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Pizzaiolo for a Day: Greater Chicago Food Depository

Pizzaiolo for a Day: Greater Chicago Food Depository

In Italy, pizza-making apprentices train under experts for years before earning the title pizzaiolo. Now, local pizza lovers have the opportunity to work with our own expert pizzaioli with Eataly Chicago's all-new series!

Every Thursday, Eataly invites a different Chicago food lover to our open kitchens at La Pizza & La Pasta for a crash course in the love, labor, and tradition that goes into each pizza napoletana. After training with our Neapolitan team, each “Pizzaiolo for a Day” will stretch and toss one of our four new doughs, top with high-quality ingredients, and watch the pizza bake in our traditional wood-burning ovens.

On Thursday, April 13, join us in welcoming the team from Chicago's Community Kitchen at the Greater Chicago Food Depository, as they join our Rossopomodoro pizzaiolo, Simone Iavarone, in the pizza kitchen for our all-new weekly series: “Pizzaiolo for a Day."

Three students from Chicago's Community Kitchens were chosen to participate as guest pizza chefs: Brenda Butler, Meg McGuire, and Michael Dunnigan. With the help of their Chef Instructor, Emily Cook, they created Non Solo Pane (sweet potato puree, caramelized onions topped with prosciutto and slices of sharp goat cheese).

The Greater Chicago Food Depository's Community Kitchens is a free 14-week job training program for unemployed and underemployed adults in Cook County. The program prepares students for a productive career in foodservice. While training for their future, students gain hands-on experience in a variety of culinary techniques as they prepare lunch every day and participate in catering opportunities.

The best part? $10 from every Non Solo Pane sold will go to the Greater Chicago Food Depository, Chicago's food bank. Since 1979, the Food Depository has made a daily impact on hunger across Cook County. Last year, the Food Depository distributed 70 million pounds of food, 35% of which was fresh produce. Every day, they distribute the equivalent of 160,000 meals.

Join us each week at La Pizza & La Pasta to watch your fellow Chicagoans master the process – and maybe pick up a couple tips and tricks yourself! Reserve your table now.