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ABOUT THIS MEAL
The Chicago Food Swap is excited to partner once again with The Chopping Block, Chicago's premier recreational cooking school. Our April swap will be held at The Chopping Block's beautiful demonstration kitchen in their Merchandise Mart location. There will be plenty of room for everyone. Please note: no open alcoholic beverages will be permitted.
Just upstairs from where we will be swapping is The Chopping Block's retail store with hard-to-find pantry items and professional grade kitchen tools. You will not be able to resist picking up some new gadgets or cookbooks -- especially since The Chopping Block is offering swappers 15% off any purchases made on the day of the swap!
For those of you who are new to the Chicago Food Swap, here are some FAQ:
What's a food swap?
Food swaps bring together passionate home cooks and gardeners to trade their homemade and homegrown edible goods. Show off your toothsome creations, stock your pantry, and be inspired all while meeting other like-minded individuals.
Who can participate?
All the participants are individuals trading goods that they made or grew themselves. You do not have to be a gourmet cook to come! As long as you can one one item worth swapping, you are welcome to join us. Some examples of popular food swap items include jams, pickles, salsa or relishes, baked goods, granola, spice mixes, drink mixes or syrups, and homegrown vegetables or herbs. Feel free to bring samples for tasting.
How does it work?
First, swappers set up with their wares -- please keep in mind that people will want to examine your goods, so package them accordingly. You may bring as many items as you like. Smaller sizes, such as cupcakes or hand pies, are easier to swap than full-sized items. Swappers fill out a swap card for each different item that they intend to swap, not multiples of the same item. The swap card lists what the item is, the ingredients it contains (being mindful of food allergies) and suggested uses, if applicable.
After the items are set up, everybody circulates around the room. Interested parties offer bids on the swap cards for each item, but these are just a way to open discussion. The first 45 minutes or so is spent circulating and making offers on swap cards and then the actual swapping begins. For this reason, it is really helpful if people arrive on time!
Remember: You are not obligated to swap with anyone, even if you bid on his/her item or he/she bids on yours. Actual swapping takes place through discussion and agreement. No money changes hands. All swaps are by barter only.
To Learn More:
To stay abreast of all the latest Chicago Food Swap news, you can check out our website, find us on Facebook or subscribe to our Twitterfeed.
Please be aware that all goods are made in home kitchens by private individuals, not professionals. We expect all swappers to maintain the highest standards of cleanliness and food safety in the preparation of their items. Nevertheless, by participating in the swap you acknowledge that the items available are not made in licensed kitchens or inspected by any government agency. The Chicago Food Swap does not provide any guarantees or assurances about the safety of the swap items.
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