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211. Smart Farm to Host Second Annual Farm to Table Dinner

211. Smart Farm to Host Second Annual Farm to Table Dinner

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Don’t forget to get your tickets to Smart Farm of Barrington’s second annual “Farm to Table Dinner” with the mission of connecting farm, food and family.  Tickets last year sold out in advance for an evening that promises to be a delicious way to learn from chefs who share a passion for local food.

Smart Farm’s first annual dinner was a huge success with about 100 guests enjoying dinner prepared with locally grown ingredients.  The event takes place in the old Quaker Oats barn on the grounds of Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital, where Smart Farm also has a community garden.

Their upcoming event will take place on Saturday, September 12th, starting with cocktails and appetizers at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 6:30.  The menu will feature dishes created by the following chefs representing Smart Farm’s mission:

*  Chef Zak Dolezal of Dukes Alehouse in Crystal Lake

*  Chef Michael Formichella of the New Anvil Club in East Dundee

Jessica Grelle, also known as “Mama Jess”

Jamie Wagener of The Blissful Kitchen

Alina Yaccino of Pure Organics Juicery

Click Here to get tickets while they last!

The event will also feature live music by Ashley Behrendt to round out an evening of “Good food and good music for a good cause.”  Smart Farm founder Kathy Gabelman says funds raised will support efforts to inspire people of all ages to appreciate our agricultural heritage, organic gardening, the slow food movement and best practices for greener living.

Created in 2008, the Smart Farm is an educational garden initiative in Barrington. Volunteers tend to their community gardens on the Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital grounds and at Ron Beese Park and give 100% of their produce to local food pantries.  Adults, children, and students learn about their agricultural heritage, organic gardening, the slow food movement, and best practices for living “green,” sustainable lives. For more information, visit and, for a taste of the second annual Farm to Table Dinner, enjoy these images from last year’s event, courtesy of Barrington photographer, Julie Linnekin.

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Hi guys! Today we'll be checking out some star-crossed lovers! 💔

No, **not** Romeo and Juliet! I mean first of all, the story of 牛郎织女 -- niú láng zhī nv -- dates back to at least the Jin Dynasty -- 250-420 AD 😱. Take that, Shakespeare! Also, Romeo and Juliet may be tragically "star-crossed," but, as the story goes, Niu Lang and Zhi Nu literally *are* stars -- on opposite ends of the Milky Way 😦.

Let's rewind. Zhi Nu is the youngest daughter of the Queen Mother of the West and the Jade Emperor (Hey -- we know who those people are! 😁).

Meanwhile, Niu Lang was a poor. sad, unloved cowherd. As many versions of the story go, though, the cow was magical -- which is never a bad thing 😂. The cow led Niu Lang to steal the clothes of a girl bathing with her sisters in a river.

As questionable as a method as that may seem, it worked! Zhi Nu and Niu Lang were married and had children ❤️.

But there's always a but. And this story's "but" is that the Queen Mother was not happy with this union. Niu Lang had a magical coat (that's another story), and when the Queen Mother tried to separate them, he flew up to try to join Zhi Nu in the heavens.

Unfortunately, the Queen Mother wasn't having it, and she separated the two with a river in the sky, only allowing them to meet on the 7th day of the 7th month of the lunar calendar -- "Chinese Valentine's Day."

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