Heather and D’Andre, along with volunteers from Evanston Community Fridges, stock the refrigerator and pantry outside the Soul & Smoke location at 1601 Payne St., Evanston year-round. The need increases during the winter and the holidays, and to address demand this year, they asked Chef Sarah Stegner of Prairie Grass Cafe & co-founder of Chicago Chefs Cook to help organize additional contributions to the pantry.
"We are grateful to the chef community for answering the call to action to fill Soul & Smoke’s Community Fridge!" said Stegner. Community members who would like to help can also add items to the fridge, pantry, or freezer year-round, or can donate funds to Soul & Smoke’s community fridges program or by adding a community meal to a restaurant order.
Chefs participating by preparing meals include:
Heather Bublick and D’Andre Carter, Soul & Smoke
Sarah Stegner and George Bumbaris, Prairie Grass Cafe
Tigist Reda, Demera Ethiopian Restaurant
Arshiya Farheen, Verzênay Chicago
Mary Aregoni, Saigon Sisters
Devon Quinn and Jodi Fyfe, eden, The Paramount Group
Sandra Holl, Floriole
Sam Rattanopas and Mina Sudsaard, Nakorn Kitchen
Darnell Reed, Luella’s Southern Kitchen
Beverly Kim Clark and Johnny Clark, Parachute and Anelya Restaurant
Alex DeSalvo, DeSalvo’s Pizza
Debbie Gold, Le Tour