Passion for local food--and the lack of a straightforward resource for 
where to find it--led Cristal Mendlen to launch Local Yolkel
http://www.localyolkel.com/ late last year.

Think of it as a Yellow Pages for local-leaning businesses, with lists of 
Chicago restaurants, bakeries, catering companies and stores that source 
local products. Broken down by neighborhood and category, it's seriously 
useful as a quick reference for the who's and where's of Chicago's locavore 
movement.

The site is a revenue-free side project for Mendlen, who co-founded 
web-based charity fundraiser SpendForGood.com
http://www.spendforgood.com// . But it will continue to be updated with 
new restaurants through the year, and--in the near future--a listing of 
farmers' markets.

Also putting local food at your fingertips; Dishes & Dirt
http://dishesanddirt.blogspot.com/ , a resource for connecting farmers 
with chefs and local eaters, whose official website will launch this 
spring. The site will feature an extensive sourcing guide and market, event 
and product listings--plus stories about local farmers photographed and 
filmed by D&D's founder, photographer Kate Gross
http://www.kategrossphotography.com/ .

It will come together in real time at D&D's collaborative tasting and 
networking events ($30), which launched with a Half Acre-Kinnikinnick 
Farm-Nice Cream tasting party and dinner at Old Town Social
http://www.tastingtable.com/entry_detail/chicago/656/Fried_eggs_get_fancy_at_Old_Town_Social.htm 
in November.

A May event at Uncommon Ground
http://www.tastingtable.com/entry_detail/chicago/584/Uncommon_Grounds_airborne_garden_is_finally_in_full_swing.htmhttp://www.tastingtable.com/entry_detail/chicago/584/Uncommon_Grounds_airborne_garden_is_finally_in_full_swing.htm 
is in the works, with farmers and produce from the Wisconsin farmer 
cooperative Green and Green.
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Passion for local food--and the lack of a straightforward resource for where to find it--led Cristal Mendlen to launch Local Yolkel late last year.

Think of it as a Yellow Pages for local-leaning businesses, with lists of Chicago restaurants, bakeries, catering companies and stores that source local products. Broken down by neighborhood and category, it's seriously useful as a quick reference for the who's and where's of Chicago's locavore movement.

The site is a revenue-free side project for Mendlen, who co-founded web-based charity fundraiser SpendForGood.com. But it will continue to be updated with new restaurants through the year, and--in the near future--a listing of farmers' markets.

Also putting local food at your fingertips; Dishes & Dirt, a resource for connecting farmers with chefs and local eaters, whose official website will launch this spring. The site will feature an extensive sourcing guide and market, event and product listings--plus stories about local farmers photographed and filmed by D&D's founder, photographer Kate Gross.

It will come together in real time at D&D's collaborative tasting and networking events ($30), which launched with a Half Acre-Kinnikinnick Farm-Nice Cream tasting party and dinner at Old Town Social in November.

A May event at Uncommon Ground is in the works, with farmers and produce from the Wisconsin farmer cooperative Green and Green.
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