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Bus Tour: Art and Appetite: Exploring Chicago's Food Culture

December 12, 2013

Join Irving Birkner on this exploration of Chicago’s culinary past, present, and future. Begin with a tour of Iron Street Urban Farm, the city’s first “green” campus, providing healthy and sustainable food, composting, employment and educational opportunities, and community development. This urban farm and food center takes an integrated approach to addressing many community concerns by bringing together several food-related activities that are typically dispersed. Next, chef Homaro Cantu, inventor, entrepreneur, and owner of moto and iNG restaurants explains the basics of molecular gastronomy and the role it plays in today’s artistic and creative cuisine. Tour the “moto lab,” kitchen, and “moto farm”—a tiny, yet high-impact indoor growing space from which Cantu hopes to change the way the world eats. After a light moto refreshment, continue to Little Goat for lunch. Explore the role of food in the lives of immigrants and reformers at the turn of the 20th century, and engage with current food justice programs at the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum through an interactive tour and dialogue featuring stories, recipes, and opportunities that are sure to activate your imagination and inspire. End the day at the Art Institute with a guided tour of the Art and Appetite: American Painting, Culture, and Cuisine.

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