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City’s top chefs to assemble for market benefit

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The Friends of Evanston Farmers Markets released a list Tuesday of the 12 chefs that will be vieing for attention at the organization’s annual benefit later this month.

Both the new “hot” restaurants, such as Boltwood, Found, Farmhouse, and Hoosier Mama will be represented as well as such old favorites as Chef’s Station, Stained Glass, Campagnola, and Quince.

Other top eateries on the list include Bistro Bordeaux, Feast & Imbibe, Hewn, and Tomate Fresh Kitchen.

The chefs are paired with farmers who sell fresh produce at the weekly farmers market held Saturdays in downtown Evanston.

Hosting the benefit will be Now We’re Cookin’ at 1601 Payne St.  The food and wine will be flowing from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 18.

Tickets are $80 each and may be purchased at the Friends’ tent at the Saturday downtown market or online.

Proceeds will be used to help Evanston food-stamp recipients afford the fresh local produce offered for sale at the Evanston farmers markets and to help fund the organization’s educational projects and charitable programs.

Here, in alphabetical order, are the participating restaurants and the chefs representing them:

Bistro Bordeaux – Chef Aaron Brockwell

Boltwood – Chef Brian Huston

Chef’s Station – Chef Jose Romero

Farmhouse – Chef Eric Mansavage

Feast & Imbibe – Chef D’Andre Carter

Found – Chef Nicole Pedersen

Hewn – Chef Ellen King

Hummingbird/Campagnola/Union  — Chef Vince DiBattista

Hoosier Mama Pie Company – Chef Paula Haney

Quince – Chef Andy Motto

The Stained Glass – Chef Victor Hernandez

Tomate Fresh Kitchen – Chef Tania Merlos-Ruiz

Top: Diners at the Friends benefit last year.

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio stations and business-oriented magazines.

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