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Loaves & Fishes Community Services hosts Inaugural Naperville Chef Showdown


Above / Loaves & Fishes Community Services will host its Inaugural Naperville Chef Showdown, featuring Chef Danny Gil from Hugo’s Frog Bar & Fish House and Chef Eddie Sweeney from Catch 35, in a new fundraiser to benefit 4,700 families served annually.

UPDATE, March 4, 2019 / Hosted in the market at Loaves & Fishes Community Services on 1871 High Grove Lane, Naperville, Chef Showdown returns on Wed., April 17 for a lively evening of culinary competition between two accomplished Executive Chefs: Chef Crispin Plata of Meson Sabika & Chef Mark Grimes of Che Figata.

They’ll be assisted by local celebrity sous chefs Dr. Laura Bokar, Fox Valley Institute; Rebecca Boyd-Obarski, Nagle ObarskiPC/Naperville City Council; Joe Chura, Dealer Inspire; and Dave Kelsch, Advanced Data Technologies. 

(Original Post – February 19, 2018) Loaves & Fishes Community Services is thrilled to announce the first Naperville Chef Showdown presented by Energy Services from 6PM to 9PM on Wednesday, April 11, 2018, at its facility on 1871 High Grove Lane, Naperville.

The event will raise funds for essential services for struggling families who come to Loaves & Fishes.

Chefs from Catch 35 & Hugo’s Frog Bar compete

The executive chefs from two popular Naperville restaurants— Chef Eddie Sweeney from Catch 35 and Chef Danny Gil from Hugo’s Frog Bar & Fish House— will “compete” to create unique dishes in a stadium kitchen using pre-disclosed ingredients. In tying in with Loaves & Fishes name, one course will feature fish and another, a loaf. A mystery ingredient will be introduced during the evening.

“We are excited to host this unique event at our facility, and are grateful to our sponsors and everyone involved,” said CEO & President Mike Havala. “With the exceptional line-up of chefs, judges, sous chefs and our host, this is sure to be a memorable and entertaining evening to help those in need.”

The chefs will be assisted by celebrity sous chefs Naperville Mayor Steve Chirico, Julie Chirico, Nicki Anderson and Joe Vozar.

Dishes will be voted upon by a panel of select judges including Christine Jeffries, President of Naperville Development Partnership; Jim Ebel, co-founder of Two Brother’s Brewing Company; Mark Walter, Owner & Executive Chef at My Chef; and Naperville eighth grader Henry Weiser, a Top Chef Jr. finalist.

The evening will be emceed by Ray Kinney from Blooming Color and host of Dine Around Naperville.

Guests will enjoy cocktails and appetizers provided by My Chef Catering. Artisan beer will be provided by Two Brothers Brewing Company.

Additional sponsors for Naperville Chef Showdown are BNY Mellon Wealth Management, Dine Naperville, and Thrivent Cantera Financial Associates.

Reservations are $100 per person; $70 of each ticket is tax deductible.

Register online at http://bit.ly/NapervilleChefShowdown or contact Karen Walsh at kwalsh@loaves-fishes.org.

Story submitted by Michelle Iskowitz, Associate Director of Marketing & Communications, Loaves and Fishes Community Services.

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