6pm Cocktails & Appetizers ~ 7pm Dinner & Discussion | MENU Enjoy a complimentary small pour of The Mitten from Virtue Cider during cocktail hour! Presenters:Monica Eng (WBEZ, Chewing), Tovah McCord (The Kitchen Community), Jason Hammel + Alexandra DeSorbo-Quinn (Pilot Light) Chef: Johnny Anderes - Food & Wine finalist for Best New Chef and 2012 People’s Choice winner.
Monica Eng reports and produces segments on food, health and ethnic culture in Chicago & beyond. She currently works for WBEZ (Chicago Public Media) and recently launched "Chewing," a food & health podcast with Chicago Tribune's Louisa Chu. Monica was a food, culture and watchdog-investigative reporter at the Chicago Tribune for 16 years. She's won multiple writing awards, including five nominations for the James Beard Award. Tovah McCord is the Chicago Regional Director of The Kitchen Community, a non-profit with 240 Learning Gardens in schools & community organizations across the country. They impact more than 125,000 children a day by connecting them to real food through outdoor learning and experiential play. Tovah previously worked as a school administrator, and has a background in both urban education and corporate marketing. The Kitchen Community was co-founded by Kimbal Musk in 2011 and is a complimentary non-profit to The Kitchen, a growing family of restaurants that sources directly from local farmers. Jason Hammel and Alexandra Desorbo-Quinn work with Pilot Light, a Chicago-based non-profit that integrates food and nutrition education into school curriculum. Jason is not only a highly acclaimed chef and owner of Lula Café, but he was one of four chefs that founded Pilot Light in 2010. Alexandra became Pilot Light’s executive director after serving on the faculty at Columbia University’s Neurological Institute. She also helped found Hip Hop Public Health, a New York City-based nonprofit that educates and engages children through health-focused hip hop music & multimedia.