Chicago

I just spent five weeks in Chicago as part of a five week residency at Columbia College with The People's Cook in partnership with the Center for Community Arts Partnerships - and it was a whirlwind.  And so, The Story, in pictures:

Day One - rehearsals begin

Day One - rehearsals begin

 
Residency activity - cooking with the students at Schurz High School in Irving Park using fresh produce hand-delivered from Harvest Moon Farms.  These kids were amazing.

Residency activity - cooking with the students at Schurz High School in Irving Park using fresh produce hand-delivered from Harvest Moon Farms.  These kids were amazing.

 
The residency included an art exhibition at the Hokin Gallery, with a well-attended, well-fed opening reception.

The residency included an art exhibition at the Hokin Gallery, with a well-attended, well-fed opening reception.

 
An evening with The Peoples Cook at Dvorak Park in Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood for Elevarte's Dia de Muertos celebration. We fed over 500 people, got our faces painted like calaveras, walked (and at times danced) in the rain through the streets as a community, and gathered together again to share spiced cocoa and bread, before concluding the evening receiving individual Aztec blessings.

An evening with The Peoples Cook at Dvorak Park in Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood for Elevarte's Dia de Muertos celebration. We fed over 500 people, got our faces painted like calaveras, walked (and at times danced) in the rain through the streets as a community, and gathered together again to share spiced cocoa and bread, before concluding the evening receiving individual Aztec blessings.

 
The closing night dinner for the cast and crew at Zapatista's.  These people...oh man, these people are some of the best people I've ever worked with.  An incredible, miracle-working, temporary family that I'll love for life.

The closing night dinner for the cast and crew at Zapatista's.  These people...oh man, these people are some of the best people I've ever worked with.  An incredible, miracle-working, temporary family that I'll love for life.