Chef's Best Dinner & Auction

June 10th, 2019

2019 Gold Sponsors

Event Details

Monday, June 10th, 2019

Marriott Marquis Washington, DC
901 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20001

President’s Reception at 5:30pm
Main Doors open at 6:30pm

Join us for a festive evening celebrating community and cuisine. Enjoy innovative tastings from the region’s hottest chefs and bid on amazing silent and live auction items—all this while supporting the critical work of Food & Friends. During dessert, guests will hear from Congressman Jim McGovern (D-MA), a bold advocate on the nutrition and food security issues that deeply affect our clients.


We recommend taking Metro to Mount Vernon Square Station. Valet parking is available at the Marriott Marquis for $35.


Business attire is requested.

Want to learn more?

Contact Amanda Nover at 202-269-6883.
Learn about Chef’s Best sponsorship opportunities HERE.


2019 Chef Chair

Kevin Tien

Originally from Lafayette, LA, Chef Kevin Tien started working in the corporate world, but a career change inspired by a passion for food and service placed him on a culinary path in 2009. Prior to opening Himitsu in 2016, Kevin worked under Chefs Aaron Silverman, David Chang, José Andrés, and Tyson Cole. Kevin and Himitsu have earned accolades from all corners of the US. In 2017, Kevin was selected as a Rising Star Chef of the Year Semifinalist by the James Beard Foundation, and Himitsu was named Eater DC’s Restaurant of the Year.

“Most of us who get into the culinary world love it because it makes those around us feel taken care of, part of a family, and, maybe even loved. To me, it doesn’t matter who you are, at the end of the day, food is something that connects everyone. I’ve always believed that a good meal can change your day for the better. I try to do that in my restaurant for every guest, and I admire how Food & Friends demoes that for those in need.”

Leadership Committee


Fernando Garcia & Will O’Bryan

MetroNando with RLAH

Marissa Watkins & Robert Moss

PhRMA | American Chemical Society

Stefan & Anna Bailey

Prime Policy Group | Sunstone Counseling

Jill & Bruce Baldwin

Marriott International, Inc.

Joy & Bobby Candelieri

EagleBank | Campaigns & Elections

Jennifer & Aaron Cutler

DCI Group LLC | Cocoon, Inc.

Peter & Denise Glassman

Friendship Hospital for Animals

Leslie A. Harris & Peter Basch

Harris Strategy Group, LLC | MedStar Health

Erin Hennessy

TVP Communications

Erik Hower & Cara McFadden Hower

Guidehouse LLP

Jessica & Drew Jacoby Lemos

Walmart Inc.

Robin & Graham Keithley

Arabella Advisors | Airlines for America

Laura & Jason Lilly

American Bankers Association | AT&T

Meredith & Andrew Reinsdorf


Tony & Kim Russo

T-Mobile USA, Inc. | George Washington University Hospital

John Scofield

S-3 Group

Rick Stamberger

SmartBrief, Inc.

Jennifer Trock

Baker McKenzie

2019 Gold Sponsors

Additional Sponsors

About Us

“Food is medicine for the body. I feel like a valuable person and that I can battle this cancer with your help. You don’t know how grateful I am to receive this food.”

Chef’s Best raises critically needed funds to support Food & Friends. Our home-delivered meals and nutrition counseling serve adults, children and families living with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-challenging illnesses throughout the Washington, D.C. area. For more than 30 years, we have been building a community of support with and for our neighbors, delivering hope and health, one meal at a time. Your support during Chef’s Best and throughout the year ensures we can continue providing life-sustaining nourishment to our neighbors in need.