Naperville Area News

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3/7/2019 General
Loaves & Fishes Community Services Hosts Naperville Chef Showdown

Fundraiser to benefit 4,700 families served annually

(Naperville, IL – March 5, 2019)


Loaves & Fishes Community Services is thrilled to announce Naperville Chef Showdown on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at its facility on 1871 High Grove Lane, Naperville. The event, presented by Energy Services and held in partnership again this year with My Chef Catering, will raise funds for essential services for struggling families who come to Loaves & Fishes.

The executive chefs from two popular Naperville restaurants, Chef Crispin Plata from Meson Sabika and Chef Mark Grimes from Che Figata will "compete" to create unique dishes in a stadium kitchen using pre-disclosed ingredients. In tying in with Loaves & Fishes name, one course will feature fish and another, a loaf.

"We are excited to again host this unique event at our facility and are grateful to our sponsors," said CEO & President Mike Havala. "With the exceptional line-up of chefs, judges, sous chefs, emcee and commentator, this is sure to be a memorable and entertaining evening to help those in need."

The chefs will be assisted by celebrity sous chefs Dr. Laura Bokar, Fox Valley Institute; Rebecca Boyd-Obarski, Nagle ObarskiPC/Naperville City Council; Joe Chura, Dealer Inspire; and Dave Kelsch, Advanced Data Technologies. Dishes will be voted upon by a panel of select judges including Naperville Mayor Steve Chirico and last year’s Chef Showdown competition winner Chef Eddie Sweeney from Catch 35.

The evening will be emceed by Ray Kinney from Blooming Color and host of Dine Around Naperville. Additional commentary will be provided by Nicki Anderson, President & CEO of Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce.

Guests will enjoy cocktails and appetizers provided by My Chef Catering.

Additional sponsors for Naperville Chef Showdown include Michael & Mary Schroeck, BNY Mellon Wealth Management, Ben Wiersum Sound Technology, Advanced Data Technologies, Dine Naperville, Busey Bank, Bob’s Discount Furniture, Professional Analysis and Consulting, Webit, Kevin Ryan, D.D.S., Thai Bodywork by Juan, Synapse House, Esser Hayes, Marquette/Ryan Hill, and NCTV17.

Reservations are $100 per person; $70 of each ticket is tax deductible. Register online at or contact Nicole Louis at

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