Chefs of Boka, Avec and More Announced for Chefs’ Playground

18 Mar

On May 15, 2014, Chef Tony Mantuano (Spiaggia, Bar Toma, Terzo Piano and River Roast) will host some of our nation’s finest chefs at Terzo Piano in the Art Institute of Chicago to prepare dishes inspired by childhood favorites in the 2nd annual Chefs’ Playground gala to benefit the Academy for Global Citizenship.

We are thrilled to announce the first participating chefs:

Jason Vincent of Nightwood

Bill Kim of bellyQ, Urbanbelly, Belly Shack

Megan Neubeck of Terzo Piano/BAMCO

Paul Kahan of One Off Hospitality: Avec, Big Star, Blackbird, The Publican, Publican Quality Meats and Nico Osteria

Jeff Mauro, Host of Food Network’s “Sandwich King,” “The Kitchen,” and “$24 in 24hrs”

Chris Pandel of Balena and the Bristol

Lee Wolen of Boka

We will announce more chefs periodically as May 15 approaches.

Watch a video recap of our inaugural event in 2013 at

Watch a video recap of our inaugural event in 2013.

For press inquiries, please see a press release linked here.

To inquire about sponsorship and volunteer opportunities, contact Katherine at kelmerdewitt(at)


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