Top Chicago Chefs Highlight Service Club Fashion Show

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Chefs Ryan Poli (Perrenial) and Ryan Pitts (RL) strut their stuff in the finale of The Service Club of Chicago's fashion show.

I think this year's "Day on the Terrace" Fashion Show, benefitting The Service Club of Chicago, was the best one yet!  There were gorgeous fall/winter collections presented from designers/stores such as Dennis Basso, Michael Kors, Escada, Luca Luca, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Tory Burch, Paul Stuart, Starr Couture and LuLu's at the Belle-Kay.


There were also handsome and hunky firemen selling raffle tickets to add to the excitement!  Local celebs such as Anna Davlantes, Baton's Chili Pepper, Mary Ann Childers, top model Saira Cooper, Bill Zwecker, Celeb TV's Kelli Zink and Joffrey principal dancer Fabrice Calmels participated along with Service Club members.

To add to the excitement, top Chicago Chefs escorted the Neiman Marcus evening gown  clad models down the runway for the finale and they included Curtis Duffy (Peninsula), Mario Santiago (May Street Cafe), Ryan Poli (Perrenial), Ryan Pitts (RL), Kevin Hickey (Four Seasons), Tony Priolo (Piccolo Sogno), Chris Curren (Blue 13), Christophe David (NoMi), Chad Starling (Aria), Dirk Flanigan (The Gage) and Carlos Gaytan (Mexique) among others.  (BTW, alll of these chefs will be participating in the Chicago Gourmet event in Millenium Park on Sept. 25-26,

Philanthropic society doyenne, Hazel Barr, emceed and created yet another day of fun for the Service Club!  The event, co-chaired by Jean Antoniou, Cindy Burns, Sheryl Dyer and Myra Reilly, was a sell out and was the 10th show held at the Peninsula.  SC Member and producer extraordinaire, Tracy DiBuono (ZZazz Production), produced and directed the fashion show to perfection.  Beautfiul table decor was courtesy of Tom Kehoe (Kehoe Designs).

The Service Club of Chicago celebrates its 120th year of serving the community with donations of over $250K going to more than 30 local charities during this past year.  This year's Gala, whose theme is "Return to the Magic of The White City", will be at the Four Seasons on November 5th.  Co-chairs are Sally Jo Morris and Vonita Reescer.   (  (Fab fotos by Caitlin Saville, Bob Carl, John Reilly, Steve Starr and moi.) 

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