Calendar Event

Feed Your Mind Gala 2024 – Feed Your Mind

Date: November 1, 2024

Time: 6:00 PM

We have the power to make a lasting impact in our community through Food Education. Show your support and become an agent of change with us Friday, November 1st at the annual Feed Your Mind Gala! Featuring an unforgettable meal curated by Pilot Light's Founding Chefs: Matthias Merges, Paul Kahan, Jason Hammel, and Justin Large.

About the Feed Your Mind Gala: 

Pilot Light’s annual Feed Your Mind Gala is one of Chicago’s most anticipated fundraising & culinary events. Guests experience a one-of-a-kind evening featuring a meal crafted by Chicago’s most-sought after culinary stars, and help feed our mission to bring the power of food into classrooms across the country. 

This mix of award-winning chefs from a variety of culinary backgrounds creates an unforgettable dining experience for guests as they raise funds to invest in the future of Food Education. No other event offers the opportunity to share the room and eat the food of multiple James Beard award-winners and Rising Stars while also giving back to the community.

We are thrilled to announce the 2024 Feed Your Mind Guest Chef lineup: 

  • Rodolfo Cuadros (Amaru & Bloom Plant Based Kitchen) 
  • Joe Frillman and Leigh Omilinsky (Daisies) 
  • Tim Flores and Genie Kwon (Kasama) 
  • Dominique Leach (Lexington Betty Smokehouse)
  • James Martin (Bocadillo Market) 
  • Oliver Poilevey (Obelix & Le Bouchon) 
  • Sarah Stegner (Prairie Grass Cafe) 
  • Jonathan Zaragoza (Birrieria Zaragoza) 

These incredible Guest Chefs will prepare a one of a kind meal curated by Pilot Light’s Founding Chefs: Matthias Merges, Paul Kahan, Jason Hammel, and Justin Large. 

We are grateful to our Gala Honorees and Co-Chairs: 

Feed Your Mind Gala 2024 Co-Chairs: Leah Gordon and Felipe Ospina

Feed Your Mind Gala 2024 Honoree: Ann Weiser

Feed Your Mind Gala 2024 Young Changemaker Honoree: Kai Fogelson

Tickets to the 2024 Feed Your Mind Gala will go on sale this summer! Sign up for our newsletter to be the first to know about tickets and other exciting gala updates. 

Our annual Feed Your Mind Gala would not be possible without the support of our generous sponsors: 


To learn more about Gala tickets, tables, and sponsorship opportunities, please email Tamara Golden, Director of Development, at

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