Feed Your Mind 

Thank You   |   Chefs   |   About Pilot Light    |   Our Sponsors   |    Committee Members   

Thank you

Thank you to all of the chefs, attendees, volunteers, sponsors, and committee members who made Feed Your Mind 2014 a success!  We appreciate your generosity and support. Because of you, we raised over $150,000 to support our mission to empower Chicago school children with healthy relationships with food. 

Participating Chefs

Our all-star roster of chefs participating in the event includes our Pilot Light founders:

Paul Kahan – avec, Big Star, Blackbird, Dove's, Publican, PQM, Violet Hour

Matthias MergesA10, Billy Sunday, Yusho

Jason HammelLula Café, Nightwood

Justin Large -- Director of Culinary Operations, One Off Hospitality 

And more!

Sandra Holl -- Floriole Giuseppe Tentori -- GT Fish & Oyster  |  Richard James -- Frontera Grill    |    Erick Williams -- MK  |  Charlie McKenna -- Lillie's Q  |  Hisanobu Osaka -- Japonais by Morimoto   Trey Foshe -- George's at the Cove    Pastoral  |  John Vermiglio -- A10 Hyde Park  |  Cary Taylor -- Big Star   |  Cosmo Goss -- Publican  |  Perry Hendrix -- avec, Blackbird   |  Missy Corey -- PQM  |  Harold Jurado -- Yusho Logan Square 



From Billy Sunday and The Violet Hour


Keep checking back here for announcements of more chefs and special guests!

About Pilot Light

Pilot Light is a not-for-profit organization that aims to empower children with the knowledge, attitudes, and skills they need to have a healthy relationship with food. We develop classroom lessons that harness food as a vehicle to teach Chicago schoolchildren everyday subjects like English, math, social studies and science.  We help schools and teachers deliver our Pilot Light lessons in their own school classrooms by providing them with all of the resources and support they need. 

At Feed Your Mind, you'll see first-hand how Pilot Light is inspiring school children throughout Chicago to make healthier choices. 


Our Sponsors


Sponsors are critical to the success of the Feed Your Mind event.  We'd love to have you as part of the team! 

To become a sponsor, please contact Alex DeSorbo-Quinn:  alex@pilotlightchefs.org

Committee Members

Honorary Chair

Governor Pat Quinn

Honorary Co-Chairs

Janie Song and Dr. David Song



Leah Gordon

Host Committee

Heiji and Brian Black  |  Sophie Bross  |  Mary and Dr. David Chang  |  Tricia and Ben Cox  I  Dr. Amy Weiler and Floyd Dillman  |  Dr. Julius Few  |  Dana Hokin and Robert Garvey  |  Elizabeth and Patrick Gilligan  |  Julie and Michael Harron  |  Dr. Nora Jaskowiak and Matthew Hinerfeld  | Monica and William Hughson  |  Jennifer and Ashley Keller  |   Pam and Ashley Netzky  |  Beebe and Lucas Roh  |    Brandi and Doug Sandner  |  Michele Seidl and Neil Shubin  |  Margery Teller

Planning Committee

Ann Beteta  |  Joe Campagna  |  Emily Clark  |  Rachel Crowl  |  Carolyn Gordon  |  Jaime Kicklighter  |  Madelaine Kukanza  |  Katrina Law  |  Karrie Leung  |  Heather Medina  |  Emma Winter


Junior Committee

David Klapman  |  Clare Quinn  |  Jeanette Spadavecchhio  |  Gena Wendt