HUMBOLDT PARK — Nearly 30 Chicago chefs are coming together to help those affected by a humanitarian crisis in Tigray, Ethiopia.

Chicago chef Tigist Reda, a native of Tigray, is hosting the Chicago Chefs for Tigray benefit dinner from 6-9 p.m. Wednesday at the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture, 3015 W. Division St. Attendees can try the dishes chefs, attend performances and shop at a market, according to organizers.

Proceeds from the sale of tickets and merchandise will support humanitarian aid for women and children in Tigray and refugees in Sudan.

Tickets are $150 per person and can be purchased on line or at the door. Guests are encouraged to dress casually.

The UN said there was evidence of war crimes and crimes against humanity – including murders and sexual assaults – have been committed in Tigray amid a war that began in 2020.

According to a press release, a communication breakdown and ethnic violence caused Reda to lose contact with family members and friends.

“I haven’t spoken to my 68-year-old mother in over a year,” Reda said in the statement. “During this time, I also learned that my little brother and his wife had a baby girl, but only from some photos sent via WhatsApp from besieged Tigray. Since the phone and banking systems are closed, I have no way to ask them for help or inquire about their safety directly. »

The event, organized in partnership with the association Health Professionals Network for Tigrayis organized by the same team that created Chicago Chefs for Ukraine, as well as Paramount Group’s Jodi Fyfe, organizers say.

Chefs participating in Wednesday’s event:

  • Reunion art blacksmith
  • Beverly Kim and Johnny Clark from Wherewithall
  • Urban Belly’s Bill Kim
  • Ina Mae’s Brian Jupiter
  • Cliff Rome from Rome’s Joy Catering
  • Dana Cree from Pretty Cool Ice Cream
  • Darnell Reed of South Luella Kitchen
  • Eden’s Devon Quinn
  • Dozzy Ibekwe from Dozzy’s Grill
  • Erick Williams of Virtue, Daisy’s Po’ Boy and Tavern
  • Giuseppe Tentori from GT Prime
  • Jason Hammel and Andrew Holladay from Lula Cafe
  • Esme’s Jenner Tomaska
  • Joseph Flamm of Rose Mary
  • Lamar Moore of River North Dining and Entertainment
  • Louie Alexakis and Nikolaos Kapernaros d’Avli
  • Matthias merges with Folkart Management
  • Martial Noguier from Bistronomique
  • Marie Aregoni from Saigon Sisters
  • Noah Sandoval of Pizza Friendly Pizza, 16 center
  • Paul Kahan and Greg Wade of Publican Quality Bread
  • Rick Bayless and Zach Steen of Frontera Grill
  • Nakorn’s Sam Rattanopas
  • Sarah Stegner and George Bumbaris of the Prairie Grass Cafe
  • Tigiste Reda de Demera
  • Tony Priolo by Piccolo Sogno

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