The non-profit continues to celebrate its 15-year anniversary with its favorite notable Chicago chefs as part of their Chef Takeover series
Article by: Common Threads
CHICAGO | February 12, 2020 – Common Threads, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting health and wellness to children, families and communities through cooking and nutrition education, continues to celebrate its 15th Anniversary in its hometown of Chicago on Monday, March 16. The third Chef Takeover event will be a one-night-only ticketed evening at Zhou B Art Center (1029 W 35th Street, Chicago, IL 60609) from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. A VIP preview reception will begin at 5:30 p.m., with a VIP Chefs’ After-Party at The Duck Inn (2701 South Eleanor St., Chicago) beginning at 9:30 p.m.
Each event in the Chef Takeover series features a group of renowned chefs collaborating to create a locally-focused cuisine. The Chicago event will be a dine-around reception featuring chefs Chef Govind Armstrong (Willie Jane), Chef Michelle Bernstein (Café La Trova), Chef Gale Gand (Sweet Dreams), Chef Rock Harper (RockSolid Creative Food Group), Chef Kevin Hickey (The Duck Inn), Chef Stephanie Izard (Girl and the Goat), Chef Paul Kahan (Publican), Chef Bill Kim (Urbanbelly), Chef Christian Ragano (Cindy’s), Gail Simmons (Food & Wine/Top Chef), Chef Todd Stein (The Bristol), Chef Giuseppe Tentori (GT Fish & Oyster), and a special appearance by Common Threads co-founder Chef Art Smith.
As part of the program, Common Threads will honor co-founders Chef Art Smith and Jesus Salgueiro, Chef Michelle Bernstein, Chicago Public Schools CEO Janice Jackson and Gail Simmons.
“Common Threads programming caught fire [or grew quickly] in Chicago thanks to the incredible support we received from local chefs and the greater Chicago community,” said Co-Founder and CEO Linda Novick O’Keefe. “So many of the host committee members, featured chefs, volunteers and board members have been with us since the beginning. It’s this unwavering support and incredible generosity that has kept Common Threads beating for 15 years.”
Common Threads’ 15th Anniversary Chef Takeover Series began in late 2019 in Austin, and continued in early 2020 in Washington D.C. and will come to a close in Los Angeles on April 2, 2020. All funds raised will benefit Common Threads’ cooking and nutrition education and programs and will help the organization deepen its impact within each local market. For additional information and to purchase tickets, please visit commonthreads.org/events. General admission tickets for the Chicago event cost $125 per person (early bird pricing of $100 through Feb. 16), with VIP tickets priced at $250.
Sponsors for the Chicago Common Threads Chef Takeover event include Seeds of Change, 84.51°, United Healthcare, Ariel Investments, Griffith Foods, Livongo, the Walmart Foundation, Quaker, Hecker and Company, McGuffin, ext. 54, Terlato Wines, Cream Wines, Nestle Waters North America and Chicago magazine.
Common Threads was founded in Chicago in 2003 by CEO Linda Novick O’Keefe, celebrity chef Art Smith and his husband, artist Jesus Salgueiro, as a way to bring under-resourced children together, help them celebrate different cultures and teach them about healthy nutrition. From its humble beginnings in a church basement, Common Threads now services children and families in 12 markets, including Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Washington D.C., Miami, Pittsburgh, Austin, San Antonio, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Houston, El Paso and Erie. For more information, visit commonthreads.org or search #CookingForLife on social media.