Luminaries and Celebrity Chefs

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

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
“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
Jenny Wray, Professional Foster Parent, SOS Children’s Villages Illinois
Anna Valencia, City Clerk of Chicago

2019 Emcee

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

2019 Celebrity Chefs

Tony Priolo, Dining & Conversation Lead Chef & Executive Chef, Piccolo Sogno
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
Christopher Gawronski, Executive Chef, The Gage
George Jewell, Owner, Jewell Events Catering
Dan McGee, Executive Chef, Swissôtel Chicago
Ryan Pitts, Executive Chef, RL Restaurant
Liz Plascencia, Pastry Chef, Swissôtel Chicago
Nicole Raftery, Regional Director of Operations, Morton’s The Steakhouse
Tom Van Lente, Executive Chef and Owner, TVL Culinary

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

 

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