WBEZ | Greater Chicago Food Depository http://www.wbez.org/tags/greater-chicago-food-depository Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Baconfest Chicago 2013: and the Golden Rasher goes to... http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2013-04/baconfest-chicago-2013-and-golden-rasher-goes-106763 <p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/baconfest2013poet.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="Baconfest Chicago 2013 bacon poetry reading by contest winner Steve Nordin (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></p><div class="image-insert-image ">The rumours of bacon&#39;s death have been greatly exaggerated by the food media for years. Oh the <em>Schadenfreude</em>&nbsp;they must have felt during last fall&#39;s worldwide bacon shortage prediction, which <a href="http://www.npr.org/2012/10/05/162342072/bacon-shortage-is-hogwash"><u>proved to be &quot;hogwash&quot;</u></a>.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&quot;Long live bacon!&quot; was the implied collective cry at the <a href="http://baconfestchicago.com/"><u>fifth annual Baconfest Chicago</u></a>&nbsp;held Saturday at UIC Forum. Manifested as bacon eats and drinks from 128 restaurants, this year BFC donated $50,000 to the <a href="http://www.chicagosfoodbank.org/site/PageServer"><u>Greater Chicago Food Depository</u></a>. As always the 3,000 attendees themselves delivered with thousands of pounds of donation food too.</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/baconfest2013browntrout.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="Brandade fritters with spicy bacon lime hollandaise by Browntrout chef/owner Sean Sanders in Chicago (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></div><div class="image-insert-image ">I was <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2012-04/source-all-bacon-baconfest-chicago-2012-98348"><u>back as a judge</u></a> for the coveted Golden Rasher award for the chef&#39;s &quot;Most Creative Use of Bacon&quot; at the lunch session, again with the <em>Chicago Reader</em>&#39;s <u><a href="https://twitter.com/MikeSula">Mike Sula</a>.</u>&nbsp;This year we were joined by Alinea, Next, and Aviary co-owner <a href="https://twitter.com/nickkokonas"><u>Nick Kokonas</u></a>; Food Network&#39;s <em>Sandwich King</em> <a href="https://twitter.com/JeffMauro"><u>Jeff Mauro</u></a>, and <em>LTH Forum</em> co-owner Ron Kaplan (<a href="http://www.lthforum.com/bb/memberlist.php?mode=viewprofile&amp;u=127"><u>aka&nbsp;ronnie_suburban</u></a>).</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/baconfest2013barn.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="Bacon Bacon Bacon Baby Back Bones: bacon fat slather, bacon infused dry rub, bacon fat mop, bacon wrapped hickory smoked rib, bacon guajillo BBQ sauce by Barn &amp; Company Pitmaster Gary Wiviott in Chicago (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></div><div class="image-insert-image ">We each hit the floor on our own to taste 13 dishes then convened back in bacon judges&#39; chambers to confer. Our general consensus: a lot of great dishes, many of which we wanted more &mdash; but creative?</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/baconfest2013untitled.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="The “Love Me Tender”: Pork belly panino with smoked banana, truffle caramel, cashew butter by Untitled chef Joseph Heppe in Chicago (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></div><div class="image-insert-image ">This says more about how high we&#39;ve raised the creative bacon bar, especially in Chicago. Bacon donuts? Been there. Bacon ice cream? Eaten that. Bacon powder made with rendered bacon fat and tapioca maltodextrin? Made that.</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/baconfest2013onenorth.jpg" style="height: 414px; width: 620px;" title="Pork belly adobo by One North chef Will Pagulayan in Chicago (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></div><div class="image-insert-image ">We&#39;re a tough crowd, as a city, and especially in that room Saturday afternoon. A well deserved kudos to all.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">In the end, the Baconfest 2013 Golden Rasher award for the chef&#39;s &quot;Most Creative Use of Bacon&quot; at the lunch session went to Chef Joseph Rose at Lockwood for his slow poached egg, bacon ragout, bacon dashi, and nori.</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/baconfest2013lockwood.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="Slow poached egg, bacon ragout, bacon dashi, nori by Lockwood chef Joseph Rose in Chicago (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></div><div class="image-insert-image ">Rose just took over at the historic Palmer House hotel last October, which lost its critical heat when EL Ideas chef/owner <a href="https://twitter.com/PhillipFoss"><u>Phillip Foss</u></a> left way back in 2010. Lockwood just re-opened April 7 after a two-week makeover. While the Golden Rasher award may be mostly fun, Rose&#39;s dish impressed my room of serious judges.</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/baconfest2013templeton.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="Blinker: Templeton Rye, grapefruit juice, raspberry syrup by Templeton Rye in Templeton, Iowa (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></div><div class="image-insert-image ">Last year&#39;s winner, <a href="http://www.redbutterchicago.com/index.html"><u>Red Butter chef/owner Monica Sharma</u></a> was back, this year with a tandoori bacon arancini and mint raita. Sharma has since held a series of successful pop-up dinners. With this one perfectly executed hot, crunchy, creamy, and complex bite, we had a winner indeed.</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/baconfest2013redbutter.jpg" style="height: 414px; width: 620px;" title="Tandoori bacon arancini and mint raita by Red Butter chef/owner Monica Sharma in Chicago (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></div><div class="image-insert-image "><u><em>Watch<a href="http://www.flickr.com//photos/louisachu/sets/72157633295493438/show/">&nbsp;Slideshow: Baconfest Chicago 2013</a></em></u></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><em>Follow Louisa Chu <a href="https://twitter.com/louisachu"><u>@louisachu</u></a>.</em></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2013-04/baconfest-chicago-2013-and-golden-rasher-goes-106763 Eat this, drink that: wild game dinner, tiki for charity, and more http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2013-02/eat-drink-wild-game-dinner-tiki-charity-and-more-105680 <p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/6939474221/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/harvardwildchili.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="Buffalo chili at Harvard Sportsman Club Wild Game Dinner 2012 in Harvard, Illinois (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></p><p><strong>Friday, February 22</strong></p><p>Artist Tony Fitzpatrick&#39;s <a href="http://www.firecatprojects.org/">Firecat Projects</a> presents the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/486143294776644/">Cig Harvey Opening and Book Signing</a>.&nbsp;It&#39;s the gallery&#39;s first exhibit of photographs, and features Harvey&#39;s <a href="http://www.cigharvey.com/">stunning portrait work</a>. She will sign copies of her monograph <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/9053307710?ie=UTF8&amp;creativeASIN=9053307710&amp;tag=lklchu-20"><em>You Look At Me Like An Emergency</em></a>. Three Floyds beer and wine courtesy of Red &amp; White Wines will be served. Grab a bite next door from our friends at Red Door. Be sure to meet Firecat co-founder/director Stan Klein and his <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8132815946/">enigmatic muse Ella</a>. Admission FREE.</p><p><strong>Saturday, February 23</strong></p><p>For the Love of Chocolate Foundation presents their 8th Scholarship Foundation Annual Gala at the Union League Club of Chicago. The dinner is sold out but tickets are still available to the <a href="http://www.gifttool.com/registrar/ShowEventDetails?ID=1391&amp;EID=13212">Dessert Dance Party</a> &mdash; and we know that&#39;s why you&#39;re really there. Walk the red carpet to find desserts by The French Pastry School alumni and all-access to the Cocoa Couture Fashion Show. The foundation awards scholarships to full-time&nbsp;students at The French Pastry School of Kennedy-King College. Admission $150.</p><p><strong>Sunday, February 24</strong></p><p>The Harvard Sportsman&#39;s Club presents the annual <a href="http://hscillinois.org/Calendar_of_Events.html">Wild Game Dinner</a>&nbsp;in McHenry County. My advice: dress warm in layers and get there early. The classic hunters&#39; menu will include pheasant, duck, venison, turkey, goose, plus wild game surprises. Possibly turtle soup this year? Admission $12, $10 early bird special. I will definitely <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/louisa-chu/2012-02-27/dinner-where-wild-things-are-96788">be there again</a>.</p><p><strong>Monday, February 25</strong></p><p><a href="http://reddoorchicago.com/">Red Door Kitchen &amp; Bar</a> presents a <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/417192641708709/">Tiki Charity Event</a> to benefit the <a href="http://www.chicagosfoodbank.org/site/PageServer">Greater Chicago Food Depository</a>. The Aviary&#39;s Charles Joly, Blackbird&#39;s Lynn House, Sepia&#39;s Josh Pearson, and Red Door&#39;s own Jay Schroeder <a href="http://www.esquire.com/drinks/zombie-drink-recipe">will Zombie-fy you</a> &mdash; plus pu pu platter inspired food by&nbsp;Avec&#39;s&nbsp;Freddy Noinaj and&nbsp;Graham Stein. Admission $25 suggested donation, for four drinks and food.</p><p><strong>Tuesday, February 26</strong></p><p>deca restaurant presents the <a href="http://www.decarestaurant.com/#/special_offers/specials_Burton_and_Bourbon_Dinner/">Burton and Bourbon Dinner</a>&nbsp;[WARNING: AUTOPLAY MUSIC] at The Ritz-Carlton Chicago. Join our friend, the one and only Tim Burton of <a href="http://www.burtonsmaplewoodfarm.com/">Burton&#39;s Maplewood Farms</a> for a maple syrup inspired dinner, paired with Woodford Reserve bourbon cocktails. Plus author David Hoppe will sign copies of his beautiful book <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1934922757?ie=UTF8&amp;creativeASIN=1934922757&amp;tag=lklchu-20"><em>Food for Thought: An Indiana Harvest.</em></a> Admission $59. And remember, Burton&#39;s <a href="http://nationalmaplesyrupfestival.com/">National Maple Syrup Festival</a> is coming up again in Medora, Indiana &mdash; and&nbsp;I will definitely <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/louisa-chu/2012-03-07/amber-waves-national-maple-syrup-festival-97081">be there again</a> too.</p><p><strong>Wednesday, February 27</strong></p><p><a href="http://soupandbread.net/">Soup &amp; Bread</a>&nbsp;presents this week&#39;s theme,&nbsp;<a href="https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0ApPhpdY9KXzPdDRfMUk3WFFoZlRNd2VvR0RJcjdJS1E#gid=0">NYC vs. LA</a>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.hideoutchicago.com/event/208501-soup-bread-chicago/">at the Hideout</a>.&nbsp;How&#39;s that represent in soup? They don&#39;t know either, so &quot;go to town!&quot; Bread from Publican Quality Meats and La Farine Bakery, this week all benefitting&nbsp;<a href="http://www.associationhouse.org/">Association House</a>&nbsp;in West Town. Admission FREE, by donation. Bonus Thursday night! <a href="http://soupandbread.net/2013/02/14/happiness-is-a-benefit-for-soup-bread/">Happiness is...a benefit for Soup &amp; Bread</a>&nbsp;with <a href="http://theateroobleck.com/plays/there-is-a-happiness-that-morning-is-2013">Theater Oobleck&lsquo;s revival of Mickle Maher&rsquo;s play <em>There Is A Happiness That Morning Is</em></a>&nbsp;at&nbsp;<a href="http://victorygardens.org/onstage/oobleck.php">Victory Gardens Biograph Theater</a>. Admission $15 or &ldquo;more if you&rsquo;ve got it, free if you&rsquo;re broke.&rdquo; Half of the night&#39;s box office will benefit Soup &amp; Bread.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Thursday, February 28</strong></p><p>Experimental Station presents <a href="http://www.chpv.org/calendar?font-size=large">Winterdine, a five-course winter wood-fired dinner</a>&nbsp;by Avec&#39;s&nbsp;Erling Wu-Bower. Served in a wintery North woods setting, sweater and pants required, ski hat optional but suggested. Admission $250.</p></p> Fri, 22 Feb 2013 05:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2013-02/eat-drink-wild-game-dinner-tiki-charity-and-more-105680 Cook County food pantries report record need http://www.wbez.org/news/cook-county-food-pantries-report-record-need-105023 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Foodpantry1.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Chicago&rsquo;s food pantries see the city&rsquo;s growing hunger problem up close.</p><p>&ldquo;You see people lining up before the sun rises even on these coldest days of the year, and waiting, you know, in some cases two, three, four hours,&rdquo; said Bob Dolgan of the Greater Chicago Food Depository, Cook County&rsquo;s largest food bank.</p><p>He said in October 2012, their food pantries had more than 550,000 visits - a record number (they don&rsquo;t have numbers yet for more recent months). Over five years, the organization has seen an 84 percent increase in monthly visits to its 650 food pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters.<iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F75374196" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>That&rsquo;s probably because the number of people in poverty in the area is on the rise. A recent <a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/front-center/one-three-illinois-residents-or-near-poverty-according-heartland-alliance-report" target="_blank">report by the Heartland Alliance</a> found one in three people in Illinois live in or near poverty, and many of those work full-time. A lasting decline in mid-wage jobs that have been replaced by <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/new-study-low-wage-workers-chicago-are-older-more-educated-102686" target="_blank">low-wage jobs</a> since the 2009 recession is likely a factor.</p><p>&ldquo;Soup kitchens are volunteer-run organizations,&rdquo; Dolgan said. &ldquo;They&rsquo;re doing everything they can to support their communities, but when there are just more and more people at their doors, either they have to pack smaller bags or they have to look at the number of hours they&rsquo;re able to operate.&rdquo;</p><p><em>Below: A report from a food pantry line in Rogers Park</em></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F75498697" width="100%"></iframe><br /><br />To make matters worse, the depository has been receiving less food donations. A combination of drought and lingering recession means corporations, wholesalers and distributors are giving less. Drought devastated crops across the Midwest this year, and a major produce source here ended up with far less surplus through the summer.</p><p>Most of the depository&rsquo;s food supply comes from donations &ndash; and luckily, said Dolgan, individual giving has not taken the dive that corporate giving has. Still, the depository has received 3 million pounds less donated food over the last six months than the same period a year ago, a decrease of about 9 percent.</p><p>They&rsquo;re making up the difference by purchasing food directly, but it&rsquo;s hardly a sustainable plan. The organization&rsquo;s depends on that cash to keep its basic operations afloat.</p><p>&ldquo;We have a lot of trucks we need to fuel, we have thirty-nine vehicles that need to be ready and leave this facility each day,&rdquo; said Dolgan. &ldquo;So it&rsquo;s a challenge.&rdquo;</p><p>And the bottom line remains: smaller bags of food mean emptier stomachs.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.chicagosfoodbank.org/site/PageServer?pagename=hunger_research" target="_blank">Reports by the Food Depository and Feeding America</a> estimate one in six people in Cook County don&rsquo;t know where their next meal will come from.</p><p>What happens if they don&rsquo;t start seeing either more food, or less hungry people?</p><p>&ldquo;We all have a knot in our stomach about that,&rdquo; Dolgan said.</p></p> Fri, 18 Jan 2013 11:05:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/cook-county-food-pantries-report-record-need-105023 Eat this, drink that: Hurricane Sandy relief, hail stone soup and more http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2012-11/eat-drink-hurricane-sandy-relief-hail-stone-soup-and-more-103740 <p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/7071318617/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/soupbreadchili_0.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="Vegetarian chili with sour cream by Mare Swallow at Soup &amp; Bread &amp; Pie 2012 (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></p><p><u><strong>Friday, November 09</strong></u></p><p><a href="http://www.healthyschoolscampaign.org/">Healthy Schools Campaign</a>&nbsp;kicks off their season with&nbsp;<a href="http://healthyschoolscampaign.org/event/cookingupchange/2012/flagship/">Cooking up Change</a> at the <a href="http://bridgeportart.com/">Bridgeport Art Center</a>. The student/mentor cooking contest/benefit dinner includes OON&#39;s Matt Eversman with Team Chicago Vocational Career Academy (see them make&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wgntv.com/news/middaynews/wgntv-lunchbreak-baked-cajun-mac-and-cheese-20121105,0,940363.story">baked Cajun mac &#39;n&#39; cheese</a>);&nbsp;Frontera Grill&#39;s Sarai Rosales with Team North-Grand High School; The Gage&#39;s Dirk Flanigan with Team Tilden Career Community Academy; and many more. Judges include NAHA&#39;s Carrie Nahabedian, Ina&rsquo;s Ina Pinkney, Piccolo Sogno&#39;s Tony Priolo and more. Admission $100.</p><p><u><strong>Saturday, November 10</strong></u></p><p><a href="https://www.facebook.com/CulinaryHistoriansOfChicago?fref=ts">Chicago Foodways Roundtable</a> presents <a href="http://www.wbez.org/julias-cats-julia-child%E2%80%99s-life-company-cats-103393">Julia&#39;s Cats: Julia Child&#39;s Life in the Company of Cats</a>&nbsp;at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.kendall.edu/">Kendall College</a>.&nbsp;&quot;A house without a cat is like a day without sunshine, a pie without&nbsp;<em>fromage</em>, a dinner without wine,&quot; said Julia.&nbsp;Evanston-based author of the book <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1419702750?ie=UTF8&amp;creativeASIN=1419702750&amp;tag=lklchu-20">Julia&#39;s Cats</a>,&nbsp;</em>Therese Burson, will discuss&nbsp;Julia and Paul&#39;s first kitteh in Paris, Minette, all their kittehs in France and their kittehs back to California.<em> <a href="http://chocolateandzucchini.com/archives/2007/08/green_tea_cats_tongues.php">Langues de chat </a></em><a href="http://chocolateandzucchini.com/archives/2007/08/green_tea_cats_tongues.php">(cat&#39;s tongues)</a>, the French butter cookies, will be served. Just when you thought you knew <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2012-08/happy-100th-julia-udderly-delicious-101727">everything about Julia</a>.&nbsp;This event will be recorded for WBEZ&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified"><em>Chicago Amplified</em></a>. Admission $3, FREE for Kendall students and faculty with ID.</p><p><u><strong>Monday, November 12</strong></u></p><p>Food editors <a href="https://twitter.com/heathersper">Heather Sperling</a> of <em>Tasting Table</em> and <a href="https://twitter.com/ChandrasPlate">Chandra Ram</a> of <em>Plate</em> host&nbsp;<a href="http://foodtrivia.eventbrite.com/">Food + Trivia, a Night of Cutthroat Competition Benefitting Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts</a> at <a href="http://sonowoodfired.com/">Sono Wood Fired Pizzeria</a>. Eat antipasti, wood-fired pizzas, charcuterie, cheese and gelati while battling through culinary trivia to win the grand prize: a gift certificate to Sono and neighboring Burger Bar Chicago. Plus play against chefs, including Jared Van Camp (Old Town Social, Nellcôte, and RM) to win an edible prize. One hundred percent of the ticket sales benefit <a href="http://www.redcross.org/templates/render/render.jsp?pageId=11400031&amp;scode=RSG00000E017&amp;subcode=paiddonationsbrand&amp;gclid=CLDppYHNurMCFe5FMgod5B0AjA">Red Cross Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief</a>. Admission $30.</p><p><u><strong>Tuesday, November 13</strong></u></p><p>The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.chicagosfoodbank.org/site/PageServer">Greater Chicago Food Depository</a> collects for their annual <a href="http://www.chicagosfoodbank.org/site/Calendar/2059450574?view=Detail&amp;id=111401&amp;whence=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.chicagosfoodbank.org%2Fsite%2FPageServer%3Fpagename%3Devnt_cal%26AddInterest%3D1041">Union Station Food Drive</a> in the <a href="http://www.chicagounionstation.com/">Great Hall</a>. Food Depository volunteers will hand out grocery bags on Tuesday evening from 4 to 7 p.m. to return filled on Wednesday morning from 5 to 7 a.m. The most needed items are beans, canned fruit, canned vegetables, cereal, chili, jelly, macaroni and cheese, pasta, pasta sauce, peanut butter, rice, shelf-stable milk, soup, stew and tuna. Or simply <a href="http://www.chicagosfoodbank.org/site/PageServer?pagename=diff_donate">donate funds now</a>. Admission FREE, but donate food and drink.</p><p><u><strong>Wednesday, November 14</strong></u></p><p><a href="http://soupandbread.net/calendar/">Soup &amp; Bread</a>&nbsp;at the <a href="http://www.garfieldconservatory.org/shows.htm">Garfield Park Conservatory</a>&nbsp;benefits the <a href="http://www.garfield-conservatory.org/about_us.htm">Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance</a> and <a href="http://www.breakthrough.org/">Breakthrough Urban Ministries</a>. Lula&#39;s Jason Hammel will serve a special Hail Stone Soup Homage inspired by the hail stones of the <a href="http://www.garfieldconservatory.org/one_pane_at_a_time.htm">June 2011 storm</a>. Other soup chefs and their conservatory inspirations include the <em>Chicago Reader</em>&#39;s Mike Sula and Fern Room fiddleheads; City Provisions&#39; Cleetus Friedman and the beehives and honey; Fulton Street Garden&#39;s Angela Taylor and Desert House prickly pear and agave; <em>Gapers Block</em>&#39;s Cinnamon Cooper and the Sun Room cinnamon tree; <em>Graze Magazine</em>&#39;s Cyndi Fecher and Palm House plantains; Hoosier Mama&#39;s Allison Stout and the Palm House coconut palm; Inspiration Kitchens&#39; David Rosenthall and Fern Room turtles; Mana&#39;s Jill Barron and Palm House ginger plants; Slow Food Chicago&#39;s Megan Larmer the Children&#39;s Garden lime tree; Swim Café&#39;s Karen Gerod and the papaya tree; and West Town Tavern&#39;s Susan Goss and the Palm House chocolate tree. BYO soup cup or borrow one there. Admission $5 suggested donation, FREE for GPCA Members.</p><p><u><strong>Thursday, November 15</strong></u></p><p>The <a href="http://thefoodfilmfestival.com/">Chicago Film Food Festival</a> kicks off with <a href="http://thefoodfilmfestival.com/farm-film-table/">Farm to Film to Table</a> at <a href="http://www.kendall.edu/">Kendall College</a>, hosted by and benefitting <a href="http://www.thegoodfoodproject.org/">The Good Food Project</a>. This annual event has become the ultimate dinner and a movie series, premiering this year with an evening of sustainable dishes and wine including &quot;<a href="http://vimeo.com/46234798">French Fries + Ice Cream</a>&quot;, with food by&nbsp;<a href="http://elideas.com/">EL Ideas</a>&nbsp;chef/owner Phillip Foss and film by <a href="http://vimeo.com/potluckcreative">Potluck Creative</a> &mdash; and much more. Admission $45 general, $65 VIP.</p></p> Fri, 09 Nov 2012 05:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2012-11/eat-drink-hurricane-sandy-relief-hail-stone-soup-and-more-103740 Food pantries can't meet demand http://www.wbez.org/story/food-pantries-cant-meet-demand-95128 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-December/2011-12-23/1420127033_e23f67ba6e.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>As holiday menus are being planned, local food banks are scrambling to feed everyone in need this coming year. Area soup kitchens and food pantries are seeing record numbers of people through their doors.</p><p>Kate Maehr heads the Greater Chicago Food Depository. She said food pantries are seeing much more of a new demographic - people who have jobs.</p><p>"But when they get to the end of the month and they've paid all their bills, they don't have enough money to buy food at a grocery store. Increasingly - that's the story of hunger in America," Maehr said.</p><p>The food banks like the one Maehr runs aren't able to supply as much food to pantries as they used to. This year the Greater Chicago Food Fepository is 7.3 million pounds short the amount of food they gave away by this time last year.</p><p>That's because of the rising cost of food. Maehr said area pantries and kitchens are having to close or scale back their services because they can't meet demand.</p><p>The Food Depository estimates 1 in 5 Cook County residents are food insecure - meaning they don't know where they'll find their next meal.</p><p>Maehr urged Chicagoans to contribute canned food to collection areas around town.<br> &nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 23 Dec 2011 11:43:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/food-pantries-cant-meet-demand-95128 New study says 1 in 5 Chicagoans are 'food insecure' http://www.wbez.org/story/new-study-says-1-5-chicagoans-are-food-insecure-92356 <p><p>A new study by the Greater Chicago Food Depository says one in five Chicagoans are “food insecure.”</p><p>The agency looked at data from 77 city neighborhoods and 119 Cook County suburbs over the past decade. It says that 20.6 percent of Chicagoans and 15.4 percent of Cook County residents report a decrease in quality or quantity in their diet.</p><p>“Hunger [in the past] has been defined by did you go to sleep wishing you had something else to eat or not having enough food,” says Mari Gallagher, principal of Mari Gallagher Research and author of “Examining the Impact of Food Deserts on Public Health in Chicago.”</p><p>She said she does not find the statistics surprising.</p><p>“Hunger today also has a lot to do with people running down to the fast food place and, for a couple of dollars, filling up on a lot of empty calories," Gallagher says.</p><p>The Depository survey found the most insecure communities were concentrated on the Southwest and West sides of the city. In Chicago proper, Riverdale (40.8 percent), Washington Park (34.0 percent), Englewood and North Lawndale (both 31.2 percent) had the highest rates of food insecurity, while Ford Heights (55.5 percent), Robbins (45.0 percent) and Dixmoor (38.7 percent) had the highest rates in the suburbs.</p><p>For comparison, the national and state rate for food insecurity last year was a little more than 14.5 percent, according to a 2010 survey by the USDA.</p></p> Thu, 22 Sep 2011 22:20:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/new-study-says-1-5-chicagoans-are-food-insecure-92356 Mayor Daley confident in wager on NFC championship game http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-bears/mayor-daley-confident-wager-nfc-championship-game <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/DSC00943.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Chicago Mayor Richard Daley and Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt are the latest to put a friendly wager on Sunday's NFC championship game between the Bears and Packers.</p> <div>Daley teamed up with local businesses to offer loads of pizza, pierogis and a five pound corned beef sandwich from Manny's Deli if the Packers win. If the Bears win, Mayor Schmitt is wagering a 12-pack of local beer, a case of bear steaks, and a autographed Packer football.</div><div>&nbsp;</div> <div>To up the ante Schmitt said he will send one pound of cheese to Mayor Daley for each point the Packers win by. But Daley said he doesn't think the Bears will let him down. &ldquo;They have been underrated all season,&rdquo; he said.&rdquo; But they just kept winning and winning and here they are today.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Daley said the long-standing rivalry between the two teams is the &ldquo;greatest rivalry in professional sports,&rdquo; ever since November 1921 when the Chicago Staleys first beat the Packers.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Any food Daley might win in the wager will be donated to the Greater Chicago Food Depository.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div></p> Fri, 21 Jan 2011 21:33:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-bears/mayor-daley-confident-wager-nfc-championship-game Use of food stamps rising in Illinois http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago/use-food-stamps-rising-illinois <p><p>New statistics from the state's food stamp program show an increase in those receiving assistance in Illinois.<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<br />The <em>Chicago Sun-Times</em> reported Saturday that numbers from the Illinois Department of Human Services show about 857,000 households enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program in December. That's 12.7 percent more than a year earlier.<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<br />The largest increases were in DuPage, Kendall, Kane and McHenry counties.<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<br />Illinois SNAP program director Jan Freeman said there has been an increase nearly every month since the fall of 2008.<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<br />Kate Maehr is chief executive of the Greater Chicago Food Depository. She said the non-profit had more people use pantries in November than any month in its 32-year history.</p></p> Sun, 16 Jan 2011 16:09:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago/use-food-stamps-rising-illinois