Save the Date: Hashbrown 2014 / February 22

Featuring 10 outstanding organizations and their secret chili recipes

Saturday Feb. 22, 2014
$10 for 5 tasting tickets / $20 for VIP Package

Spudnik Press Cooperative
1821 W Hubbard, Suite 302

Spudnik Press Cooperative is thrilled to host our 4th annual chili cook-off on February 22, 2014, 6-10pm. This year’s battle features ten of Chicago’s most unique and promising arts organizations, each vying for the Grand Prize—$250 to support their programming plus a commemorative Golden Ladle!

Approaching the cook-off with new vigor, Spudnik Press is raising awareness of the unique projects and spaces that keep Chicago’s cultural landscape diverse, innovative, and supportive. The ten highlighted organizations represent a broad range of disciplines and approaches. From CAKE, an annual festival of independent comics that represents and advocates the work of many underground and alternative comics artists, to Urban Sandbox, an all ages open mic event that provides young artists a safe creative place to take stage and interact with established artists, each invited organization approaches their line of work with distinction and verve.

Soup & Bread is a community meal project and a fun, grassroots way to raise money for hunger-relief organizations and other good causes. The Read/Write Library is a new model for open, location-specific archiving of independent and small press media. The Hashbrown makes tangible that small independent organizations like Soup & Bread and Read/Write Library, directly and indirectly, depend on each others work and serve the same greater community.

Additional organizations represented in The Hashbrown Chili Cook-Off include North Branch Projects, Sixty Inches From CenterHomeroom Chicago, Nightingale Cinema, Corner Farm, and Comfort Station, supporting book arts, journalism, farming, creative programming, and time based arts. “In selecting who we would invite, we looked to organizations that inspire us, are bringing ingenuity to their field, whose work is often under celebrated, and who are consistently advocating for their community,” says Founder and Director, Angee Lennard. As Spudnik Press transitions from a DIY space to an established Chicago organization, we relish this opportunity to highlight the artists and organizers that make our city and our artistic community so rich.

In addition to abundant chili, The Hashbrown will include cornbread and baked goods, live printing, and an exhibition featuring new work by Spudnik’s fall Artist in Residence, Hannah Ireland. Signature cocktails will feature CH Distillery spirits and local artisan beer.

Admission to The Hashbrown is by donation, but to cast a ballot, attendees can purchase five tasting tickets for $10. VIP tickets are $20 and include larger chili portions, a complimentary drink, a commemorative golden spoon, and a raffle ticket. Tickets are available in advance or at the door. Cook-off winners announced at 9:30 pm or when chili runs dry.

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Press contact: Angee Lennard

The Hashbrown 2014 is sponsored in part by: