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Get Cookin'!

| February 13, 2015 | Parties National

The Party
More than 15 chefs from some of Chicago’s best restaurants helped to feed the future minds of the city with their signature dishes at Pilot Light’s Feed Your Mind gala. Pilot Light, which helps children develop a healthy relationship with food, is the brainchild of legendary chefs Matthias Merges, Paul Kahan, Jason Hammel and Ryan Poli, who were inspired by first lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! campaign to help children lead healthier lives.

The People
Remember when homework used to be fun? Neither did we, but Pilot Light kept things exciting by showing off appetizing creations in booth-style displays, led by the kids themselves. And since the food concepts taught academic subjects ranging from plate tectonics to poetry, minds were fed from beginning to end. After guests—including Gov. Pat Quinn and Let’s Move! Executive Director and White House Senior Policy Advisor for Nutrition Sam Kass—perused the stations, emcee Ji Suk Yi from Windy City Live led a spirited live auction.

Best in Show
These amazing chefs and children were not only able to feed the minds—and stomachs!—of the lucky guests, but they also raised almost $200,000 for the program. Bon app├ętit, indeed! –Photos courtesy of Galdones Photography



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