EAT & EVOLVE 2023
ANNUAL FUNDRAISER
IN SUPPORT OF THE EVOLVED NETWORK NFP
Monday, October 16,
6-9pm CST
Join us as we come together to learn how we can help Chicago’s youth from our city’s most underserved communities see that their possibilities outweigh their limitations and that through food we can heal, care and love one another, while fighting against social structures that reinforce the opposite.

Meet some of Chicago’s top Chefs while enjoying tastings from their restaurants including:
Plus…come sip the “The Evolved Network” inspired cocktail and mocktail designed by eden’s mixologists as well as beer and wine.
  • chef stations
    from some of Chicago’s best restaurants
  • open bar
    cocktails and mocktails designed by eden’s mixologists, beer and wine
  • meet & greet
    with The Evolved Network's team
  • silent auction
    exclusive items from partner Chefs and our generous sponsors
PARTICIPATING CHEFS
We are honored and so grateful for each of these incredible chefs. Their support of our cause has significantly impacted our early success. We are incredibly lucky that the Chicago Chef scene has our back. We hope the togetherness embodied in this event gets you closer to The Evolved Network’s mission.
  • SARAH STEGNER
    Prairie Grass Cafe
    In spite of her award-winning history, Chef Sarah Stegner is modest in the way she approaches her life as a chef.. Learn more.
  • DEVON QUINN
    eden
    After earning his degree in Culinary Arts from Le Cordon Bleu, Devon went on to cultivate his culinary proficiency.. Learn more.
  • PAUL KAHAN
    One off Hospitality
    Chef and partner Paul Kahan has become the nationally recognizable face of Chicago chefs. Passionately seasonal, .. Learn more.
  • GREG WADE
    Publican Quality Bread
    Leading America’s bread renaissance in Chicago is Greg Wade, Managing Partner at Publican Quality Bread, .. Learn more.
  • TIGIST REDA
    Demera
    Tigist Reda, Executive Chef and Owner/Operator of Demera, was born and raised in Ethiopia in a city where her family.. Learn more.
  • PAUL VIRANT
    Vie, Gaijin, Visto Prime
    Accolades include 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2011 finalist nominations for the James Beard Foundation Award's Best Chef: Learn more.
  • LINDSEY ANDERSON
    UVAE Kitchen & Wine Bar
    Lindsey began her journey in the hospitality industry at the age of 16.. Learn more.
  • D'ANDRE CARTER
    Soul & Smoke
    Chef D’Andre Carter has earned a national reputation as an elite fine-dining chef, but his true passion, obsession,.. Learn more.
  • CHRISTINE CIKOWSKI
    Honey Butter Fried Chicken
    Christine Cikowski serves a menu mindful of just how comforting food can be, especially when.. Learn more.
  • DARNELL REED
    Luella’s Southern Kitchen
    Darnell Reed born in Chicago Illinois. Studied culinary arts at Washburne Trade School. 18 years at Hilton Hotels starting as.. Learn more.
  • SANDRA HOLL
    Floriole
    Sandra Holl graduated from the University of Colorado with a BA in French but decided to go to culinary school.. Learn more.
  • BECCA GROTHE
    TriBecca’s
    Becca Grothe grew up in Galesburg, Illinois and discovered her love of food from a young age. She began.. Learn more.
  • RICK ORTIZ
    Antique Taco
    Rick Ortiz is no stranger to the culinary scene. His interest in food started at a young age.. Learn more.
  • ARSHIYA FARHEEN
    Verzenay
    Chef Arshiya grew up in India with ties to small family farms, lived in Paris to train professionally in pastry arts.. Learn more.
  • SEBASTIAN WHITE
    The Evolved Network
    Sebastian is a trained psychotherapist, who was working with youth who were gang-involved, labeled at-risk,.. Learn more.
AUCTION IS LIVE

HOST COMMITTEE

We are extremely grateful for the The Evolved Network's board of directors and host committee who made this event possible.


Committee Chair:
  • Sarah Stegner

Committee Members:

  • Diane Sokolofski
  • Amanda Puck
  • Jerry Adelmann
  • Adam Alonso
  • Rick & Martha Meyer
  • David & Melissa Clark
  • Darren & Rebecca Gest
  • Eda Davidman
  • John Nitschke
  • Carol Wagner
  • Sheryl Bloom
  • Kristine Holtz

To join host committee please reach out to us at info@theevolvednetwork.org

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

  • Gillian Barjon
  • Meg Wheaton
  • Sonjah Dessalines
  • Jodi Fyfe
  • Carolyn Kaiser
  • Karen Wilkes
  • Emily Buxton
  • Laurell Sims
  • Diana Klimovich
  • Alexandra DeSorbo-Quinn
  • Peter Conway
"OUR BEST SHOT AT CHANGE IS TOGETHER"

The Evolved Network is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.


"Sebastian provides a safe space where “our kids” can heal. Using food, farming, and accessibility to expand their perception of choice, their value, and sense of belonging. The Evolved Network is redefining accessibility as not something reactive, but as something that fights oppressive systems and that is sustainable and transformative for our kids.

We all can make a difference, an impact by supporting The Evolved Network. We contribute to the success of the lives of “our kids”.


Sarah Stegner

IT'S THE SMALL THINGS
THAT CAN BE THE MOST MEANINGFUL

All proceeds support The Evolved Network’s general operations, programming, and capacity for expansion. Sebastian is wearing a lot of hats and he needs all of our help to push The Evolved Network to the next level, which means impacting more kids, expanding our community, and building upon the foundation we have started to lay in our Chicago communities.


Donations are tax-deductible for federal income tax purposes to the fullest extent allowed by law.

EVENT SPONSORS