The Chicago Food Swap met on July 18 for a warm midsummer swap that ended with a bang. Naturally, I am referring to the thunderstorm that hit just as everyone was leaving the swap. I don’t know about everyone else, but I got drenched on the short walk to my car. Luckily, my swap items were all protected. Another reason to package your items well!
We welcomed a new sponsor at the July swap: Villa Gabriella Organic. Earlier this month, I used Villa Gabriella’s organic extra virgin olive oil and aged Balsamic vinegar, both imported directly from Italy, to create a luscious summer salad of Arugula with Grilled Peaches and Hazelnuts. At the swap, Villa Gabriella offered all of the attendees samples of these products, as well a hosted a little wine tasting. Two lucky swappers got to take home prizes, one a basket of wine and the other a gift set of oil and vinegar. Thanks to Villa Gabriella for being a terrific sponsor!