s Koval Distillery and its key role in establishing and growing the craft distilling industry in the city and region. But readers don’t live by words about craft spirits alone. You want recipes!

FamilyFarmed's Wholesale Success manual

Wholesale Success and You: Building the Supply of Local Food

Retail outlets, restaurants, schools, and other wholesale buyers have a difficult time finding enough local food to meet the fast-rising consumer demand. FamilyFarmed is addressing that issue through its Wholesale Success program, which has scheduled workshops around the country over the course of this year.

Robert Birnecker and Sonat Birnecker Hart of Chicago's Koval Distillery
Raj Karmani of Zero Percent (right) and Michael Bashaw of Whole Foods Market

FamilyFarmed’s Financing Fair Accepting Entrepreneur Applicants

To sustain and expand on that growth, though, entrepreneurs and investors must be able to connect and build businesses that expand the supply of Good Food products in local markets. That is the goal of FamilyFarmed’s annual Financing Fair, which is currently accepting applications from entrepreneurs who want to participate.

David TerMolen

Food Business News: Lawyer Says ‘All-Natural’ Can Be a Risky Claim to Make

The Good Food movement is growing rapidly in part because consumers have confidence that the products they buy are what the producers say they are. This also means that those involved across the Good Food sector need to be on guard against any exaggerated or misleading claims that could erode that consumer confidence.

Mark Schneider of Living Waters Farms
The Chicago Hum-dinger cocktail

Giving Your New Year’s (and Brunch) Bubbly Cocktails a Local Kick

New Year’s Eve approaches, and the mind turns to bubbly wine. And New Year’s resolutions. And I can tell you from experience that few things stimulate creative thinking about those resolutions than a sparkling wine cocktail spiked with potent distilled spirits.

The Big Jones Cookbook
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The National Restaurant Association's Top 10 Food Trends for 2015
Academy for Global Citizenship Artist's Depiction

First Person: No, Really, #ThanksMichelleObama

Teens around the country have caused a buzz by tweeting photographs of unappetizing school lunches along with a sarcastic message: #ThanksMichelleObama. That hashtag attempts to put a negative spin on the very positive work Mrs. Obama has made her personal cause as first lady of the United States: to improve child nutrition, health, and fitness.

Sarah Katz

First Person: How Your Food Business Can Nourish Its Bottom Line Over the Holidays

Opportunity awaits you if you own a food-related business if you’re prepared to compete in the crowded holiday marketplace. If you want to have a successful holiday season, now’s the time to get started! Here are some tips.

Atina Diffley is an organic farmer, author, and food safety trainer

First Person: Abundant Clean Water and Optimism

Organic farmer Atina Diffley’s trip to provide food safety training to small farmers in West Virginia underscored the fact that water quality and quantity is a difficult challenge.

Kora Lazarski

First Person: How a Young Survivor Pursues a Natural Life Unmodified in a World of Change

A mosquito-borne illness picked up during a horseback ride in Haiti turned critical for contributing writer Kora Lazarski. It prompted her to think profoundly about the impact of man on nature, and ultimately led to the career she is pursuing in the natural foods and products industry.

Local Food Buyers Exchange — Midwest

Local Food Association Previews Its Nov. 6 Buyers Exchange Event in Chicago

The Local Food Association (LFA) is the only national trade association for those in the business of local food. And it will stage its inaugural event, the LOCAL FOOD BUYERS EXCHANGE – Midwest, on Thursday, Nov. 6 at Hyatt Regency O’Hare in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont.

Mother Jones: U.S. Commodity Farming System is a Massive Money-Loser

A column by Tom Philpott of Mother Jones magazine says the current U.S. agricultural system, heavily oriented toward producing massive amounts of commodity crops such as corn and soybeans, is a huge money-loser for farmers… and for American taxpayers.