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For The Children: The Jackson Chance Foundation and One Step Camps

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This has been a month of fundraising for wonderful organizations tying together restaurants, hotels, wine and spirits and VERY generous people. Last week, I shared how a prestigious cooking school, Kendall College, and fresh and modern, Fig and Olive Restaurant, were able to raise funds for their scholarships and the National Breast Cancer Foundation, respectively, over fried chicken, champagne and salmon!

Today, I have two new experiences to share with you:

 


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When a child is ill, all we want to do is make them better.… Read more

LuxeHome Chill at Chicago’s Merchandise Mart

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As someone who works in the home design and cooking space, attending LuxeHome Chill each November is one of the highlights of the year for me. This year, we celebrated the 10th annual LuxeHome Chill International Wine and Culinary event. Held at Chicago’s Merchandise Mart, designer showrooms filled with the most gorgeous housewares, fabrics and lighting grace the vignettes which are the backdrop for over 50 world class chefs and over 150 wines to be offered to guests.luxehome-housewares-picmThis premier food festival is presented in cooperation with Wine Spectator Magazine with the evening’s proceeds benefiting three Chicago charities:

The Lynn Sage Foundation – Dedicated to finding a cure for breast cancer, this foundation has raised over $2 million to support the Lynn Sage Scholars Program which is 100% local to Chicago and fully research based. 


Saturday Place – This academic enrichment program for 3rd and 4th grade students from Chicago Public Schools is a proven model for improving students’ academic performance and creating a lasting love of learning. 

Respiratory Health Association– An independent not-for-profit lung health organization that has been serving Chicagoland since 1906, their mission is to prevent lung disease, promote clean air and help people live better through education, research and policy change. 

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As we wandered the hallways and showrooms, elegantly dressed guests sampled dishes made by Chicago’s finest chefs and restaurants while live music played all around us.… Read more

Alzheimer’s Association 29th Annual Gala Results Just In

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Time is of the Essence. That was the theme of the 29th annual Alzheimer’s Association Rita Hayworth Gala. Held on May 7, this beautifully designed event welcomed guests to the Chicago Hilton’s International Ballroom for an evening of dining, dancing and honoring those who so generously give of themselves for this organization’s mission. Live and silent auction bidding on some fabulous items from dining to sports to jewelry to travel to wine and spirits to cooking experiences created friendly sparring to help in the fundraising efforts. There was something for everyone to bid on in the end!

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It is thrilling to share that with over 820 guests, more than $1 million was raised for the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association.… Read more

An Invitation to Alzheimers Association, Rita Hayworth Gala

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Time is of the Essence. Every 67 seconds, someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s disease. That’s a scary statistic. As someone whose family has been affected by Alzheimer’s disease, this cause is very close to my heart. Thanks to the hard work and dedication of so many doctors, researchers and the mission of the Alzheimer’s Association, we are seeing progress in better understanding this disease.

Inspiring Kitchen Alzheimers Rita Hayworth Gala

At last night’s “Time is of the Essence” Rita Hayworth Gala Kick-Off Party, more than 150 guests enjoyed the culinary talents of Chicago’s top chefs while celebrating the 29th anniversary of the Gala. Brian Enyart and Jennifer Jones Enyart from Dos Urban Cantina, Ryan Pitts from RL Restaurant and Paul Virant from Vie Restaurant and Perennial Virant offered their specialties of the evening:


From Chef Paul Virant:

Smoked Carrots, Creamed Spinach, Aillade

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From Chef Ryan Pitts:

Beef Short Rib Burger, Truffle Aioli, Butterhead Lettuce

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From Chefs Brian Enyart and Jennifer Jones Enyart:

Sweet Corn Tamal with Roasted Tomato Salsa and Charred Parmesan

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And Chocolate Cake (note that this cake’s name is so oversimplifying the depth of chocolate in this cake!)

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The Kick-Off Event was held at the Jenn-Air Master Class Studio located in the Reid Murdoch building in downtown Chicago.… Read more

Tickled Pink Gala for Breast Cancer Awareness

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Tickled Pink. Cute expression, right? What if I told you that Tickled Pink Chicago has raised over $1.8 million since 2005 for breast cancer research and awareness? This fabulous event was started by the talented Jodi Fyfe, in memory of her beloved cousin, Carrie Kenney, who at a young age, lost her battle with breast cancer. Looking for ways to honor her vibrant cousin, she launched Tickled Pink Chicago creating an annual fundraiser to honor Carrie’s philosophy to celebrate life. In 2013, Tickled Pink Chicago partnered with Bright Pink, the only national non-profit organization focusing on the prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer.… Read more