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Lula's Hammel Bringing Together Neighbors For Fundraiser Dinner

By Chuck Sudo in Food on Oct 17, 2012 5:40PM

Logan Square's Comfort Station. (Photo via Comfort Station, website.)

“Lula has always done some fun events and we thought it would be time to celebrate Logan Square.” That was the reasoning Lula Café’s Jason Hammel gave us when we asked about a Nov. 5 dinner he’s organizing that brings together Yusho’s Matthias Merges, Longman & Eagle’s Jared Wentworth, Beverly Kim, Abraham Conlon of the soon-to-open Fat Rice (formerly Flour and Bones) and Telegraph Wine Co.’s Johnny Anderes for a six-course dinner to benefit Logan Square’s Comfort Station.

“Logan Square has always been a very tight-knit neighborhood,” Hammel said. “Obviously, I wanted to come up with a local organization to support with this. Comfort Station was dormant for years. Now they’re doing great things and we thought we could help. So we wanted to bring in all the restaurants in the neighborhood under one roof.”

For Hammel, the dinner is also about fostering relationships with the other chefs in the neighborhood. He mentioned the 2008 mulefoot pig dinner at Blackbird as an example. “These are the relationships events like these are supposed to bring together.”

The price is a bit steep at $175 but, like Hammel, we’ve been very impressed with the programming happening at Comfort Station and know they could put the money to good use. To RSVP, call Lula Café at 773-489-9554 and do mention any dietary restrictions and food allergies so they can prepare ahead of time.