After serving a short time in prison, Antonio was working on his GED when he enrolled in the Foodservice Training program. He graduated with flying colors, and now works as a line cook at Inspiration Kitchens – Garfield Park.
“I come in here, and the outside world is gone. I’ve never had anything like that, and Inspiration Kitchens changed my life. And I love you all for that.”
One Inspired Evening was another amazing evening with inspiring art, fantastic food and great people! Thank you to everyone that attended the event and to the many volunteers who helped make the night a success!
Highlights of the event included a juried art auction by Chicago business owner Steven E. Gross, artist and managing director of Firecat Projects Stan Klein, and artist and founder/director of the Chicago Printmakers Collaborative Deborah Maris Lader. It featured more than 100 pieces (see below for pics of the wonderful art that were auctioned off!) from local and national artists; and a wonderful live painting from artist, Joey Africa. Guests enjoyed live music from the Sam Sinclair Trio; cocktails and heavy hors d’oeuvres buffet catered by Inspiration Kitchens, our food service training program and social enterprise, with restaurants in Garfield Park and Uptown.
Guests also feasted on donated specialties from Eli's Cheesecake, Wow Bao, Burrito Beach, and Potbelly Sandwich Shop. Italian Village Restaurants donated all wine and cocktails and New Belgium Brewing was on tap for several selections of their finest beer, including their newest - Snapshot. They also provided a photobooth for guests to take home their own 'snapshot'!
To view all the festive photos from this year's event, visit Real Life Weddings and purchase your own keepsake from the evening!
A big thank you goes out to all the businesses/restaurant owners that gave their support with a gift certificate or item donation to our silent auction. And of course, to our generous sponsors who raised money for our award winning programs to help get Chicagoans the services they deserve. We appreciated your support to make this the best One Inspired Evening ever!
We can't wait to see you all next year!
Thank you to our sponsors:
Our Charging Station Sponsor:
Huge thanks to the generous artist donations (sizes in inches)!