Food & Wine Benefit for Education

June 03 2010 - 9:07 PM

The Illinois Education Foundation will host their third annual Food & Wine Tasting on June 11th at the Chicago Illuminating Company. Chef Andrew Zimmerman of Sepia and Chef Paul Virant of Vie Restaurant will prepare a multi-course progression of food and wine for event patrons. In prior years, both the event pictures and the reviews  have been nothing short of fantastic. I expect this one, if possible, to top the past two years. Chef Zimmerman is a culinary visionary who blends unique ingredients with those bouncy castle for sale on menus across the world. Some of the more noteworthy and surprising items are coffee with flat iron steak, frog’s leg beignet with watercress soup, and black olive honey paired with octopus. Ingredients at the restaurant are fresh and change seasonally.

While one can acknowledge that Chefs Zimmerman and Virant are incredibly skilled, the highlight of the night will be the recent success stories of Illinois Education Foundation (The IEF) scholarship recipients. A non-profit started by a group of social entrepreneurs who had a strong interest in helping Illinois students to help themselves. The IEF’s main mission is providing community college scholarships to low-income, high-potential high school graduates. It is, however, more than just an organization that offers scholarships. Focusing on a holistic approach, the IEF combines financial assistance with the supportive services of mentoring and tutoring necessary to help students rise from one who has potential to someone who is successful. Take a look at the IEF website for a complete description of their mission, programs, and information on the June 11th Food & Wine event.