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Photo Credit: Bev Garvin – Urban Epicurious
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The highly anticipated permanent pop-up restaurant, Kitchen LTO makes its’ debut this week. The construction dust has settled, the staff has been trained, chef Norman Grimm has developed the menu (below) and Coveal Studios has designed a stellar space for the launch of Kitchen LTO’s first concept. As though that wasn’t exciting enough news, owner, Casie Caldwell, announced today they will be giving away preview invitations through social media to a few lucky people to attend the Friends & Family Preview this Monday September 9th, and Tuesday 10th, where guests can nibble, nosh and savor to their heart’s content.
Here’s what you need to do for a chance to win:
The winners will be selected from the categories above, you’ll automatically be entered, (one chance for each new Like or Follow). If you’ve already done that, just tweet or comment about what you can’t wait to see from Kitchen LTO using #KLTOImHungry. You may tweet and comment as many times as you like, each counts for EVEN MORE chances for you to win. Kitchen LTO will announce each winners via social media. Stay tuned to see if you win.
This is a promotional post, written by Bev Garvin for on behalf of my client, Kitchen LTO, photo credit: Claire McCormack.
Chipotle Mexican Grill is celebrating National Farmers Market Week by giving away $10 currency tokens at the Dallas Farmers Market! Get yours this weekend (August 10th – 11th) when you stop by the Chipotle tent at the Dallas Farmers Market. Redeem your $10 currency token that day from farmers at the market for free produce of your choice. Tokens will be given away to the first 250 market-goers who stop by the Chipotle tent until noon each day, while supplies last. Once redeemed, Farmers will receive back the full cash value of their collected tokens from Chipotle. This local farmers market initiative is part of Chipotle restaurants’ national campaign to donate $110,000 to 55 farmers markets across the country. The Chipotle tent won’t be serving food, but in addition to the $10 produce tokens, they will also be giving away recipe cards for classic menu items like its’ famous salsa and guacamole, “Grow Your Own” cilantro seed packets and a Chipotle coupon for a buy-one, get-one free (burrito, bowl, taco or salad entrée) menu items that can be redeemed at any area Chipotle location. What a great way support buying local, eating healthy and giving back to the community in a healthy way.
“For nearly two decades, Chipotle has been committed to bringing customers better food from more sustainable ingredients, and we believe that supporting local, family owned farms is an important part of this,” said Chris Arnold, communications director at Chipotle. “Local food not only tastes better, but is better for the environment and contributes to vibrant communities throughout rural America.” Through its’ vision of Food With Integrity, Chipotle is seeking better food from using ingredients that are not only fresh, but that—where possible—are sustainably grown and naturally raised with respect for the animals, the land, and the farmers who produce the food.
Mexican Grill is the largest national restaurant company to commit to organic, green earth-friendly practices. Today, Chipotle restaurants source 100% of their meat (pork, beef and chicken) from naturally raised animals that are raised humanely, in open environments, fed vegetarian diets and are never given hormones or antibiotics. Chipotle will soon offer Tofu to its menu, and its’ produce is from locally sourced (within 350 miles of the restaurant) certified organic farmers, whenever possible, and Chipotle has vowed to limit use of genetically modified ingredients “GMOs” or eliminate them wherever possible. Chipotle is also uses green practices in their operations like recycled napkins, and burrito bowls, aluminum and other eco-friendly initiatives. This video describes their culinary philosophy and how it supports these initiatives.
Urban Acres Market is wrapping up its’ Kickstarter campaign to raise $30,000 by August 5th to build a one of a kind Farmstead only five minutes from Downtown Dallas in historic Oak Cliff that will bring the farm into the city.On July 28th, they announced that they had reached the goal and were now going for the next mark of $45,000 by Monday, August 5th. To incent people to help them reach their goal, they have lots of cool prizes for donations of all amounts.
Urban Acres started between a few good friends who had an idea to connect farms with people who want locally grown organic food. Today, Urban Acres Market has become a wonderful source of local, organic food for about 2,300 people in the Dallas metroplex. At Urban Acres, their goal was to provide the public with access to the very best local and organic foods while supporting Texas farm families and artisans. So they created a co-op-style produce system with pick-up locations all over Dallas that make shopping easy and trying new veggies fun. The Kickstarter funding will allow Urban Acres to expand its’ scope and even better serve the community. Here’s the inside scoop:
To create a small oasis, (approximately 1300 sq ft) in the historic neighborhood of Oak Cliff right in the heart of Dallas, that will bring together the best of Texas farms and local artisans all under one roof. Imagine a place where patrons can enjoy deliciously prepared local food, learn about aquaponic gardening, the importance of bees, feed the chickens and enjoy a cup of locally roasted coffee while relaxing in a rocking chair on the front porch. A place for our community to interact over food, and the idea that local food matters while sipping ice tea. It might just be the craziest thing, but so was bringing organic fruits and veggies from Texas farmers into the city and because of the Urban Acres family, this is a reality today.
Urban Acres is here because of YOU – and they can’t do this without you. With your help, Urban Acres will create a unique gathering place for our community and help Dallas see that local food matters. In return, they are offering fantastic gifts featuring many of Dallas’ best artisans at each donation level.
More Information: www.UrbanAcresMarket.com/Kickstarter