Orland Chef’s Auction Always a Delicious Fundraiser

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Proceeds to benefit breast cancer research

Sample the signature dishes of the area’s finest chefs all in one place.

The village of Orland Park will hold its annual Chefs’ Auction on Thursday, Feb. 16, to benefit the American Cancer Society’s Breast Cancer Research Program.

“Over the last 11 years, Orland Park has raised more than $150,000 for the American Cancer Society’s Breast Cancer Research Program,” said Orland Park Mayor Dan McLaughlin, who presides over the evening’s live auction. “The Chefs’ Auction is a great event for a worthy cause and it sells out every year. We encourage everyone to buy their tickets early because it fills so fast,” he added.

The Orland Chateau, at 14500 S. La Grange Road, donates the use of its building as restaurants from throughout the region bring in their chefs to serve their signature dishes. The evening also includes fine coffees, wines and ales and raffle prizes. The highlight of the evening is the mayor’s live auction of dinner packages donated by the participating establishments.

“The Chefs’ Auction is one of the village’s most popular events,” said Trustee Pat Gira, chair of the village’s Recreation & Parks Committee. “It’s a fun evening where people can try dishes from a number of restaurants and help a great cause at the same time,” she added.

Restaurants confirmed for Orland Park’s 2012 Chefs’ Auction include Baker’s Square, Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant, Fannie May, Flavor Restaurant, Fox’s Orland Park, Great Harvest Bread Company, Jenny’s Steak House, Mimi’s Café, Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery.

Also returning this year are the area artists who create paintings to capture the flavor of some of the restaurants. Artists Liz Popp, Eryn Blaser and Susan Berry will create original works of art that will be included with the chosen restaurant auction package.

Tickets are $55 per person or $90 per couple. Corporate tables of 10 are available for $600 and include a reserved table, quarter page ad in the program and the table centerpiece. Ads are available for the event program with a full page costing $200, half page at $150, quarter page at $100 or business card size at $50.

Tickets may be purchased at Orland Park’s Recreation Administration Building, 14600 S. Ravinia Ave. or at the village’s Sportsplex, 11351 W. 159th St. Only 350 tickets will be sold. For more information, call the Orland Park Recreation Department at 403-7275.

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