Each year, the Rotary Club of Evanston Lighthouse joins with local restaurants to sponsor the Taste of Evanston, featuring food samples from most of the area’s leading restaurants, with a major portion of the proceeds devoted to promoting affordable housing in Evanston.

Today, members of the club joined with the staff of NaKorn Urban Thai Kitchen to provide dinner to residents of the Reba Place Development Corp., which sponsors and supports a range of affordable housing options, including modestly priced rental units, housing coops, and affordable condominiums

The restaurant cooked up a dinner of rice with chicken in gravy, steamed vegetables, and salted caramel banana bread for dessert.

Rotary members, accompanied by some members of the restaurant staff, wore gloves as they delivered food door-to-door to residents living at 700-702 Custer/Monroe, 707-709 Seward, and 711-913 Seward, using a no-contact method.

They knocked to announce themselves and then left the food on the doorstep for the resident to collect.

The 35-year-old club has been holding its weekly Tuesday meetings virtually via Zoom the past couple of weeks, in the spirit of Gov. Pritzker’s admonition to stay at home, as the area battles the COVID-19 coronavirus that is afflicting 150 countries worldwide.

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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