New “Taste of Chicago Community Eats” Program will Bring Together Nine Festival Eateries with Neighborhood Nonprofit Organizations

June 21, 2019

Free meals will be served to community members on Wednesday, June 26, in advance of the annual food festival

Christine Carrino, 312.744.0573


The Taste of Chicago presented by DoorDash is pleased to announce the nine festival vendors participating in the new Taste of Chicago Community Eats program on Wednesday, June 26. The Community Eats program offers Taste of Chicago eateries an opportunity to give back by hosting a free, community meal for a community organization. This new program is designed to create a positive social impact by extending the reach of Taste of Chicago into our neighborhoods.

“Taste of Chicago Community Eats was created to shine a spotlight on the work of the participating vendors and organizations that positively impact their communities across Chicago each and every day, “said Mark Kelly, DCASE Commissioner. “The City of Chicago, along with DoorDash, hope to create fellowship by bringing people together over a meal much like Taste goers will be doing with their family and friends in Grant Park in July.”

Participating Taste of Chicago vendors were invited to host a meal for a community organization of their choice with a stipend of $800. The Community Eats program is meant to bring awareness to those organizations that provide assistance and security to communities in need of support. Taste of Chicago organizers hope to grow this program to become a signature component of the City’s annual food festival.

As an added bonus, Taste of Chicago’s presenting sponsor DoorDash will provide $500 of delivery credit to each of the hosted community organizations to use towards future orders through the DoorDash app. DoorDash was founded on the idea of connecting people with possibility, and giving back to local neighborhoods has always been a part of the company’s core mission. Shared meals bring people together, and DoorDash is grateful to connect community organizations with local restaurants and provide the fuel they need to continue their exceptional work.


Taste of Chicago Community Eats Schedule

Each event is private and not open to the general public


Classic Cobbler

Pathway to Living, The Victory Centre of South Chicago


3251 E. 92nd St.

The Victory Centre of South Chicago provides seniors with assisted living and housing allowing them to be cared for while maintaining some independence. The Classic Cobbler family is passionate about this organization because they had a member of their family reside at the Victory Center. Classic Cobbler will serve their desserts to up to 100 residents.


Jason's Deli

Jane Addams High School  

1258 S. Canal St.

11:30am – 1:30pm

The Jane Addams High School is a neighborhood not-for-profit that provides exceptional opportunities to their students. Jason’s Deli will serve lunch for 40 teachers and staff of JAHS as a thank you for the hard work they put into developing the next generation of leaders.


Lawrence's Fish & Shrimp

Chicago Children's Advocacy Center        

1240 S. Damen Ave.


Chicago Children's Advocacy Center is a leader in fighting child abuse and restoring the lives of survivors of abuse. They were recently awarded a prize from Lawrence's Lighthouse Initiative that seeks to support community organizations that are making a positive impact in the Chicago area. Lawrence’s will serve up to 100 of their employees and clients to show our support of their efforts.


BUONA  & The Original Rainbow Cone

Chicago Police Memorial Foundation        

18th Police District - 1160 N. Larrabee


The Chicago Police Memorial Foundation is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to honoring the lives of our fallen heroes and providing support and assistance to their families. BUONA and The Original Rainbow Cone will provide a classic Taste of Chicago meal for up to 120 Gold Star families and officers of the 18th District of the Chicago Police Department.


BJ's Market & Bakery

St. Sabina

1210 W. 78th Pl.


St. Sabina is deeply rooted in the community and has a long history in supporting the City of Chicago. The St. Sabina/Catholic Charities Social Services Center is an outreach ministry of the faith community of St. Sabina in partnership with the Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago. The center serves as a community based social service agency, which provides concrete assistance to meet the basic human needs of individuals and families in crisis. BJ’s will serve up to 200 community members in need.


Dmen Tap

Friends of A.N. Pritzker Elementary School

2849 W. Belmont Ave.


The mission of Friends of Pritzker is to support the academic and extracurricular goals of A.N. Pritzker School. They work to achieve their mission through fundraising and their efforts to build a strong community. Dmen Tap will server up 50 members of the schools family, including, students and teachers.


Yum Dum

Inspiration Kitchens

East Garfield Park

3504 W. Lake St.


Inspiration Kitchens works with low-income and homeless Chicagoans to prepare them for careers in the culinary industry. They are taught the skills and experience they need to succeed and the results have been impressive. More than 700 graduates have gone on to work at some of the city’s hottest restaurants and catering companies, giving them the opportunity to exit poverty for good. Inspiration Kitchens offers people an opportunity to blossom. Your background should not matter and everyone should be given a chance.


Ben’s Bar Be Cue

St. Stephen African Methodist Episcopal Church

3042 W. Washington St.


The mission of the St. Stephen Soup Kitchen Ministry is to provide parishioners, as well as community residents, essential nutritional meals that address dietary needs with the goal of strengthening bodies and minds for personal growth and family stability. Ben’s Bar Be Cue will be serve up to 150 parishioners and members of the community.


Giordano's Food Truck       

The Night Ministry

South Shore Neighborhood

Private Event-not open to media

The Night Ministry is a Chicago-based organization that works to provide housing, health care and human connection to members of our community struggling with poverty or homelessness. Giordano’s Food Truck will serve up to 150 community members along side of the Night Ministry Health Outreach Bus.


Taste of Chicago is presented by DoorDash and produced by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events in coordination with the Illinois Restaurant Association, which manages food and beverage operations. The festival is sponsored in part by CH Vodka, Chicago Transit Authority, Chicago Tribune, CLTV-Chicagoland’s Television, Communications Direct, Eli’s Cheesecake, Goose Island Beer Company, IL Lottery, Lifeway Foods, Pepsi, Riboli Family Wines, Shoreline Sightseeing, Southwest Airlines, and WGN-Television.

The 39th Annual Taste of Chicago is July 10–14 in Grant Park with hours 11am–9pm, Wednesday–Friday, and 10am–9pm, Saturday and Sunday. For more information on the FREE-admission festival, visit To plan your trip to Chicago, visit Join the conversation on Facebook at Taste of Chicago and follow us on Twitter @TasteofChi and Instagram @ChicagoDCASE (#TasteofChicago).



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Illinois Restaurant Association

Founded in 1914, the Illinois Restaurant Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting, protecting, educating and improving the restaurant industry in Illinois. The Association manages the food and beverage portion of Taste of Chicago for the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. Visit and follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events

The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is dedicated to enriching Chicago’s artistic vitality and cultural vibrancy. This includes fostering the development of Chicago’s non-profit arts sector, independent working artists and for-profit arts businesses; providing a framework to guide the City’s future cultural and economic growth, via the 2012 Chicago Cultural Plan; marketing the City’s cultural assets to a worldwide audience; and presenting high-quality, free and affordable cultural programs for residents and visitors.


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