Tag: Rich Varnes

"Chefs & the City" is a Foodies' Delight for Vital Bridges

Thirty chefs participated in this year’s Chefs & the City event benefitting Vital Bridges. Held this year at the Ritz-Carlton, this much-loved event attracted over 400 guests.   Chef Ryan Poli’s new restaurant, Tavernita (opening this summer), participated as well as newcomer prasino, RL, Bistronomic (with Chef Martial Noguier and his cute son Mathieu serving up... Read more »

Chefs & the City Event Benefits Vital Bridges on July 15th

Chefs & the City Event Benefits Vital Bridges on July 15th
The annual Chefs & the City event is back with over 40 top Chicago chefs participating!  The event will be held at the Ritz-Carlton, 160 E. Pearson,  on Friday, July 15th,  beginning at 7 PM and will include a world class fashion show and an exclusive VIP tasting and after-party. Top restaurants participating this year... Read more »

Alan Cumming Celebrates OUTrageous Award Win at RL!

With Chicago Film Festival founder Michael Kutza and Alan Cumming, who just received the OUTrageous Award this night. We were celebrating my girlfriend, Jan Flanagan’s, birthday last night at RL when who should be seated at the next table, but one of my all-time favorite actors, Alan Cumming! He was with Film Festival honcho, Michael... Read more »
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Victory Garden Theater's "Chicago Stories" 2010

With Bernie Sahlins, NPR’s Peter Sagal, renowned theater critic Richard Christiansen, Victory Garden Theater’s Executive Director Jan Kallish and Artistic Director Dennis Zacek. Victory Gardens Theater hosted their 20th “Chicago Stories“ fundraiser at the Fairmont this weekend.  I was so honored to be one of the three celebrity (their word, not mine!) playwrights chosen for... Read more »

Nate Berkus hosts DIFFA Benefit at Ralph Lauren

With host Nate Berkus, Chris McNally and Helen Melchior The Ralph Lauren store on Michigan Avenue last night was packed wall to wall with people who came out to support DIFFA.  (Design Industry Foundation Fighting Aids).  15% of the sales last night went to DIFFA, one of the country’s largest supporters of direct care for... Read more »