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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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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December 19, 2016

By PilotLight

Gingerbread, Gingerbread, Gingerbread Rock

By Brenna O’Dea CHRISTMAS IS SO CLOSE WE CAN ALMOST TASTE IT. Let’s be honest here, Christmas dinner can be delicious, but we all know what the true meaning of Christmas is…COOKIES. For Santa or for yourself, baking holiday treats can bring friends and family together from all rooms of the house and all corners […]

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December 14, 2016

By PilotLight

“Guts and everything”: Meet Matthias Merges

By Brenna O’Dea I recently had the chance to chat with one of our founders and absolute favorite chefs of Chicago, Matthias Merges. Where to begin…A10, Billy Sunday, Finch Beer Co. AND Finch Kitchen, Yusho Chicago AND Hyde Park…if you have not yet experienced a meal at one of his many gems, stop reading right now, […]

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December 8, 2016

By PilotLight

Cleaner Cleaning

By Brenna O’Dea Clean eats, you know we love ‘em. Something else we also love, clean cleaning! What exactly am I talking about, you ask? I’m talking soaps, scrubs, and sprays that are free of those un-mentionables and un-pronounceables. Triclosan, dioxane, benzalkonium chloride…my general rule of thumb…if you can’t say it, don’t spray it. Sounds […]

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November 30, 2016

By PilotLight

Things to be Thankful for

By Brenna O’Dea Thanksgiving may be over, but there is ALWAYS something to be thankful for. The perfect stack of fluffy pancakes on a Sunday morning, a few moments of serenity in front of the fireplace on a chilly winter night, whatever happiness means to you, be grateful for that. Say thank you, say I […]

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