WATCH, TOUR, TASTE: COMMUNITY FOOD-CENTERED AFTERNOON IN WEST HUMBOLDT PARK Silent Funny Hosts Real Food Film Screening; Metro Farms for Farm Tour & Snack Tickets ($15) are now available for An Afternoon in West Humboldt Park: Food Films, Farm Tour & Tasting, to be held on Saturday, October 15, 2016. The event begins at Silent Funny (4106 W Chicago Ave), a living and breathing art space and community hub, at 2pm, and ends at Metropolitan Farms (4250 W Chicago Ave), an indoor aquaponic farm erected on a former industrial site. Schedule: 2pm, Doors open at Silent Funny; casual viewing of art in and around space (artwork may include: Claire Molek, Juan Delamora, Don't Fret, Mr. Rios, Luftwerk) 2:30pm, Real Food Film Screening begins 3:30pm, Walk to Metropolitan Farms 3:45pm, Tour of Metropolitan Farms by founder, followed by farm snack from Chef in the Hood Guests arrive at 2pm for a casual viewing of art surrounding Silent Funny, which may include the above listed artists pending display of current exhibition. A screening of Real Food Films, a reel of short films selected as award winners in this year’s international Real Food Films competition, will begin promptly at 2:30pm. At 3:30pm, we’ll walk to Metropolitan Farms, for a tour by the co-founder, Ben Kant, and a chef farm snack. Snack of pan-seared tilapia and vibrant salad mix from the farm will be prepared by Chef in the Hood. ABOUT SILENT FUNNY [www.silentfunny.com]: Silent Funny is a living and breathing arts space and community hub in Chicago’s West Humboldt Park. The 5,000 square foot building inspires and informs the work created and shown by the artists who work with us. Our neighbors and Chicago at large have been part of making us a distinct space with a dynamic and evolving impact. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. ABOUT METROPOLITAN FARMS [www.metro-farms.com]: Metropolitan Farms' mission is to grow fresh food in the city where it is eaten. MF is an aquaponic facility built over concrete, converting a vacant industrial site into a productive growing space. Aquaponic farming combines fish farming and a hydroponic growing system into one extremely efficient and clean facility. ABOUT CHEF IN THE HOOD: Ramona Baptiste is a chef and nutrition specialist. Her focus is on healthy, nutritious cooking. She mixes her family’s cooking traditions with flavorful options that suit her palette and also address the needs of her community, which she feels could be better educated about food choices. ABOUT REAL FOOD FILMS [www.realfoodfilms.org]: Real Food Films is the first-ever international competition to celebrate short films on sustainable food and farming. Real Food Films is a project by Real Food Media. ABOUT THE HOST: Whitney Richardson co-directs the Logan Square Farmers Market, named Chicago’s Best Farmers Market by Chicago Magazine in 2016. She also installs and supports a growing network of Learning Gardens (121 to date) at public schools in Chicago with the Kitchen Community.
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