Press Release: Common Threads kicks off a nationwide event series in Austin, TX.

By Common Threads |July 24, 2019

The non-profit celebrates its 15-year anniversary with its favorite notable chefs by hosting a series of Chef Takeovers in Austin, Los Angeles, Washington D.C. and Chicago.

AUSTIN (July 24, 2019) – Common Threads, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting health and wellness to children, families and communities through cooking and nutrition education, just announced the launch of its 15th Anniversary Chef Takeover Series. The event series consists of four one-night-only ticketed events throughout the country, beginning with Austin on September 12. Tickets for this food-driven event, hosted at the Pershing (2415 E. Fifth St.) from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., are on sale today at

Charity Navigator evaluates nonprofit organizations based upon two components: financial health and accountability & transparency. Each event in the series features a group of renowned chefs collaborating to create a locally-focused cuisine. The Austin event will be a dinner featuring chefs Jo Chan (Eberly), Natalie Gazaui (Fonde San Miguel), Nic Yanes (Juniper), Amanda Rockman (Café No Se), Mark McCain (Jeffrey’s), Jason Dady (Chispas), and Berty Richter (TLV). The event will also feature live entertainment for guests to enjoy.

“We are delighted to celebrate our 15th anniversary through our Chef Takeover event series,” said Linda Novick O’Keefe, Common Threads’ founding chief executive officer. “These events are a great way to reconnect with the community leaders, chefs and educators who have helped us accomplish our mission of promoting health and wellness, while also meeting new friends who will support our future work.”

Common Threads’ 15th Anniversary Chef Takeover Series includes events in Austin on September 12, Los Angeles on December 5, then Washington D.C. on February 5 and wrapping up in Chicago on March 16. All funds raised will benefit Common Threads’ cooking and nutrition education programs and will help the organization deepen its impact within each local market.

General tickets for the Austin event cost $150 per person. For additional information and to purchase tickets, please visit

About Common Threads:
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, or search #CookingForLife on social media.