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Philanthropic Fare

March 09, 2015
The Kitchen
The Kitchen has always been about giving back. After humble beginnings in Boulder, Colorado in 2004, the community restaurant group has borne several diners, pubs and cocktail bars and impressively launched over 200 ‘Learning Gardens’ in public schools across America. So it was only a matter of time before the philanthropic, produce-driven concept firmly planted its roots in Chicago.

Located in the city’s historic Reid Murdoch Building, The Kitchen Chicago is a modern, airy space with exposed concrete columns, soaring ceilings, a long open kitchen and windows overlooking the river. Avec alum Johnny Anderes is the main pan-handler and crafter of classic bistro fare using locally sourced, seasonal ingreds. Alongside the selection of oysters, caviar and other fruits de mer are standouts like braised pork with apple mostarda and mixed greens for lunch, ricotta cavatelli with braised goat, soffritto and Parmesan for dinner as well as diet-busting sticky toffee pudding with homemade vanilla gelato for dessert. It being Chicago, there’s a beer director to hand, while sommelier Shea Zimmerman can also suggest a bottle from the globally sourced wine list.

True to its origins, The Kitchen’s latest outpost hosts a daily community hour for neighbours to mix and mingle over sips and bites, plus a weekly community dinner with partner farmers, ranchers and purveyors. And with a percentage of proceeds going back to the community, The Kitchen really is all about giving back.

Reid Murdoch Bldg / 316 N Clark St / River North / +1 312 836 1300 / 11am-10pm daily /