Dining & 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 in 2018. As a result of your warm and uplifting conversation we are delighted to announce that Dining & Conversation will be held again on:

Wednesday, May 01, 2019
Beginning at 5:30 in the Evening at
the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park
Chicago, Illinois

Due to the high demand for tickets and sponsorships, tickets are now only available through contacting our office directly. Please contact Amy Kaczmarek, Director of Development, at 312-372-8200 or akaczmarek@sosillinois.org to reserve your ticket. 

We are excited to share our list of confirmed Luminaries and Celebrity Chefs, as well as our 2019 Emcee and 2019 Sponsor:

2019 Sponsor

2019 Luminaries

Christian Bale, Academy Award Winning Actor
Sibi Bale, Film Production Specialist
Lou Canellis, Fox Sports Anchor
David Eigenberg, Actor, Chicago Fire
Josh Earnest, Chief Communications Officer, United Airlines
Zach Filkins, Grammy Nominated Lead Guitarist, OneRepublic
Gillian Flynn, Best-Selling Author and Screenwriter
Elayne Granger, Director, AT&T External & Legislative Affairs Office
Leslie Hindman, Founder + Chair, Leslie Hindman Auctioneers
Star Jones, Attorney, Television Host, and Journalist
“Candid” Candace Jordan, Award Winning Media Host and Personality
Adam McKay, Academy Award Winning Director and Screenwriter
Jamie Rhee, Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA), Commissioner
Dr. Stuart Strahl, President & CEO, Chicago Zoological Society
Scott Turow, Author & Attorney
Anna Valencia, City Clerk of Chicago

2019 Emcee

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

2019 Celebrity Chefs

Louie Alexakis, Chef, Partner and Managing Member, Avli
John Coletta, Founding Chef and Partner, Quartino Ristorante
Federico Comacchio, Executive Chef, Coco Pazzo
Graham Crowe, Mixologist, TWO
Kevin Cuddihee, Executive Chef, Porter Kitchen and Deck
Kevin Hickey, Chef-Patron, The Duck Inn
George Jewell, Owner, Jewell Events Catering
Tom Van Lente, Executive Chef and Owner, TVL Culinary
Dan McGee, Executive Chef, Swissôtel Chicago
Ryan Pitts, Executive Chef, RL Restaurant
Tony Priolo, Executive Chef, Piccolo Sogno

Visit us frequently as 2019 Luminaries, Celebrity Chefs, and Sponsors are announced. Please contact Amy Kaczmarek at 312-372-8200 or akaczmarek@sosillinois.org for questions.

Last Year’s Full List of 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

Last Year’s Emcee

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

Last Year’s 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