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article imageCultivate Festivals heading to Denver and Chicago later this year

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By Tim O'Brien     Jul 14, 2012 in Food
Not only will the upcoming Cultivate Festivals bring out the food and music,they will benefit a non-profit organization that works with family farmers and organizations.
The goal is to support them to build and expand local food systems.
Chipotle Mexican Grill has announced the two locations for its Cultivate Food, Ideas & Music Festivals for 2012. Cultivate Chicago will be held on Saturday, September 15 in Lincoln Park, and Cultivate Denver is set for Saturday, October 6 in the Meadow at City Park.
Proceeds from the sale of beer and wine in the festival's Tasting Tent will be donated to FamilyFarmed.org. The two cities in which will play host to this year's events are Chicago and Denver. Come September, get ready for food, fun and music.
Chefs joining Cultivate Chicago on September 15 are:
Zak Pelaccio (Fatty Crab/New York)
Matthias Merges (Yusho/Chicago)
Sarah Grueneberg (Spiaggia/Chicago)
Danny Grant (RIA/Chicago)
Chris Pandel (The Bristol; Balena/Chicago)
Paul Kahan (avec; Blackbird; The Publican/Chicago)
The musical acts slated for Chicago, as of now, are G. Love & Special Sauce and Allen Stone.
The events in both cities a free, one-day festival. They will include cooking demonstrations by celebrity chefs, live music and food artisans Other activities emphasizing fresh and affordable food made with sustainable ingredients are planned as well.
In a MarketWatch release, it gives an insight into the event."Cultivate is the first festival of its kind to bring together national culinary talent, musicians and thought leaders," said Mark Crumpacker, chief marketing officer at Chipotle.
Chefs conducting cooking demonstrations throughout the day at both events are:
Richard Blais (The Spence; HD-1; Flip Burger Boutique/Atlanta)
Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo (Animal; Son of a Gun/Los Angeles)
Amanda Freitag (series "Chopped" and "Iron Chef America")
Chefs joining Cultivate Denver on October 6 are:
Michael Chiarello (Bottega; Chiarello Family Vineyards/Napa Valley)
Lachlan Mackinnon Patterson (Frasca Food and Wine; Frasca Caffe; Pizzeria Locale/Boulder)
Again, the musical acts for Chicago are acts slated G. Love & Special Sauce and Allen Stone. Best Coast and Okkervil River will be in in Denver. Additional musical acts will be announced in Chicago and Denver later this summer.
Similar to last year's Cultivate Chicago, both festivals will include an Artisan Tent offering a wide selection of local artisan-crafted foods for sampling and purchase, a Tasting Tent featuring local and specialty beers and wine, a Kids' Tent with crafts and organic snacks, and various other activities to shed light on and spark discussion about contemporary food issues.
Chipotle will also serve a selection of dishes based on its traditional menu and ingredients, but with a unique spin specially created for the Cultivate festivals, and offer select dishes from ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen, the Asian concept it opened in Washington, D.C. last year.
"These events give our customers an opportunity to experience Chipotle in a new way and to learn something about issues in food, develop a deeper appreciation for farmers and food artisans who are changing food culture for the better, and enjoy some great music," added Crumpacker.
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