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Food brings people together, and better yet, it gives us something to talk about. When you run out of things to say to a client, “Tried any new restaurants lately?” always works.

That’s what sparked three Chicago writers--Liz Grossman, Molly Each and Rachel Gillman Rischall--to put together an ongoing event dedicated to culinary discussion.

Between Bites bridges the gap between storytelling and eating by asking chefs, restaurant owners, journalists and others in the biz to write personal essays about their most memorable gastronomic experiences--and then read them aloud to rapt audiences at local restaurants. (The event’s fourth installment is on July 21 at farm-to-table spot Homestead in Ukrainian Village; tickets $30.)

Each reading has a theme, and this time around it’s “Inside/Outside” (especially relevant given this month’s rooftop venue). Readers include Mike Gebert, a writer for Chicago Reader; Kelly Aiglon, managing editor of Red Tricycle; and Cleetus Friedman, executive chef at the Fountainhead and Bar on Buena.

Need extra incentive to go? A portion of the proceeds will benefit Un86’d, which provides monetary relief to restaurant professionals in need. 

Homestead on the Roof, 1924 W. Chicago Ave.; 773-332-2354 or

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