At North Pond we believe it important to link concern for sustainable cuisine to the pleasures of everyday fine dining. In an effort to make this connection, one dollar has been added to the price of each of the bottles of wine on the list as a donation to the non-profit charitable organizations listed below.
We match each of these donations with an additional dollar from our restaurant revenue, in order to double the contribution to these vital organizations. Their inclusion on the list is based on their work to help preserve diverse food choices, contribute to the local community, support local farmers, and help commit to a more sustainable future. Please feel free to contact the groups directly if you wish to find out more about the important charitable work they do.
Environment Illinois researches the challenges confronting the state environment and works to educate the public about raising awareness of the issues. The organization works to help empower state citizens to voice their opinions when important decisions are being made. Environment Illinois works to maintain a healthy atmosphere by promoting sustainable agriculture, solar energy use and --most importantly—the involvement of the people, at all levels.
The Chicago Rarities Orchard Project (CROP) formed to establish "community rare-fruit orchards" in Chicago. These orchards, designed for reclaimed urban spaces, are dedicated to preserving a few of the thousands of varieties of fruit trees no longer commonly grown by commercial producers. Using empty lots for these orchards creates beautiful open spaces in urban areas otherwise devoid of natural settings and provides educational opportunities for our children. Fruit produced from these orchards will be distributed throughout the community and sold, with the funds collected used to help finance the project.
Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES) is a non-profit project committed to the education of organic farmers and those who aspire to become organic. What began as a small movement in Central Wisconsin is now, 20 years later, one of the leading organic education services for farmers throughout the Midwest. Resources provided by MOSES include a bi-monthly publication, educational conferences, field training workshops, and a networking community for farmers throughout the upper Midwest.
The Lincoln Park Conservancy preserves and enhances the natural, historical and cultural assets of Lincoln Park through restoration, management, advocacy, and stewardship. This volunteer maintenance benefits the environment while also providing opportunities for education and community involvement. The Conservancy picks up where the Chicago Park District leaves off, taking on projects that are important to Lincoln Park, but do not fit into the city budget. The conservancy creates and runs programs promoting understanding, appreciation and awareness of the restored park site.