Posted by Bill Glader on Jun 21, 2017
Enjoy a cuilinary tour of more than 30 of Evanston’s most exciting restaurants, breweries, and wine shops on the terrace of the magnificent Charles Gates Dawes House, home of the Evanston History Center, on July 9 from 4-7 pm.   Enjoy the virtuosic Gypsy jazz music of the Alfonso Ponticelli & Swing Gitan, sleight of hand by magician AJ Sacco, and more.  Proceeds benefit work readiness training programs in Evanston, and Evanston Lighthouse Rotary Club service projects.  Get your tickets now at!

“Because Evanston is a great restaurant town in a picturesque locale, we’ve been able to grow this festival in just three years into a substantial source of donations to address community needs,” said Brad Weiss, President of the Evanston Lighthouse Rotary Club, which hosts the event.

Themed Hungry for Work!, a portion of the proceeds will benefit work readiness programs offered by three Evanston non-profits:

      No Boundaries serves people with disabilities by providing workplace training.

      Evanston Rebuilding Warehouse teaches deconstruction skills to people who are low-income, homeless, or ex-offenders.

      The Evanston Work Ethic (WE) Program provides mentoring, training and financial assistance to ETHS students who aspire to a career in the skilled trades.

 Evanston has become known as a foodie paradise where top chefs come to open quaint restaurants away from the hectic city culinary scene. “The customers are friends and family, which is who I love cooking for the most,” said chef Brian Huston of Boltwood and Publican.

“Foodies who attend the Taste of Evanston are going to be blown away by what the chefs in Evanston are doing,” restaurateur Hecky Powell said. Hecky’s Barbeque is one of several restaurants who participated in creating a series of cooking videos for the festival website.

"This will be a great opportunity to sample the very best dishes from over 30 amazing Evanston restaurants - the ultimate schmorgassboard," said Rotarian Bill Glader, who is coordinating the event.

The festival menu will include popular dishes from the kitchens of The Barn, Bluestone, Boltwood, Cupitol, Found Kitchen, Hearth, Hecky’s Barbecue, Hoosier Mama, Koi, Mount Everest, Patisserie Coralie, Peckish Pig, Taco Diablo, Temperance Beer Company, Tomate Fresh Kitchen and Ten Mile House. The list of all the participating restaurants and sponsors is available at

Vince Gerasole, the award-winning reporter and anchor for CBS2 Chicago, will serve as emcee. In addition to receiving 14 Emmy Awards, he is a three-time James Beard Award nominee for Excellence in Broadcast Food Reporting.