The 12th Annual Housewares Charity Foundation Gala was held on March 23rd in Chicago. The emcee was David Venable from QVC. The honorees this year were Tim Adams, Chairman and CEO - Macy's Home Store and Lyn Kirby, President and CEO - Ulta Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance, Inc. The dinner featured several James Beard Award winning chefs, including Art Smith (Oprah Winfrey's personal chef). He made the Hummingbird Cake and the Drop Goat Cheese Biscuits with Parmesan. Yummy!
The other chefs were Rick & Deann Bayless of Frontera Grill & Topolobampo, Paul Kahan of Blackbird, Tony Mantuano of Spiaggia and Bruce Sherman of North Pond. He was our chef. He made a Dangeness Crab Terrine and a Red Wine Smoked Ribeye with Cauliflower and Chocolate, Cocoa Nibs. Todd English was there as a guest. He was a James Beard Award Winner. The silent auction was fabulous, including seats to Martha Stewart Show with a personal tour and to David Letterman. A huge Waterford bar valet. Luggage, designer handbags, lap tops, cameras, fine china, servingware, clothing, the tables went on and on... so much fun! Thanks to Brady Marketing for our invite!