Foodies and philanthropists alike gathered Monday night at the Marriott Marquis to celebrate Food & Friends‘ annual gala, Chef’s Best. 40 of DC’s most notable chefs and mixologists served guests their signature cuisines and cocktails, while supporters of Food & Friends visited tasting stations and bars set up around the hotel’s sweeping grand ballroom.
Food & Friends is a non-profit organization based in Washington, DC that provides life-sustaining meals to those living with HIV/AIDS, cancer, and other serious illnesses. Marjorie Meek-Bradley of Smoked and Stacked served as this year’s Chef Chair, and spoke to VIP guests during the President’s Reception about her passion for community and cooking. Chef’s Best also honored longtime Food & Friends supporters Fleur Bresler and the Bresler Family as this year’s Chef’s Best honorees. Fleur’s community activism, along with support from her family’s commercial real estate business, Bresler & Reiner, underscore a lifetime of philanthropic work and supporting the community.
Guests bid on several silent and live auction items, including exquisite experiences, global expeditions, and private dining. Proceeds from the evening will ensure the delivery of medically-specialized meals and personalized nutrition counseling to Food & Friends’ clients. This year, Food & Friends will provide nearly 1 million meals to more than 2,600 seriously ill individuals in Washington, DC, Virginia and Maryland.
Many standout chefs were in attendance that night, including Erik Bruner-Yang of Maketto & Paper Horse, Tony Chittum of Iron Gate; Amy Brandwein of Centrolina, and Matt Adler of Schlow Restaurant Group (Tico, The Riggsby, Alta Strada). While many delectable dishes were served, fan favorites included Hank’s Oyster Bar’s tasting station with a refreshing green cocktail shooter and seafood and sausage stew.
Guests were formally seated at tables to enjoy a dessert while the program and live auction commenced. Food & Friends enjoyed much more than great food and good friends that evening: Chef’s Best 2017 brought in a whopping $900,000, with over 900 supporters in attendance.
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 more than 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 20 million meals to nearly 30,000 individuals. For more information, please visit http://www.foodandfriends.org, Facebook (/foodandfriends), Twitter (@foodandfriends) or Instagram (@foodandfriendsdc).