Soup cooks 2/24/10

We are packing them in next week. This weekend’s to-do list: Buy more crock pots.

Proceeds from next week’s Soup and Bread benefit First Slice, the independent hunger relief organization founded by onetime North Pond chef Mary Ellen Diaz. First Slice provides home-cooked, restaurant-quality meals to about 100 men, women, and children a week; it’s unique in that it is, for the most part, self-funding. Those with means can subscribe to First Slice’s shareholder program. Much like a CSA, a share in First Slice nets the shareholder a hot, high-quality, home-delivered three-course meal each week — but the money from each share also goes to pay for an equal meal for a person who can’t afford it on their own.

I’ve long been a fan of First Slice’s philosophy, which extends the same menu  — the “first slice” of the pie, rather than the crumbs — to shareholders and clients alike.

We’re going to have a Soup and Bread table at Lillstreet Art Center’s Empty Bowls event on March 5,  a terrific fundraiser benefitting First Slice, which also runs a cafe in the Lillstreet building. And, in return, this week, First Slice is bringing soup.

I think Ryan Cooper, from First Slice, said something about corn chowder, but don’t hold me to that.

Also on deck, with Ryan:

Back for a second go-round, Graficionada‘s Jeanelle Hayner. Here’s what she had to say about her Soup and Bread turn last year.

Green Earth Institute farm manager Martin Lemos, of red onion soup fame.

Painter, DJ, and Whole Foods chef/instructor Won Kim.

Librarian and book blogger Laura Scott.

Novelist, Parlor reading series co-director, and 250 Potato Possibilities blogger  Terri Griffith.

And,

John McKevitt, of the International Volunteer Network of Chicago.

PHEW.

That’s all, I think. Unless I decide to try my hand at that pappa al pomodoro soup everyone’s so excited about [see photo]. I do happen to have lot of stale ciabatta lying around….

Come by on February 24 and see for yourself what they come up with. Soup and Bread happens from 5:30 to 8 PM at the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia. And, you might want to stick around for a while. Later that night: Peter Brotzmann!

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