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Meatless Monday -- Bite into Real Food For Food Day

Ellen Kanner | Posted 12.21.2013 | Green
Ellen Kanner

The Congressional decision to cut SNAP dollars (formerly known as food stamps) starting November 1 makes Halloween especially scary this year. The gov...

Our Children's Health: A Focus on Physical Fitness

Linda Novick O'Keefe | Posted 10.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Linda Novick O'Keefe

Food and exercise go hand and hand, both in need of alignment with one another for an overall healthy life. With a month left of summer there is still time to get outside, play, explore, and most importantly, have FUN!

Let's Get One Million Kids Cooking

Linda Novick O'Keefe | Posted 05.08.2013 | Impact
Linda Novick O'Keefe

Our vision is to be a change agent, industry and thought leader in promoting wellness in the fight against childhood obesity. We have an incredible call list of friends, activators, influencers and doers across the globe ready to join us in making this vision become a reality.

Pure Food, Pure Love

Linda Novick O'Keefe | Posted 12.24.2012 | Food
Linda Novick O'Keefe

Happy Food Day! Today we might take a wakeful moment to give thanks to Mother Earth for nourishing us and our families over the centuries. It is a great day to consider what we put into our bodies and to take particular notice of the beautiful domino effect of supporting local food systems.

Meatless Monday: What's For School Lunch?

Ellen Kanner | Posted 12.15.2012 | Green
Ellen Kanner

I remember school cafeteria food -- with a certain amount of horror -- but not actually eating it. What I remember was our lunch lady cashier, who was huge and mustached and who scared the bejesus out of me. Once, as I paid for lunch, I dropped a coin into my spaghetti.

'A Magnificent Taste' Culinary Event (PHOTOS)

Justin Barbin | Posted 10.31.2012 | Chicago
Justin Barbin

The Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival is a 2-week celebration featuring various Chicago events centered on fashion and culture, culminating in Fashion's Night Out.This past week, "A Magnificent Taste" was held at Pioneer Court.

A Love Letter to Chicago Chefs

Linda Novick O'Keefe | Posted 08.19.2012 | Chicago
Linda Novick O'Keefe

My favorite times with Art Smith are in his own kitchen in the morning over bottomless cappuccinos or on a run.

7 Father's Day Gifts That Give Back

Posted 06.14.2012 | Impact

If your dad's the greatest hero you know, pay forward his kindheartedness to someone else this Father's Day. We know you think your Dad is the most...

Chef Art Smith's Common Threads Brings Us Back Together

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 07.08.2012 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

Last Thursday evening brought one of those rare events where you feel that you have been transported to another dimension in time.

Giving Back and Getting Balanced

Linda Novick O'Keefe | Posted 02.28.2012 | Healthy Living
Linda Novick O'Keefe

If we do not change our habits by 2020, children today will have a shorter life expectancy than their parents. It would be the first time that this has happened in 200 years.

How I Spent My Black Friday: Selling, Not Buying, Patagonia Fleeces on eBay

Wendy Gordon | Posted 01.29.2012 | Green
Wendy Gordon

My plan this year for Black Friday was to sit out the retail game altogether. That was before I saw the ad in The New York Times. "Don't Buy This Jacket," exhorted the full-page message sponsored by the Patagonia Common Threads Initiative.

Food Therapy

Linda Novick O'Keefe | Posted 10.05.2011 | Food
Linda Novick O'Keefe

Food is not only a way for us to learn about each other, but it provides us with a daily opportunity to bring us together, literally and figuratively.

By Leslie Goldman

Leslie Goldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Leslie Goldman

Marley and Izard hooked up through Common Threads, a nonprofit organization which teaches low-income children to cook wholesome, affordable meals.

Meatless Monday: Teaching Kids When They Are Young

Ellen Kanner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Ellen Kanner

I signed up for Common Thread because I believe in community service and believe in the importance of our connection to food, yadayada. I did not think it would be so incredibly fun.

Meatless Monday: Let's Move

Ellen Kanner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Ellen Kanner

"How's that hopey changey thing working out?" Not so badly, thanks. There may be plenty of frustrations on Capitol Hill, but with a minimum of fuss ...