On Saturday, May 4, top chefs, culinary personalities, and celebrity supporters gathered in Chicago to support the Alzheimer’s Association and shine a light on Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Hosted by chef Stephanie Izard at Girl & the Goat, the dinner event drew attendees including Hugh Acheson, Jose Enrique, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Art Smith, Andrew Zimmern, and more. The evening also featured a performance from Jon Batiste, who shared songs from his new album, “Hollywood African.”
Izard introduced the event with a moving speech, sharing that both of her grandmothers experienced forms of dementia, and that the carefully curated family-style menu was one that she would have loved to share with her grandparents. “Now, having a 3-year-old son, Ernie, my worst fear is not being able to know him as an adult,” said Izard. “But by coming together with the culinary community, I have hope that we can inspire others to share their stories, get involved, and join the movement to make sure that no other families have to experience this disease.”
The event serves as a launch pad for the Alzheimer’s Association’s new awareness platform, Around the Table. Inspired by the universal connection between food and life’s important moments, the campaign will rally the culinary community to come together to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s disease and its impact on individuals, families and communities. Throughout the year, Alzheimer’s Association Culinary Champions such as Hugh Acheson and Scott Conant will continue to share their own stories connecting food to nostalgia and encourage others to get involved in the fight to end Alzheimer’s disease.
For more information, please visit alz.org/aroundthetable.