To dine “Al Trunko” simply means to dine off the trunk (or hood) of one’s car. Typically this is a means of necessity when dining at establishments that do not provide appropriate accommodations (though nothing is stopping you from eating off your car if its a sunny day or you are just not in the mood to pay gratuity). The term “Al Trunko” was coined sometime in the mid-2000s– likely over styrofoam trays of South Side BBQ– by the community of Chicago– based food chat site, LTHForum.com, of which Eric (screen name “Jefe”) is an active member.
Join us on Saturday, September 27th for a tour of native South Side delicacies, enjoyed Al Trunko in their natural habitat. The tour will meet on the near northwest side and head down panoramic S. Western Ave. to kick off the day right with a Mother-in-law at Fat Johnnies (as seen on Anthony Bordain’s No Reservations). We will then head to the picturesque Mount Greenwood neighborhood on the city’s far southwest side for a taste of Eric’s favorite childhood Italian Beef at Pop’s. The tour will conclude overlooking scenic Marquette Park for a sample of the fabled Jim Shoe from the neighborhood’s fine Super Sub establishment.
Meet at Eckhart Park on Noble St., just north of Chicago Ave. Tour will depart from there. Carpooling is encouraged. Please bring $15–$20 for chow. Please note: it is highly advised to pack an Al Trunko Survival Kit as detailed in the schematic below.
ABOUT ERIC MAY
Eric May, a lifelong native of Chicagoland, has an enduring commitment to the intersections of art, food and community. As the head chef at Saugatuck, Michigan’’s Ox-Bow School of Art and Artist Residency, May has helped to nourish and support artists for a decade and a half. As the director and founder of Noble Square’s Roots & Culture Contemporary Art Center, he has organized exhibitions, screenings, performances and, of course, culinary programming, since 2006. His work is often engaged with the aesthetics and poethics of food as a new way to think and talk through the particular ways that it shapes culture and the communities surrounding it. Often partnering with other chefs, artists and artist-run spaces, May’s work highlights food’s particular hold over the cultural imaginary. He earned his BFA from the SAIC and his MFA from the Northwestern.
ABOUT TRUNK SHOW
TRUNK SHOW is a mobile exhibition space often located near Chicago’s Eckhart Park. Following in the rich tradition of Chicago’s apartment, alternative and creative exhibition spaces, Trunk Show is committed to challenging exhibition forms through its unique program. We feature monthly solo shows for which artists are commissioned to design a limited edition bumper sticker. The sticker lives, rides along with, and helps propel the medium beat up 1999 forest green Ford Taurus owned by Raven Falquez Munsell and Jesse Malmed. In addition to the month-long exhibitions, the editioned bumper stickers are sold (from the trunk) for a collector-friendly price and by annual subscription (we’re now taking subscribers for our second season of programming September 2014 to August 2015). Openings follow a nomadic, symbiotic logic and include a public affixing, radio jams, and road snacks. Newcity named it The Best New Gallery on a Car Bumper.
Upcoming artists include Kelly Lloyd, Michael Milano, Philip von Zweck and Lilli Carré.