Chances are you’ll be hungry on Thursday so why not plan ahead and get tickets for Common Threads' second annual World Cookout? The event, which takes place at Fulton's on the River from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., will see some of Chicago's best chefs coming together to cook and raise awareness for Common Threads, a Chicago based non-profit that teaches low-income children how to cook healthy and affordable meals to help prevent childhood obesity and celebrate cultural differences.
On Tuesday morning, Top Chef Stephanie Izard, chef/owner of the Girl & The Goat, helped open the Nettelhorst Community Kitchen at Lakeview’s Nettelhorst School; it was designed by designer Nate Berkus with help from Williams-Sonoma and Pottery Barn. The beautiful modern white kitchen with brand new appliances and utensils will serve as a bridge between home and school, with cooking becoming a part of the curriculum. Similar to the program put in place by Art Smith’s Common Threads foundation, the Nettelhorst Community Kitchen will help kids learn how to prepare healthy meals and see where their food comes from.
If you’re in an altruistic mood and have $150 burning a hole in your pocket, consider buying a ticket to the Culinary Crosstown Classic benefitting Common Threads, the organization started by celebrity chef Art Smith. This annual event takes place Friday June 11 at Seasons restaurant and will see chefs Kevin Hickey (Seasons) and Bill Kim (Urban Belly, Belly Shack) pull together a baseball-themed dinner in honor of the Cubs and Sox going head-to-head this weekend. The night starts with passed apps of upscale recreations of classic ballpark favorites and moves into a three-course meal, which is followed by the Bleacher Sweets Reception a.k.a. dessert. There aren’t a lot of moments when you can honestly say you’ve done your part to help Chicago’s kids in need and Common Threads is a great way for you to give back. Foodie has a handful of tickets and if you want to book your spot, head to the site now. You’ll feel really good when you do.