Fundraiser to benefit struggling families in our community

(Naperville, IL – March 2, 2023) Loaves & Fishes Community Services is excited to announce that Chef Showdown will be held on Wednesday, April 19, from 6 – 9 pm at their Food Distribution Hub, 580 Exchange Court, Aurora. The popular event will raise funds for essential services for struggling families in DuPage, Kane, Kendall, and Will counties.

This year’s competition will showcase executive chefs from local restaurants, Allegory, and  Bev’s. These talented chefs will compete to create unique dishes in a professional stadium kitchen assembled for the competition.

 “We are thrilled to be hosting Chef Showdown and are very grateful to our partners, sponsors, and guests.” Said CEO & President Mike Havala.   “We are looking forward to a unique, fun, and memorable event that will make an impact on families in need.”

The competing chefs will be assisted by celebrity sous chefs and Loaves & Fishes supporters Kelly Douglas, Itzy Ritzy; Megan Lynch, Duly Health and Care; Tom Miers, Naperville Bank & Trust; and Chuck Nelson, Former Deputy Mayor of Aurora. Dishes will be voted upon by a panel of judges, including Beth DeGeeter, Dean’s Clothing; Annette Kenney, Edward-Elmhurst Health; Mark Rice, Chairman of 2020 US Census Naperville and Alumnus of the Culinary Institute of America; and Mark Wright, Diverse Facility Solutions. The evening will be emceed by Loaves & Fishes Board member Nicki Anderson from Benedictine University.

Throughout the evening, guests will enjoy delicious cocktails and food provided by event partner, My Chef Catering. Back by popular demand, all guests are invited to experience a signature cocktail in the Ice Bar located in the Loaves & Fishes walk-in cooler. Sponsorships are available and include a VIP Lounge for our Executive Chef level sponsors. There will be a moment to raise the paddle for Loaves & Fishes Community Services. 

Tickets are $125, are on sale now, and can be purchased by visiting This event has sold out quickly in the past, so buying your tickets now is highly advisable.

Thank you to our generous Executive Chef Sponsor, Puttshack. 
For more information about sponsorship opportunities, contact Nicole Louis at


About Loaves and Fishes Community Services

Loaves & Fishes Community Services is a registered 501(3) organization serving more than 7,000 people a week by providing healthy food and impactful programs for self-sufficiency. It is one of the largest food pantries in the state of Illinois. Clients receive a healthy variety of food, including fresh fruits and vegetables, milk, and eggs. The Loaves & Fishes CARES programs help clients become self-sufficient through opportunities such as emergency assistance for rent or utilities, assistance with public benefits, car donations, tax preparation, job readiness, budget, and credit classes, and Moving Up, a 16-session intensive to help clients overcome barriers preventing them from becoming self-sufficient. Loaves & Fishes serves DuPage, Will, Kane, and Kendall counties. Loaves & Fishes Grocery Market and administrative offices are located in Naperville, and their Food Distribution Hub is located in Aurora. For more information, visit