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.