RealGood Stuff Co., a Chicago spot for cold-pressed juices, smoothies, bowls and toasts, is partnering with the Midwest culinary and farm talent to create the RealGood Farm Friend program, inspired by its recently launched RealGood Farm Box. Chicago chefs who value the importance of locally-sourced foods—Rick Bayless, Edward Kim, Zoe Schor, Sandra Holl, Cary Taylor, Brian Jupiter, Perry Hendrix, Nathan Sears, Graham Elliott and ABC 7’s Steve Dolinsky, to name a few—are collaborating with RealGood Stuff Co. to create recipes demonstrating how home cooks can whip up meals utilizing the regional, seasonal produce in the RealGood Farm Box and help support local farms that have been hit hard by business disruptions from COVID-19.
The RealGood Farm Box is available for scheduled pickup and delivery throughout Chicago and its suburbs, with each box featuring an assortment of ingredients from local farms and purveyors such as Mick Klug Farms, Spence Farms, Nichols Farm, Seedling Farms and Publican Quality Bread. New recipes incorporating each current box’s ingredients post every weekday on RealGood Stuff Co.’s IGTV.
Upcoming videos feature Boka Restaurant Group’s Chris Pandel, food photographer Huge Galdones and James Beard Award-nominated Pastry Chef and Pretty Cool Ice Cream Owner Dana Cree. Recently posted recipes include Bayless’ Stacked Roasted Tomato Enchiladas with Sweet Potato-Onion-Apple Hash, Elliott’s Warm Salad of Sautéed Tofu with Lacinato Kale, Butterhead Lettuce, Tomatoes & Lemon Vinaigrette, Holl’s Chickpea and Kale Salad with Six-Minute Egg and Roasted Beets with Pistachio Dukkah from cookbook author and Plate editor Chandra Ram.
The RealGood Farm Box is $45 and includes enough produce to create a range of gourmet meals that will feed two people for several days. Add-ons such as heat-and-eat and DIY meal kits from other local partners like Bang Bang Pie and Bungalow by Middlebrow are also available. RealGood is donating 10 percent of proceeds from the sale of RealGood Farm Boxes to Frontera Farmer Foundation, and there’s also an option for customers to purchase a RealGood Farm Box to be delivered to frontline workers.
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When restaurants throughout Chicago and the Midwest were forced to temporarily close or pivot to takeout and delivery, RealGood Stuff Co. Co-founders Jon Schiff and Gordy Sang saw their longtime farm partners struggling to sell produce without large orders from restaurants. Schiff and Sang created the RealGood Farm Box to help stabilize the local supply chain, help farms retain employees and reduce overall food waste, transforming the company’s 10,000-square-foot West Loop cold kitchen into a packaging facility to redirect thousands of pounds of produce from local farms directly to consumers.
Realizing that people who are sheltering in place are living online and have begun relying on virtual instruction from experts across the country, RealGood was inspired to turn to chefs and other industry friends who share their passion for local sourcing to help create the RealGood Farm Friend program, aiming to not only support independent farmers, but teach consumers new cooking skills they can employ long after the quarantine is over.
RealGood plans to create a downloadable recipe book compiling all RealGood Farm Friend recipes.
Orders are available in the Chicago area with one-hour notice for pickup and 48-hour notice for delivery and can be placed here.