EVERY MONTH, we collaborate with leading culinary minds to create a unique wrap that will be featured on our menu for that entire month. Proceeds from each wrap benefit a charity of each chef’s choosing. It’s an opportunity to try Falafill in a different way, while also getting to taste food from some of the most celebrated chefs in Chicago and beyond our city.
Alex Thompson is the winner of our Belly Rewards Points program for September, racking up an impressive 400 points!! Alex is a filmmaker and actor in Chicago. He also is the president and co-founder of the collective/production company Runaway Train.
In 2012 he produced and directed the short film “Irene and Marie” with Olympia Dukakis. He completed his second short, “Calumet” last November with Austin Pendleton, and has since directed the web series Humane Resources with Kurt Naebig, four music videos for Sad Brad Smith and a series of experimental films on aging, many of which are collaborations with Zoe Lubeck and Corey Stein. He is also a staff writer for Gaper’s Block.
He is currently in pre-production on two feature films set to shoot next summer in Greece and Indiana, respectively.
Thompson’s interest in cooking and the imagination began from a young age, growing up in a predominantly (read: 50%) Greek household, but his interest in falafel began during his studies abroad, and then continued much later with an interest in locally sourced and vegan eating. Upon arriving in Chicago, Falafill was an exciting discovery. He is honored to be contributing to this already-fantastic menu and honored, also, to be linking the “Paparouna” wrap with CTVN.
Butternut squash falafel, charred okra and poblano spread, and dry fruit medley, sauteed with julienne white onions. Served on artisan flatbread.
$1 from every wrap sold will be donated to CTVN (Community TV Network). CTVN is a non-profit organization that empowers Chicago youth with training in video and multimedia production. Through CTVN’s programs, young people become inspired to speak from their own unique points of view and promote dialogue on community solutions.