The whole idea of social media troubles me sometimes. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterst, Linkedin, email, etc. make it possible for us to "interact" with others without actually having any meaningful contact with them at all (I am very guilty of confusing a Facebook "Happy Birthday" comment for the real thing). The lack of person-to-person contact means something, I think. The "real" part of relating to others definitely gets lost in the process.
On the total other other of the spectrum, there is the Chicago Food Swap. Two of my friends, Vanessa Druckman of Chef Druck Musings and Emily Paster of West of the Loop have organized this fantastic event (for the second time!). The Chicago Food Swap is an opportunity for home cooks, bakers and gardeners to trade their homemade and homegrown items. No commercial sellers are permitted and no money exchanges hands. So . . . this is about real people meeting one another and exchanging their homemade food items.
When is the last time you did something like this? Never? Right, me too.Although you can certainly count on picking up some tasty items at the Chicago Food Swap, you need not be a gourmet cook to participate. As the Chicago Food Swap website says, "As long as you can make one yummy thing to trade -- a batch of cookies, a spice mix or a drink syrup -- you are more than welcome. Some examples of popular swap items include baked goods; jams, pickles or other canned goods; granola and spice mixes; homemade pasta; and even drink syrups. The idea is to show off a bit, bring home some yummy treats and to meet fellow cooks. Feel free to bring samples for tasting or just to share!"
The next swap is taking place on Saturday, March 17th at 3:00 p.m. at Pretty Little Things, a charming alternative craft boutique, located in Forest Park at 7324 Madison Street. There is no cost to register for the Chicago Food Swap, but the organizers ask that you register here. For more information and to chat with other swappers, you can check out the Chicago Food Swap Facebook page.
I can't make this swap because I will be attending my sister-in-law's baby shower. But I plan to be at the next one -- for sure. And I already know what I am going to make for the next swap. But I am not telling.
If you are planning to attend the Chicago Food Swap on March 17th, leave a comment and let me know what you are bringing to swap (even tough I will be jealous).