This year, Chefs Collaborative and 65 restaurants are partnering with Organic Valley to bring Earth Dinners, a series to raise awareness about local, sustainable and organic food, to the dining public.
Chefs across the country are taking the best Spring has to offer in an effort to raise funds for Chefs Collaborative, the leading nonprofit network of chefs and farmers that fosters a sustainable food system using the power of education, collaboration and responsible buying decisions. The Midwest dairy farmers of Organic Valley will match every dollar donated by each restaurant partner, up to $10,000.
"Chefs in cities and towns across the country have really stepped up to the plate to hold delicious dinners in celebration of Earth Day - and in particular, to put a spotlight on sustainable and organic choices," said Melissa Kogut, Executive Director of Chefs Collaborative. "We really value our longstanding partnership with Organic Valley," added Kogut.
Visit http://chefscollaborative.org/events/earth-dinners/2011-earth-dinner-participants/to find an Earth dinner in your city, and join Earth Dinner on Facebook to share in the conversation about food, farming and our connection to the Earth.
Chefs Collaborative is a national chef network that's changing the sustainable food landscape using the power of connections, education and responsible buying decisions. Visit http://chefscollaborative.org/ for information on membership, events and programs. Chefs Collaborative is also on Facebook (www.facebook.com/pages/Chefs-Collaborative/39000377226) and Twitter (@ChefsCollab).
Organic Valley Family of Farms: Independent and Farmer-Owned
Organic Valley is Americaís largest cooperative of organic farmers and one of the nationís leading organic brands. Organized in 1988, it represents 1,617 farmers in 35 states and three Canadian provinces, and achieved $619 million in 2010 sales. Focused on its founding mission of saving family farms through organic farming, Organic Valley produces a variety of organic foods, including organic milk, yogurt, soy, cheese, butter, spreads, creams, eggs, produce and juice, which are sold in supermarkets, natural foods stores and food cooperatives nationwide. The same farmers who produce for Organic Valley also produce a full range of delicious organic meat under the Organic Prairie label. For further information, call 1-888-444-MILK or visit www.organicvalley.coop, www.organicprairie.coop and the cooperative's farmer website, www.farmers.coop. Organic Valley is also on Twitter @Organic_Valley and Facebook www.facebook.com/OrganicValley.