In case you missed it last week, the Chicago History Museum hosted the 2019 Gourmand Gala on October 17th. This year, the charity event raised $250,000 for Culinary Care, a Chicago-based nonprofit. Culinary Care’s mission is to provide free meals prepared by local restaurants for cancer patients undergoing treatment.
Culinary Care’s founder, Courtney White’s father died of lung cancer in 2006. While he was sick, Courtney remembers the suffering he went through and the toll taken on everyone. Seeing her father laying in the hospital bed made her and her family feel helpless. During this difficult time, she recalls that the meals brought to her family from friends, neighbors and loved ones gave them strength and hope. This inspired her to start Culinary Care with the goal of giving patients and their families the same kind of strength Courtney and her family once so desperately needed.
The Gala raised critical funds to aid in Culinary Care’s mission of providing free meals prepared by local restaurants to cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy and their families at the Gala. Guests enjoyed dishes created and served by local chefs, sipped on craft cocktails, placed bets to win unique culinary experiences and watched the awards given to the best cancer-friendly dishes and individuals having the biggest impact on Culinary Care’s mission.