On April 2, seven of Chicago’s most well-respected chefs and mixologists will come together at GreenRiver (259 E. Erie St., 18th floor) to raise money and awareness for mental health. The benefit dinner, entitled Food Gives Me Hope, consists of a one-night-only six-course menu complete with beverage pairings. Food Gives Me Hope honors the late Neil Semar, friend of all participants involved and enthusiastic employee behind many successful front of house teams within Chicago’s dining scene.  

The talented chef & mixologist lineup includes: Brian Ahern (Boeufhaus), Andrew Brochu (Roister), Abe Conlon (Fat Rice), Aaron Lirette (GreenRiver), Micah Melton (The Aviary/Office), Noah Sandoval (Oriole), and Freddie Sarkis (formerly of The Broken Shaker).

Seatings for the benefit dinner begin at 5 p.m. with the last seating taken at 9 p.m. Tickets are priced at $250 per person, with 100 percent of the proceeds being donated directly to Hope for the Day, a non-profit organization that specializes in suicide prevention and education. Tickets can be purchased online at foodgivesmehope.org.

Formal menu to follow. Special thanks to friends at Dark Matter Coffee and Compass Wines for donating product for the night.

Founded in 2015 by Jonny Boucher, Hope For The Day (HFTD) is a non-profit organization that focuses on suicide prevention and mental health education through self-expression platforms to achieve outreach, education, and prevention. HFTD plans to reduce suicide rates by being proactive. Their team does outreach raising the visibility of resources for support and provides mental health education to equip and empower a grassroots movement for peer to peer proactive prevention that is a sustainable model for evolving social and institutional policies. At Hope for the Day, the team knows that prevention starts with a conversation, and It’s Ok Not To Be Ok.

GreenRiver (259 E. Erie St., 18th floor) is a restaurant and bar with innovative cocktails and seasonal fare offered on one of Chicago’s largest outdoor terraces. Located in the Streeterville neighborhood, GreenRiver celebrates the Irish-Americans who helped transform Chicago into the mighty metropolis it is today. Opened in September of 2015, the restaurant and bar is a collaboration between Best Bar in the World and Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group.

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