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Pilot Light Gala 2023 “Feed Your Mind”

Date: November 3, 2023

For one exciting evening, Pilot Light’s founding chefs (Jason Hammel, Paul Kahan, Justin Large, and Matthias Merges) share the stage – and the kitchen – with a team of sought-after Chicago based chefs to create a one-of-a-kind four-course meal and invest in students’ futures.

Pilot Light’s annual Feed Your Mind Gala is one of Chicago’s most anticipated fundraising & culinary events. 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.

This year, we are thrilled to welcome our stellar team of Guest Chefs for the evening:

  • Joe Flamm (Rosemary & BLVD)
  • Beverly Kim & Johnny Clark (Parachute and Wherewithall)
  • Genie Kwon & Tim Flores (Kasama)
  • James Martin (Bocadillo Market)
  • Lamar Moore (Eleven Eleven)
  • Tony Priolo (Piccolo Sogno)
  • Erick Williams (Virtue, Mustard Seed Kitchen, Daisys Po Boy, Top This Mac and Cheese)
  • Jonathan Zaragoza (Birrieria Zaragoza)

Who will prepare a meal curated by Pilot Light’s Founding Chefs – Matthias Merges, Jason Hammel, Paul Kahan, and Justin Large – creating a one-of-a-kind meal for our Feed Your Mind Gala attendees. We are also excited to announce that Chef Dominique Leach of Lexington Betty Smokehouse will join us as our emcee for the evening! 

Tickets for the 2023 Feed Your Mind Gala are now sold out! Thank you to everyone who purchased a ticket – we can’t wait to celebrate with you! 

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Learn more about our 2023 Gala Sponsors and our first-ever honoree, Ken Fredrickson, here! 

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