Cooking up Change Chicago 2015

October 29, 2015

6:00-9:00 pm

Skyline Loft at the Bridgeport Art Center


Join us for this one-of-a-kind culinary competition and incredible party that supports Healthy Schools Campaign’s work to make schools healthier places where all children can learn and thrive.

About Cooking up Change

Cooking up Change is a dynamic culinary competition that puts student voices front-and-center in the national conversation about school food. With limited ingredients, tight deadlines and real-life constraints, teams of high school culinary students take on a big challenge: Create a delicious, nutritious school lunch that their peers enjoy.

Healthy Schools Campaign launched Cooking up Change in Chicago in 2007 to engage students and the broader community in a dialogue about critical changes needed in our nation’s school meal program. Since that time, stronger school food nutrition standards have been implemented, and Cooking up Change students continue to lead the way by re-imagining school meals that are healthy, delicious and fun.

The weeks-long Cooking up Change program culminates on October 29 at a lively and exciting event that also serves as Healthy Schools Campaign’s annual benefit. The student chefs present their dishes to a panel of esteemed judges, and guests get to taste the students’ delicious recipes and be part of the celebration when the winning teams are announced.

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Thanks to Our Chicago Sponsors


Culinary Scholarship Sponsor
Washburne Culinary Institute

Clune Construction
Cristina Foods, Inc.

Advocate Children’s Hospital
American Hospital Association
Testa Produce, Inc.

Illinois Association of School Nurses

Jessica and Dean Gerdes
Mike and Melissa Ginter

Thanks to Our National Sponsors


Silver Sponsor
American Federation of Teachers

Event Leadership

Official Education Partner
Chicago Public Schools CTE Culinary Arts and Agricultural Science Programs

Cooking up Change Event Chair
Bill Berenson, President, Great Lakes Market, Aetna

Cooking up Change Host Committee
Susan S. Aaron*
Veronica Anderson
Robin and Tony Armour
Lucy* and Peter Ascoli
Bill* and Karen Berenson
Martha Dewey Bergren
Bess and Candelario Celio
Esther Corpuz*
Lester and Beverly Davis
Rochelle Davis and Ken Rolling
Kelly* and Brian Dettmann
Reven Fellars*
Lisa Gershenson and John Chavez
Jill Houk and Scott Herrington
Cheryl Bondy Kaplan
Jack Kaplan and Marian Macsai
Rob* and Susan Rogers
Triste* and Ian Smith
Gwen G. Solberg*
Peggy Walker*
Jeff and Jasmine Whitehead

Cooking up Change Benefit Committee
Kristi and Benjamin Cox
Claire Marcy and Andrew Micheli
Eugénie Pabst
William and Sara Porter
Susan Samek and Michael Ryan
Ernest Sanders*

*Healthy Schools Campaign Board Member

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