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Third Annual

Taste of
Evanston

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.

 
 

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Principal Beneficiaries

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.

 
 

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Participating Restaurants

 

Sponsors

 

Featuring...

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Vince Gerasole

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

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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

AJ Sacco

AJ Sacco, combines humor and close up sleight of hand.  AJ has been twice named the best magician in Chicago by the Chicago Reader: ajsacco.com 

 
 
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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.

 
 
 
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The Evanston Lighthouse Rotary Club serves the needs of our local community and our brothers and sisters around the world.  Here’s what we are currently doing:

Community Service Projects

   Repairing homes of low income elderly, disabled and families with children

   Providing professional dental care for those in need

   Supporting healthy breakfast programs for elementary school students

   Funding job training programs

   Supporting mental health care for our neighbors in need

    Funding addiction treatment for young adults

   Helping to provide legal services and advocacy for disconnected youth

   Delivering meals for the homebound in Evanston

 

International Service Projects

   Supporting ongoing work to eradicate Polio worldwide

   Providing sustainable access to clean water and sanitation in Haiti

   Supporting construction at a school for orphans in India

   Funding safe sex education in rural communities in Kenya

   Sponsoring doctor training for cleft surgery in the Philippines

  Funding the rescue and rehabilitation of trafficked children in Ghana

   Providing solar power to a school in Uganda

   Providing laparoscopic surgical equipment in Bolivia


The Evanston Lighthouse Rotary Club meets Tuesdays from 7:15 to 8:30 am at the Hilton Garden Inn, 1818 Maple Avenue, Evanston, Illinois 60201, for breakfast and a speaker.  Membership is open to service oriented residents and workers of the area.  Guests are welcome to attend the meetings.  To learn more about the club, its schedule of breakfast programs, and its charitable and service programs, visit www.evlrc.org.

 
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Please join us!