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.”
Highlights of the upcoming event include 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 will feature more than 100 pieces (see below for pics of the wonderful art that will be auctioned off!) from local and national artists; and a wonderful live painting from artist, Joey Africa. Guests will enjoy 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 will also feast on donated specialties from Eli's Cheesecake, Wow Bao, Burrito Beach, and Potbelly Sandwich Shop. Italian Village Restaurants donates all wine and cocktails and New Belgium Brewing will be on tap for several selections of their finest beer.
To view all the festive photos from last year's event, visit Real Life Weddings and purchase your own keepsake from the evening!
If you are a businesses/restaurant owner that would like to give your support with a gift certificate/item donation to our silent auction or sponsorship please contact Mindy Neveaux.
And of course, a big thank you goes out to our generous sponsors who help raise money for our award winning programs to help get Chicagoans the services they deserve. We appreciate your support to make this the best One Inspired Evening ever!
We can't wait to see you all on March 7!
Thank you to our sponsors:
Our Charging Station Sponsor:
Huge thanks to the generous artist donations (sizes in inches)!