Apr 14th 2019

“These slices of Chicago reflect humor and sweetness, but also insight and from time to time unvarnished grace.” — Chicago Reader

What was breakfast? It’s a simple but intimate question. Photographer Alan Epstein’s popular and prolific Instagram series (instagram.com/whatwasbreakfast) is coming to the walls of Build Coffee for the second installment of our Meal-Based Residency Program.

Join us on Sunday, April 14, to celebrate Alan’s opening and the start of his residency at Build! We’ll have a special one-day menu of bagels with all the fixins, including smoked fish and (vegan!) carrot lox.


📸 Alan Epstein is a photographer, host, and writer who talks to people about food. Endlessly curious about people, Alan started What Was Breakfast in 2016 to take portraits of people and interview them about what they had for breakfast. The project has been featured in Time Out Magazine, the Chicago Reader, and WBEZ.

☕️ Build Coffee is a coffee shop and bookstore in the Experimental Station on the South Side of Chicago. Surrounded by community-driven nonprofits and civic journalism projects, Build is designed as a hub of great coffee and radical collaboration.

🖍 The Build Coffee Meal-Based Residency Program is a three-month gallery show and residency aiming to nourish and sustain local art and artists. For more information, see buildcoffee.org/residency

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