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I AM A GENTLEMAN, INC. in partnership with Mariano’s, has recently launched a new initiative called Sunday Dinner, which will travel across the Chicagoland area to different neighborhoods providing 100 residents, guests and friends with a fully cooked meal created by local chefs. Sunday Dinner is designed to promote unity within the community and to allow families the opportunity at a a meal.

“When I was growing up, the highlight of my Sunday was having dinner with my family,” said Jermaine Lawrence Anderson, Founder & Executive Director of IAAG. “Partnering with Mariano’s and their cadre of award-winning local chefs and caterers, we will be providing meals that will include an entrée, 2-3 side dishes, dessert, beverages and all of the cutlery needed to make dinner complete. I can remember my home on a Sunday afternoon being filled with the savory aroma of home cooked food. Now that families are moving in different directions, Mariano’s is helping us to recreate the values of family, of community and of dinner.”  

I AM A GENTLEMAN, INC. is a national organization that mentors and empowers African American male teens through various programs and activities and teaches them what it means to give back to others.

Here is the list of the participating chefs and what they will be making as part of their Sunday Dinner meal.  

September 6th 2pm-4pm – Chef Bill Kim, urbanbelly

Location: Outdoors on the Corner of Division & California

·       ‘Love Story Told Through Food’ – Roasted Lemon Chicken Thigh with Puerto Rican Bean Stew & Jasmine Rice 

September 13th – 2pm-4pm Chef Julius Russell, A Tale of Two Chefs 

Location: The Firehouse, 2211 South Hamlin Avenue

·       ‘Sunday Dinner in France’ – Calvados Braised Chicken, Haricot Vert (French Green Beans w/ Sun-dried Tomatoes & Truffles, Roasted Potatoes w/Thyme & Tarragon 

September 20th – 2pm - 4pm Chef Brian Jupiter, Frontier and Ina Mae’s Tavern and Packaged Goods

Location: TBD

·       Smoked Chicken with 5 Cheese Mac and Seasonal Veggies 

September 27th – 2pm - 4pm Chef Dominique Leach, Lexington Betty

Location: TBD

·       Pulled Pork, Greens and Mac & Cheese

*all desserts and beverages will be provided by Mariano’s


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