For years, The Chopping Block has been dedicated to providing culinary education to the public through cooking classes, but with the onset of COVID-19, certain practices required a change. Now, The Chopping Block is offering online courses so that you can still learn from the pros while safe at home. As well, The Chopping Block has a long reputation of raising funds for many Chicago area non-profit organizations, including the LGBT Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Chicago Food Depository, and North Side Housing and Supportive Services. Throughout August, money raised from classes at The Chopping Block was specifically designated to support Green City Market and Common Threads. Green City Market
is a sustainable, year-round farmers’ market that aims to provide fresh, bright ingredients to Chicago area chefs and connect local farmers with restaurants to bolster sustainable practices. Common Threads
is also devoted to nutrition education, connecting families nationwide with resources regarding affordable and nutritious foods in their neighborhoods that the entire family will love.
Earlier in 2020, American stockpiles of personal sanitizing products were completely decimated. Entering stores, you’d see rows of empty shelves where ordinarily you’d find sanitizer wipes, sprays, or hand sanitizing gels. Understanding the weight of everything that was at stake at the start of the pandemic, KOVAL Distillery swiftly ceased ordinary operations in exchange for a different type of distilling. Typically renowned for their craft spirits, whiskey, and liquors, KOVAL Distillery switched gears to create hand sanitizer that meet FDA requirements to help combat COVID-19. Since beginning their initiative to supply Chicagoans with hand sanitizer, they have donated over 3,500 gallons to first responders such as local hospital employees, firefighters, and police officers, as well as non-profit organizations to redistribute elsewhere. In the meantime, if you’re hoping to restock on their traditional products, KOVAL Distillery offers online ordering and contactless store pickup.