Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Fight Crime With Food in Garfield Ridge

GRNW hosts ‘Meet Your Eats’ at Mayor’s Mansion

By Joan Hadac
Editor and Publisher
Southwest Chicago Post

A tactic borrowed from a North Side civic group is being tried out in Garfield Ridge as part of a larger strategy to prevent crime.

A “Meet Your Eats” get-together, sponsored by the Garfield
Ridge Neighborhood Watch, is set for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, April 30 in the wine cellar at Banquets at The Mayor’s Mansion, 5445 S. Harlem.

“The point of this is to pull together as many Garfield Ridge residents as possible—whether you’ve lived here 50 years or whether you moved in last week—and just meet each other, get to know each other and build a better sense of community,” said GRNW President Al Cacciottolo. “We know that in any neighborhood, when people know each other, they are more likely to care about each other and look out for one another.”

Participants will be offered pizza from local restaurants, as well as beer, soft drinks and water. A cash bar will be available for those wanting a drink with a bit more character. The event is for men and women age 21 and up, with a valid ID.

“It’s just going be a mingle, a fun time where our local restaurant owners will have a minute or so to talk about themselves,” added GRNW board member and co-founder Michele Doherty. “That’s important, because our local restaurants deserve our support.

“For example, look at the lines at Portillo’s (in Summit),” she continued. “But right across the street in Garfield Ridge, there’s Beefy’s (at 58th and Harlem)—serving the same stuff that’s at least as good. They have awesome Italian beef sandwiches, salads, hot soup and so much more.”

GRNW leaders listen to neighbors' concerns.
The “mingle” idea is modeled after an initiative employed by the Roscoe Village Neighbors to introduce neighbors to each other, according to GRNW board member Janja Taylor.

Tickets are $15 at the door, but $10 when purchased in advance through garfieldridgenw.com, group leaders said at the GRNW April meeting held Monday at Valley Forge Park.

At the Meet Your Eats event, representatives from more than 40 Garfield Ridge-area restaurants and other food establishments will be on hand to showcase their businesses and all they have to offer.

In other GRNW business, the group announced that its twice-yearly Sell-A-Bration fundraiser is set for 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 19 in the west parking lot of Kennedy High School, near 56th and Narragansett.
    Garfield Ridge residents and others are invited to clean out their closets, basements, attics and garages and sell their rummage items at the event. A space at the outdoor event
costs $20, and sellers must bring their own tables and chairs.
    For details, call Arlene at (773) 229-1993 or visit the
GRNW website at garfieldridgenw.com.

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