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Food & Friends Communications Manager
202-269-6875 or 443-854-4368 (cell)
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.
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Monday, June 10th, 2019
Marriott Marquis Washington, DC
901 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20001
Main Doors open at 6:30 pm
|Kevin Tien, Chef Chair, Himitsu, Hot Lola’s
Marcelle Afram, Bluejacket
Alex Alfaro & Gerardo Fernandez, matchbox
Elser Amador, Mason Dixie Biscuit Co.
Shabier Bahramy, The Pig
Erik Bruner-Yang, Maketto
Olivier Caillabet, Toki Undergound
Carlos Cesario, Q Caterers Inc.
Allie Cheppa, Buzz Bakeshop
Tony Chittum, Iron Gate
Benjamin Christopher, Alhambra at
Autumn Cline, Emilie’s
|Patrick Curran, Casolare Ristorante + Bar
Susan Delbert, The Fourth Estate at National Press Club
Massimo Fabbri, San Lorenzo
Sasha Felikson, Julii
Victor Garcia, Logan Tavern & Commissary
Ari Gejdenson, Acqua al 2
Amy Hosseinnian, Buffalo and Bergen
Jodi Lehr, Santa Lucia Estate Coffee
Malkhaz Maisashvili, Supra
Sanjay Mandhaiya, Pappe
Ethan McKee, Urbana
Edward Reavis, All Set
Patrick Robinson, Alta Strada Mosaic
|Adam Salyer, Marriott Marquis
Cable Smith, The Royal
Jong Son, Tiger Fork
Vikram Sunderam, Rasika/Bindaas
Jeff Tunks, PassionFish
Rahul Vinod & Sahil Rahman, RASA
Cara Webster, Andrew Hunter & Vince Bradley, One Eight Distilling
Rocklands Barbeque and Grilling Company
VIVA XXXIII Tequila
WhistlePig Rye Whiskey
40+ of DC’s Top Culinary Stars Team Up to Serve Inspired Dishes at
Chef’s Best Dinner & Auction
Rep. Jim McGovern, leading Congressional hunger advocate, to keynote program
Washington, D.C.– On Monday, June 10th, 40 of the area’s best chefs and mixologists will serve up special tastings of their signature dishes at Food & Friends’ annual Chef’s Best Dinner & Auction. Hosted at the Marriott Marquis, Chef’s Best will benefit Food & Friends, a non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C. that provides life-sustaining meals to those living with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other serious illnesses.
Thanks to the efforts of Chef Chair Kevin Tien of Himitsu, Hot Lola’s, and Emilie’s, guests will enjoy tastings prepared by some of the region’s most talented chefs and mixologists including: Eric Bruner-Yang, Maketto, Tony Chittum, Iron Gate, Sanjay Mandhaiya, Pappe, Jong Son, Tiger Fork, Amy Hosseinnian, Buffalo & Bergen, and Malkhaz Maisashvili of Supra, among other notables from the D.C. dining scene. In addition, attendees will have the opportunity to bid on an array of exciting silent and live auction items featuring fantastic trips, one-of-a-kind experiences and private dining opportunities.
This year, guests will also hear from Representative Jim McGovern (D-MA), a leading Congressional advocate on issues of food security, nutrition and health. He serves as the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Rules and is the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Nutrition in the House Committee on Agriculture. In 2018, he co-founded the Food is Medicine Working Group as part of the House Hunger Caucus, which he also co-chairs.
Proceeds from Chef’s Best will ensure the delivery of nutritionally tailored meals and nutrition counseling to Food & Friends’ clients living with cancer, HIV/AIDS and other life-challenging illnesses. This year, Food & Friends aims to provide 1 million meals to more than 3,000 seriously ill individuals in Washington, D.C., Virginia and Maryland.
“I am honored to serve as Chef Chair of this year’s event,” said Kevin Tien. “To me, it doesn’t matter who you are, at the end of the day, food is something that connects everyone. I am touched by the impact that Food & Friends makes in the lives of its clients, delivering nutritious meals and a healthy dose of compassion during life’s most trying times. It gives me comfort to know that Food & Friends fills such a critical need at no cost to those who rely on the organization’s services.”
Tickets are $350 and sponsorships start at $1,000. Visit www.foodandfriends.org/ChefsBest to purchase tickets and see a current list of chefs and sponsors. The President’s Reception for sponsors begins at 5:30pm. Doors open for the main event at 6:30pm, with live auction bidding starting around 8:30pm. Food & Friends depends on the support of corporations, foundations and individuals and is grateful for the sponsors who have contributed to Chef’s Best.
ABOUT FOOD & FRIENDS
Established in 1988, Food & Friends is a nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C. that provides nutritionally tailored, home-delivered meals to people facing a life-challenging health crisis. We believe that food heals and each year we prepare and deliver nearly 1 million meals across 5,300 square miles to our neighbors – at no charge. We help our clients feel better, connect them to their community and empower them to manage their illnesses. Over 8,500 volunteers touch more than 3,000 lives annually. At Food & Friends, we are driven by a simple premise: anyone can get sick and everyone can help. www.foodandfriends.org