Soup and Bread

Soup & Bread 2017: Sanctuary Soup

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Hello friends:

It’s soup season again and – I’ll be honest right up front – until November 8 we thought perhaps Soup & Bread had run its course. Maybe, we wondered, it’s time to pass the baton, and do something else. Wouldn’t it be nice to go somewhere warm in February?

But then things changed. We think everyone’s going to need a bowl of soup this winter – or several, not to mention the chance to pay it forward to those in need of food relief.

So Soup & Bread 2017 is on. It kicks off January 4 at 5:30 pm at the Hideout, and runs every Wednesday through March 29. Come, bring your kids, bring your appetites, and bring your dollars. As ever all your pay-what-you-can-donations will go to help local food pantries.

This year, we’ve decided to ditch the weekly soup themes in favor of one simple idea: sanctuary. As most of you probably know, Chicago is a “sanctuary city” – and as such is threatened with losing federal funding under a Trump administration. With Chicago’s social services already starved by the state budget impasse, things may be about to get much worse.

So, in that context we’re asking soup cooks to bring soups that celebrate Chicago’s immigrant heritage – either your own or someone else’s. Bring on the pozole, the borscht, the harrira; the shorbit amas and the soupe joumou. We’ll be collecting recipes again and if we get enough we’ll even try and put together another cookbook. To volunteer to cook, pick a date and email — and check the FAQ  to see what all’s entailed.

newsoupbowlsOf course, to do this all takes time, and some money. Once again we’re asking you to consider making a tax-deductible donation to Soup & Bread through our fiscal sponsors at the Social Good Fund. If everyone on this mailing list gave just $10 that would be a windfall for our lean organization. And if you give more – like, say $25, we’ll send you a custom Soup & Bread bowl (while supplies last; just put your address in the “comments” section). Once we cover our costs, all money donated online will also go to our partner food pantries.

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There’s a longish Facebook post making the rounds from a Native American poet named Joy Harjo, in which she talks about Thanksgiving in the context of the ongoing state violence at Standing Rock. She closes with a poem that begins:

The world begins at a kitchen table. No matter what, we must eat to live.

Our kitchen table may be a row of poky crock pots in the back room of a bar, but the sentiment holds. Come out and join us for sustenance and sanctuary this winter and help us rebuild one little corner of the world.

Thanks – we miss you!

Soup & Bread


PS: Oh whoops, one more thing. This month we’ll be selling cookbooks, bowls, and other Soup & Bread stuff at some holiday sales around town, including the Bloodshot Records Holiday Popup Shop on Dec. 3 and the Hideout Last Chance Holiday Sale on Dec. 20. Check the calendar at the bottom of this site for more as they materialize.

Posted: Friday Nov 25,2016 03:23 PM In Uncategorized


  1. Jane Whedbee
    November 26, 2016

    I have made gumbo in large quantities for 30 years for Cajun events and for the University of Chicago folk festival; would be happy to contribute to a Soup and Bread event. Deeply concerned about the state of our country — also a strong believer in communal meals — and soup! Thanks for doing this.

  2. Martha
    December 4, 2016

    Hi Jane — Will be in touch soon! Thank you.

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