Dining and Conversation



Thank you for joining us at this year’s Dining and Conversation! With the help of our gracious Luminaries and talented Celebrity Chefs, we were proud to present an evening worthy of being shared with you. As a result of your warm and uplifting conversation, our time together was a truly an event that will be remembered for years to come. Please visit us soon to view our professional photos from Dining and Conversation. 

 2018 Luminaries

Christian Bale, Academy Award Winning Actor
Sibi Bale, Film Production Specialist
Dan Cronin, Chairman, DuPage County Board
David Hudanish, Associate General Counsel, Amazon Web Services
Mo Katibeh, Chief Marketing Officer, AT&T Business
Susana A. Mendoza, Comptroller, State of Illinois
Marianne Murciano, TV and Radio Host
Alexander Pissios, President, Cinespace Chicago Film Studio
Bob Sirott, TV and Radio Host
Tom Skilling, Chief Meteorologist, WGN-TV
Julia Stasch, President, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Gloria Steinem, Feminist Activist
Kurt Summers, Treasurer, City of Chicago
Rochelle Trotter, Director, Charles and Rochelle Trotter Culinary Endowment
Edward J. Wehmer, Founder, President & Chief Executive Officer, Wintrust

Emcee and Luminary

Micah Materre, Emmy Award Winning Journalist and Anchor, WGN Evening News

2018 Celebrity Chefs

John Coletta, Founding Chef and Partner, Quartino Ristorante
Federico Comacchio
, Executive Chef, Coco Pazzo
Kevin Cuddihee, Executive Chef, TWO
Christopher Gawronski, Executive Chef, The Gage
George Jewell, Owner, Jewell Events Catering
Michael Klug, Head Chocolatier, L.A. Burdick Chocolates
Dan McGee, Executive Chef, Swissôtel Chicago
Raki Mehra, Morton’s The Steakhouse
Mark Sparacino, Executive Chef and Owner, Prosecco Restaurant
John Ward, Owner, Seven Lions
Tom Van Lente, Owner, TVL Culinary
Dean Zanella, Executive Chef, Congress Theater