Each week Soup & Bread round up a handful of chefs, caterers, musicians, writers, artists, and home cooks of every persuasion to donate pots of homemade soup. Any soup. We serve them up to all comers — along with fresh bread donated by local bakeries and the occasional pie or cookies baked by enterprising participants — until the pots run dry or the late-night jazz guys kick us out. It was designed to be an easy, low-key way to get folks out of the house and socializing in the dead of a dark Chicago winter — not to mention, when we started this up in 2009 our friends were losing their jobs left and right. At times these past few years it’s seemed the entire city could use a nice hot bowl of soup.
Each week of Soup & Bread has a theme—something to inspire cooks to new heights of culinary creativity.