Well, a few weeks back we heard about the second annual Green Week being planned for our Chicago neighborhood, Andersonville. Last year, we moved into this historically Swedish neighborhood (from Sweden, no less) just in time to miss the first annual Green Week. This year, we thought we'd get the Chicago Amateur Bread Bakers together and participate.
What we came up with is the "Homemade Bread Showcase," an event to which our bakers will bring their fresh, homemade, yeasted bread to share with the public. It's a free-of-charge, all-ages event.
Inspired by our monthly "Taste-and-Tell" events, the goal of the event is to raise awareness about the joys, benefits, and challenges of baking bread at home. In an informal setting, attendees are invited to sample bread and chat with those of us who bake our own bread. One may learn, for example, how easy it is to get started baking; how healthy homemade bread can be; and how relaxing and satisfying it can be to to bake bread at home from simple, real ingredients.
Speaking of real ingredients, our bakers will be baking into their loaves locally grown, stone-ground whole wheat and cornmeal, bounteously donated to us by Urban Orchard, the organic produce market opening this August in Andersonville (at 5212 North Clark). The grain is being milled for us by Roger's Creek Grist Mill in Milledgeville, IL.
Gold'N Pear Catering will be refreshing event attendees' palates with a generous donation of their delicious iced tea and lemonade, inspired by seasonal ingredients.
A big thank you to the LillStreet Art Center Textiles Department for loaning us fun, pretty coverings for our tables, from which we will be serving home-baked bread!
The event would not be possible without Las Manos Gallery, who will be hosting the event in their gallery space. Thank you, Las Manos!
The event also takes place on the six-month anniversary of Chicago Amateur Bread Bakers, our not-for-profit group of avid home bakers of yeasted, artisanal breads. We look forward to celebrating with our engaged, curious, and committed group of bread bakers, who never cease to delight us and teach us new things about breadbaking.
Would your company like to sponsor this event? We are still seeking sponsors to provide:
- A loan of tablecloths for the banquet tables.
- A loan of 16 aprons or chefs' jackets, preferably matching or similar, to identify our bakers to the public. (Or a donation of $260, so we may purchase aprons.)
- A large banner that we will hang in the large plate-glass window in the front of Las Manos Gallery, to identify and advertise the event to visitors and passers-by.
- A donation of $35 to cover incidental expenses for the event such as name tags, napkins, masking tape, and the $10 application fee we paid to submit this event to Green Week organizers.
- A donation of specialty grains and seeds, for our baker-presenters to bake into their breads.
We are also looking for Chicagoans to help us get the word out. Please download and distribute our event flyer--e.g., at your workplace, school, local market, or community center. Please invite family, friends, and colleagues to this public event. And we encourage you to let us know that you're looking forward to the event as much as we are--by leaving us a comment below--or tweeting us at @AmateurBakers.
What: "Homemade Bread Showcase," with the Chicago Amateur Bread Bakers
When: Wednesday, July 13, 6:30-7:30 pm
Where: Las Manos Gallery, 5220 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60640
Other details: Free-of-charge, all ages welcome.
We look forward to seeing you there!