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First Ever Annual Cookbook Swap and BYOB Brunch at Inspiration Kitchen

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:

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!

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  • AlanB

    The cookbook swap was about 1% of the event. Good company and great food. Thanks Shawna. Another homerun.

    1 · November 26, 2013

  • Katie B.

    The food was SO good, but the company even better. Thanks for coming, folks, and for supporting Inspiration Corporation. I heard that the students were really happy to get their hands on those cookbooks!

    November 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I misread the time and showed up once it was over, but I stayed and hung out with the students and it was awesome to see how excited they were with the leftover books!

    November 24, 2013

    • Katie B.

      Anna: Sorry we missed you but I'm glad you got to see the students enjoy the cookbooks that were donated! That makes it all worthwhile...

      November 25, 2013

  • Sophia

    Great company and good food.

    November 24, 2013

  • Marilyn

    Had to work....hated to miss it.

    November 24, 2013

  • Susan

    Wonderful company. Great food. Lovely atmosphere. Many thanks to the organizers.

    November 24, 2013

  • Barbara P.

    Just joined. Would love to attend but am out of town for Thanksgiving. Look forward to attending the next event.

    November 22, 2013

  • stephanie c.

    Sounds like fun

    November 13, 2013

  • Lori T AKA S.

    Looking for-

    1 · November 2, 2013

  • cindy

    Working that day

    November 2, 2013

  • Nicole

    How fun!

    1 · November 2, 2013

  • Mary

    Fabulous idea!!!

    1 · November 2, 2013

  • Amy D

    What a great idea! I'll try to bring a friend if I can make it; or I'll aim to cancel by the 21st or 22nd if I'm scheduled to work that Sunday.

    1 · November 2, 2013

  • Andrea W.

    Sounds like fun. Can't wait!

    1 · October 24, 2013

  • Marilyn

    What a super idea! Welcome back, Shawna!

    1 · October 24, 2013

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