10th Anniversary of Cooking up Change

Join us for the 10th anniversary of Cooking up Change, a 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. Online registration has ended, but you can buy tickets at the door or by emailing RSVP@healthyschoolscampaign.org.

Dress code is business casual or cocktail. No jeans.

Can’t attend, but still want to participate? You can make a donation or buy Grand Prize Raffle tickets below.

You can participate in our silent auction through our mobile bidding site. Click on “Experience the Event Live” to participate in the auction remotely. Items include:

  • VIP Tour of Revolution Brewing for 10, dinner for two at Revolution Brewing and swag
  • Two international tickets to Mexico, Central America or the Caribbean
  • A dinner for you and five friends prepared in your own house by the personal chef to the Chicago Cubs

Celebrate with 100 students

Cooking up Change is a dynamic competition that challenges Chicago high school culinary students to create healthy school meals that also taste great. At this event, you’ll meet talented student chefs, taste innovative meals and cheer for your favorite team as the winners are announced. The winning team members go on to compete in the national finals in Washington, D.C., present their meal to Congress, and raise their voices in support of healthy school food.

Win a fabulous prize

Cooking up Change serves as Healthy Schools Campaign’s annual benefit and includes a silent auction, bite-size raffle and grand prize raffle. This year’s grand raffle prize is a luxe trip to sunny California! Roundtrip airfare and four-day, three-night accommodations for four included.

raffleGrand Prize Raffle: California Dreamin’
Dream up your ideal California vacation and choose one of three fantastic locations: San Francisco, Los Angeles or Napa Valley. Roundtrip airfare and four-day, three-night accommodations for four included. Tickets are $50 each or three for $100

Enjoy a special 10th anniversary party

Join 700 guests for an electric night in an amazing arts space with a DJ, gourmet food and drinks, a photo booth and more. Raise a glass to toast 10 years of Cooking up Change!

Chicago Sponsors








Official Education Partner
Chicago Public Schools CTE Culinary Arts Program

Culinary Scholarship Sponsor 
Washburne Culinary Institute

Advocate Children’s Hospital
American Hospital Association
Clune Construction Company

Bespoke Commercial Real Estate
BMO Harris Bank
Chipotle Mexican Grill
Cristina Foods, Inc.
Perkins + Will

Alper Services LLC
Clif Bar
Illinois Association of School Nurses
RATIO Architects
Wishbone Restaurant
Rick and Donna Yule

National Sponsors

Gold Sponsor


Gold Supporter


National School Nutrition Partner


Official Culinary Partner


Official Travel Partner


Silver Sponsor

American Federation of Teachers

Event Leadership

Honorary Chairs
U.S. Senator Dick Durbin
Chef Daniel Giusti

Event Co-Chairs
Triste and Ian Smith

Marion Brooks, Reporter/Anchor, NBC5 News

View the full Host and Benefit Committee list.

Get Involved!

Find out more about sponsoring Cooking up Change or joining our Host and Benefit committees.

Grand Prize Raffle and Donation

Purchase Grand Prize Raffle tickets or make a donation! You can participate in our silent auction through our mobile bidding site.