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COVER FEATURE//HBFC 24 If anyone is worried that the increasing power of the organic and sustainable food movement is going to impinge on their fried chicken habits, Honey Butter Fried Chicken in Avondale should dispel any concerns. When I walked in the doors a little bit before 3:00 p.m. on a Saturday, the whole place was packed. I barely could find a place to sit. Young parents and roving bands of hipsters were weaving in and out of line, ordering more appetizers and snacks while their friends and children licked honey butter off of their fingers. HBFC, located at 3361 N. Elston Avenue, is the project of veteran Chicago food gurus Christine Cikowski and Joshua Kulp. They opened their doors in September of 2013 and quickly gained respect in culinary circles for responsible eats that still taste great.Even before HBFC came to be, its co-founders were well established in the Chicago culinary scene, most well known for their Sunday Dinner Club. Since 2005, they’ve managed a secretive dinner venue that feels less like a restaurant and more like a family meal. “We wanted to be a part of the [dining] experience,” Christine said. “We would cook, serve, clear the plates, making connection with the diners.” After having worked in other places in the restaurant industry, the duo realized that there was a lot of space for more community focused dining options. Customers and owners alike were looking for a restaurant model that felt less like a food factory and more like a community. The Dinner Club allowed them to combine fresh, local, and healthy ingredients, a more intimate experience between <strong>CUSP</strong> MAGAZINE WINTER ’14 ISSUE