Saturday, July 30, 2016

Sunday Is The Last Day for Inspiration Kitchens (At Least For Now)

Due to the cuts and delays in the Illinois budget, Inspiration Kitchens will close its doors after Sunday. Help them go out in style!

"Come out and celebrate 10 years of serving great food in Uptown with one last brunch at Inspiration Kitchens - Uptown!  Our big finale is this Sunday, July 31, 9 am - 4 pm.

  • Summer Inspired French Toast. Thick sliced brioche dipped in lemon scented custard, lavender scented blueberries & strawberries, whipped “goat cheese” Chantilly cream, berry-honey syrup
  • Sticky Toffee Pancakes. Buttermilk pancakes, drizzled toffee syrup, candied & salted pecans, cream cheese icing
  • Watermelon & Mint Salad. Cooling summer watermelon, pink sea salt, fresh mint, baby arugula & pickled red onions, balsamic syrup
  • Catfish & Grits. Crispy cornmeal encrusted catfish, creamy jalapeƱo & cheddar grits, spiced creole sauce, tobacco onions
  • Pork & Pepper Skillet. Slow braised pork shoulder, red pepper confit, candied jalapenos, breakfast potatoes, queso fresco, eggs your way, cilantro “pesto”
Can't make it this weekend?  We'll still be open for business at Inspiration Kitchens - Garfield Park, 3504 W. Lake St. whenever your next craving strikes.  Click here for hours and information.

Thank you for more than 10-years of supporting our work to help homeless and low-income individuals gain the skills they need to escape poverty and build a better life!"

Inspiration Corporation's website is here. And remember, when they announced the closing, they said, "As we look to the future, we are happy to report that we are already in talks with a partner to launch a new Inspiration Kitchens project in Uptown with an entirely new concept next year, so please stay tuned for updates."


  1. Sorry to see them go, it was one of the few organizations that actually helped people in the Uptown community along with serving excellent meals. That's why I patronized them!

  2. I agree. Very sad to see this great organization go. But they have provided us with proof that teaching people a viable skill is the best thing we can do for those in need.
    Wouldn't it be great if we could transition the existing charities and shelters into this model. Everyone would be so much better off. Not only would people be able to get back into the workforce, but being in the workforce provides such a sense of pride and becomes a positive self-fulfilling prophecy. We don't focus on that enough.

  3. This girl, a lot of the people who went through the Inspriration program started off in the shelters and with the other non-profits whose case managers worked with them to get them to the point where they could then refer them on to the Inspiration program. All the other "existing charities and shelters" ARE a part of this model.