The Rogers Park Food Co-op November Newsletter is Here!


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Rogers Park Food Co-op

Let's Build a Co-op Together!
 
 

Rogers Park Food Co-op

 

An innovative grocery co-op, providing better food choices and education to our community.

 
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Ownership Update


204 Owners!

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Welcome to new Owners Robyn Markum #202, Sean Rholl #203, Jeffrey Holman #204

Give the Gift of Better Food!

Gift OwnershipLooking for the perfect gift this holiday season? Shopping for someone who doesn't want more “stuff”? Why not give the gift of better food choice for the community by making them an Owner of the Rogers Park Food Co-op?

A gift Ownership of the Rogers Park Food Co-op is the perfect holiday gift for the person in your life who wants to make a positive impact on his or her community.

Give the Gift of Ownership!

Don't forget to like us on Facebook! Be sure to invite your friends to like us as well!

 
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Announcements

 
 

Board Activities

 

Please Welcome Corey Pagán-Banks to the RPFC Board!

Corey_Pagan-Banks.jpgCorey, Owner #115, has been appointed to the Board of the Rogers Park Food Co-op.

Corey, who is a fixture of the Rogers Park community, also works with A Just Harvest and coaches youth football.


 
 
 

Opportunity Knocks: Board Openings and Elections for Board of Director Positions for the Rogers Park Food Co-op

 

Thank you for becoming an Owner of our very own Rogers Park Food Co-op. As an Owner who joined prior to October 15, 2016, you are eligible to run for the Board. Now is the time to consider how you might like to contribute to the development of our co-op? With a New Year upon us, it is a great opportunity to engage with something new. Be part of creating something wonderful here in Rogers Park. We have made tremendous strides in moving the co-op forward in 2016 and are entering an exciting stage where we will be making many important decisions like site selection, product guidelines and sourcing!

The Co-op has a total of 9 Board positions. Roux Nolan, Adam Schwartz, Mary Meyer and Linda Prucher were elected to the Board in 2016, Hank Rouse and Corey Pagán-Banks were voted in to fill vacancies and will be running in the upcoming elections, that leaves 3 positions open. We invite you to attend a Board meeting to learn more about our work. Board Meetings are held on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the the month, Dec, 1st and 15 and January 5th and 19th at Unity in Chicago, 1925 W. Thome from 7 - 8:30 pm.  RSVP Here:

We will be holding 2 candidate information sessions early next year on Saturday, Jan. 7th and Tuesday, Jan. 10th. All interested candidates are required to attend an information session prior to submitting an application for the Board.

We will be sending out more information in early January, in the meantime please give consideration to running for a Board position, You may review our by-laws on at our website, www.rogersparkfoodcoop.com/bylaws

All of us working on the co-op are very happy that we have something positive to work on that will make a difference in the life of our community, our shoppers and our farmers.If you would like to have a conversation about the work of the Board I will be happy to meet with you, Mary@RogersParkFoodCoop.com

Thank you again for your ongoing support, Together, we can make our co-op a reality.

 
 

Upcoming Board Retreat

 

After our highly successful September Ownership Campaign the RPFC is entering a new and exciting phase in our development. During the second week of December, The Board of Directors will spend three consecutive days setting the priorities and charting the next phase for 2017. The retreat will center around 4 major themes:

  1. Launching the Market Feasibility Study
  2. Initiating the Business Plan
  3. Prioritization and Reorganization of the Co-op
  4. Diversity Training and Outreach.

Stay-tuned for new announcements and initiatives and get involved where you can, this is going to get exciting!

 
 

Upcoming Events

 
 

Happy Holidays From The Rogers Park Food Co-Op!

 

Holiday LightsThe Rogers Park Food Co-op would like to wish all of our community a happy holiday season! Whichever holiday you celebrate, we hope it is full of joy and love.

So that we may take some time to relax and celebrate with our friends and family, the Rogers Park Food Co-op has no events planned for the month of December. Please continue to check our Facebook Page for the most up-to date information regarding upcoming events and activities.

The Board of the Rogers Park Food Co-op would like to thank all of our supporters and Owners for the tremendous success we've had in 2016, and we look forward to continued progress in 2017.

Happy Holidays!

 
 
 

Community Happenings

 
 

Working with the Peterson Garden Project

 

By Hank Rouse, Owner #71

Peterson Garden Project11-4-2016: I awoke early and boarded a red line car filled with Cubs fans headed down to the parade. In a moment, I honestly thought “It’s Friday, I should go back to bed.” So happy that I stayed on course, and proceeded to the Broadway Amory Park 2nd floor kitchen, home of the PGP Community Cooking School

Peterson Garden Projects “Fresh Fridays – Brain Food” was a fun and rewarding experience. We had an informal talk with Syeda Farid, Registered Dietitian at Swedish Covenant Hospital and Galter Life Center, learning about foods to maintain a healthy brain. She gave us specific examples of how to incorporate portions in moderation, rather than going overboard as most Americans do. We even learned how to make homemade cheese. Who Knew, I will certainly have to YouTube that! All the while Chef Fresh, Peterson Garden Project’s Resident Chef, and others readied the kitchen. Not only did we get to watch Chef Fresh, we learned some techniques like how to juice a lime with a spoon, or how to use the skin from the avocado to take the pit off your knife. Or how to ALWAYS add Black Pepper to any dish with turmeric as the black pepper with enhance the bioavailability 7 to 8 fold.

We tasted two different types of dark chocolate, and made: Guacamole with Toasted Pepitas, Golden Paste (sorta like a puree of turmeric and ginger) which we then turned into Golden Milk; not even close to a homemade almond or cashew milk, and something you would not pour over your cereal either. Then we finished it with a Blueberry Walnut Salad. Who knew candied almonds were so simple to make. This budding cook learned LOTS, and is excited for his next class!

If you are ever looking for something to do, I'd check out PGP.
(Also Hank has a coupon code for some of their classes.  Just msg him.)

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Shop Local this Holiday Season

 

Live Love ShopThe Rogers Park Business Alliance is happy to announce that our rebate program is expanding this year to include ALL independently-owned businesses in Rogers Park!

Yes, it's that very special time of year!
Shop local in Rogers Park and get $50 back!

Starting November 25th through December 31, 2016.

Collect $100 or more in receipts from at least 3 different independently-owned businesses in Rogers Park and receive a $25 rebate.

Collect $150 or more and receive a $50 rebate.

That’s a good deal for the people on your gift list, for Rogers Park and for you.

For more information, rules & boundaries, visit www.rpba.org/live-love-shop.

 

The Rogers Park Food Co-op October Newsletter is Here!


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Rogers Park Food Co-op

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Rogers Park Food Co-op

 

An innovative grocery co-op, providing better food choices and education to our community.

 
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Ownership Update


201 Owners!

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Welcome to new owners Nicole Oppenheim #196, Kate Alpert #197, Paul Estrich #198, Rebecca Conant #199, Frank Maguire, Ron Heister & Alan Walker #192, UnCommon Ground, Edgewater & Lakeview, Helen and Michael Cameron #200, and Cornelia, Frank and Danny Babbitt #201.

Don't forget to like us of Facebook! Be sure to invite your friends to like us as well!

Email VolunteerCoordinator@RogersParkFoodCoop.com if there are household members that should be included in this list.

What's your Owner Number, look it up here

 
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Announcements

 
 

Board Activities

 

Please Welcome Hank Rouse to the RPFC Board!

Hank Rouse, Owner #71, has been appointed to the Board of the Rogers Park Food Co-op.

Hank became an Owner in October of 2015 at our first Harvest Dinner and Barn Dance.  Hank began his work as a RPFC volunteer after our Annual Owners Meeting in March of 2016, when he saw a "Clear Pathway to Volunteering".  Ever since, he has worked tirelessly to ensure others are provided clear pathways as well.  First on the Communications Committee, later the IT Team, and now Hank is our IT Manager.  Read his board application here:


 

Permanent Meeting Space

All Board and Committee meeting will be taking place at Unity in Chicago, 1925 W Thome Ave, Chicago, IL 60660.

 

Board Meetings are held on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month, 7 - 8:30 pm.

Committee Meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month, 7 - 8:30 pm.

A big thank you goes to Unity in Chicago for providing us with a suitable space for our meetings. 

 
 

Upcoming Events

 
 

Our Neighbors' Kitchen

 
Our Neighbors' Kitchen

When: Friday, November 11th
7pm - 9pm
Where: Loyola University, Centennial Forum, Rambler Room
1125 W Loyola Ave
Chicago, IL 60626
Google map and directions

Who are your neighbors?  What are their customs?  What do they eat?  How does their culture promote healthy eating and lifestyle?  What can I learn from their traditions?  For a typical neighborhood throughout the world these questions may be simple, but not so for Rogers Park.  In a Community that speaks 81 languages and is 35% foreign born, our neighbors, loved ones, and friends have vast cultural knowledge to share.

Our Neighbors' Kitchen

Join Rogers Park Food Co-op for a free chef demonstration, tasting and discussion with a focus on global cuisine and the diverse food landscape of our neighborhood. Food and Wine Magazine, 2016 Best New Chef Iliana Regan will discuss sustainable cuisine. Dietetic Interns from the Loyola University School of Nursing Community Nursing Center will facilitate a conversation about mindful eating and tasting our food.

Photo credit: Food and Wine

Reserve your FREE ticket HERE.

 
 
 
 

Committee Spotlight

Events Committee

 
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The Events Committee of the Co-op is always busy planning and executing fun and exciting activities for the Rogers Park community. We have held events such as a wine tasting and a film screening in the past, and we are the ones who bring to life the Co-op's Annual Meeting each year. The big plan for the coming year is to organize a series of chef demonstration and tasting events based around some of the many cuisines found in our neighborhood. We plan to bring you entertaining, interactive, and flavorful evenings to learn about a new cuisine or to celebrate your own.

Events always require many Volunteers, from the people who brainstorm ideas through, the planners who execute those ideas, to the people who show up early to set up for an event and stay late to put everything away. If helping to plan and execute Events is something you enjoy, consider joining the Events Committee!

Need more information, checkout the Event Coordinator Position here

 
 
 

Thank You to Supporting Businesses

 

Taste Food and Wine

Taste Food and Wine

Taste Food and Wine, 1506 W. Jarvis, gets stellar reviews from wine enthusiasts. In addition to wine, they stock beer, cider, and a nice selection of imported cheeses, meats, and other deli items. They also have a Wine of the Month Club and twice weekly free wine tastings. All this is in their modest store on Jarvis. Taste is also a good neighbor and made a very generous donation of wine for the drawing at the RPFC Annual Meeting last year. Be sure to thank them for their support of the Co-op when you stop in for a bottle of wine.

 

The Rogers Park Food Co-op September Newsletter is Here!


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Rogers Park Food Co-op

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Rogers Park Food Co-op

 

An innovative grocery co-op, providing better food choices and education to our community.

 
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Ownership Update


190 Owners!

The September Ownership Drive, Make a Splash, #JoinThe30OwnerDash, has been a huge success! We achieved the first of our 7 in 7 goals, and we gained a record number of new owners in September!

Congratulations to Susan Bennett, Owner #169, who won a $10 gift card to Midnight Sun Farm!

We will be announcing the grand prize winner at the Harvest Party Dinner on October 9th.

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Welcome to new owners R Public House* owner #163 (Renee Labrana & Sandra Carter), Kay Furey #164 (Referred by Annalee Letchinger, #57), Mark F Ciaccio #165, Martha Campbell #166, Terri Griffith & Serena Worthington #167, Stephanie Crain #168 (referred by Terri Griffith, #167), Susan Bennett #169, Stephen Wright #170, J. David Stokes & Nate Plosfsky #171 (referred by Deanna Minkler, #116 who posted on EveryBlock), Dalton Day #172, Nicole Peto #173, Myra Glassman #174 (referred by Stacy Jaffe, #36), Kelly Moore #175, Robert Remer #176 (president of Edgewater Historical Society), Philip Nahlik #177, Kathleen Scanlan #178, Theresa Kevorkian #179,  Common Cup* 180 (Ruth Hoekwater & John Hoekwater), Louise Dihiansan #181, Pamela van Giesen & Jonah van Giesen  #182, Kenneth HundrieserChester ZK Hundrieser and Gary Lee #183, Jeremiah Vaught  & Maysa Vaught #184, Ellen Hargis #185, Michael Glavin #186, Lillian InGabire #187, David Flowers #188, and Dianna Quayle #189!

R Public House and Common Cup are now listed on our Supporting Businesses page here

Once we have 200 owners, we can commission our market and feasibility studies and move into the next stage of development! Don't wait; become an owner today!

Don't forget to like us of Facebook! Be sure to invite your friends to like us as well!

Email VolunteerCoordinator@RogersParkFoodCoop.com if there are household members that should be included in this list.

What's your Owner Number, look it up here

 

"We became owners of the Rogers Park Food Co-op so that we can have access to wholesome, fresh, locally grown food."

-The McGuire Family, owners #81

 
 
 
 

Announcements

 
 

Board Activities

 

Permanent Meeting Space

All Board and Committee Meeting will be taking place at Unity in Chicago, 1925 W Thome Ave, Chicago, IL 60660.

Board meetings are at 7 pm - 8:30 pm on the 1st and 3rd Thursday. All owners are welcome to attend.

Committee Meetings are 7 pm - 8:30 pm on the 2nd and 4th Thursday each month.

RSVPs are Strongly Encouraged.


 
 
 

Upcoming Events

 
 
 

When: Sunday, October 9th
2 pm - 4 pm: Free kids' activities on the Heartland Cafe Patio
5:30 pm: Dinner on the Heartland Cafe Patio (doors open at 5)
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm Barn Dance at the Red Line Tap
Where: Heartland Cafe
7000 N Glenwood Ave
Chicago, IL 60626
Google map and directions

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Heartland Cafe presents its annual Harvest Party Dinner and Barn Dance, with a portion of the proceeds to benefit the Rogers Park Food Co-op. Heartland Cafe will celebrate the bounty of the harvest with local and organic food from Earth First Farms; music and dancing. Bring the kids in the afternoon for free crafts and activities. Come back for a delicious dinner and a barn dance in the evening. Dancing will begin at 7:30 at the Red Line Tap around the corner from the Heartland Cafe, with square dances and contra dances called by local favorite Jo Mortland and live music. The Heartland is selling only a limited number of tickets
to this very popular annual event. Don't miss your chance to celebrate the season with your friends and neighbors.

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Purchase tickets HERE.

 
 
 

New Owner Orientation

 

When: Saturday, October 22nd
10:30am - noon
Where: Rogers Park Library
6907 N. Clark St.

Join us for a new owner orientation on Saturday, October 22nd, 10:30 a.m.- noon at the Rogers Park Library, 6907 N. Clark St. Meet other owners and get your questions answered. Find out what you can do to move the co-op forward. Chris Roland, General Manager of the Sugar Beet Co-op, Oak Park, open since August 2105 will be on hand to present a picture of what we have to look forward to here in Rogers Park. Join the wonderful community of owners working to get the co-op open. We will be serving coffee, tea and bagels.

Please RSVP here

email info@rpfc.coop if you are unable to access the RSVP

 
 
 
 

Save the Date: Our Neighbors' Kitchen

Friday, November 11th

 

What: Kick-off event for RPFC's chef demonstration series, Our Neighbors' Kitchens
When: Friday, November 11th, 7pm
Where:Rambler Room, Centennial Forum, Loyola University
Cost: Free!

RSVP here

 
 
 
 

Farmers Markets

 
Farmers Market

It's the most wonderful time of the year: outdoor farmers market season!

Although the outdoor farmers market season is coming to a close, we will be your community resource and post the indoor schedule on our Facebook Page.

Until then, continue to look for the Rogers Park Food Co-op outside of the Glenwood Sunday Market, or at a library or festival near you. Volunteers will be there to talk about the Co-op and what we will provide to the community.

Want to help the Co-op while spending time outside? Sign up to volunteer at the Farmers Markets!

 
 
 
 
 

Will You Help Create the Co-op?

Wanted: Newsletter Contributors

 

RPFC is in need of newsletter contributors. The monthly email newsletter serves a vital function because it keeps our owners, volunteers and supporters informed of the Co-op’s events and milestones.

As a potential newsletter contributor, you should be knowledgeable, curious and a writer or aspiring writer. Besides these things, some skills that would benefit the newsletter are knowledge of coops and grocery coops in particular and passion for the sustainable food movement.

This is an opportunity for our owners or volunteers to contribute articles or to establish an editorial style for the newsletter and to take the lead in keeping our supporters informed. Do not hesitate to contact Hank Rouse (owner #71) if you want to take advantage of this opportunity.

 
 
 
 
 
QCFood Hub

By Desi Phillips (Owner #3)

Growing up in the Quad Cities, the majority of my food came from father’s garden, so fresh, local food has always been a very important part of my life and my diet.

In my experience, the Quad Cities have never really had a wide variety of choices when it came to good food. This is why the Quad Cities Food Hub is so important and wonderful to the development of this local food movement. It’s a bi-state initiative that connects farmers and consumers in Iowa and Illinois in an effort to enhance regional local food production and consumption. The organization is part of a network of Regional Food System Working Groups which help support long-term connections between farmers and consumers while helping to meet the health, social, economic and environmental needs of the local community.

Recently, I had the fortune of visiting the QC Food Hub. It’s a delightful little community of its own, with local offerings of fresh produce and other local foods, handmade jewelry and art-pieces, homemade pottery, an education center, and a community center where they offer all sorts of classes. It even has its own shared-use community kitchen where they offer help to burgeoning small businesses to cultivate a customer base, and eventually to move into their own spaces. This matches my vision for what I would love our food co-op to be.

 
 
 
 

Thank You to Supporting Businesses

 

Uncommon Ground

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You can't find a shorter route from farm to table than you can at Uncommon Ground, 1401 W. Devon Ave., where the certified organic farm is on the roof of the restaurant. Owners Helen and Michael Cameron are active in the good food movement. No wonder they are such good partners for a food co-op! Not only has Uncommon Ground hosted a number of events for the co-op, but they also donated some of their delicious mac and cheese for our annual meeting last March. If you haven't visited the restaurant lately, this is a great time of year for their sustainable, local food.

Their Lakeview location is at 3800 N Clark St.


Pub 626

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Pub 626, 1406 W. Morse Ave., at the corner of Morse and Glenwood, is the latest business in that space. Serving pub food with a Southwestern flair, 626 has found its niche in Rogers Park. Owner Colm Treacy invests in the neighborhood—not just with his businesses, but also by donating to the Rogers Park Food Co-op. Be sure to stop by Pub 626 and let them know how much you appreciate their support.

Be sure to see the full list of supporting businesses here.

 
 

Make a Splash, Join the 30 Owner Dash, FINAL 72 Hours

We are now in the FINAL 72 HOURS our September Ownership Campaign with 25 NEW Founding Owners in 28 DAYS!!!

We need 5 NEW Founding Owners by September 30th to reach our goal of 30 in 30.

www.rogersparkfoodcoop.com/join
One Time Lifetime fee of $250 per household,
or we offer payment plans for as little as $25 a month.

Help "Make a Splash, by Joining The 30 Owner Dash” and spread the word to achieve our goal of 30 new founding owners in 30 days. By doing so, YOU will be entered into the Weekly and Monthly Prize Drawing for each new founding owner that signs up in September that YOU REFER. Prizes include 2 tickets to our Harvest Dinner and Barn Dance on October 9th.  When we reach 30 in 30 the drawing will be for 4 shares of fresh, never-frozen, sustainably caught fish from local business Hooked on Fish and Co-op owner Karen Wollins #124. In the words of Karen, “from the boat to your table”. Thank you Karen.

 

Week 4 New Founding Owners

Common Cup #180, Ruth Hoekwater & John Hoekwater *
Louise Dihiansan #181
Pamela van Giesen & Jonah van Giesen  #182
Kenneth Hundrieser, Chester ZK Hundrieser and Gary Lee  #183
Jeremiah Vaught & Maysa Vaught #184
Ellen Hargis #185
Michael Glavin #186
Lillian InGabire #187
  #188
  #189
  #190

Week 4 
If we achieve/exceed our goal of 7 New Founding Owners in 7 Days, we will hold a drawing among this weeks new Founding Owners, for Two Tickets to our Harvest Dinner and Barn Dance on October 9th.

Common Cup and R Public House is also listed on our Supporting Business page here

** Email Volunteer Coordinator at VolunteerCoordinator@RogersParkFoodCoop.com if there are household members that should be included in this list.

 

THANK YOU

Thank you for investing in the vision of bringing a food co-operative to the Rogers Park Community it's time for us to reach our 200 Founding Owner goal and conduct the Market and Feasibility Study. From that, we will learn about the potential size of the store, area demographics, the optimal location for the store, and where there is the greatest need.

THE ENTIRE COOP COMMUNITY

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Second Annual Harvest Party Dinner and Barn Dance

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Heartland Cafe presents its annual Harvest Party Dinner and Barn Dance, with a portion of the proceeds to benefit the Rogers Park Food Co-op.  Heartland Cafe will celebrate the bounty of the harvest with local and organic food from Earth First Farms; music, and dancing.  Bring the kids in the afternoon for free crafts and activities.  Come back for a delicious dinner and a barn dance in the evening.  Dancing will begin at 7:30 at the Red Line Tap around the corner from the Heartland Cafe, with square dances and contra dances called by local favorite Jo Mortland and live music.  The Heartland is selling only a limited number of tickets to this very popular annual event.  Don't miss your chance to celebrate the season with your friends and neighbors.

 

Schedule:

2 pm - 4 pm Fun for the kids,includes pumpkin carving and face painting.

5:30 pm to 7:30 pm dinner (doors open at 5)

7:30 to 9:30 Barn Dance at Red Line Tap

Tickets REQUIRED:
Dinner & Barn Dance $25
Barn Dance only $10
www.rogersparkfoodcoop.com/harvest_dinner_barn_dance

Half the ticket proceeds will benefit Rogers Park Food Co-op.


Make a Splash, Join the 30 Owner Dash, Week 3

WE ARE OFF TO A GREAT START

We Enter Week 3 of our September Ownership Campaign with 14 NEW Owners in 14 DAYS!!!

 

Help "Make a Splash, by Joining The 30 Owner Dash” and spread the word to achieve our goal of 30 new owners in 30 days. By doing so, YOU will be entered into the Weekly and Monthly Prize Drawing for each new owner that signs up in September that YOU REFER. Prizes include Gifts Certificates to the Glenwood Sunday Market, Factory Theater Tickets, and a share of fresh, never-frozen, sustainably caught fish from local business Hooked on Fish and Co-op Owner Karen Wollins #124. In the words of Karen, “from the boat to your table”. Thank you Karen.

www.rogersparkfoodcoop.com/join
One Time Lifetime fee of $250 per household, and we offer payment plans for as little as $25 a month.

SMALL GATHERINGS

An easy way to share your vision with friends, family, and coworkers is to invite them to a small group gathering. These get togethers can be as small as 5 people for coffee, cocktails, brunch, or anything you can think of. The Coop can provide materials such as beverages, chocolate, compostable tableware and even make a short presentation and Q&A Session.

If you would like to get a small group together or would like some ideas in organizing one, please contact us at info@rpfc.coop

WELCOME NEW OWNERS:

Week 1 New Owners

R Public House #163, Renee Labrana & Sandra Carter *
Kay Furey #164 (Reffered by Annalee Letchinger, Owner# 57)
Mark F Ciaccio  #165
Martha Campbell   #166
Terri Griffith & Serena Worthington  #167
Stephanie Crain  #168 (Referred by Terri Griffith, Owner# 167) 
Susan Bennett  #169
Stephen Wright  #170


Week 1 Winner Susan Bennett
Susan wins a $10 Gift Card from Midnight Sun Farm, not only a regular at Glenwood Sunday Market, but also a long time Supporter of the Rogers Park Food Coop.  Midnight Sun Farm is also listed on our Supporting Businesses Page here

Week 2 New Owners

J. David Stokes & Nate Plosfsky  #171 (Referred by Deanna Minkler, Owner# 116 who posted on EveryBlock)
Dalton Day #172
Nicole Peto #173
Myra Glassman #174 (Referred by Stacy Jaffe, Owner# 36)
Kelly Moore #175
Robert Remer #176 (President of Edgewater Historical Society)


Week 2 (We were short one of the 7 Owners in this weeks challenge)
Win a $10 Gift Card from Big Head Farm, and a half gallon of fresh pressed apple juice.  Big Head Farm too is a regular at Glenwood Sunday Market, as well as a Shareholder in RPFC, Owner# 138.  Thank You Karen Warner for your  continued support and generosity.

Week 3 New Owners

Week 3
If we achieve/exceed our goal of 7 New Owners in 7 Days, we will hold a drawing among this weeks new Owners, for Two Tickets to see #ZombieBroads at The Factory Theater. Thank You Phil Claudnic for your generous donation.

R Public House is also listed on our Supporting Business page here

** Email Volunteer Coordinator at VolunteerCoordinator@RogersParkFoodCoop.com if there are household members that should be included in this list.

 

THANK YOU

Thank you for investing in the vision of bringing a food co-operative to the Rogers Park Community it's time for us to reach our 200 owner goal and conduct the Market and Feasibility Study. From that, we will learn about the potential size of the store, area demographics, the optimal location for the store, and where there is the greatest need.

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Make a Splash, Join the 30 Owner Dash, Week 2

Week 1 Winner Susan Bennett

Susan wins a $10 Gift Card from Midnight Sun Farm, not only a regular at Glenwood Sunday Market, but also a long time Supporter of the Rogers Park Food Coop.  Midnight Sun Farm is also listed on our Supporting Businesses Page here

WELCOME NEW OWNERS:

R Public House #163, Renee Labrana & Sandra Carter *
Kay Furey #164 (Reffered by Annalee Letchinger, Owner# 57)
Mark F Ciaccio #165
Martha Campbell #166
Terri Griffith & Serena Worthington #167
Stephanie Crain #168 (Referred by Terri Griffith, Owner# 167) 
Susan Bennett #169
Stephen Wright #170
J. David Stokes & Nate Plosfsky #171 (Referred by Deanna Minkler, Owner# 116 who posted on EveryBlock)
Dalton Day #172
Nicole Peto #173
Myra Glassman #174 (Referred by Stacy Jaffe, Owner# 36)

R Public House is also listed on our Supporting Business page here

** Email Volunteer Coordinator at VolunteerCoordinator@RogersParkFoodCoop.com if there are household members that should be included in this list.


UPDATE

We are happy to report our September campaign, “Make a Splash, Join The 30 Owner Dash” is off to a GREAT start!  12 NEW Owners in 12 DAYS!!!  In order to keep the momentum going 30 new owners in 30 days please join us in spreading the word. By doing so, your name will be entered for each new owner that YOU REFER. Each new owner that signs up in September will be entered into both a weekly prize drawing and the monthly drawing of a one pound delivery of fresh, never-frozen, sustainably caught fish from local business Hooked on Fish and Co-op Owner Karen Wollins #124.  In the words of Owner Karen Wollins, “from the boat to your table”. Thank you Karen.

www.rogersparkfoodcoop.com/join
One Time Lifetime fee of $250 per household, and we offer payment plans for as little as $25 a month.

SMALL GATHERINGS

An easy way to share your vision with friends, family, and coworkers is to invite them to a small group gathering. These get togethers can be as small as 5 people for coffee, cocktails, brunch, or anything you can think of. The Coop can provide materials such as beverages, chocolate, compostable tableware and even make a short presentation and Q&A Session.

If you would like to get a small group together or would like some ideas in organizing one, please contact us at info@rpfc.coop

 

THANK YOU

Thank you for investing in the vision of bringing a food co-operative to the Rogers Park Community it's time for us to reach our 200 owner goal and conduct the Market and Feasibility Study. From that, we will learn about the potential size of the store, area demographics, the optimal location for the store, and where there is the greatest need.

 

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Hello From the Rogers Park Food Co-op! August 2016


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Rogers Park Food Co-op

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Rogers Park Food Co-op

 

An innovative grocery co-op, providing better food choices and education to our community.

 
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Ownership Update


162 Owners!

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Welcome to new owners Gina Carpenter (Owner 146), Sue Lannin & Albert Ettinger (Owner 147), John McElwee (Owner 148), Mary O'Connell (Owner 149), Ann Nichols (Owner 150), Marilyn Mikell & Tony Mikell (Owner 151), Alex Narrajos (Owner 152), Mitchell Duval & Amanda Enyeart (Owner 153), Eve Brownstone (Owner 154), Dan Sullivan (Owner 155), Tyne Morell-Wilson (Owner 156), Shawn Belschwender (Owner 157), Deborah Foster-Bonner & Cynthia L Foster (Owner 158), Daniel Lorsch (Owner 159), Miles Faciane (Owner 160), Aviva Sherman (Owner 161) and Devo Segal (Owner 162)!

Missing a Household Owner?  Email:
VolunteerCoordinator@RogersParkFoodCoop.com

Once we have 200 Owners, we can commision our market and feasibility studies and move into the next stage of development! Don't wait; become an owner today!

Don't forget to like us of Facebook! Be sure to invite your friends to like us as well!

 

We're very happy to support another healthy food option in Rogers Park!

-Nathan and Maria Wagners, owners #23

 
 

Announcements

 
 

August Recap

 

Rogers Pork

Rogers Pork

For the second year in a row, the Rogers Park Food Co-op participated in the Rogers Pork festival in Jarvis Square. This year's festival was the largest one yet, with over 40 artists and vendors and two stages of live music.

The Rogers Park Food Co-op collected two backpacks full of school supplies to donate to Gale Academy and Kilmer Elementary schools. We also filmed our first live video broadcast on Facebook (check it out here)!. We will be broadcasting more live videos very soon, so be sure to follow us on Facebook to catch the videos live!


 

Cocktails and Conversation about the Co-op!

By Shelby Hatch, Owner# 34

On Sunday, August 8, inspired by my attendance at the "Illinois Food Co-op Startup Day", Ann-Louise Haak and I hosted an event on our porch to discuss ideas about how to reach a broader cross-section of the Rogers Park and surrounding neighborhoods. There were twelve of us in attendance, including RPFC Board President Roux Nolan, other board members, volunteers, and not-yet members, including one who showed up with his dog as he was walking by and saw our yard sign advertising the event!

The major momentum generated centered around broadening our base by going to events hosted by other groups; e.g., becoming a co-sponsor of a cultural event or presenting at a coffee hour after a religious service. Let me know if you're a member of an organization that might be interested in such a partnership with RPFC. We also discussed holding "pop-up" markets in various places in Rogers Park and/or West Ridge to increase our visibility. Do you know of a venue that might be appropriate? Please contact me at shelbylhatch@gmail.com to help put these ideas into action!

 
 

Upcoming Events

 
 
 
 

When: Saturday, September 10th 1pm - 10 pm
Where: 1815 W Farwell

Shelby Hatch, owner #34, visited the Co-op at an event 18 months ago, and signed up on the spot. Since then her passion for the Co-op has grown, and now she and her partner Ann-Louise are intimately involved in shaping the Co-op’s internal dynamics and group cohesion. It started with her reluctantly taking a three-hour road trip with Hank Rouse (owner #71) -whom she barely knew at the time- to the Illinois Food Co-op Start-Up Day during a sunny Saturday in July. That’s where her spark was ignited. She was stirred by the fact that some co-ops have more members than ours, even though we’ve been at this longer.

Then, she hosted a Cocktails and Conversation brainstorming session at her East Rogers Park Victorian. Attendees, sipped a fantastic gin punch on the wrap-around porch. (We promise it didn’t impact the quality of our ideas.) It was another beautiful, sunny day. Are you sensing a theme here? Now, Shelby and Ann-Louise will be hosting a Yard Sign Painting Party & Potluck on September 10th using repurposed political yard placards. Shelby and Ann-Louise are so creative and fired up, and we are glad to have them as co-owners. Visit the Facebook page to sign up for the event.

For more information, please visit our Facebook event page or email ContactUs@RogersParkFoodCoop.com

 
 
 
 

Make a Splash, Join the 30 Owner dash!

 
30 Owner Dash

We made it through summer vacation, and children are going back to school. In the midst of your running around, there is one more assignment for you to add on to all of the others. Make a Splash, Join the 30 Owner Dash!

It’s time for us to reach our 200 owners goal. Let’s not forget, that is when we will be able to do the Market and Feasibility Study. From that, we will learn about the potential size of the store, area demographics, the optimal location for a store, and where there is the greatest need.

Facebook will be home-base for the 30 Owner Dash. Visit us at facebook.com/RogersParkFood to track the daily progress of our campaign.

In case you are wondering why we’re calling the campaign "Join the 30 Owner Dash!", it is because for 30 days every New Owner that signs up will be entered into a drawing to win a two-pound delivery of sustainably caught fish from Hooked on Fish. Not only that, but because we appreciate the 162 owners we currently have, you will also be entered into the drawing for each new owner that YOU REFER!

Owner #124, Karen Wollins, has so generously donated fish deliveries from her company Hooked on Fish. This is an amazing opportunity to really experience fresh fish, as Karen says, "from the boat to your table". Thank you, Karen!

Household ownership is a one time payment of $250 or installment payments of $50 per month for 5 months or $25 per month for 10 months.

Joining the co-op is easy at www.rpfc.coop

 
 
 
 

Farmer's Markets

 
Farmers Market

It's the most wonderful time of the year! Outdoor Farmers Market Season!

Look for the Rogers Park Food Co-op outside of the Glenwood Sunday Market, or at a tent in the Loyola Monday Farmers Market,.  Volunteers will be there to talk shop about the Co-op, answer questions, receive feedback about your wants and needs and what we will provide to the community at large.

For updated information about when the Co-op will be attending the farmers markets, please visit our Facebook Page.

Want to help the Co-op while spending time outside?
Sign up to Volunteer at the Farmers Markets!

 
 
 
 
 

Host Your Own "Coffee with the Co-op"

 

The Rogers Park Food Co-op needs the help of all of our supporters to reach our goals. Hosting a meeting in your home is a great way to generate interest in the co-op vision!

Your event doesn't even need to include coffee! You could host a wine and cheese tasting, or a pot-luck

The Rogers Park Food Co-op will provide you with informational materials, as well as coffee from Equal Exchange. A member of the Co-op Board will assist as a presenter as well.

 
 
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Volunteers Needed!

 

Are you looking for a great way to support the Rogers Park Food Co-op? We need your help!

The success of Rogers Park Food Co-op depends on generous Volunteers to move the Co-op forward.  Are you a designer?  Great at data-entry?  Love talking to people?  We need your skills!

Build your resume by contributing your talents and skills and developing some new ones. Become part of the developing community of people who are building the co-op.

Meet and engage with your neighbors to create an amazing food co-operative in our community. Learn about food, the food system and the local food system we are creating by partnering with our local farmers. Have fun while doing all of this amazing work.

Want to help? Visit http://volunteer-rogersparkfoodcoop.nationbuilder.com/become_a_volunteer.

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Committee Spotlight

Communications Committee: Social Media

 
Social Media

The Social Media Team, part of the Communications Team, uses social media to inspire both the Rogers Park and national communities to join the fresh food conversation. The team educates our audience on fresh food, sustainability, and healthy eating. They also spotlight our local Rogers Park farmers and food artisans who are devoted to sustainability and a local food chain.

We have a presence on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, Nextdoor, and YouTube. As a Social Media Guru, you will work as a Team or take charge of one of these platforms. You would also work with a team leader who will keep you updated on the Co-op’s plans and strategy to ensure that social media messaging is appropriately syndicated. If you are a Social Media Guru and like the idea of working in the background supporting others, giving future visitors a favorable impression of the Co-op, and even influencing others’ decisions, then join the Social Media Team.

Join a Committee here: http://volunteer-rogersparkfoodcoop.nationbuilder.com/join_a_committee

 
 
 
 

Thank You to Supporting Businesses

 

Luzzat

Luzzat

While a lot of people go to West Rogers Park for Indian food, you can also get it in East Roger Park at Luzzat, 1505 W. Jarvis, right next to the Jarvis "El". Reviews use descriptions like “humble,” “unfussy,” and “simple” to describe the ambience and décor, but they say things like “excellent,” “flavorful,” and “authentic” to describe the food. It's the classic hole-in-the-wall restaurant with outstanding food. They also Donated a lot of their terrific food to the Co-op's 2016 Annual Meeting in March. We are still very grateful!


Growling Rabbit

Grownling Rabbit

Growling Rabbit, currently at 6981 N. Sheridan Rd, moving soon to 5838-40 N. Broadway, is a great restaurant partner for a food co-op. They are committed to using local and seasonal ingredients on their menu, just as the co-op will stock local and seasonal ingredients. They are committed to their community, as evidenced by their Donation of a giant sheet cake to the Co-op's Annual Meeting and hosted the Sitka Salmon Cooking Demonstration in February. While they will be moving to Edgewater later this year, they will always be a part of the Rogers Park community.

 
 
 
 
 

Co-Owners:

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Make a Splash, Join the 30 Owner Dash

WEEK 1 UPDATE

We are happy to report our September campaign, “Make a Splash, Join The 30 Owner Dash” is off to a good start!  In order to keep the momentum going 30 new owners in 30 days please join us in spreading the word. By doing so, your name will be entered for each new owner that YOU REFER. Each new owner that signs up in September will be entered into both a weekly prize drawing and the monthly drawing of a one pound delivery of fresh, never-frozen, sustainably caught fish from local business Hooked on Fish and Co-op Owner Karen Wollins #124.  In the words of Owner Karen Wollins, “from the boat to your table”. Thank you Karen.

www.rogersparkfoodcoop.com/join
One Time Lifetime fee of $250 per household, and we offer payment plans for as little as $25 a month.

SMALL GATHERINGS

An easy way to share your vision with friends, family, and coworkers is to invite them to a small group gathering. These get togethers can be as small as 5 people for coffee, cocktails, brunch, or anything you can think of. The Coop can provide materials such as beverages, chocolate, compostable tableware and even make a short presentation and Q&A Session.

If you would like to get a small group together or would like some ideas in organizing one, please contact us at info@rpfc.coop

 

THANK YOU

Thank you for investing in the vision of bringing a food co-operative to the Rogers Park Community it's time for us to reach our 200 owner goal and conduct the Market and Feasibility Study. From that, we will learn about the potential size of the store, area demographics, the optimal location for the store, and where there is the greatest need.

 

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Hello From the Rogers Park Food Co-op! July 2016


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Rogers Park Food Co-op

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Rogers Park Food Co-op

 

An innovative grocery co-op, providing better food choices and education to our community.

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Ownership Update


155 Owners!

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Welcome to new owners Gina Carpenter, Sue Lannin, John McElwee, Mary O'Connell, Ann Nichols, Marilyn Mikell, Alex Narrajos, Mitchel Duval, Eve Brownstone, and Dan Sullivan!

Once we have 200 Owners, we can commission our market and feasibility studies and move into the next stage of development! Don't wait; become an owner today!

Don't forget to like us on Facebook as well as our other social media presense! Be sure to invite your friends to like us as well!

 
 
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Announcements

 
 

July Recap

 

CDS Consulting Co-op Training

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Due to the incredible number of new and upcoming food co-ops in the midwest, CDI Consulting Co-op decided to host a Coopertive Board Leadership seminar in Chicago for the first time. On July 9th, the Board of the Rogers Park Food Co-op met with other co-op Board members and leaders at the beautiful Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center in Hermosa to learn about the opportunities and challenges that face food co-ops in 2016.

Celebrate Clark Street

Celebrate Clark Street

On July 16 and 17th, the Rogers Park Food Co-op joined our neighbors to celebrate the awesome cultural diversity of Rogers Park at the 2016 Celebrate Clark Street Festival.

Our volunteers shared their excitement about the Co-op with the community while getting to hear some great musical acts such as Krar Collective, Gaby Moreno, and Chicago Afrobeat Project and enjoying some fantastic food from various local restaurants, including Badou Senegalese and the new Birrieria Y Carnitas El Gallito.

A Just Harvest Festival

A Just Harvest

A just cause has always started from love. It's that simple, love. What A Just Harvest has been striving for all of these years stems from a love of one's fellow humans. This past weekend's festival was a reflection of that in its fullest. Despite the heat and humidity, the mood was joyous and friendly, and yes, even loving.

The Rogers Park Food Co-Op was a part of this, and proudly so. We were there to answer questions, and questions were asked. This is how it starts, from the ground up, one step at a time. As volunteers we're each of us a part of this greater dream we want to make real. It will happen, we're on our way.

The Just Harvest festival was time well spent. It's always good to be in close proximity to a righteous cause, we're doing well to be so close to one as righteous as this.

 

Upcoming Events

 
 
 

Wine and Cheese at Shelby's

 

When: Sunday, August 7th at 4pm
Where: 1815 W Farwell

I, Shelby Hatch, have never belonged to a food co-op before or even lived anywhere that had a food co-op, but I quickly became an owner-member (#35!) when I first heard about the Rogers Park Food Co-op (RPFC) almost a year and a half ago. I’ve been somewhat of a lurker since then. Sure, I volunteered at an event, my partner Ann-Louise Haak and I hosted a Coffee last September (and recruited two more member-owners!), and the RPFC “office” is in our garage, but, for the most part, we’ve been sitting back.

Several weeks ago, I was asked if I would be interested in attending the “Illinois Food Co-op Start-Up Day” hosted by the Common Ground Food Co-op in Urbana, and co-sponsored by the Food Co-op Initiative (FCI). I have to admit that I was on the fence. It’s a long drive, it was a beautiful Saturday in July, and I’d be spending a lot of one-on-one time with another RPFC member (& I.T. guru), Hank Rouse, who I didn’t know very well. But I went – we went! And I was inspired – but also discouraged. Why do other start-ups have so many more member-owners than we do, even though they haven’t been at it as long as we have? No fair! But Jacqueline Co-op Hannah of FCI  reminded me—and everyone in the room—that RPFC is trying to do something that really hasn’t been done before: start a co-op in a diverse community with all of the members of that community. So how do we do that? There was so much good information from FCI, and so many great ideas we could steal from other start-ups, that my head almost exploded and my hand almost fell off as I frantically tried to write everything down. But what’s the good of all of that information if it just stays with Hank and me?

I want to share this great information and all of these fabulous ideas with all of you—you who are already member-owners, who may be more or less involved; you who are volunteers; you who are not yet member-owners, but are thinking about it. Come by our house (1815 W. Farwell) at 4PM on Sunday, August 7 for Cocktails and Conversation about the Co-op. Ann-Louise and I can’t wait to see you – and if you’re one of the first 20 people to RSVP, your name will be entered in a raffle for a First Slice Pie Cafe cherry pie. Must be present to win, so we hope to see all of you here!

Please RSVP here 

 
 

"3st" Annual Rogers Pork

 
Rogers Pork

When: Saturday, August 27th, noon to 10pm
Where: Jarvis Avenue between Greenview and Ashland

The Rogers Park Food Co-op Co-op will have a tent at the 2016 Rogers Pork. Help us spread the word about how the Co-op can help our local farmers and Community.

Rogers Park Food Co-op will also be participating in collecting school supplies for Gale Academy and Kilmer Elementary School.

From http://rpublichouse.com/rogers-pork-barbecue-arts-music-festival:

The North Side’s PREMIER barbecue festival has expanded this year to include Jarvis Avenue between Greenview and Ashland, in the most beautiful and diverse coastal neighborhood in the country, Rogers Park, Chicago.
A portion of proceeds will benefit the Youth Empowerment Performance Project. The mission of YEPP is to seek a safe environment for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer youth experiencing homelessness to explore their history, investigate new ways to address their struggles and celebrate their strengths through the process of developing a theatrical performance.
  
 

Farmer's Markets

 
Farmers Market

It's the most wonderful time of the year! Outdoor Farmers Market Season!

Look for the Rogers Park Food Co-op outside of the Glenwood Sunday Market, or at a tent in the Loyola Monday Farmers Market, or even the Edgewater Farmers Market on Saturdays. Volunteers will be there to talk about the Co-op and what we will provide to the community.

For updated information about when the Co-op will be attending the farmers markets, please visit our Facebook Page.

Want to help the Co-op while spending time outside? Sign up to volunteer at the Farmers Markets!

 

  

 
 
 

Host Your Own "Coffee with the Co-op"

 

The Rogers Park Food Co-op needs the help of all of our supporters to reach our goals. Hosting a meeting in your home is a great way to generate interest in the co-op vision!

Your event doesn't even need to include coffee! You could host a wine and cheese tasting, or a pot-luck

The Rogers Park Food Co-op will provide you with informational materials, as well as coffee from Equal Exchange. A member of the Co-op Board will assist as a presenter as well.

 
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Volunteers Needed!

 

Are you looking for a great way to support the Rogers Park Food Co-op? We need your help!

The success of Rogers Park Food Co-op depends on generous volunteers to move the Co-op forward. Are you a designer? Great at data-entry? Love talking to people? We need your skills!

Build your resume by contributing your talents and skills and developing some new ones. Become part of the developing community of people who are building the co-op.

Meet and engage with your neighbors to create an amazing food co-operative in our community. Learn about food, the food system and the local food system we are creating by partnering with our local farmers. Have fun while doing all of this amazing work.

Want to help? Visit http://volunteer-rogersparkfoodcoop.nationbuilder.com/become_a_volunteer.

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Committee Spotlight

Events Committee

 
Harvest Fest

The Events Committee of the Co-op is always busy planning and executing fun and exciting activities for the Rogers Park community. We have held events such as a wine tasting and a film screening in the past, and we are the ones who bring to life the Co-op's Annual Meeting each year. The big plan for the coming year is to organize a series of chef demonstration and tasting events based around some of the many cuisines found in our neighborhood. We plan to bring you entertaining, interactive, and flavorful evenings to learn about a new cuisine or to celebrate your own.

Events always require many Volunteers, from the people who brainstorm ideas through, the planners who execute those ideas, to the people who show up early to set up for an event and stay late to put everything away. If helping to plan and execute Events is something you enjoy, consider joining the Events Committee!

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Thank You to Supporting Businesses

 

R Public House

R Public House

R Public House, 1508 W. Jarvis, is your average Rogers Park gastropub—except that owner Renee Labrana has strong community ties and a community-driven mission. Fundraisers at the Jarvis Square fixture are a regular occurrence, supporting everything from rock musicians at Sullivan High School to the Flint Kids' Water Crisis Fund. So, it's no surprise that R Public House was a big donor of food to the Rogers Park Food Co-op's Annual Meeting in March. And there wasn't a scrap of their thin-crust pizza left over, either! Stop by and sample their food and their beverages. .


Quesadilla La Reina del Sur

Quesadilla La Reina del Sur

Quesadilla La Reina del Sur, 1418 Howard St., is a newcomer to Rogers Park, having opened on Howard St. in 2015. It serves authentic Mexican food that is all vegetarian, with vegan options. Even reviews by meat-lovers are enthusiastic about their cooking. The potatoes with Mexican (soy) sausage they sent to the RPFC Annual Meeting was certainly a hit. Whether you are in Rogers Park or near their first location in Logan Square, be sure to stop in and try their food or something from the juice bar.

 
 

Co-Owners:

Join our Exclusive Owners Group here:

 

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