Please join us on July 9, 2017 from 4-7pm on the terrace of the magnificent Charles Gates Dawes House, home of the Evanston History Center, for delicious appetizers, entrees and desserts from Evanston's trendiest restaurants - and wash it down with beverages from local breweries, wine shops, and coffee roasters. Enjoy the virtuosic Gypsy jazz music of the Alfonso Ponticelli & Swing Gitan, the sleight of hand magic of AJ Sacco, tour the exquisite interior of the historic mansion, and much more. View schedule here.
This year's theme is "Hungry For Work!" as proceeds will support local job training programs as well as ongoing philanthropic projects of the Evanston Lighthouse Rotary Club. If you aren't able to attend, please make a generous donation.
Event proceeds will benefit several local nonprofits whose mission aligns with work readiness. Funds raised will help the No Boundaries Training Program to provide workplace training for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities; Evanston Rebuilding Warehouse to teach deconstruction skills to people who are low-income, homeless, or ex-offenders; and the Evanston Work Ethic Program to provide mentoring, training and financial assistance to ETHS students who aspire to careers in the skilled trades.
Vince Gerasole, an award winning reporter and anchor for CBS 2 Chicago will emcee the event. Gerasole has been honored for excellence in broadcast journalism throughout his career. In addition to receiving 14 Emmy Awards, he was named the Best Broadcast Reporter and Best Newswriter in the state by the Associated Press of Illinois, and he is a three-time James Beard Award nominee for Excellence in Broadcast Food Reporting: chicago.cbslocal.com
Alfonso Ponticelli & swing gitan
Alfonso Ponticelli, Chicago’s preeminent Gypsy jazz artist and recipient of the Leonardo da Vinci award for outstanding achievement in performing arts, leads his trio in lively renditions of Django Reinhardt favorites and original compositions. Ponticelli plays each Wednesday from 9pm – 1am at the Green Mill, 4802 N. Broadway in Chicago: swinggitan.com
Charles Gates Dawes House
The 1895 Dawes House rests on a two-acre lakefront site. Designed in the French chateaux style, the three-and-a- half story mansion has twenty-five rooms, six bedrooms, six bathrooms and twelve fireplaces. Once home to the 30th Vice President of the United States, the Dawes House is a national Historic Landmark and home to the Evanston History Center. Tours of the house will be available during the event. Click the following for directions here.
Tips from Participating Restaurants
Terra & Vine
hoosier mama pie co.