June 12

MC, The Chicago Help Initiative‘s Helping Hands Annual Fundraiser

The Montgomery Club, 500 W Superior St, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Featuring food from a number of Chicago restaurants, including Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse, Ristorante Quartino and Benny’s Chop House, and a silent auction to benefit the Initiative’s fight against local poverty.

June 7

Macy’s “Sizzle Showdown” Semi-Finals

Macy’s Old Orchard (Skokie), 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.

The top three regional semi-finalists of the Macy’s Great American Grilling Guru Contest will compete to advance to the “Sizzle Showdown” finals on June 28th.

October 26

MC, 25th Annual Meals on Wheels Celebrity Chef’s Gala

Zhou B Arts Center, 6:30 p.m. – 12 a.m.

More than 70 chefs and 13 mixologists will be featured during the event’s two-tier format: The VIP Chef’s Table, an interactive seated dining experience; and the Chef’s Tasting Party, a dine-around experience.

October 23

Judge, WBEZ Chicago Chef Battle: Dessert Edition

Kendall College, 900 N. North Branch St., 6 – 9 p.m.

Five local chefs will face off in the effort to create the best dessert using Kilogram Teas from Intelligentsia as a shared ingredient.  Chefs confirmed include: Ben Roche formerly of MOTO, Dinah Grossman from Cheap TartJonathan Ory of Bad Wolf CoffeeDana Cree from Blackbird and Jessica Oloroso of Black Dog Gelato.

September 25

Social Media Week

Morningstar, 22 W. Washington, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Moderating a panel with Chicago Chefs Art Smith of Table Fifty-Two, Ryan Poli of Tavernita, and Amanda Downing of Rockit Bar & Grill. They’ll share their ingredients for success in using social media to market their restaurants, build their personal brands and connect with their customers outside of the kitchen.

September 20

James Beard Taste America

Featuring flavors (and great chefs) from the Midwest Union Station, 500 W. Jackson 6 p.m. cocktails; 7 p.m. dinner; 9 p.m. after party

September 17

Beth Shalom Synagogue

Speaking at lunch program

3433 Walters Ave  Northbrook, IL (847) 498-4100

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