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If the early meetings of the Dill Pickle Food Co-op were anything like the meetings I endured as a bright-eyed co-op enthusiast in college, I'm not surprised it's taken a while for this ambitious project to get off the ground. (I think I'm still scarred from one particularly heated bacon v. soysage debate.) The co-op, intended to provide the northwest side with a reliable year-round supply of green groceries, has been in the works for about two years now, since Kathleen Duffy first started talking the idea up with some of her friends. Since then members of the original group have come and gone and the project's suffered a variety of setbacks. But since the election of a formal nine-member board this fall things may be on the fast(er) track. There are now more than 100 members, and while the board is still in the dreary stages of bylaw adoption and business planning, sources say they hope to start looking for store space in Logan Square or Bucktown by spring.
As part of its goal to raise $10,000 by then, the co-op's been holding the occasional low-overhead fund-raiser. This Saturday it celebrates the new board with a dance party at the Funky Buddha Lounge featuring DJ sets by DJ Levi and Tortoise's Jeff Parker. Early admission is $20 and includes an open bar from 7 to 8:30 PM; after that it's $10 but you buy your own drinks. The Dill Pickle site has more info on membership .