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INSPIRATION KITCHENS



Menu (subject to change):

Fried Oysters with Green Tomato Chow Chow and Buttermilk Aioli

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Duck Confit, Shaved Fennel and Belgian Endive Salad with a Rhubarb Vinaigrette

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Honey Lime Glazed Scallops with Low Country Farro Pilau and Pickled Beet Ribs

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Sweet Potato Bread Pudding with Spiced Peach Compote

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Tickets are nontransferable and nonrefundable. Menu is prix fixe and dietary restrictions cannot be accommodated.

 

Saturday, October 15, 6pm

Inspiration Kitchens

Inspiration Kitchens provides food service training and job placement for Chicagoans in need.  The program operates social enterprise restaurants in East Garfield Park and Uptown.  Inspiration Kitchens is a program of Inspiration Corporation, a nonprofit organization that helps people who are affected by homelessness and poverty to improve their lives and increase self-sufficiency through the provision of social services, employment training and housing. 

Inspiration Kitchens – Garfield Park is located in a 1906 manufacturing building along the Green Line El tracks.  The 7,300 square foot facility, which opened to the public in spring 2011, houses an 80-seat neighborhood restaurant and culinary training facility.   Wheeler Kearns Architects worked with Inspiration Corporation to design an artful and green home (complete with solar panels and a garden) for Inspiration Kitchens – Garfield Park that also serves as a restaurant for the community, a food desert.  As principal Dan Wheeler has said, “Our best projects evolve from engaged clients who provide the design team with challenges of any and all kinds and are receptive to innovation,” Inspiration Kitchens – Garfield Park is a 2011 Regional winner of the Social Economic Environmental Design competition and Recipient of the 2011 Chicago Association of Realtors’ Good Neighbor Award.  Join the architect, Larry Kearns and executive chef, David Rosenthall as they discuss how they came to design the space and how the program inspired the design.   Guests will enjoy a four-course dinner prepared by Chef Rosenthall.

 

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PRINCIPAL ARCHITECT, WHEELER KEARNS ARCHITECTS
Larry Kearns

A principal and architect at Wheeler Kearns Architects since 1988, Larry Kearns’ work in Chicago includes a Charter School within an existing building, the Old Town School of Folk Music, a series of senior-focused Cafes in Chicago and the Prototypical Fabric Pool Enclosure for the Chicago Park District. 

After graduating first in his class from the University Of Miami School Of Architecture, Larry worked in the offices of Jan Hochstim, AIA in South Miami from 1981 to 1985. During that time, he headed an award-winning renovation project for the University Of Miami School Of Architecture. In 1985, Larry joined Skidmore, Owings & Merrill in Chicago. As the senior designer for the infrastructure of Canary Wharf, he oversaw the design of an international financial center on a 71-acre site in London.

Larry has served as a design critic for several universities across the United States and a juror for the SOM Travelling Fellowship, the AIA Chicago Award, and the Schiff Award at UIC. He has lectured extensively and his work has been published in The Chicago Architectural Journal, Trends, The Chicago Tribune, and is included in the permanent collection of the White House. Larry is a registered architect in the State of Illinois, a certified LEED professional, a registered energy professional with the City of Chicago, a registered Self-Certification professional with the City of Chicago, a member of the International Code Council, and a licensed soccer coach.


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