Cheers to Earth Day with biodynamic wines. Sip the Vinum Zinfandel ($10 by the glass or $39 by the bottle). This wine from Pasa Robles, California, has notes of bramble fruit, violets, spice, lavender and vanilla. Not only is it biodynamic, but also sustainable and organic (312-642-1160).
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Go green with an Earth Day Farm Dinner at 7 PM. The collaborative menu with a number of Midwest farms includes grilled asparagus salad, white fish, duck breast and parsley root cake. The dinner cost $52 and optional wine pairings are available for an additional $20 (312-337-4001).
This five-course menu celebrates locally grown produce, humanely raised meats, and sustainable seafood. On top of the earth friendly food, the restaurant will save electricity by turning off the lights and illuminating the meal by candlelight. The diner costs $65 per person and with wine pairings for an additional $15. Ten percent of the proceeds from the day’s earnings will be donated to The Plant (312-477-0234).
Grab a sandwich at any of the five locations and 25 percent of all net sales go to support an innovative charter school on Chicago's southwest side. The school incorporates environmental stewardship and nutrition education across its curriculum. The donations from Earth Day will fund the school's organic nutrition and wellness education programs.
Chow down on an Earth Day cupcake ($3.50) knowing that all of the proceeds go to the Alliance for the Great Lakes. The cupcake is available in vanilla or chocolate with a swirl of green and blue icing. Purchase six cupcakes and receive a brown Magnolia Bakery eco-tote bag (312-364-7777).
Be one of the first 100 customers to dine at any of the six Chicago locations and eat for free. The Mediterranean grill will also be debuting naturally-raised, antibiotic free chicken on its menu. FreeBird Chicken, which comes a family farm in Pennsylvania’s Amish Country, is served in a sandwich, salad or Mediterranean plate.