They're probably lurking in your kitchen at this very moment: forgotten cookbooks.
Maybe someone gave them to you. Maybe you bought 'em at the bookstore bargain bin and then never used them. Maybe your 500-page tome on pasta has been left untouched since you went Paleo. Whatever the case, breathe new life into those dusty, unused cookbooks by swapping them for 'new' ones that you'll actually use.
Bring your gently used but no longer wanted cookbooks to the First Ever Annual Cookbook Swap and BYOB Brunch at Inspiration Kitchen in Garfield Park, where you'll get to swap them, even up, for different ones. All cookbooks are eligible, as are culinary memoirs, food reference volumes, foodie fiction and even diet books -- if it has to do with food, it counts, so bring it!
After swapping your books, join local chefs, food writers and other culinary friends for a fabulous BYOB brunch. We chose Inspiration Kitchen for this event because of their good food and their good works in the community. IK offers an exemplary, delicious and VERY affordable menu for diners in a gorgeous, contemporary restaurant. They also provide outstanding training in the culinary arts, job assistance and support services to homeless and at-risk folks in Chicago. Can't get much "gooder" than that.
(By the way, I highly recommend the Matzo-ball Gumbo -- weird and wonderful! See the whole menu and learn more about Inspiration Kitchens' mission here: http://www.inspirationkitchens.org/ )
The Cookbook Swap and BYOB Brunch will feature open seating between 1pm and 3pm -- come any time you like between those hours, but keep in mind that the restuarant closes at 3pm, so do give yourself enough time to swap, eat and socialize. Bring your cookbooks, your favorite booze, and cash for settling your portion of the bill. Note: Servers at IK are paid a decent hourly wage, so your gratuity will be donated to the cause -- tip well! And any unclaimed, leftover cookbooks from the swap will be offered directly to the students in the culinary training program.
We are not charging a fee or deposit for this event, but please honor your RSVP so we can give the restaurant an accurage headcount. If your plans change and you must cancel, please update your RSVP to "Not Going" at your earliest opportunity. RSVP's will close 24 hours before the event, and no changes can be made after that cut-off. We really appreciate your cooperation in keeping no-shows and cancellations to a minimum.
Please note that this is the GARFIELD PARK location, on Lake Street, just steps from the Green Line Garfield Park stop. There is a small parking lot next to the restaurant, and plenty of street parking available if you choose to drive.
Please contact event organizer Shawna Bohn with any questions: [masked] or (312) 724-7040.
"Dine well. Do good." We'll see you there!