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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June 17, 2019

By PilotLight

A Pretty Cool Ice Cream Experience

Last month Pilot Light teamed up with  to bring a one-of-a-kind experience to the students at Disney II Magnet School. Students worked together to brainstorm unique pop flavors and ingredients. The students voted on their favorites, and the top two winners were created and sold in Pretty Cool’s Logan Square shop this May. Sprinkles of […]

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Pilot Light’s Memo to the Mayor

Last month, Pilot Light hosted our On the Table community dinner, as part of The Chicago Community Trust’s On The Table initiative. This year’s goal was to create a Memo to the Mayor – a real and tangible way to share our ideas about important issues with Chicago’s new mayor Lori Lightfoot and her administration. […]

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May 10, 2019

By PilotLight

Extending the Love: Student-led Love Lunches and More Advocacy Project at Claremont Academy Returns

In January 2019 Pilot Light was a recipient of the Chicago Housing Consulting Services grant and over the past two weeks the grant was put into action as Pilot Light and Claremont Academy extended its Love Lunches and More  Advocacy Project. The $5000 grant extended the student-envisioned Love Lunches Advocacy Project to support homeless families […]

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August 23, 2018

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Chicago Chefs Paul Kahan, Matthias Merges and Jason Hammel cook-off for the Feed Your Mind Gala Auction Winner

On July 28 Pilot Light co-founders Paul Kahan, Matthias Merges and Jason Hammel spent the evening delighting guests as they cooked a private meal for the Feed Your Mind Gala previous year’s auction winner. The chefs rolled-up their sleeves to create a BBQ feast for the winner and guests. Chef Paul Kahan (One Off Hospitality […]

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August 1, 2018

By PilotLight

Growing Together: Bass Elementary commits to growing it’s community garden with support from the Englewood Quality of Life Fund

Pilot Light is pleased to be the recipient of the Englewood Quality of Life Fund, which is providing $1800 to help support developing the community garden at Bass Elementary School in the 2018-2019 school year. The community garden project was brought to life at the On the Table event the past May. Pilot Light chefs […]

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July 19, 2018

By PilotLight

Crispy Zucchini Blossoms

Ingredients ⅔ cup all-purpose flour 1 tsp. baking powder 3 leaves fresh basil, minced 2 tbsp. finely grated Parmesan cheese 2 tbsp. cold water 2 eggs, beaten 3 cups oil, for frying 12 zucchini blossoms Directions In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, basil and Parmesan cheese. Mix in water and eggs […]

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July 11, 2018

By PilotLight

Beyond the Classroom and On the Table

Pilot Light is excited to be the recipient of the Acting Up awards, one of 37 grants from The Chicago Community Trust’s fifth annual On the Table forum. The On the Table forum took place in May 2018, wherein Pilot Light and other organizations gathered with Chicago residents for one day to engage in meaningful […]

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July 6, 2018

By PilotLight

Pilot Light Awarded U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm to School Grant to Expand Healthy High School Lunch Program

Pilot Light is excited to announce that we are a recipient of a 2018 U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) Farm to School Implementation Grant, which supports programs bringing local foods into schools. Pilot Light was awarded $60,055, which will be used to expand our food education and experience program from […]

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July 5, 2018

By PilotLight

Pilot Light Awarded U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm to School Grant to Expand Healthy High School Lunch Program

Pilot Light is excited to announce that we are a recipient of a 2018 U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) Farm to School Implementation Grant, which supports programs bringing local foods into schools. Pilot Light was awarded $60,055, which will be used to expand our food education and experience program from […]

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June 12, 2018

By PilotLight

Chicago Teachers and Students Share their Food Advocacy Projects

  As the school year wraps up, Pilot Light joined together with participants of the Pilot Light Institute for Food Education to showcase teachers’ Food Advocacy Projects. Each teacher was tasked with developing student-driven food advocacy projects to teach students to work together toward a common goal that advances wellness in their communities. From community […]

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