Tonight: More Than 50 of DC’s Top Chefs Team Up to Serve Inspired Dishes at 22nd Annual Chef’s Best Dinner & Auction


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On June 26, the area’s leading chefs will dish up special tastings to raise funds for Food & Friends

Washington, D.C. – On Tuesday, June 26, 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, D.C.  The chefs are participating in the organization’s 22nd Annual Chef’s Best Dinner & Auction presented by the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) Foundation.

Thanks to the efforts of this year’s Celebrity Chef Chair John Critchley of Urbana Restaurant and Wine Bar, guests will enjoy tastings prepared by some of the region’s most talented chefs, including: Anthony Lombardo, 1789 Restaurant; Jeff Tunks, District Commons; Alex Zeppos, Logan Tavern; James Huff, Pearl Dive Oyster Palace; Massimo Fabbri, Ristorante Tosca; and RJ Cooper, Rogue 24, among other notables from the D.C. 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 nearly 2,900 individuals in Washington, D.C., Virginia and Maryland.

“For the NACDS Foundation, supporting this event makes tremendous sense because Food & Friends’ work relates directly to the Foundation’s vision to improve the health and wellness of the people in America.  Beyond that, on an emotional level, can there be a more powerful and personal moment than when a Food & Friends volunteer delivers a lovingly prepared meal and a human connection – just when a patient needs it most?”

This year, Food & Friends is thrilled to recognize CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield (CareFirst) for its generosity. During a special President’s reception this year at Chef’s Best, CareFirst will receive a special honor for its dedication to Food & Friends’ mission.

“We are honored to be recognized by Food & Friends for the work we have done to help provide fresh and nutritious foods to people who are faced with life-challenging illnesses and difficult financial circumstances,” said Maria Harris Tildon, CareFirst Senior Vice President of Public Policy and Community Affairs. “A primary area of focus at CareFirst is helping individuals manage their health, and we believe the programs in place at Food & Friends directly support our mission.”

Tickets to the 22nd Annual Chef’s Best Dinner & Auction presented by the NACDS Foundation are $250 for individuals or $2,250 for a table host and sponsorships begin at $850. Visit to purchase tickets and to see a current listing of chefs and event sponsors. The VIP Reception for sponsors begins at 5:30 p.m. Doors open for the main event at 6:30 p.m., with bidding for live auction lots starting around 8:15 p.m.

Food & Friends is a Washington, D.C., 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 5,300 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 million meals to more than 22,000 individuals. For more information, please visit

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