Making the Soup, Courtesy Sharon Bautista

 For a few years now, I’ve been participating in Soup & Bread Nights at the Hideout in Chicago.

 This year, Martha Bayne – the brains behind S&B –describes the event like this:

Soup and Bread  starts Wednesday, January 5 and runs every Wednesday through April 13, from 5:30 to 7:30, at The Hideout 1354 W. Wabansia.  Each week we’ll offer up six or more delicious soups made by professional and amateur cooks, as well as bread donated from local bakeries and the pastry class at the Illinois Institute of Art Culinary School. There is never a cover charge, and it’s always family friendly. And, as ever, we’ll be collecting donations for different local food pantries and hunger relief organizations to keep the soup hot all over town. On January 5 our donations benefit the Casa Catalina Food Pantry in Back of the Yards.

And … what’s that you say? You want to share your grandma’s chicken noodle soup with the world? You’ve been experimenting with pork-belly broths? You’re perfecting your vegan chowder? You want, in other words, to take on the awesome responsibility of being a Soup & Bread cook? You’re on.  As a bonus, your tasty soup recipe could be included in one of 2011’s Soupscription packs of recipe cards. Oh, the fame!

 Wanna play? Email Martha at to get on the schedule.


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