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Event Fri Aug 06 2010

Pay Your Dinner Forward

Karma Kitchen Chicago, the local manifestation of a "pay it forward" restaurant concept that began in Berkeley, California in 2007, holds its next meal this Sunday, Aug. 8, at Klay Oven Indian Restaurant, 414 N. Orleans St., from noon to 3pm.

The menu is a traditional Indian "thali," a selection of vegetarian dishes each in its own bowl, arranged on a tray. The food is prepared by Karma Kitchen's volunteer staff, and is free, but only in a sense -- your meal is paid for by the diners before you. You're then expected to pay for the meal of the people who take your place. From the site:

Run by volunteers, our meals are cooked and served with love, and offered to the guest as a genuine gift. To complete the full circle of giving and sustain this experiment, guests make contributions in the spirit of pay-it-forward to those who will come after them. In keeping this chain going, the generosity of both guests and volunteers helps to create a future that moves from transaction to trust, from self-oriented isolation to shared commitment, and from fear of scarcity to celebration of abundance.

 
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Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

The State of Food Writing

By Brandy Gonsoulin

In 2009, food blogging, social media and Yelp were gaining popularity, and America's revered gastronomic magazine Gourmet shuttered after 68 years in business. Former Cook's Illustrated editor-in-chief Chris Kimball followed with an editorial, stating that "The shuttering of Gourmet reminds...
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