Food & Friends, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, held it’s signature event, Chef’s Best, earlier this week at the Marriott Marquis. Hundreds of guests poured into the venue’s ballroom to enjoy tastings from dozens of the District’s finest restaurants.
Celebrity chefs Jeff Black of Black Restaurant Group and Victor Albisu of Del Campo & Taco Bamba chaired the event, which featured a VIP reception, silent and live auctions, and all kinds of fare ranging from The Pig’s crispy pork face salad to ceviches and scallops to salted caramel mousse from the host venue’s catering team.
Food & Friends is the only organization in the Washington, DC, area providing specialized, nutritious meals, groceries, nutrition counseling and friendship to people living with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-challenging illnesses. Food & Friends’ staff of professional chefs and community dietitians design meals that meet the special dietary needs of persons living with a broad range of illnesses. The organization’s confidential services are free of charge to individuals and their families and caregivers living throughout Washington, DC, 7 counties of Maryland and 7 counties and 6 independent cities of Virginia. The service area encompasses approximately 5,300 square miles. At a rate of six-days-a-week, 52-weeks-a-year, Food & Friends delivers each day, Monday-Saturday, including holidays. Since its inception, Food & Friends has provided more than 18 million meals to more than 26,000 individuals.
Standout auction items included trips to Nashville and Las Vegas and private dining experiences at Rural Society, Hank’s Oyster Bar, and EatWell Natural Farm. Guests stayed late into the night swilling cocktails and raising money for Food & Friends.