Record Breaking Taste of Hope
What a great success this year’s Taste of Hope Event was!
We are overjoyed with the support for our 9th Annual Taste of Hope, a record breaking-sold out event, raising more than $220,000 for our mission to end homelessness! This event was made possible by the 26 elite restaurants in our area, our event sponsors, our volunteers, local businesses who donated auction prizes and 540 attendees all partnering with us to help families and individuals in our community rebuild their lives.
Highlights of the evening include:
- Beautiful piano music when entering the Abbington, played by Lynette Zeli
- Spectacular signature dishes made by 26 elite restaurants (listed below)
- “You Pick One” raffle winner completely surprised by her win
- Wine Pull- always a hit and such a great bargain
- Inspiring message from Carol Simler, DuPagePads President and CEO, and Jane Doyle, DuPagePads Secretary Board of Directors.
- Exciting atmosphere with attendees raising their paddles to donate towards our mission to end homelessness.
We are grateful for everyone who contributed to the success of the event.
“When someone believes in you, everything can change.”
We would like to thank our sponsors:
Ray and Mary Schulte
We are also happy to feature and would like to thank the following premiere restaurants:
Abbington Distinctive Banquets serving a Chocolate Fondue Fountain
Adelle’s Fine American Fare serving Lobster Bisque
Barbakoa serving Barbakoa Short Ribs
Basils Greek Dining serving Chicken Kabobs and Greek Potatoes
Carlucci Downers Grove serving Orecchiette Firenze
Catch 35 Naperville serving Shrimp Cocktail with spicy Asian cocktail sauce
Chef Amaury’s Epicurean Affair serving Butternut Squash Soup with Chorizo, Saba, Chive Oil and Pumpkin Seed Oil
City Gate Grille serving CityGate Pastitsio
Devon Seafood & Steak serving Lobster Mac ‘n’ Cheese
Ballydoyle Irish Pub serving Mini Corned Beef Sandwiches
Glen Prairie Local Flavor serving Braised Pork Belly, Creamed Herbed Polenta and Honey Gastrique
Heaven on Seven Naperville serving Chicken and Andouille Sausage Gumbo
Hopvine Brewing Co. serving Smoked Pork, Beer Preserves and Belgian Waffles
IL Poggiolo serving Polpette
Indian Harvest serving Vegetable Samosas and Chicken Seekh Kebab
J. Fleming’s Absolutely Delicious serving Garlic Shrimp Toast and Campanelli Romesco Pasta
Maggiano’s Little Italy of Naperville serving Cheese and Truffle Casoncelli
Meson Sabika serving Pato Confitado
Nothing Bundt Cakes Wheaton/ La Grange serving Chocolate Chocolate Chip, Lemon, Red Velvet, and White Chocolate Raspberry Bundt Cakes
Seasons 52 serving Mini Indulgences
Starbucks Coffee Company serving Tribute Blend Coffee, Royal English Breakfast Tea, Jade Citrus Mint Tea and Passion Tango Tea
Sullivans Steakhouse serving Seared Sashimi Style Ahi Tuna
Sushi House Wheaton serving Vegetable Sushi Rolls, California Rolls and Steamed Soybeans
Weber Grill serving Grilled Honey Dijon Chicken Skewers
Wildfire Oak Brook serving Wildfire Chopped Salad and Homemade Key Lime Pie
Yerbabuena Mexican Cuisine serving Grilled Chicken Tacos, Pork al Pastor Tacos and Fresh Guacamole