Media Kit

For media inquiries or entrance, contact:

Abigail Seiler
Food & Friends Communications Manager
202-269-6875 or 443-854-4368 (cell)

About Chef’s Best

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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Event Details

Monday, June 10th, 2019

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

Main Doors open at 6:30 pm

Featured Chefs & Mixologists


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
St. Regis DC

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

Rum-Bar Rum


WhistlePig Rye Whiskey

Press Release

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 HimitsuHot 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 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.



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.