Celebrity Chef Ball Returns November 7 with All-Star Lineup of Chefs & Mixologists

Chicago’s home to some amazing chefs and mixologists and you can try a whole buffet of them at one event. The 26th Annual Celebrity Chef Ball on November 7 is featuring over 100 of the best of both. This event is the major fundraiser for Meals On Wheels and raises over $200,000 to feed homebound senior citizens.

It’s actually two events in one. At 6pm the Chef’s Table is an exclusive experience with live cooking and cocktail pairings for $350, followed by the Chef’s Tasting Party. This is a reception-style ball beginning at 8:30pm with tastings, premium cocktails, wine and beer. There’s also a silent auction, casino gaming, and a live band and tickets for this portion are $150.

And now, to whet your whistle, the list of chefs and mixologists:

VIP Chef’s Table

  • Matthew Accarrino (SPQR-San Francisco)
  • Greg Biggers (Café des Architectes)
  • Christine Cikowski (Sunday Dinner Club)
  • John Coletta (Quartino)
  • Federico Comacchio (Coco Pazzo)
  • Shae Daher (Nightwood)
  • David DiGregorio (Osteria Via Stato)
  • Paul Fehribach (Big Jones)
  • Dirk Flanigan (Il Coniglio)
  • Phillip Foss (EL Ideas)
  • Jason French (Ned Ludd-Portland, OR)
  • Michael Garbin (Union League Club of Chicago)
  • Cosmo Goss (The Publican)
  • Scott Green (Travelle)
  • Nicole Guini (Spiaggia)
  • Perry Hendrix (Blackbird | Avec)
  • Kevin Hickey (Bottlefork)
  • Andrew Hoelscher (Pure Kitchen Catering)
  • Edward Kim (Ruxbin | Mott St.)
  • David Koelling (Strategic Dining Services)
  • Joshua Kulp (Sunday Dinner Club)
  • Thomas Lents (Sixteen at Trump Tower Chicago)
  • Chris Macchia (The Florentine)
  • John Manion (La Sirena Clandestina)
  • Jeffrey Mauro (JAM Restaurant)
  • Ryan McCaskey (Acadia)
  • Cory Morris (Mercat a la Planxa)
  • Brett Neubauer (Howells and Hood)
  • Leigh Omilinsky (Café des Architectes)
  • Chris Pandel (The Bristol | Balena)
  • Nicole Pederson (Found)
  • Tony Priolo (Piccolo Sogno | Piccolo Sogno Due)
  • Sarah Rinkavage (Lula Cafe)
  • Amanda Rockman (Nico Osteria)
  • Zoë Schor (Ada Street)
  • Giuseppe Scurato (Ceres’ Table)
  • Patrick Sheerin (Trenchermen)
  • Heather Terhune (Sable Kitchen & Bar)
  • Tom Van Lente (TWO Restaurant and Bar)
  • Jason Vincent
  • Paul Virant (Perennial Virant | Vie | Vistro)
  • Andrew Zimmerman (Sepia)

Chef’s Tasting Party

  • Rodelio Aglibot (Yum Cha | e+o Food and Drink)
  • Ron Aleman (Sophie’s at Saks Fifth Avenue)
  • Tanya Baker (The Boarding House)
  • Abraham Conlon (Fat Rice)
  • Luca Corazzina (312 Chicago)
  • Craig Couper (Michael Jordan’s Steak House Chicago)
  • Chris Davies (Homestead on the Roof)
  • Jess DeGuzman (Sunda New Asian)
  • JP Doiron (CH Distillery & Cocktail Bar)
  • Francisco Dominguez (Eleven City Diner)
  • Amanda Downing (Rockit Bar & Grill | Rockit Burger Bar)
  • David Dworshak (Takito Kitchen | Bar Takito)
  • Gregory Elliott (Current)
  • Jo-Marie Frigo (Nonna Santi’s Biscotti)
  • Mindy Gohr (Bittersweet Pastry Shop)
  • Armando Gonzalez (Libertad)
  • Kurt Guzowski (Tête Charcuterie)
  • Joey Hejtmanek (Big Star)
  • Stephanie Izard (Girl & the Goat | Little Goat Diner)
  • Brian Jupiter (Frontier)
  • Bill Kim (BellyQ | Belly Shack | Urban Belly)
  • Martin Knaubert (deca Restaurant + Bar)
  • Nick LaCasse (mfk)
  • Gregory Laketek (West Loop Salumi)
  • Sarah Lieb (Starfruit Cafe)
  • Aaron Lirette (Celeste)
  • Adrienne Lo (Fat Rice)
  • Nir Margalith (Puzzle Israel – Galilee Region, Israel)
  • Guy Marom (Puzzle Israel – Galilee Region, Israel)
  • John McLean (Burger Bar | Sono Wood Fired)
  • Matthias Merges (Yusho | A10)
  • Tory Miller (L’Etoile Restaurant | Graze – Madison, WI)
  • Sarah Mispagel (Nightwood)
  • Jessie Oloroso (Black Dog Gelato)
  • Dan Pancake (Autre Monde)
  • Beth Partridge (Autre Monde)
  • Michael Dean Reynolds (Bread & Wine)
  • Thomas Rice (Tête Charcuterie)
  • Michael Scelfo (Alden & Harlow)
  • Dan Smith (Spritz Burger)
  • Kristine Subido 
  • Chris Teixeira (Homestead on the Roof)
  • Guillermo Tellez (Mercadito Fish)
  • Jean Tippenhauer (Fred’s at Barneys New York)
  • Stephen Wambach (Allium @ Four Seasons Chicago)
  • Jared Wentworth (Longman & Eagle | Dusek’s | The Promontory)
  • Aleta Williams (Loquacious Catering)


  • Justin Anderson (The Promontory)
  • Steve Carrow (Bridnelle/Naha)
  • Christiana DeLuca (Bangers & Lace)
  • Jeff Donahue (Sportsman’s Club)
  • Griffin Elliot (Sepia)
  • Peter Gugni
  • Wade Hall McElroy (Sportsman’s Club)
  • Robby Haynes (Analogue)
  • Alex Renshaw (Drumbar)
  • Clint Rogers (The Dawson)
  • Adam Seger (Hum Spirit Co.)
  • Dan Shapiro (Scofflaw)
  • John Stanton (Sable Kitchen & Bar)






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