11/21/2012 04:19:00 PM

Required Reading: On Chefs, Food Media and Hunger

Before retire to our family's dinner table and dive into a juicy turkey. Take a minute to read this well-crafted essay by Martha Bayne for Time Out Chicago. Bayne, the founder of Soup and Bread, a local nonprofit that raises money for Greater Chicago Food Depository through weekly soup dinners that bring chefs, musicians, artists and hungry people together at The Hideout. Bayne's essay urges reader to step away from the glam of the over-hyped food scene, where chefs are celebrities and the only way to raise money for charity is to throw a multi-chef tasting event with a ticket price in the hundreds of dollars. Remember why we eat? To survive and nourish the human machine. Remember there are those less fortunate than the gourmets and the foodies who die because of a lack of food.

"The sheer fund-raising muscle of such enterprises is impressive, no question. But would it hurt to foreground the issue a bit? Is going out to eat by necessity divorced from the plain act of eating? What’s so scary about acknowledging this very real human need?" Bayne wrote in reference to the recent Meals on Wheels benefit. When we go home and say thanks for a table full of family and food, maybe grumbling a bit that it's not the white tablecloth fare we urban dwellers grow accustom to, many plates remain empty. Any upon our return to the real world of work all day and drink all night, know it doesn't take a five-course charity dinner to give back.

Stop by the Hideout tonight to congratulate Bayne on a job well done on her essay and partake in a special edition of Soup and Bread benefiting Good Fork in Red Hook.


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