Farmers, chefs focus on locally grown food

March 16, 2012 10:02:08 AM PDT
Responsible, sustainable farming and eating is a big topic in the food industry. And it's also the focus of an annual conference continuing Friday and Saturday at the UIC Forum.

It's called the "Good Food Festival and Conference," and it brings together farmers, educators and chefs in an effort to get people to think more about where their food comes from.

One of the missions of the organizers of this three-day conference is to expand the production, marketing and distribution of locally-grown food.

Chefs are key, obviously, in that effort. And one of the biggest local proponents for locally responsibly-raised food is Paul Virant, chef and owner of both Vie in Western Springs and Perennial Virant in Lincoln Park.

March 15-17
UIC Pavillion
725 W. Roosevelt Rd.