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The Plight of Kristine Bunch

Community Dining recently hosted its first community engagement dinner focusing on the topic of wrongful convictions featuring Judy Royal, law professor and co-director of the Women’s Project of the Center on Wrongful Convictions, which she co-founded with professor...

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The Story of My Grandfather and Darby Tillis

According to 18th century judge, jurist, and politician William Blackstone in his treatise on the common law of England, "It is better that ten guilty persons escape than that one innocent suffer."   Prussian Statesman Otto Von Bismarck, on the other hand, believed...

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Special Offers from Local Foods and Baker Miller

I believe there exists a need to let more people know about how to find healthy, affordable food in Chicago, so I like to periodically share special offers from places that I support.  Also, for those who are not aware, I have compiled a comprehensive list of every...

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Spontaneous Order on the Playground and the Nature of Play

Spontaneous order refers to the idea that “stable macro-level patterns—those things that make a complex system a system, an instance of order rather than disorder or randomness — do not come about through design, planning or imposition, but arise instead from the...

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Communities vs. Networks

In a previous e-mail, I discussed various possible root causes of the decline in social engagement and community participation along with the potential consequences.  I also discussed the benefits of community participation and how we can use community dining as a...

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What Does it Mean to be Healthy?

I recently came across this article and thought I would share it with each of you because it discusses not only the importance that nutrition has regarding our health, but also hypothesizes a broader definition of health to include lifestyle, social, and environmental...

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Chicago’s Greatest Hidden Gem

The term "hidden gem" is used quite a bit, and it's a term that I don't use lightly, so when I say I've discovered a hidden gem, I want everyone to know about it.  The place I'm referring to is Baker Miller, a whole grain bakery, restaurant, and flour mill which isn't...

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The Value of Meaningful Conversation and the Shared Meal

"Dialogue is the yeast that lightens the bread; and should be paid for at double the rate - whereas the word system it counts the same as dough."  Mark Twain, letter to Richard Watson Gilder (April 29, 1898) "We do not and cannot always argue with our friends, even...

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What Your Continued Support of Community Dining Will Bring

As Michael Pollan elaborates on in his book In Defense of Food, culture is really just a fancy word for your mother, and represents our cumulative knowledge passed on from generation to generation that teaches us far more about what to eat than this more recent notion...

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Why I started Community Dining

First Person: Seeking Better Health and Bigger Community Through Good Food Published by bob.benenson@gmail.com on July 17, 2015 | Leave a response by Paul Sippil, Guest Contributor Paul Sippil is the founder of the new, Chicago-based Farm-to-Table Community Dining and...

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