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April 30, 2013

50 of DC’s Top Chefs Team Up to Serve Inspired Dishes at Chef's Best


Washington, D.C.– On Monday, May 13th, more than 50 of the area’s best chefs will dish up special tastings of their signature plates in the ballroom of the Washington Hilton to raise money for Food & Friends, a non-profit organization based in Washington, DC. The chefs are participating in the organization’s Chef’s Best Dinner & Auction Celebrating Food & Friends’ 25th Anniversary presented by the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) Foundation.

Thanks to the efforts of this year’s Celebrity Chef Chair Jeff Black of Black Restaurant Group, guests will enjoy tastings prepared by some of the region’s most talented chefs including: Teddy Folkman,Granville Moore’s; Wes Morton, Art and Soul; James Huff, Pearl Dive Oyster Palace; Nicolas Flores, Hank’s Oyster Bar; RJ Cooper, Rogue 24; Matteo Venini, Posto; Aldo Ramos, The Heights; Jennifer Nguyen, Zentan Restaurant; and Jeff Tunks,
DC Coast among other notables from the DC dining scene. In addition, attendees will have the opportunity to bid on an array of exciting silent and live auction items featuring fantastic trips, one-of-a-kind experiences and private dining opportunities.

All proceeds from Chef’s Best will ensure the delivery of specialized meals and personalized nutrition counseling to Food & Friends’ clients living with cancer, HIV/AIDS and other life-challenging illnesses. This year, supporters will help provide more than one million meals to more than 2,900 individuals in Washington, DC, Virginia and Maryland.

Food & Friends depends on the support of corporations, foundations and individuals and is grateful for the sponsors who have contributed to Chef’s Best.

“The diverse and powerful personal stories that comprise the world of Food & Friends define bravery, compassion and generosity. It simply is not possible to engage with Food & Friends without encountering extraordinary people – and that stands true among the patients, the volunteers, the supporters and the staff alike. In honor of all of these heroes, the NACDS Foundation is pleased to serve for the second consecutive year as the Presenting Sponsor of Food & Friends’ 23rd Annual Chef’s Best Dinner & Auction.”

During Chef’s Best, Food & Friends will proudly honor Washingtonian and Cathy Merrill Williams, President and Publisher, for giving a voice to our community and for highlighting not only the very best that Washington has to offer but showcasing what is truly special – its people.

“I am both proud and humbled to be honored by Food & Friends, an organization I have long admired,” says Cathy Merrill Williams, President and Publisher of Washingtonian Media. “The Washingtonian shares your deep commitment to the Washingtonian community and we commend your tireless efforts to feed both the bodies and souls of our most vulnerable citizens.

Tickets to Chef’s Best are $250 for individuals or $2,500 for a table and sponsorships begin at $850. Visit to purchase tickets and to see a current list of chefs and sponsors. The VIP Reception for sponsors begins at 5:30pm. Doors open for the main event at 6:30pm, with bidding for live auction starting around 8:15pm.

Food & Friends is a Washington, DC, based nonprofit organization that provides home-delivered, specialized meals and nutrition counseling to people living with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-challenging illnesses. Food & Friends’ services are free-of-charge to recipients, who qualify solely based on their health status and nutritional need. Monday-Saturday, including holidays, staff and volunteers deliver to 5,346 square miles including the District of Columbia, seven counties in Maryland, and seven counties and six independent cities in Virginia. Since 1988, Food & Friends has delivered more than 15.8 million meals to 22,600 individuals. For more information, please visit, Facebook (/foodandfriends) or Twitter (@foodandfriends).

Chef’s Best Dinner & Auction 2013 is proudly sponsored in part by:

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