Common Threads started with one kitchen. One school. One group of students. Fifteen years later, we've grown by leaps and bounds into cities across the country.

Each of the four Chef Takeover events features a group of renowned chefs collaborating to create a themed meal, a silent auction, and a special guest musical performance. All funds raised will benefit Common Threads programs, bringing health and wellness to students, families, and communities through cooking and nutrition education, getting one million children cooking for life by 2020!

15th Annual Chef Takeover

Join us as we celebrate our 15th Anniversary at the 2019 – 2020 Chef Take over series:

  • Austin, September 12, 2019
  • Washington D.C., February 5, 2020
  • Chicago, March 16, 2020
  • Los Angeles, April 2, 2020

Purchase Tickets Here

For more information on our event, or to learn how to get involved, please contact Jordan Fickess at jfickess@commonthreads.org or LaTrice Stirrup at lstirrup@commonthreads.org.

Interested in becoming a sponsor, contact Josh Fox at jfox@commonthread.org.

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Past Events

New York

Menu: Julia Child inspired

Location: Riverpark


Honorary Chairs: Award-winning journalist Tamron Hall, Food & Wine’s Gail Simmons, and travel and food explorer Adam Richman


Host Committee: Eileen Bryer, Bobby Epstein, Lisa Long Adler, Joel Morales, Alex Prud’homme, Scott Rexing, Justin Rosenberg, Lynn Scotti, Adam Stoltz, Samantha Yanks

Participants: Christian Apetz, Andrew Smith, Govind Armstrong, Fany Gerson, Umber Ahmad, Silvia Barban, and David Katz


See photos from the New York event.


Chicago

Menu: Charlie Trotter inspired

Location: Prime & Provisions


Honorary Chairs: Award-winning journalist Tamron Hall, Food & Wine’s Gail Simmons and travel and food explorer, and Adam Richman


Host Committee: Bobby Epstein, Candace Jordan, Joel Morales, Tim Peters, Beth Peterson, Sarita Dandamudi Rao, Laura Schwartz, and Erica Williams


Participants: Chef Jeremy Leven, Chef Fabio Viviani, Chef Anita Lo, Chef Brad Kilgore, Chef JJ Johnson, Chef Dana Cree, and Master Sommelier Serafin Alvarado


See photos from the Chicago event.


Los Angeles

Menu: Mother’s Day Inspired

Location: Vibiana


Honorary Chairs: Award-winning journalist Tamron Hall, Food & Wine’s Gail Simmons and travel and food explorer, and Adam Richman


Host Committee: Govind Armstrong, Bobby Epstein, Neal Fraser, Meredith Sachs Kaplan, Lori McGee, and Joel Morales


Participants: Chef Neal Fraser, Chef Jonathan Waxman, Chef Domenica Catelli, Chef Govind Armstrong, Chef Amanda Rockman, and Chef Travis Strickland, and Master Sommelier Eric Entrikin


See photos from the Los Angeles event.

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