Tuesday, October 01, 2013




The annual ball boasts local and national top chefs in support  for Meals on Wheels Chicago

Meals on Wheels Chicago celebrates 25 years of the organization’s annual Celebrity Chef Ball
with a star-studded chef line-up. Held at the stunning Zhou B Art Center (1029 W 35th St.), the 25th anniversary celebration is on Saturday, October 26th, and guests can expect an impressive night full of extraordinary cuisine and cocktails from some of the hottest local and national culinary masters.

The Meals on Wheels Chicago’s Celebrity Chef Ball generates one-fourth of the organization’s annual revenue, more than $200,000 each year. The funding supports an in-home meal delivery program for homebound seniors, as well as a home modification program to increase accessibility for individuals with disabilities. This year, MOWC also launched a pilot program serving in-home meals to individuals with disabilities under the age of 60.

The Celebrity Chef Ball attracts over 800 guests for a unique ‘two-in-one’ style function.
  • The VIP Chef’s Table is the more intimate event of the evening taking place from 6:30 to 9:30pm. Priced at $350 per ticket, guests can mingle with over 40 celebrated chefs and experience live cooking and enjoy a 6-course dinner, plus dessert. The seated dining experience gives guests a behind the scenes look at the Chef’s culinary expertise. In addition, guests will also enjoy specialty cocktails from 13 of the city’s well-known mixologists. (Ticket includes entry to Chef’s Tasting Party.)
  • Attendees to the Chef’s Tasting Party experience a reception-style ball including signature dishes from over 40 chefs. At $150 a ticket, guests to this portion of the evening can travel through the countless chef tasting booths from 8:30 pm to 12:30 am while enjoying open bars and specialty drink stations. The Party also features the silent auction, photo booth, and live performances by Sugar Rush and DJ Lani Love.
Celebrating 25 years, this year’s line-up includes the best in Chicago dining:

VIP Dinner Chefs
Matthew Accarrino, SPQR (San Francisco, CA); Jimmy Bannos, Heaven on Seven; Jimmy Bannos, Jr., The Purple Pig; Greg Biggers, Café des Architectes; Christine Cikowski & Josh Kulp, Sunday Dinner Club & Honey Butter Fried Chicken; Frederico Comacchio, Coco Pazzo; Gerard Craft, Niche; Restaurant (St. Louis, MO); Dana Cree, Blackbird; Kevin Cuddihee & Tom Van Lente, TWO; Andrew Deuel, Tesori; David DiGregorio, Osteria via Stato; Patrick Fahy & Thomas Lents, Sixteen at Trump Tower Chicago; Paul Fehribach, Big Jones; Dirk Flanigan, Il Coniglio; Jason French, Ned Ludd (Portland, OR); Chris Gawronski, Henri; Scott Green & Tim Graham, Travelle; Rick Gresh, David Burke’s Primehouse; Jason Hammel, Lula Café; Joseph Heppe, Untitled; Kevin Hickey, Allium at Four Seasons Chicago; Chris Macchia, The Florentine; John Manion, La Sirena Clandestina; Jeffrey Mauro, JAM; Kyle McKinney, Barley Swine (Austin, TX); Cory Morris, Mercat a la Planxa; Bryan Moscatello, The Storefront Company; Chris Pandel, The Bristol & Balena; Nicole Pederson, Found; Ryan Poli, Tavernita; Tony Priolo, Piccolo Sogno & Piccolo Sogno Due; Amanda Rockman, Nico; Patricio Sandoval, Mercadito; Pat Sheerin, Trenchermen; Mark Steuer, Carriage House; Heather Terhune, Sable Kitchen & Bar; Paul Virant, Perennial Virant &Vie; Brandon Wolff, Tre Soldi; Takashi Yagihashi, Takashi & Slurping Turtle; Andrew Zimmerman, Sepia.

Tasting Party Chefs
Rodelio Aglibot, E+O Food & Drink; Pete Coenen, The Gage; Luca Corazzina, 312 Chicago; Rodolfo Cuadros, Carnivale; Chris Curren, Homestead; Michael Dean Reynolds, Bread & Wine; Jess DeGuzman, Sunda New Asian; Francisco Dominguez, Eleven City Diner; Amanda Downing, , Rockit Bar & Grill & Rockit Burger Bar; David Dworshak, Takito; Gregory Elliott, Wave; Armando Gonzalez, Libertad; Mindy Gohr, Bittersweet Pastry Shop; James Gray, Glazed and Infused; Kurt Guzowski & Thomas Rice, Tete Charcuterie; Mark Hayes, Union League Club of Chicago; Brian Jupiter, Frontier;
Bill Kim, bellyQ, Belly Shack & Urban Belly; David Koelling, Strategic Dining Services; Nick Lacasse, Pure Kitchen Catering; John McLean, Burger Bar & Sono Wood Wired; Mark Mendez, Vera; Sarah Mispagel, Nightwood; James O’Donnell, Michael Jordan’s Steak House Chicago; Dori Oliver, StarFruit Café; Jessica Oloroso, Black Dog Gelato; Dan Pancake & Beth Partridge, Autre Monde; Tammy Pham, Asparagus Restaurant; Joseph Rose, Lockwood; Patty Rothman, MORE; Derek Simcik, Atwood Café;
Dan Smith & Liz Tokarczyk, Hearty Boys; Kristine Subido, Pecking Order; Jean Tippenhauer, Fred’s at Barney New York; Jared Van Camp, Nellcote & Old Town Social; Roger Waysok, South Water Kitchen; Jared Wentworth, Longman & Eagle; Aleta Williams, Loquacious Catering.

Pete Gugni, Bombay Sapphire; Derek Alexander, Longman & Eagle; Justin Anderson, La Sirena Clandestina; Steve Carrow, Brindille; Cristiana DeLucca, The Drawing Room; Griffen Elliot, Sepia;
Israel Fernandez III, Frontier; Josh Pearson, 111 Hubbard; Alex Renshaw, Drum Bar; Annemarie Sagoi, The Dawson; Paul Sauter, Double A; Ravae Schneider, Femme du Coupe; Adam Seger, The Hum Spirits Company; Dan Shapiro, Scofflaw.
2013 marks the 25th anniversary of the Meals on Wheels Chicago Celebrity Chef Ball which originally debuted as a chef brunch in the food court of the State of Illinois Building atrium. Over the years the event and the organization has attracted the support of sponsors including Banker's Life and Casualty Co, Wirtz Beverage Group, William Grant, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, Senior Lifestyle Corporation, Monahan Law Group, and Travelzoo.

About Meals on Wheels Chicago
Meals on Wheels Chicago (MOWC) was established in 1987 by a group of community leaders, concerned citizens, and a primary community affiliate, the City of Chicago, to address the unmet nutritional needs of the city’s homebound seniors and individuals with disabilities. This collaborative, philanthropic effort focused on raising private funds to supplement limited public dollars for City programs that offered these two communities a choice in their care and living arrangement, despite age, income, or ability level.  Today, MOWC continues its private fundraising efforts through special events, corporate and community partnerships, and individual giving to support in-home meal delivery for homebound seniors, as well as home modifications to increase accessibility for individuals with disabilities.

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