Our Friend, Chef Michael Altenberg

We are very saddened by the untimely passing of Chef Michael Altenberg.

Statement from Harry Rhodes, Executive Director of Growing Home: “Michael has been a good friend of mine and a supporter of Growing Home for many years. In my first year at Growing Home, I delivered onions to Campagnola in Evanston – Bistro Campagne still purchases produce from our farms. Michael prepared many wonderful dishes for our annual benefits over the years and had again agreed to work with us this year.

Over the years, Michael also hired some of our program graduates. He often asked about Margaret, a graduate whom he hired straight out of our program several years ago and whom he especially admired. Last year, he came out to our Wood Street Urban Farm and was blown away by the amount of food we were growing. Michael believed in our mission and supported us from the very start. I will miss Michael, as will all of us at Growing Home. Our condolences to his family.”

We will be honoring Michael’s life and friendship with Growing Home at our Annual Benefit in May.

One Comment on “Our Friend, Chef Michael Altenberg

  1. What terrible news! I worked at Bistro Campagne, in large part because I wanted to cook at a restaurant where the owners had a commitment to supporting local and organic foods and green business practices, which Michael was passionate about. He took care of his employees, and had very low turnover in his staff- a rarity in the hospitality field. He will be missed.

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