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New Menu Items

The Chicago Diner
Meat Free Since ’83
Newsletter 82: New menu items
April 21, 2011

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Forks over Knives opens May 13 in Chicago

FORKS OVER KNIVES examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the so-called “diseases of affluence” that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting our present menu of animal-based and processed foods.

The major storyline in the film traces the personal journeys of a pair of pioneering yet under-appreciated researchers, Dr. T. Colin Campbell and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn.


Showing at Webster Place starting 5/13/2011

New menu items

Check out these veggielicious new menu items. Download entire menu

An artisan crafted chickpea patty with lettuce, tomato,
cucumber & tahini sauce on a toasted multi-grain wheat bun.
Shown with kale salad.

Spinach tortilla filled with seitan chorizo,
onions, peppers, potatoes, tomatoes, black beans,
cheeze, sour cream, Spanish rice & lettuce.
Served with guajillo pepper sauce.

SOUL BOWL™ $12.99
Seasoned red quinoa, spiced fat free black beans,
sauteed greens, mashed sweet potatoes & chimichurri salsa.
Served with blackened tofu, or eggs during brunch .

Melted cheeze, lettuce, tomato, onion, cucumber, sprouts & spicy cajunnaise sauce on toasted wheat. Shown with sweet potatoe fries.

Carmelized seitan steak, baby spinach & romaine, red cabbage,
carrots, peppers, onions & Kalamata olives tossed with Balsamic dressing. Add feta or cheeze +1.

Agave slow roasted mesquite “turkey”seitan
on marbled rye with homemade vegan coleslaw & cheeze.

Crisp romaine with sliced tomatoes,
onions, cucumbers, carrots
with our vegan ranch dressing, topped
with special recipe BBQ chick’n seitan wingz.

A grilled beefy veggie patty topped with Upton’s
seitan bacon, lettuce, tomato, vegan BBQ-mayo &
french fried onions on a multi-grain bun.
Show with sweet potato fries side.
Add avocado slices or cheeze +1.0

And much more! Download Menu (PDF)
(2.4 MB) right click or option click to ‘save as’

Dining Out For Life

Chicago Diner will be celebrating Dining Out For Life by donating a portion of our proceeds to Edge Alliance.

Dine in or carryout Thursday April 28, 2011 to make a difference in the fight against HIV/AIDS in Chicago. Last year, Chicago raised over $100,000 thanks to people like you.

Joined with 58 cities across the United States and Canada, Dining out for life is the single largest HIV/AIDS benefit in the country to benefit AIDSCARE Progressive Services and spread awareness to hundreds of corporations, neighbors, and friends. For more information about his event, visit this Dining Out For Life Chicago.

Updated: Gluten Free options

Featuring an expanded Gluten Free selection , including a gluten free option for the new Falafel Burger. Now gluten free: scrambled tofu, guajillo sauce, country gravy, Soul Bowl™.

Also, our Soups of the Day are now usually gluten free and the bakery has added a gluten free dessert of the day.

Download Gluten Free Menu

Vegan Cooking & Yoga Retreat

Hosted by Chef Kim Gracen & Nicole Sopko

Vegan Cooking and Yoga Retreat
May 20-22, 2011 – Stronghold Retreat Center, Oregon, IL

A weekend of yoga and vegan cooking with two of Chicago’s most dedicated teachers, Chef Kim Gracen and Dharma yoga teacher Nicole Sopko!

Over the course of the weekend you will be introduced to or furthered in your practice of hatha yoga techniques with Nicole while being nourished by delicious vegan meals prepared on site by Chef Kim.

Opportunities are available for participants to learn more about the connection between yoga and veganism, to further their knowledge of yogic practices, to ask questions about vegan cooking and nutrition, and to spend quality time with a like-minded group of attendees.

You do not need to have experience with hatha yoga OR be vegan to participate in this gathering, but bring an open mind and a willingness to learn more about these two related topics!

Registration $200-$275 Go here for more info & to sign up. Space is limited.

Group accommodations are available. Costs include daily meals by Chef Kim and yoga with Nicole throughout the weekend. Linens and towels are also provided. All rooms use shared bathrooms.

May I Be Frank

Frank Ferrante is a 54 year old Sicilian from Brooklyn living in San Francisco. A lover of life, great food, beautiful women and a good laugh, Frank is also a drug addict, morbidly obese, pre-diabetic, and fighting Hepatitis C. He’s estranged from his daughter, single, and struggling with depression. Frank knows that life can be better than this, and is looking for a way out.

May I Be Frank documents the transformation of Frank Ferrante’s life. He unknowingly stumbles into a local restaurant in San Francisco, Café Gratitude, a raw, organic and vegan café. As he becomes friends with the staff, he keeps returning to the café where he feels welcomed and free from his collapsing personal life. On one such visit, Frank is asked by Ryland, one of the servers, “What is one thing you want to do before you die?” Frank replies “I want to fall in love one more time, but no one will love me looking the way I do.”

Inspired by the possibility of helping Frank, Ryland invites him to come into the café everyday for the next month. Armed with a camera and a wide open heart, Ryland soon enrolls his brother Cary, and Conor, his best friend, to participate in supporting Frank’s transformation.

Screenings PORTAGE THEATER, May 13 & 14, 2011
4050 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60641 7:00pm.


Green Festival Chicago 2011

Look for The Chicago Diner booth at Green Festival, May 14 & 15
Mccormick Place (lakeside) 2301 S Lakeshore Dr.

Sat 10-7pm, Sun 11-6pm – INFO


Thanks to everyone who came out for our 28th Anniversary Celebration.
See you next year!
More photos here.

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Newsletter 82: New Menu Items

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