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Cook-off benefits Evanston fire and police

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Whole Foods and local restaurant entreprenuers hosted a cook-off event tonight to benefit the Evanston Police and Fire Foundation.

Station 2 firefighter Joe Ceriale, Fire Chief Greg Klaiber, Station 5 fire apparatus engineer Craig Brannan, Station 5 firefighter Wayne Davis and Station 2 firefighter Deron Daugherty pose with the Fired Up cook-off trophy. 

Whole Foods and local restaurant entreprenuers hosted a cook-off event tonight to benefit the Evanston Police and Fire Foundation.

The event, called Fired Up, teamed up firefighters from Evanston's Station 2 and Station 5 to compete against each other for best dish at Company, located at 1307 Chicago Avenue. Co-owned by Golden and Lucky Platter owner Eric Singer, the concept restaurant, which opened earlier this year, hosts a rotation of guest chefs and pop-up dinner events. Golden is also owner of Union Pizzeria, concert venue SPACE and co-owner of Chicago's Longman & Eagle restaurant.

All proceeds from the event will be donated to the EPFF, said Fire Chief Greg Klaiber.

A friend of Klaiber's, Golden said he decided to help host the event to both raise money for the foundation and bring community members together for a fun evening.

With ingredients donated by Whole Foods, the Station 5 team whipped up chicken parmesean while Station 2 created their version of rolled and stuffed flank steak. 

Station 5's meal ultimately won the cook-off in a two to one vote from the event's judges, Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl and two Whole Foods employees. The team, composed of firefighter Wayne Davis and fire apparatus engineer Craig Brannan, took home a small golden trophy as proof of their culinary finesse.

 

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