Chef's Best Dinner & Auction - Canceled

...but, we continue to serve our 1600+ clients who were homebound long before the COVID-19 pandemic and need us now more than ever

2020 Gold Partners

CANCELED – Monday, June 15th, 2020

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.


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 Lisa Huffman at (202) 269-6880.
Learn about COVID-19 Emergency Impact Partner opportunities HERE.


2020 Chef Chair

Marcelle Afram

Marcelle Afram is Executive Chef of Compass Rose and Michelin-starred Maydan in Washington, DC. Afram describes her international culinary style as “Middle Eastern soul food” stemming from her roots growing up in a Lebanese and Syrian family and Syriac home in Maryland. She began her culinary education learning hands-on, from working on fishing boats in Puerto Rico and a grass-fed beef cooperative in Wisconsin to stages in Michelin-starred restaurants in Spain.

Most recently, Afram was Executive Chef at BlueJacket Brewery, where she oversaw an extensive menu of American eats.  Previously, she was Chef de Cuisine at Zola Wine & Kitchen and prior to that served as Executive Sous Chef of its sister restaurant, Potenza Trattoria and Bakery. Now, taking on the open fire hearth that anchors Maydan’s Middle Eastern menu and the globally nomadic street foods of Compass Rose, she will introduce and develop new dishes that incorporate the flavors of the Mesopotamia into each restaurant.

2020 Leadership Committee


Jessica & Drew Jacoby Lemos

Walmart Inc. | Regional Airline Association

Joy & Bobby Candelieri

EagleBank | Campaigns & Elections


Jill & Bruce Baldwin

Marriott International, Inc.

Joseph Branch


Fernando Garcia & Will O’Bryan

MetroNando with RLAH

Peter & Denise Glassman

Friendship Hospital for Animals

Allison Graves & Jordy Coho

Entergy Corporation | Beyer Subaru

Jason Johnston

MGM National Harbor

Robin & Graham Keithley

Arabella Advisors | Airlines for America

Laura & Jason Lilly

American Bankers Association | AT&T

Tony & Kim Russo

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

John Scofield

S-3 Group

Rick Stamberger

SmartBrief, Inc.

Jennifer Trock

Baker McKenzie

Tim Vaske


2020 Gold Partners

Additional 2020 Partners

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.