Pilot Light Gala 2022

Feed your Mind 2022

Together, we raised over $545,000 to support food education for students nationwide! Thank you for your support.

Co Chairs: Ann Beteta & Leah Gordon

Pilot Light’s Feed Your Mind Gala is a celebration of food education and one of Chicago’s premier culinary events. On November 4th, our founders – chefs Jason Hammel, Paul Kahan, Justin Large, and Matthias Merges – shared the stage with acclaimed Chicago chefs, including Jonathan Zaragoza (Birrieria Zaragoza & Con Todo), Beverly Kim & Johnny Clark (Wherewithall & Parachute), James Martin (Bocadillo Market), Joe Flamm (Rose Mary & BLVD Steakhouse) and Genie Kwon & Tim Flores (Kasama). Together, they created an unforgettable experience for our guests and raise funds to support students and teachers with food education that is part of everyday learning.



Thank you to our sponsors!

Save the Date for November 3, 2023! See you next year!


Missed the gala but still want to support Pilot Light? A gift of any amount will help make food education and its benefits accessible to more students across the country. Please be generous.


All gifts are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. We will gratefully acknowledge all donations of $250 or more received by October 13, 2022, in our Gala program.

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