Pilot Light Gala 2022

Feed your Mind 2022

Friday, November 4, 2022
The Arbory

Co Chairs: Ann Beteta & Leah Gordon

Pilot Light’s 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 – will share 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 will create an unforgettable experience for our guests and raise funds to support students and teachers with food education that is part of everyday learning.


While our in-person dinner sold out quickly, you can still sign up to tune into the gala live–from home! You’ll learn more about Pilot Light’s mission and impact, enjoy special appearances from our guest chefs, and have the chance to bid on our exclusive live and silent auctions, where you’ll find exciting food, wine, and travel experiences you can’t find anywhere else! 

Make it a party! We are excited to partner with One Off Hospitality to offer at-home catering options from avec River North and Big Star. When you sign up for your virtual ticket, you’ll have the opportunity to pair it with everything you need for an at-home viewing party with your friends and family!

Thank you to our sponsors!


Pilot Light’s annual Gala is our single largest fundraiser.

Your gift makes it possible to support students with experiential food education lessons! 

The gala raises significant funds to support Pilot Light’s growing work. Since 2010, Pilot Light has partnered with chefs and educators to support food education and make it a part of a student’s daily learning. By igniting interest through relatable and tangible academic content, Pilot Light fosters interpersonal connections while building critical skills needed to make informed food choices. For today. For tomorrow. For a lifetime.

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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