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Mary Bilyeu

Jam City fund-raiser stars humble PB&J


    At last year’s Jam City fund-raiser, Bar 145 served ‘Hong Kong Elvis,’ made of brioche, pork bellies, peanut, caramelized banana, and a spicy barry ketchup.

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Tickets are now available for Jam City, a fund-raiser for Food for Thought at which top chefs offer their unique takes on the peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

Custom wines and locally crafted beers will be paired with the lunchbox classic, and live music will provide the soundtrack. Jam City will be May 22 at the Secor Ballroom.

You also can purchase raffle tickets for a prize of a $50 gift card to every restaurant participating in Jam City. They include Balance Pan-Asian Grille, Burger Bar 419, Deets BBQ, Mancy’s Steaks, Registry Bistro, and Swig; many more will be joining.

Peanut butter and jelly are the staple ingredients in Food for Thought’s outreach to those in need of food assistance, and the chefs’ versions are as unique as the restaurants they represent. This year, there also will be a special dessert category.

Tickets are $30. For more information, go to​jamcity.

Last call to vote

Monday is the last day to vote for the People’s Best New Chef 2014 at Food & Wine.

The magazine names its own choices for America’s 10 most brilliant up-and-coming chefs every year. But it also wants to know whom you think is the most talented new chef in America. Go to​blogs/​2014/​03/​24/​the-peoples-best-new-chef-vote-today to read about the 100 chefs who have been selected from around the country (yes, there is a section for the Great Lakes states), then vote for your favorites. The chef with the most votes will be named The People's Best New Chef for 2014.

Wait night

On April 7 from 6 to 8 p.m., local celebrities will work for tips at the Real Seafood Co. in International Park to support Bethany House. All proceeds will help to sustain long-term, transitional housing and support services for local victims of domestic violence and their children.

To make reservations, contact Deidra Lashley at 419-727-4948 or or Kim Marion at 419-843-2300 or by Tuesday.

Calling all CSAs

Does your farm offer Community Supported Agriculture shares, or CSAs, during the summer growing season? Tell us all about it by Thursday at 12 p.m. for inclusion in an upcoming listing.

Send the following information by email (no phone calls, please): farm name, seasons offered, sizes offered, dates available, cost, list of produce available, pick-up sites, pick-up days/​times, and contact information.

Also, tell us briefly what makes your CSA special — such as organic, supports individuals with special needs, etc.

VegWeek 2014

Kicking off on Meatless Monday and the day before Earth Day, US VegWeek 2014 (April 21-27) is a week-long celebration exploring the benefits of vegetarian eating. 

Sign up now to get your free Vegetarian Starter Pack. You can also get free recipes, dining tips, discounts, and other information via email to help make your week a shining success.

For details, go to

Contact Mary Bilyeu at
 or 419-724-6155 or on Twitter @BladeFoodPage.

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