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Really local lettuce from kids’ farm on the menu

Sarah Stegner and George Bumbaris

Sarah Stegner and George Bumbaris

When they say “local” at Prairie Grass Cafe in Northbrook, they mean it.

The North Shore restaurant is now featuring lettuce hydroponically grown by students at nearby Ravinia School. The members of the elementary school’s Green Growers Club and third-grade teacher Dennis Brosseau deliver a weekly harvest of green butter lettuce to Prairie Grass Cafe chefs Sarah Stegner and George Bumbaris, who toss it into the special Ravinia School Salad with blue-cheese dressing, apple slices and warm croutons ($9.50).

“The lettuce is delicious and the children have been a joy to work with. It’s rewarding to see their energy and enthusiasm,” says Stegner. “Our partnership with Ravinia Elementary School hits to the heart of how business and community can work together to empower our children. Everyone benefits.

“I strongly believe that having a food curriculum in school is paramount. The kids get to see where food comes from beginning to end and each step of the way. It changes the way they think and ultimately educates them in making smarter food choices,” she says.