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Care For Real Finds A Unique Fundraising Opportunity With Their Great Tomato Challenge

Do we take the tomato for granted? Edgewater’s local food pantry Care For Real wants the community to take notice of the beautiful round vegetable during September as they have launched a new fundraising program to help bring in needed funds for the organization.

The Great Tomato Challenge began on September 1 and will continue through September 30, coinciding with Hunger Action Month. The program has brought together 20 local restaurants that will feature a special dish which focuses on the tomato. Every time a patron orders that select dish, the business will donate a portion of the sale to Care For Real.

“Tomatoes represent Care for Real’s focus on providing a variety of seasonal, fresh produce for our neighbors in need.” said Lyle Allen, Executive Director of Care For Real. “Tomatoes are a robust, delicious reminder of the importance of distributing fresh produce in the fight against hunger and an extension of Care for Real’s dedication to encouraging clients to eat better and live healthier lifestyles.”

The participating restaurants are offering a diverse selection throughout the area and diners are encouraged to taste as many of the tomato-inspired foods as they can. Choose from items such as Edge of Sweetness‘s sun-dried tomato edgy sandwich, Income Tax‘s pickled and fried green tomatoes with tonnato sauce, and Pizzeria Aroma‘s spaghetti pomodoro. RAYGUN Shirts will be the only retail establishment in the mix selling a “Compassion Is Action” tomato red t-shirt.

All proceeds from the event go directly to Care For Real’s free programs and services that have helped Edgewater residents in need for 50 years now. For more info on the event, Click Here.

Here is the list of participating restaurants and dishes:

Andies Restaurant : Moroccan Eggplant – Sauteed tomatoes, eggplant, onions, carrots, cilantro & Moroccan herbs & spices

Blu 57 Seafood and Small Plates : Pasta Seafood– Canadian lobster, salmon caviar, scallop, basil, crab fat & fresh tomato sauce

Broadway Cellars : Shaksuka– North African–Style Poached Eggs in Spicy Tomato Sauce with Olives and Feta Bacon and Fontina Grilled Cheese with a Tomato Bisque Dipping Bowl

Chicago Grind Cafe : Cubano Panini – Sliced Ham, Genoa Salami, mozzarella cheese, tomatoes, house-made pickles, with spicy mustard grilled on sourdough bread

Dollop Diner : Roasted tomato and peach soup with tarragon and croutons

Edge of Sweetness : Sun-Dried Tomato Edgy Sandwich– Panini with Havarti, Swiss, spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, choice of garlic or jalapeño aioli on our house-made sourdough bread

Helix Cafe : Breakfast Veggie Taco– Our new Breakfast Veggie Taco features scrambled eggs, Monterey jack cheese, black beans, red peppers, and tomatoes

Income Tax : Pickled and Fried Green Tomatoes with Tonnato Sauce

Kopi Cafe : Pesto Baguette– French or Multi-Grain baguette with pesto, tomato and melted mozzarella cheese

Mas Allá del Sol Mexican Restaurant : Carne Más Allá del Sol- Our signature grilled skirt steak served over tomato-morita sauce, frijoles borrachos, pan seared panela cheese, cebollitas, and avocado relish garnish

Milo’s Pita : Mediterranean Salad– Freshly diced lettuce, tomato and cucumber mixed with garlic, lemon juice and olive

Oda Mediterranean Cafe : Acili Ezme Authentic Turkish Salad Dip– peppers, tomatoes, garlic confit, dill, pomegranate reduction, fiery chilies

Pizzeria Aroma : Spaghetti Pomodoro– E.V.O.O, Zucchini, Chopped Plum Tomato, Fresh Basil, Garlic & Aged Parmesan with choice of Chicken or Sauteed Shrimp, Caprese Grinder– Fresh Ovalini Mozzarella, Sliced Tomato, Fresh Basil, & Balsamic Reduction on Rustic Italian 10″ Thin Crust Margherita Pizza– Housemade Tomato Sauce, Fresh Garlic, Whole Milk Wisconsin Mozzarella, Sliced Tomato, & Aged Parmesan

Ras Dashen Ethiopian Restaurant : Komodoro Fetfet– Cold and tangy, injera-based salad with tomatoes, garlic, red and green onions and jalapeno peppers

RAYGUN Shirts : Compassion Is Action “tomato red” t-shirt- Portion of Proceeds Benefit Care For Real for September 2019. White Screen Print on a Red T-Shirt (100% Combed Ringspun Cotton). Purchase the shirt here.

Rewired Cafe : (Lakeview and Edgewater locations) Caprese Grilled Cheese & Watermelon Tomato Salad– Caprese Grilled cheese with cream cheese tomato, pesto and balsamic reduction, tomato and watermelon salad w/ mint feta and balsamic reduction

Smack Dab Chicago : The Care For Real Caprese Sammie– Fresh scrambled egg, basil, melted cheese, garlic chive mayo and tomato jam on sourdough. Vegan/GF versions available

The Coffee Studio : Tomato and Mozzarella Flatbread– This Limited Edition Flatbread has a savory pesto base and a tangy, sweet balsamic medley of tomatoes and mozzarella, topped with a light arugula salad

Uncommon Ground Edgewater : Fried Green Tomato Sandwich– Fried green tomato + heirloom tomato, arugula, fresh mozzarella, basil aioli

Uvae : Zucchini & Mole– breaded, fried with tahini-goat cheese, chile de arbol chutney, roasted tomatoes

Veranda Pizza and Coffee Shop : Queen pizza (any size) – Hand tossed thin crust, pomodoro sauce, market roma tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and finished with fresh organic sweet basil


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