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The Illinois Restaurant Association ”turns back time” for an “Awesome 80’s” Chef’s Table Benefit Friday, November 2 from 6 – 10 p.m. at Morgan MFG (401 North Morgan St). The 41st Annual Chef’s Table celebrates and honors the food service industry while featuring Chicago bites. 

In honor of the event’s 41st anniversary, guests will dance the night away to top ‘80’s hits, while donning their brightest neon, legwarmers and other ‘80’s attire (big hair is encouraged). The evening will include specialty-crafted cocktails, chef tables featuring an array of signature dishes and desserts, a silent auction and networking opportunities with hundreds of food service industry professionals. 

Savory station participants include:

Bar Takito & Takito Kitchen, Bombay Wraps, Broken English Taco Pub, City Mouse, Eden, Elephant & Castle Pub & Restaurant, Free Rein Restaurant, Gaylord Fine Indian Cuisine, HMSHost/Wicker Park Seafood & Sushi, Ina Mae Tavern & Packaged Goods, Kendall College School of Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management at National Louis University, La Josie, Manny's Cafeteria & Delicatessen, Pinstripes, Roberto Clemente High School, Son of a Butcher, State and Lake Chicago Tavern, Sysco, Taureaux Tavern, The Dearborn, The Franklin Room, The Radler and Washburne Culinary Institute

Desserts and coffee supplied by:

Beavers Coffee & Donuts, Blue Agave Tequila Bar, Day Dream Coffee Company, Eli's Cheesecake Company, Four Corners Tavern Group, French Pastry School and Kilwins Chocolates, Fudge & Ice Cream

Proceeds from the evening will benefit the Illinois Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (IRAEF) and the statewide ProStart® program. The mission of the IRAEF is to build the state’s hospitality workforce through career exploration, development programs and scholarships. To date, more than $2.8 million in scholarships have been awarded to students by the IRAEF Scholarship Initiative.

Tickets ($250) are available now and can be purchased by calling (312) 787-4000 or visiting The IRAEF is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization. $150 of each ticket is deductible as a charitable contribution.


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