3rd Annual Chefs’ Playground Wows Guests, Raises $340,000, Announces Studio Gang Net Positive Partnership

3rd Annual Chefs’ Playground Wows Guests, Raises $340,000, Announces Studio Gang Net Positive Partnership


More than 23 Chefs and Mixologists, Actor Adrian Grenier and Guests Raise $340,000, Studio Gang Architects Announced to Design The Academy’s Future Campus

CHICAGO – June 5, 2015 – On Thursday, June 4, 2015 Chef Tony Mantuano and Bon Appétit Management Company CEO Fedele Bauccio hosted the third annual Chefs’ Playground presented by Lifeway to benefit the Academy for Global Citizenship (AGC), an innovative Chicago public charter school located in the underserved southwest side. With 500 guests in attendance, the event raised more than $340,000 thanks in part to a matching grant from the George and Amanda Hanley foundation. Funds will go towards the school’s general operating costs with portions earmarked for the development of the first net-positive energy school in Illinois, which will generate more energy than it uses in a year through clean and renewable resources.

The evening featured 23 of Chicago’s best chefs and mixologists – including Rick Bayless (Topolobampo, Frontera Grill, Xoco), Jeff Mauro (Host of the Food Network’s “The Kitchen and “The Sandwich King”), Sarah Grueneberg (Monteverde), Lee Wolen (Boka) and Gabriel Orta, Elad Zvi and Freddie Sarkis (The Broken Shaker Chicago) – who offered modern takes on their favorite childhood dishes and drinks. Guests also enjoyed music from DJ Matt Roan while taking in the view of the Chicago Skyline from Terzo Piano at the Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago.

“We are so grateful to all of our sponsors, partners, chefs, mixologists, and our guests who once again have made this event such a success,” said Sarah Elizabeth Ippel, founder and executive director of the Academy for Global Citizenship. “Our vision for the future of public education is one step closer to being a reality because of the support of this amazing community.”

In addition to monies raised, AGC announced that award-winning, internationally renowned Studio Gang Architects, led by founder and principal Jeanne Gang, FAIA, has been chosen to design the future 60,000-square-foot campus. The new site will include classrooms, an international learning laboratory, a professional development and green job training center, an early childhood center and an urban food production center. Plans for the net-positive campus have been five years in the making, with the selection of Studio Gang the latest accomplishment. As one of the school’s newest partners, the Studio joins actor Adrian Grenier (“Entourage”), who attended the event to assist with the live auction as a new advocate for the school and will provide thought leadership towards the new campus’ creation.

“We are excited to share the news that Jeanne Gang and Studio Gang Architects will be leading the design of Chicago’s greenest campus. Not only will the space blaze a bright new trail for educating students, it will bridge vital needs of the community as well,” commented board member Amanda Hanley who served on the architect selection committee and, along with her husband George, issued a $1 Million Challenge Grant from the Hanley Foundation.

Fedele Bauccio, Bon Appétit co-founder and CEO, has recruited his designers to help imagine a stunning food experience for the new Studio Gang-designed campus, sketches of which were on view during the event. Bon Appétit is a leading on-site restaurant company, pioneering environmentally sound sourcing policies and offering full food-service management to 500 vibrant cafés on the campuses of our nation’s top companies, universities and museums, including Google, MIT and the Art Institute of Chicago. With help from Bauccio and his team of visionaries, students will dine, cook and learn in a dining hall that rivals those of our top universities.

The Academy for Global Citizenship is an authorized International Baccalaureate public charter school located on the underserved Southwest side of Chicago. AGC provides quality education to 400, K–7th grade low-income, predominately minority students. Environmental sustainability roots AGC’s education in the natural world. Their innovative and holistic approach to education aims to foster systemic change and inspire the way society educates our future generations. Moreover, AGC is producing a replicable model for learning in the 21st century. The school’s Net Positive capital campaign, driven by the Hanley Foundation’s early $1M gift, is the result of private partnerships formed by a group of passionate, visionary founding investors.

For more information on AGC and Chefs’ Playground, please visit http://www.agcchicago.org. Follow at @globalchicago and #ChefsPlayground.

High-resolution photos of the event are available here, with photo credit and captions.

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Media Contacts:

For Chefs’ Playground: David Semanoff, david@djshc.com

For Studio Gang Architects: Samantha Snodgrass, ssnodgrass@studiogang.net

For AGC: Katherine Elmer-DeWitt, kelmerdewitt@agcchicago.org

About The Academy for Global Citizenship

The Academy for Global Citizenship (AGC) is a Chicago Public Charter School located on the city’s underserved southwest side. AGC’s mission is to develop mindful leaders who take action both now and in the future to positively impact their communities and the world beyond. AGC is committed to fostering environmental stewardship, nutrition and wellness, and an international perspective. AGC aims to inspire the way society educates by creating a replicable model for learning in the 21st century, including the construction of Chicago’s first net-positive energy school campus. For more information, please visit www.agcchicago.org.

About Studio Gang Architects

Founded by MacArthur Fellow Jeanne Gang in 1997, Studio Gang is an award-winning design practice based in Chicago and New York. A creative team of architects, designers, and thinkers, the Studio operates as a laboratory—identifying urban patterns; testing ideas and materials; and developing new models at various scales.

Studio Gang begins its work with a concentrated discovery process, developing ideas through research, collaboration, and the exploration of form. Embedded in this process is the conscious, ongoing effort to improve our communities and our environment. Each project aims to resonate with its locality while addressing global themes like urbanization, climate, and social justice.

Guided by this approach, Studio Gang has produced some of today’s most compelling architecture, including the Nature Boardwalk at Lincoln Park Zoo, the Columbia College Chicago Media Production Center, and Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership at Kalamazoo College. For more information, please visit www.studiogang.net.

About Bon Appétit Management Company

Bon Appétit Management Company is an on-site restaurant company offering full food-service management to corporations, universities, and specialty venues. Based in Palo Alto, CA, Bon Appétit has more than 500 cafés in 33 states. Bon Appétit food is cooked from scratch, including sauces, stocks, and soups. A pioneer in environmentally sound sourcing policies, Bon Appétit has developed programs addressing local purchasing, the overuse of antibiotics, sustainable seafood, the food and climate change connection, humanely raised meat and eggs, and farmworker welfare. It has received numerous awards for its work, from organizations including the James Beard Foundation, Chefs Collaborative, Natural Resources Defense Council, Seafood Choices Alliance, The Humane Society of the United States, and Food Alliance.


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