Register for Pilot Light Gala, Feed Your Mind

Raising funds to support food education nationwide.

Event Co-Chairs: Ann Beteta and Leah Gordon

Corporate and individual sponsorships are available.

Since 2010, Pilot Light has been engaging students through innovative food education programs by using food to teach academic lessons, like reading, math and science. Teachers find that Pilot Light’s approach deepens interest in academic content while building skills to make informed food choices. Moreover, food provides a common language for all and is a highly effective way to foster interpersonal connections among students, teachers, families and communities. The impact can last a lifetime.

Join us on Friday, November 5th!

Our Pilot Light Gala is a celebration of food education featuring the best chefs in Chicago, an exciting live auction and an engaging live-streamed program. There are two ways to participate in this year’s event: virtually, from the comfort of your own home, or in person, at The Arbory.





At-Home Dining

Cocktails (from Billy Sunday), Charcuterie (Chef James Martin) and Pastry (Chefs Leigh Omilinsky and Anna Posey)

Virtual Waiting Room Opens: 6:30pm
See Registration Site for Details!

The Arbory

Four-Course Seated Dinner & Cocktail Hour: 6-10 PM 
Cocktail Hour Featuring: Chefs Jason Hammel, Paul Kahan, Justin Large, Matthias Merges, & Dylan Patel
Dinner Featuring: Chefs Rick Bayless, Arshiya Farheen, Beverly Kim, Genie Kwon & Timothy Flores, Noah Sandoval, & Bobby Schaffer

Since 2010, Pilot Light has enjoyed tremendous support from Chicago’s food and wine community, including substantial in-kind donations to our annual gala. Recognizing the impact that the pandemic has placed on the Chef community, Pilot Light will be compensating those chefs participating both in-person and virtually for this year’s gala.


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Illustration by Sam Nigrosh

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