Two important fundraisers supplied food for hungry donors on June 25.
The popular Heartland Health Outreach event Chefs and the City moved to a new location at the Montgomery Club complete with two rooms of cuisine. The organization returned to a tasting station format, as opposed to a formal sit-down dinner the year before. There were samplings from more than 20 Chicago restaurants, including Acadia, Sepia and Boka. RL Restaurant supplied bone-marrow sliders that were unforgettable while El Ideas experimented with French fries in a frosty.
Meanwhile, across town in the West Loop, Chicago Artists Coalition's Starving Artist event took over Venue One. Visual arts, dance and a lively party put the "fun" in this fundraiser. Among the highlights: Chef Sean Pharr creatively hung crispy pork skins off of tree branches for guests. Also, the Shake Shack was a huge hit among guests, with burgers and ice cream for attendees.
For more on Heartland's work, visit www.heartlandhealthoutreach.org .The Coalition has more information at www.chicagoartistscoalition.org .
Photos and text by Jerry Nunn