Newsflash: the Blackhawks have been storming the Stanley Cup in a hockey showdown against the Philadelphia Flyers. But that's not all. The mayors from the two cities have thrown down the gauntlet with a friendly, charitable bet. Mayors Michael A. Nutter and Richard M. Daley may not be slinging pucks, but their good-natured bet is just as exciting, and area food depositories stand to win. Now this is something we here at Taste of the Nation Chicago call a win-win.
Philly's Mayor Nutter has vowed to volunteer at community gardens through the Mayor's Office of Sustainability. This is a program designed to bring fresh, local food to within 10 minutes of 75 percent of all city residents (think community gardens, farmer's markets, increased local product in grocery stores, etc.). Should the Flyers win, Nutter will donate his gardening efforts to Philabundance, a massive hunger relief organization whose mission is to end hunger in the Delaware Valley. If the Blackhawks win, the food will go to the Greater Chicago Food Depository.
Mayor Daley, on the other hand, is wagering a smorgasbord of namesake Chicago food and drink, as well as assorted signature products. The Chicago Food Depository will inherit the food if the Blackhawks win. But if the Flyers snag the Cup, the food will be distributed to various Philadelphia charities as chosen by the Mayor's office. Get a load of some of the items Daley's putting up: 100 Italian beef sandwiches, 50 large deep dish sausage pizzas, 500 slices of Eli's cheesecake, 25 gallons of Garrett Popcorn, 10 cases of Goose Island Honker's Ale, 30 lbs. of toffee from Terry's Toffee, three dozen double "cheezborgers" from the Billy Goat Tavern and much, much more.
Major tip of the hat to these two gentlemen for championing such good causes in the face of intense hockey rivalry. Stanley Cup or not, we here at Taste of the Nation Chicago applaud the effort and are happy to see the hungry being fed nationwide.