Imagine if you could assemble all of the Evanston restaurants where you celebrate special occasions—anniversaries, birthdays, and the like—in one room and that you could move from one to another, sampling any or all of their food  as often as you like in a single evening.

That was the scene Thursday night at Now We’re Cookin’ for the third annual Harvest Celebration, benefitting the Friends of Evanston Farmers Markets, a charitable organization that educates the public about the benefits of eating fresh, locally grown foods.

Chefs were there from the Stained Glass, Boltwood, Found, Quince, Bistro Bordeaux, Chef’s Station, Hoosier Momma Pie Company, Farmhouse, Hummingbird/Union/Campagnola, Feast & Imbibe, Tomate Fresh Kitchen, and Hewn.

Chef and owner Elio Romero of Chef’s Station assembles a scrumptious salad with beets and goat cheese.

Several served their creations on bread from Hewn, and each was paired with produce from local farmers that offer their wares at the Saturday Farmers Market in downtown Evanston.

Other donors and contributors included Louis Glunz Wines, Whole Foods Market, Collective Resource, House of Rental, Mickey’s Linen, and the Temperance Beer Company

A sell-out crowd of Evanstonians and others had purchased tickets for the event to help the Friends provide matching funds to LINK participants, offer cooking demonstrations featuring local chefs at the downtown market, and partner with other organizations to offer fun and educational experiences for children of all ages.

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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