Soup & Bread at the Garfield Park Conservatory Nature

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Garfield Park Conservatory
300 N Central Park Ave Chicago, IL 60624
(773) 638-1766

Fee: $5 suggested donation

The Garfield Park Conservatory just planted a new Breadfruit Tree, so what better way to enjoy sweater weather than to pair up this tree with other ingredient plants in the collection for a special Garfield Park Conservatory Soup & Bread night?


On the menu for this evening of sipping and sampling are soups inspired by delicious plants such as the Cinnamon Tree, the Lime Tree, the Chocolate Tree, and more. Soup stations will be located throughout the Conservatory, with soup sharing and sampling by Chicago restaurants and cooks, including West Town Tavern, City Provisions, Mana Food Bar, Lula Café, and more. A special “hailstone” soup station will highlight the Conservatory’s roof reconstruction project. Live Middle Eastern music will entertain guests at soup tables in Horticulture Hall and the Jensen Room. Bring your own tea cup for tasting this evening’s samples, or borrow one of ours.

The Garfield Park Conservatory is proud to partner with Soup & Bread, a seasonal community meal and hunger-relief fundraiser based at Chicago's Hideout. The 2013 Soup & Bread season starts January 2, 2013; for more info see the Soup & Bread website.

The following Chefs are scheduled to participate with soups inspired by Conservatory ingredients:

  • Chicago Reader food writer Mike Sula, inspired by the Fiddleheads of the Fern Room
  • City Provisions chef/owner Cleetus Friedman, inspired by the Conservatory Beehives and Chicago Honey
  • Fulton Street Gardens' Angela Taylor, inspired by the Desert House Prickly Pear & Agave
  • Gapers Block contributor and DIY Trunk Show coordinator Cinnamon Cooper, inspired by the Cinnamon Tree of the Sugar from the Sun Room
  • Graze Magazine co-editor/publisher Cyndi Fetcher, inspired by the Plantains of the Palm House
  • Hoosier Mama Pie Co. baker Allison Stout, inspired by the Coconut Palm of the Palm House
  • Inspiration Kitchens' chef David Rosenthall, inspired by the Fern Room Turtles
  • Lula Cafe chef/co-owner Jason Hammel, inspired by the Hail Stones of the June 2011 Storm, in a special Hail Stone Soup Homage
  • Mana Food Bar chef/owner Jill Barron, inspired by the Ginger Plants of the Palm House
  • Slow Food Chicago board co-president Megan Larmer, inspired by the Lime Tree of the Children’s Garden
  • Swim Café chef/ owner Karen Gerod, inspired by the Papaya Tree
  • West Town Tavern chef/co-owner Susan Goss, inspired by the Chocolate Tree of the Palm House

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