An Invitation to Alzheimers Association, Rita Hayworth Gala

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  • March 17, 2016

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

Inspiring Kitchen Alzheimers Rita Hayworth Gala

From Chef Ryan Pitts:

Beef Short Rib Burger, Truffle Aioli, Butterhead Lettuce

Inspiring Kitchen Alzheimers Rita Hayworth Gala

From Chefs Brian Enyart and Jennifer Jones Enyart:

Sweet Corn Tamal with Roasted Tomato Salsa and Charred Parmesan

Inspiring Kitchen Alzheimers Rita Hayworth Gala

Inspiring Kitchen Alzheimer's Rita Hayworth Gala

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

Inspiring Kitchen Alzheimers Rita Hayworth Gala

The Kick-Off Event was held at the Jenn-Air Master Class Studio located in the Reid Murdoch building in downtown Chicago. Jenn-Air is a sponsor of the Gala making this choice of location very special.

Inspiring Kitchen Alzheimers Rita Hayworth Gala

The spring Gala will be held on Saturday, May 7, at the Chicago Hilton Hotel. Princess Yasmin Aga Khan, Rita Hayworth’s daughter, will once again serve as the general chair of the event. Over 800 guests will attend this fabulous evening, starting with a cocktail reception with the high-energy Cover Girls violin show; three-course dinner, program, auctions and live music by Orchestra 33, will keep everyone celebrating all night long. The list of raffle and silent auction items are must-haves on your “want” wish lists.


“Time Is Of The Essence”

May 7th, 2016

Hilton Chicago – 720 S. Michigan Avenue (Downtown Chicago)

Cocktail Reception Toasts at 6:30 p.m.

Dinner & Program 8 p.m.-11:30 p.m.

$750 individual and up

Attire: Formal, Black Tie Optional


Please come and help us to raise awareness and money for research, care, and care support programs. All proceeds raised through the Chicago Rita Hayworth Gala events support these important areas. For more information about the event or to order tickets, call the Alzheimer’s Association at 312-604-1669. 

If you are not familiar with all that the Alzheimer’s Association does, here is a brief summary. The Alzheimer’s Assocation is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Their mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research, to provide and enhance care and support for all affected, and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Their vision is a world without Alzheimer’s. Visit® or call 800.272.3900.


We look forward to seeing you on May 7th!  




  • Paula Schuck says:

    This sounds like a wonderful event for a wonderful cause. Alzheimers is such a horrendous condition. I can’t even imagine.

  • What an awesome campaign. Alzheirmer’s disease is a horrible illness. I am happy that there are movements like these to raise awareness and funds to be used for research

  • Lady Lilith says:

    Such a wonderful idea. I love how it is going to a really important cause. I hope it turns out to be a huge success.

  • Sarah Bailey says:

    What an awesome sounding event, my Gran developed alzheimers, it was awful seeing her no longer know who you were or forgetting facts and asking where Grandad was.

    • Inspiring Kitchen says:

      Sarah, I am sorry that you have dealt with this in your family as well. We need research and support which is why I volunteer to raise money and awareness. Thank you for your message.

  • Amanda Love says:

    Sounds like a great event. My uncle that I visited in London suffers from Alzheimers and my aunt certainly has her hands full. One day he’s just his jolly self and the next, he has no idea what’s going on. He has a caretaker who comes in to look after him during the day but it’s tough. 🙁

    • Inspiring Kitchen says:

      I am so sorry to hear that your Uncle is suffering from Alzheimer’s. It is indeed a very sad thing for family members to watch which I know personally. That is why I chose to volunteer for this organization. There is progress which I am grateful for. But we need more which is why these events matter so much. Thanks for your message.

  • Heather says:

    What a great event! Alzheimers is such a terrible disease.

  • Ann Bacciaglia says:

    This looks like a wonderful event. I think it is so important to raise awareness and funding for Alzheimer’s disease.

  • Rosey says:

    Oh my goodness. I’d never want to eat my cooking again if I was here experiencing this food. 🙂

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