Posts Tagged ‘hideout’

Summer soup update

July 4, 2011

Wednesday’s soup schedule is coming together — and, ooooh, it’s going to be good.

On the docket, soups from:

Big Star
Swim Cafe
Inspiration Kitchens
Milk & Honey
Celestial Kitchens
City Provisions
Guerilla Smiles Catering

… and more are still coming in

ETA: like Tre Kronor, with chilled blueberry soup!

Bread graciously donated, as ever, by La Farine Bakery.

With DJ Michael Slaboch, of the Numero Group and, now, the Hideout.

No crock pots will be harmed in the making of this Soup & Bread. We’re dishing up COLD SOUP ONLY.

All proceeds benefit the Garfield Park Conservatory.

That’s this Wednesday, July 6, from 5:30-8 pm at the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia. No cover; kids (with grownups) are welcome.



Soup & Bread seeks intern

September 17, 2010

Attention arts administration students, aspiring food writers, and/or soup fans: We here at Soup & Bread world headquarters need help. Specifically, administrative and documentary help as we gear up for another season of soup. Want to be our intern?

Depending on your interests and abilities, here’s some of what your internship could entail:

  • correspondance with soup cooks and volunteers
  • mailing list management
  • website maintenance
  • recipe collection and editing
  • creating promotional materials
  • bookkeeping
  • staffing S&B booth at craft fairs
  • fame, glamour, and all the soup you can eat

You should be reliable, flexible, fluent in digital media, interested in food and food politics, and down with the Soup & Bread mission. Solid writing and editing skills a giant plus. We cannot pay you, but the job does have its perks; students, I can provide whatever documentation your school might require for internship credit. Interested? Email Martha at soupnbread10 [at] gmail [dot] com.

Too hot for soup

June 5, 2010

Gone to play BINGO.

New year, new soups

January 8, 2010

I was worried. I confess. Will it snow? Will a gas main break? Will people get sick of soup and move on to something else? Waffles, perhaps?

I should just chill. Soup and Bread, season two, kicked off Wednesday evening with gusto, with more cooks on board, and a really nice turnout of both old friends and new faces. Above, Rae Hill digs into a bowl of simple fish soup, which I made from a recipe provided by Kickstarter donor (and my uncle) Roger Simon, whose donation to our cookbook project ensures him a place in the annals of 2010 soup history.

Rae herself, who’s both a second-year culinary student and the resident baker at Bite Cafe, produced a pot of blazing orange sweet potato soup, which tasted amazing … like a sweet potato pie run through a blender with cream and chicken stock. She also brought several warm loaves of  sweetly mild milk bread, which were a particular hit with the more junior attendees. (She made it last  year as well; the recipe’s on page 116 of the book.) And, if that wasn’t enough, she produced a loaf (or two?) of vegan bread … the ingredients for which I promptly forgot even as I was telling myself, “You should really write this down.” She’s developing new vegan bread recipes for work, and plans to test-drive them with us over the next few months, so be sure and let her know what you think. Next week, she may even have comment cards.

Here’s a wide view of what we had on offer. Over on the far end is Rae’s sweet potato concoction; next to it is “La Zahra’s Moroccan Harira Hemda,” which Shana Pearlmutter cooked up in collaboration with her mother-in-law, who recently moved here from Morocco to help care for the newest member of their family, baby Brahim. Here’s a photo. Aren’t they cute?

Next to Shana and La Zahra’s soup is a piquant vegan sweet-and-sour meatball soup from Swim Cafe. Yes, vegan meatballs. Haven’t you ever heard of seitan? And to the right of that is Zach Kaplan‘s winter minestrone, a tasty offering built on a base of pancetta stock and chock full of hearty beans and pasta. Last but so totally not least is Celeste Dolan‘s Thai eggplant and chicken soup, which was allegedly delicious but gone before I got my bowl out. Lucky for me (and you), Celeste wins the promptness prize and I should be posting the recipe shortly the recipe is posted here. She and her partner Devon also turned up with bread whipped up not by the professional baker, but by baking novice Devon — including a caramelized onion bread for which I am rabidly tracking down the recipe, the recipe for which can be found here.  It’s made by kneading onion marmalade (!) into the dough just before baking.

These two also brought cupcakes, modeled below by Sheila and young Henry Hinschliff.

Most importantly, we raised $252 in donations for the food pantry at St. John Berchman’s in Logan Square. Just as a reminder, this year we are aiming to give Soup and Bread monies directly to neighborhood food pantries and soup kitchens; if you know of a worthy organization, please drop me a line and I’ll get them on the list.

Recipes and next week’s schedule coming soon. In the meantime, a few random remaining photos:

Vera snags a cupcake.

Blurry Celeste models her limited-edition S&B apron.

Beckett performs clam puppet theater.

The littlest soup fans ever pose for the camera.

And I try, in vain, not to freak out.

See you next week!

We’re back, with more free food

June 29, 2009


That’s right. It’s the summer event you’ve been waiting for!


Join us at the Hideout on Wednesday evenings from July 8 to September 9 for a friendly round (or six) of bingo to benefit Chicago’s community gardens. Each week we highlight a different local garden. Prizes range from jars of locally produced honey, bottles of hot sauce, and handmade soap to the grand prize of a box of fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables, courtesy of the very generous folks at Irv and Shelly’s Fresh Picks.

Veggie Bingo runs from 6 to 8 PM every Wednesday for ten weeks. The actual bingo games start at 6:30, and run about an hour. Cards are $1 a pop, or six for $5, and can be purchased from your bartender. All proceeds benefit NeighborSpace, a nonprofit organization that acquires and preserves community open space in the city.

In addition to the veggies, we’ll also be loading up the grill with free hot dogs and tofu pups. Bingo games will be led by an all-star team of callers, starting with dapper country crooner Lawrence Peters on the 8th. See the Hideout website and this blog for upcoming celebrity callers as we book ‘em.


The particulars

What: Bingo!

Where: The Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia

When: Wednesdays, 6-8 PM, from July 8-September 9

Who: The Hideout, NeighborSpace, and Irv and Shelly’s Fresh Picks

Why: To raise money to help Chicago’s gardens grow.


About our partners

NeighborSpace is a nonprofit urban land trust dedicated to preserving and sustaining community managed open spaces in Chicago. Their network of almost 70 gardens provide thousands of people the opportunity to grow fruits, vegetables and flowers; to restore habitats; and create unique gathering places in their own neighborhoods. NeighborSpace’s partners in the community can rest assured that the land will remain dedicated to conservation and their efforts will never be displaced. To volunteer in a community garden near you email or call 312-431-9406.

Irv & Shelly’s Fresh Picks offers year-round home delivery in the Chicago area of local and organic produce, meat, dairy, eggs, baked goods and more. We are partnering with sustainable farmers to grow the supply of local food in a way that protects our health and the environment. Come join us and make a difference One Bite at a Time!

The last soup: A story in pictures

April 3, 2009

busy crock pots all in a row

This week, in honor of the last Soup and Bread of the season, we had ten — TEN — guest soup cooks. We had silky-smooth artichoke soup, a hearty spring vegetable blend, and savory, caramelized cabbage soup with steak. We had recalcitrant African groundnut stew that finally, finally got hot at, oh, 7:30. And a late-breaking mushroom-potato that turned up as we were packing the bowls away.

watercress soup in action

Even I, master of the delegatory arts, fired up some pots and got in on the action.

no knead bread

Vince brought some no-knead bread.


Gallant Lawrence stepped up to bartend for a bit.


Jenny held down the door — and the donations.


Ryan took a break from washing endless bowls to dirty one of his own.


And I got a chance to wander the floor — and watch everybody dig in!

beautiful people

And dig …

more peoples

… and dig …

she and jt

… and dig some more.

empty pots

Until everything was gone!


We had several very small soup fans.


And some who were even smaller.


And then it was all over. The crocks were packed away.


And I got to sit and smell the flowers. And have a drink. Or four.

Recipes are coming up — many of this week’s fantastic cooks have already sent them in. But I just want to, once again, thank everyone who helped out with this weird little project, which exceeded my wildest dreams in both fun and fundraising. We raised $472 dollars April First alone, which brought the grand Soup and Bread 2009 total to $2,561. !!!!!!.

Thank you, thank you so much to everyone at the Hideout — especially Ryan and Stephen, who had to wash all those dishes, and Andrea for not complaining about the mess — and Mitch for putting up with all the soup people gettin’ up in his jazz action, Peter and Hassan and the Whole Foods bakery for the weekly cartload of bread, Robin and Val for the crock pots, Sheila for all the pie, Celeste for all the pastries, Jen for transportation and an almost-perfect attendance record, and everyone who ever made a pot of soup or a loaf of bread. And thanks to YOU, the Soup and Bread participant, for making it all so honestly amazing. I am humbled and gratified by your generosity of both wallet and spirit.

Soup and Bread may be done for the season but we’re not going away. Watch this space for more S&B related news — coming sooner than you think.

Hot soup for cold people

January 15, 2009

Holy split pea, Chicago! Or would that be creamy potato-carrot?

Whatever your pleasure, last night it seemed that all tastes led to the Hideout. We had a stunning turnout for the second week of Soup and Bread. So much so that I sort of forgot to take any pictures after this one:


Now, that may not look like the center of wild excitement. But there on the bar, from left to right, are hot pots of goodness from Amy Lombardi (savory split-pea with Black Forest ham), Heather Shouse (spicy beet, carrot, and ginger soup with rosemary sour cream), the Handlebar (rich and satisfying African groundnut stew, with optional toppings of peanuts and coconut), and a surprise offering  from Swim Cafe, who weren’t on the schedule but turned up with (shockingly complex creamy potato-carrot) soup anyway.

Even more surprising? Three out of four of ’em were veggie. So much for that worry.

Also on the menu: a hodgepodge of starches, including some loaves of sourdough and ciabatta from Panera, two frozen-and-reheated baguettes from last week (rock hard, but good for dipping), the banana bread — which turned out well, if probably more sugary than Mark Bittman intended — and a loaf of homemade wheat bread donated by my friend Paula. Thanks Paula!

And — huzzah! —  the inimitable Celeste showed up around 7 with MORE COOKIES.

Yesterday’s snow, wind, bite-ass cold, and general nastiness may not have posed the challenge of last week’s hazmat scene, but it was still daunting enough that around 4:30 I wasn’t sure anyone was going to show. Again: so much for that worry.

People started staggering in by 5:30, stomping snow from their boots and whacking their fingers on the bar to get the circulation going. By 6:30 they’d colonized the back room and a birthday party was in full swing. By 7:30 all the soup was gone.

Thankfully we added a bar back to the schedule this week, so the dishwashing wasn’t as epic as the inaugural event. At least for me. (Rigo, you’ re the best!)

The rest of the night is a blur, but I remember at one point telling a friend that I felt “weirdly filled with joy.” It should go without saying that this is not my natural state. So thanks to all who came out from across this frozen city.  I don’t know how many of you there were, but you ponied up $230 in donations for the Food Depository. And there are lots of sappy, heartwarming things I could say about that, but instead I think I’ll just post another photo of the penguin mug.