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April 22: Melissa Graham, founder of Purple Asparagus

Tips for Easter Egg Coloring:

Be creative. These recipes are merely suggestions. There may be many other things in your house, like onion skins or red cabbage, which will work as well.. Make sure that the water is hot when you mix in the dry ingredients.

My family has been doing this for five years now and the eggs never come out exactly the same. I look at it as a science experiment and we make observations as to what conditions create what result.

With the red wine, if you want a deep color, make sure that you use fresh wine or the eggs will come out too pale.

When you remove the eggs from the dye, be careful about touching the egg so that you do not leave big sections of discoloration--but it can also add to the natural beauty.

While preparing the dyes, Melissa can mention that the FDA is currently considering limiting or eliminating chemical dyes in food. (Food dyes are everywhere--there is even dye use to make the skins of oranges more vibrant.) Melissa will also talk a bit about Purple Asparagus.

Since the dying process takes awhile we will have plain eggs & pre dyed eggs--we will drop the eggs into the dye, but since it takes awhile to actually work, we will have finished eggs to show viewers how it will look once completed.

In addition, Melissa is participating in a cool kid-focused event on May 7, with Mark Kurlansky, best-selling author of Cod and Fish, has just released an illustrated book called World Without Fish, a book directed at young readers about the health and future of fish and their habitats. Purple Asparagus is hosting a book signing at the Notebaert Nature Museum May 7, from 11am-1pm. There will be activities organized by the Shedd Aquarium and food tastings from Dirk's Fish and Gourmet. Purple Asparagus will be there to talk about how kids can work to combat this issue to make sure that we don't face a world without fish.More events: http://purpleasparagus.com/Communityevents.html

Background on Purple Asparagus:

Purple Asparagus educates children, families, and the community about eating that's good for the body and the planet. We bring delicious, nutritious hands-on adventures to schools, community organizations, and farmers markets throughout Chicagoland.

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