Windy City West's 25th Anniversary Party: Celebrities Celebrate Chicago and Honor Tom Ricketts

M Street Kitchen and Stella Rossa Pizza Bar in Santa Monica were the places to be for the 25th anniversary of Windy City West!   This popular culinary event attracted more than 500 talented Chicagoans from film, television and music for a celebration of food, fun and friendship.  This party began as a way to bring a taste of Chicago and camaraderie to many of our town's brightest actors and actresses living in LA who were homesick for Chicago.

Produced by Brenda Sexton and sponsored by The Waldorf Astoria Chicago, Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, Harry Caray's, Cinespace Chicago and IPA,  this event attracted loads of  Chicago-loving celebs and notable VIPs!   Seen on the scene were Jim Belushi, Chris O'Donnell, Jeff Garlin, Marilu Henner, James Denton, Billy Zane, Kevin Farley, Dennis Farina, Joe Mantegna, Chuck Hittinger, Ali Corbin, Sonal Shah, Joel Murray, Richard Kind, Patt Finn, Adrian Zmed, Neil Flynn, Amy Landecker, Playboy Playmates Kimberly Phillips, Ashley Hobbs, Hiromi Oshima, Deanna Brooks and Sarah Erdelyan, Chicago Cubs legend Ernie Banks, former Chicago Bear Willie Gault, 2010 Olympic figure skater champion Evan Lyacek, Chaz Ebert, Bill Zwecker, Andrew Alexander, producer Michael Mann and emcee Tom Dreesen.

In honor of the party's anniversary, many of the original Windy City West founders honored one very special Chicagoan--Chicago Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts.  He was presented with the 2012 Windy City West "Man of the Year" award in recognition of his many contributions to Chicago sports and commerce.

And the tradition continued from the culinary front with celebs like Billy Zane serving up Windy City favorites such as Lou Malnati's pizza, Vienna beef hot dogs, Portillo's Italian beef, Harry Caray's Chicken Vesuvio, Garrett's popcorn, Eli's cheesecake, and signature fare from HUB 51 and Paris Club in Chicago.

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