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Vegetarian chili with sour cream (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)

It's no secret we love soup and bread around here—the pairing of the fluid and staple foods, as well as the homegrown social culinary movement, Soup & Bread. This past Wednesday we communed for the end of the season—the Last Soup as it's come to be known—with the holy trinity, which now includes a traditional rite of pies.

Soup & Bread donations (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)
S&B founder and author Martha Bayne reported that over $500 was raised this week alone, this week for the Warming Center in Logan Square, edging ever closer to the $30,000 lifetime S&B goal. While the season is over at The Hideout, you can still catch Soup and Bread: Building Community One Pot at a Time with Martha Bayne on April 26 at Café Society with WBEZ, as well as Soup & Bread: Radical Hospitality One Pot at a Time on May 5 at the Smart Museum Feast exhibition symposium, Of Hospitality.
Forrest Turner's burgoo (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)
I have to admit that while I was en route, I texted my friend Mike Sula to ask if he could please save me a taste of his soup because I knew it would go fast, and in fact it did. Mike shows-and-tells the making-of his "burgoo of adorable woodland creatures" here at the Reader.
Minny's chocolate pie (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)
My friend and blue ribbon award winning pie queen Catherine Lambrecht brought a pair of "Minny's chocolate pies," sans secret ingredient from The Help, to add to the exquisite pie table still life—that is before it was rightfully ravaged.
But more than we love soup, bread, and even pie, we adore Martha. What she's created is far more than a modestly self-described "free weekly soup dinner." What she's created is priceless.
Soup & Bread founder and author Martha Bayne (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)


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