Vital Bridges' "Chefs & the City" Kick-Off at 33 Club Monday Night!


Don't miss the Chefs & the City Kick-Off Party Monday, June 7th, at 33 Club, 1419 N. Wells St. from 6-8 PM.  You must RSVP to attend at (773) 271-5117. 

This Kick-Off launches the Vital Bridges' Chefs & the City annual event at the Peninsula (108 E. Superior) on Thursday, July 22nd, from 6 PM --9:30 PM.  Chicago's finest tasting, fashion and design show features thirty-plus chefs and wine and spirits purveyors at this stylish hotel.  The event's high-end auction and signature raffle provide guests additional opportunities to support this worthy cause.  The After-Party, hosted by RL Restaurant, will be a perfect ending to a perfect evening.

The party opens with the Terrace Cocktail Hour and Silent Auction where guests will get a chance to bid on unique auction items while enjoying passed appetizers and specialty cocktails as well as wine offerings.

The Premier Tasting and Fashion Show (which will be a chic and kitchy homage to 60's beachwear with some surprises produced by CS Mag's Style Editor Graham Kostic!) will be staged in the Main Ballroom.

Chefs from the following restaurants will join us this year:  33 Club, Aldino's, Arun's Thai Restaurant, avec, Avenues, Belly Shack and Urban Belly, Blackbird, Cafe Spiaggia, Charlie Trotter's, David Burke's Primehouse, English, Fulton's on the River, Graham Elliott, Japonais, Kendall College, Lockwood Restaurant, MK the Restaurant, NAHA, Perennial, Province, The Publican, Ria, RL Restaurant, Sepia, Spring, Sprout, Swirlz Cupcakes, The Bristol, Union League Club of Chicago and Vie. 

Honorary Chairs for the event are Lee Blackwell Baur, D. Graham Kostic, Amanda Puck and moi!  Co-Chairs are Joyce Dawson, Bill Lasche, Ryan Ruskin and Rich Varnes. Chef Chair is Ryan Pitts from RL Restaurant. Committee Members include Scott McClellan, Julie Grusin Hess, Greg Hyder, Maggie Murzanski, Victor Varroli and Anthony Vayos.

Ticket Levels are:

Premier Tasting and Design Show: $200

Premier Tasting, Design Show plus RL After-Party: $350

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