Saturday, April 14, 2018

Gaslite Manor Banquets
2485 Church Rd.
Aurora, IL 60502



Order of Events

5:30 p.m. Cocktail Reception

Mixologist Competition
Wine, champagne and hors d’oeuvres served; open bar
Raffle items – something for everyone!
Live music

7:00 p.m. Chef Competition and Dinner

6 Chefs. 6 Amazing Dishes. Sample them all and choose a winner!

8:30 p.m. Live Auction

Vacations, sporting events, your own personal chef, and more!

9:15 p.m. Desserts and Music

Local pastry chefs will provide a delectable selection of desserts, with coffee bar.

    Our emcee for the 2018 Food Fight is renowned Sun-Times columnist and author Neil Steinberg. In 2005 Steinberg was arrested and charged with domestic abuse after an alcohol-fueled altercation with his wife. He entered a treatment program that led to his acclaimed book "Drunkard." Today Steinberg, 57 and still sober, is the author of eight books. Always insightful, sometimes painful and often hilarious, Steinberg's story is not one to miss.

    The Mixologists

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    The Chefs

    Chef Paco Lopez
    New Rebozo

    • About

      2017 Food Fight People’s Choice winner! Francisco Lopez, known as Chef Paco is the Chef/Owner of New Robozo in Oak Park and Chicago. Chef Paco studied in the field of gastronomy at Illinois Institute of Art in Chicago, specializing in Mexican food. His philosophy on his dishes is that they have to reflect aspects of life. “Life must be sweet, sour, spicy, crunchy and soft to enjoy it – same as my food! OMG! You are gonna love it!”


    • Medallones Vegetarianos
    • Musa paradisiaca
    • Herbs
    • Estrella cheese
    • Cascabel pepper
    • Fried corn dough
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    Chef Katie DeStefano
    Hopvine Brewing Company

    • About

      Chef Katie is the Executive Chef at Hopvine Brewing Company in Aurora. Hopvine is a locally owned, indie, full-service, casual restaurant with its own brewery on site. She studied at the Illinois Institute of Art in Chicago and has a passion for crafting cuisine with creativity.


    • Chili Rubbed Braised Short Ribs
    • Cheddar Polenta
    • Mole Negro
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    Chef Nate Smith

    • About

      Nate is the Chef Partner at Biaggi’s Ristorante Italiano in Naperville!


    • Lobster and Wild Mushroom Souffle
    • Leeks
    • Hon-Shimeji mushrooms
    • White button mushrooms
    • Brioche
    • Smoked gouda
    • Truffle butter
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    Chef Filemon Ochoa
    Meson Sabika

    • About

      Chef Filemon has been the Executive Chef at Meson Sabika since its opening in 1990. Meson Sabika is an award-winning Spanish Tapas restaurant that resides in an 1847 Georgian mansion in Naperville. With his passion for cooking, Chef has created a multitude of delicious dishes for you to enjoy!


    • Patatas con Aliolo
    • (Famous robust garlic potato salad)
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    Chef Andrew Sikkelerus
    Craft Urban

    • About

      Chef Andrew is the Executive Chef at Craft Urban in Geneva. As a kid, he really enjoyed cooking with his grandmother. In high school, he took all of the cooking classes he could, which eventually led him to Kendall College of Culinary Arts. Chef Andrew has worked in all genres of cooking and has found that his style is simple. He says “I find the Italian style of simplicity in cooking best fits me. Combining that with French techniques helps refine the plates that come out of our kitchen!”


    • Short Rib Crostini
    • Griddled artisan bread
    • Short rib marmalade
    • Parmesan fondue
    • Local greens
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    Chef Alexander Millington
    Mora Asian Kitchen

    • About

      Originally from the UK, Chef Alexander has spent time cooking in France, Japan, Korea, and now here in Illinois at Mora Asian Kitchen! He has a passion for creating delicious Asian food (specifically seafood) with French and Italian influences.


    • Rock Shrimp
    • Coconut risotto
    • Spring garlic
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