Through our Feeding Minds blog, we provide engaging content weekly that connects our audience to all things food; from picking fruits and vegetables at farmer’s markets, healthy eating tips, cooking advice, must-try restaurants, food festivals, and kid-friendly activities.

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February 22, 2017

By PilotLight

Valentine’s Day Detox

By Brenna O’Dea The Dark Side of the Moon Am I seriously about to tell you that it’s okay to keep eating chocolate after Valentine’s Day?? YES I AM. ABSOLUTELY. What’s the catch, you ask? GO DARK. Dive into that dark chocolate bar and enjoy an antioxidant boost without the sugar crash later. Try out […]

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February 20, 2017

By PilotLight

Monday Meet n’ Greet: Chef Paul Kahan

By Brenna O’Dea Chicago chef, Pilot Light cofounder, James Beard Award Winner, and all around good guy, Paul Kahan brings big flavor and big fun to everything he does here at Pilot Light and beyond. Today, he inspires young minds to cook and create magic in the kitchen and classroom…but let’s go back to where […]

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February 13, 2017

By PilotLight

Eat, Play, Love

By Brenna O’Dea Put the tablet away, it’s time to play. I’m not talking about the latest app or the most recent update on Angry Birds (is that game even cool anymore?). I’m talking about real life, hands on stuff. The good stuff. The creative stuff. The stuff that I, a millennial, used to do […]

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February 7, 2017

By PilotLight

All About Ayurveda

By Brenna O’Dea Let’s take a trip back in time to ancient India, where Ayurvedic healing practices first began. To understand Ayurveda you must understand two things: your body and your mind. Through Ayurveda we learn that the body and the mind are completely intertwined and in order to be our best selves, we must […]

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January 26, 2017

By PilotLight

On Empathy, Good Food, and the Obama Legacy

by Jason Hammel   At the beginning of the Obamas’ first term in office a group of Chicago chefs found ourselves around a long table at a friend’s restaurant after-hours.  A few of us had recently been invited to the White House Lawn where the new First Lady captivatingly called upon us to get involved […]

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January 25, 2017

By PilotLight

Let the Beet Drop

By Brenna O’Dea Beets hold a special place in my heart. I remember the first day I learned of the existence of this magnificent vegetable and sunk my teeth into my first bite of pure joy. Okay, it’s not like beets are comparable to chocolate soufflé or anything, but they sure are sweet, and believe […]

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January 23, 2017

By PilotLight

Monday Meet n’ Greet: Ms. Kristie Friar

By Brenna O’Dea Here at Pilot Light, we work with some pretty wonderful people. From the old to the young, the executive chef to the elementary eater, we are grateful to them all. There is one group of individuals in particular however, whom rarely get the public recognition they deserve. We talk about them and the incredible work […]

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January 16, 2017

By PilotLight

Pizza with a Purpose

By Brenna O’Dea Do you like pizza?? Silly question. Of course you do. And if you don’t…well we can talk about those strange circumstances later. For the pizza lover in all of us, we are THRILLED to bring you our collaboration with Piece Brewery & Pizzeria, Honey Butter Fried Chicken, Doug Sohn of Hot Doug’s, […]

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January 13, 2017

By PilotLight

2016 food trends we won’t miss

By Brenna O’Dea LaCroix First of all, this barely even count as a “food trend” because, well, it’s not food. I just cannot help myself. I must address the Croix Craze. The product is not new. The brewing began back in 1981 in a state that I certainly have a soft spot for, Wisconsin. I wish […]

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January 9, 2017

By PilotLight

2016 food trends we will miss

By Brenna O’Dea Kale popcorn I am just as surprised to be writing this as you are to be reading it. Why would we take something as classic and fool proof as popcorn and ruin it with kale?? I love a good kale salad as much as the next healthy foodie, but must we put […]

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