Fifth Annual “Chefs on the Grill” Event To Benefit The Special Olympics

Local Chefs Participate in Cooking Competition for Charity 

Wednesday, June 20
5:30-9:00 p.m.

$75 in advance; $90 at the door

What better way to welcome summer 2012 than with a little friendly grilling competition among Chicago chefs, all in the name of charity.  On Wednesday, June 20 (Summer Solstice), more than one dozen chefs will compete in the fifth annual “Chefs on the Grill” event in the heart of Millennium Park.  Hosted by Park Grill restaurant, this fun, outdoor culinary extravaganza will benefit Special Olympics Chicago.  Each chef will create a grilled dish of their choice and attendees will taste samples and vote for their favorite.  The winning chef will receive a Chefs on the Grill trophy and, of course, bragging rights until next year’s event.

This year, a mixology element has been added to the competition. Each participating restaurant will also offer a creative cocktail. Guests will be asked to also vote for their favorite summer sipper. A trophy will be awarded to the restaurant that produces the drink with the most votes.

The Walk-Ins will perform on The Plaza, starting at 6:00 p.m.  A raffle and silent auction will be held, with all proceeds benefiting The Special Olympics.  This year’s event will be emceed by local TV personality Steve Dolinsky, ABC 7’s “Hungry Hound.”

The $75 ticket price ($90 at the door) includes unlimited food and cocktail sampling from 5:30-9:00 p.m.  A full cash bar will also be offered. Tickets are available for purchase at or by calling 312-521-7275.

Participating restaurants include:

Park Grill – Chef Michael Wallach
The Gage/Henri – Chef Dirk Flanigan
III Forks (last year’s winner) – Chef Clark Grant
IPO – Chef Trevor Hoyte
Rhapsody – Chef Dean Zanella
Atwood Cafe – Chef Derek Simcik
Cantina Laredo – Chef Angel Blasco
EPIC – Chef Mark Pollard
City Tavern – Chef Kendal Duque
Rosebud Prime – Chef Nahuel Rodriguez
Rosebud Steakhouse – Chef Ben Walanka
Markethouse – Chef Scott Walton
ZED451 – Chef Patrick Justice

* additional chefs to be announced

The Plaza at Park Grill
11 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60602
(312) 521-7275  

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