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Chicago’s souper cooks wanted for 2011 benefits


Are you a chowder champion? Do you make a mean minestrone? Brew bodacious broths? Here’s your chance to show Chicago your souperior skills.

“Soup & Bread” is gearing up for its third season. The weekly soup fest begins Jan. 5 and runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. every Wednesday through April 13 at the Hideout in Bucktown.

The event serves half a dozen or so soups made by professional and amateur cooks each week, as well as bread donated from local bakeries and the pastry class at the Illinois Institute of Art culinary school.

Organizer Martha Bayne is now recruiting volunteer soup cooks for the 2011 schedule. Email her at for details and to sign up your soupy specialty.

The family-friendly soup feasts are free, but collect donations for local food pantries and hunger-relief organizations.