Soup & Bread: Local Chefs, Writers Cook Up Party at Yazoo to Benefit O'Bryan Center



The author and the illustrator of Soup & Bread will be on hand selling their amazing book.
  • The author and the illustrator of Soup & Bread will be on hand selling their amazing book.

Ice cream in the summer, and now that it's cold, the Martha O'Bryan Center wants to give you a nice bowl of hot soup. Next Wednesday, Dec. 7, at Yazoo Brewery, several local chefs, cooks, writers and musicians will lift the lid on pots of soup that they've created, served with fresh bread from Provence. Bring the kids and come by from 6 to 9 p.m. and see Laura Wilson, Dan Maggipinto, me, Nancy Vienneau and singer Noelle Warner, have a bowl of soup. And some bread.

The event is a combination fundraiser for Martha O'Bryan and part tour stop for Soup & Bread, the cookbook that started it all. Soup & Bread is a program that has raised thousands of dollars, one bowl of soup at a time, for the Greater Chicago Food Depository. Author Martha Bayne and designer Sheila Sachs, the longtime art director of Chicago Reader will be there to sell you a copy and inspire you with their amazing story.

No reservation needed, and it's technically free, but you're invited to pitch a few bucks into the basket for Martha O'Bryan. There's a lot of good going on there, and you can see some of that good in action: O'Bryan GED grads will be selling lotions, candles, soaps and more produced by their business, Piece of Love, and Second Rise Kitchen, a culinary training effort at O'Bryan, is providing some of the bread.

Bonus: Yazoo is selling beer by the glass, which it doesn't typically do on Wednesdays. All you Wednesday growler-refillers, you're coming too, right?

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