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What’s On Your Plate film screenings

I am pleased to be partnering with Melissa Graham of Purple Asparagus to bring screenings of this wonderful film to Chicago. “What’s On Your Plate?” is a kid-centric film that explores where our food comes from and offers healthful alternatives.  The filmmaker puts it this way:

“The film follows two eleven-year-old multi-racial city kids as they explore their place in the food chain.  Sadie and Safiyah take a close look at food systems in New York City and its surrounding areas.  With the camera as their companion, the girl guides talk to each other, food activists, farmers, new friends, storekeepers, their families, and the viewer, in their quest to understand what’s on all of our plates.

The girls address questions regarding the origin of the food they eat, how it’s cultivated, how many miles it travels from the harvest to their plate, how it’s prepared, who prepares it, and what is done afterward with the packaging and leftovers.  They visit the usual supermarkets, fast food chains, and school lunchrooms.  But they also check into innovative sustainable food system practices by going to farms, greenmarkets, and community supported agriculture programs.  They discover that these programs both help struggling farmers to survive on the one hand and provide affordable, locally-grown food to communities on the consumer end, especially to lower-income urban families.  In WHAT’S ON YOUR PLATE?, the two friends formulate sophisticated and compassionate opinions on the state of their society, and by doing so inspire hope and active engagement in others.”

All screenings listed below are free and open to the public and will be followed by conversation sessions led by healthful food advocates and farmers.  Please spread the word about this wonderful opportunity to reach out to our kids with this conversation starter!

“What’s On Your Plate?” is exactly the film we need now.

– Michael Pollan

The Menomonee Club for Girls and Boys

Saturday, May 1 at 6pm

1535 N. Dayton, Chicago


(snack provided by Gourmet Gorilla)


Uncommon Ground

Dinner and a Movie


Sunday, May 2 at 3:00pm

The screening is free.  Dinner is $30.00 for adults, $15.00 for kids.

(exclusive of  tax, tip and beverages)

Dinner begins at 3:00pm.  The film will begin at 4:00pm.

There will be a short discussion afterward and an opportunity to tour Uncommon Ground’s rooftop farm.

RSVP (required) to Uncommon Ground at 773-465-9801

1401 W. Devon, Chicago


Academy for Global Citizenship

Monday, May 3 at 4:45pm

4647 West 47th Street, Chicago



Growing Home’s Wood Street Farm in Englewood

Thursday, May 6 at 2:00pm

5814 S. Wood St., Chicago


Gary Comer Youth Center

Friday, May 7 at 4:00pm

7200 S. Ingleside, Chicago


(snack provided by Centered Chef Food Studios)

rooftop garden tour led by Green Teens after the film!


Uplift Community High School

Tuesday, May 25, 3:30pm

900 W. Wilson, Chicago


co-sponsored by Gourmet Gorilla


Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

Saturday, May 29 at 11:00am

2430 N. Cannon Drive, Chicago



Swedish Covenant Hospital

Sunday, August 1 at 3:00pm

Anderson Pavilion, Auditorium

2751 W. Winona, Chicago

Register at:  773-878-6888

(ages 8+)

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