Warm Your Palate

For more than 100 years, Infant Welfare Society of Evanston has offered programs to families living at risk and parenting infants and toddlers. Through our programs, children thrive, families flourish, and the fabric of our community is strengthened.


Thursday, April 19, 2018 6–9pm
Northwestern University’s Segal Visitors Center
1841 Sheridan Road, Evanston

Join local chefs on a culinary excursion to benefit the Infant Welfare Society of Evanston.

Serving signature appetizers and desserts from local chefs with an open beer and wine bar, and presenting a raffle and live auction featuring Michael Davis of Hart Davis Hart. All proceeds support IWSE programs.

Parking is available in the adjacent Northwestern South parking garage.
Attire is business casual.

Guest chefs include

Auction Items

Local Treasures Showcase

Relish world-renowned architecture, flora, music, and theater from these local favorites:

  • Chicago Architecture Foundation – 4 walking tour tickets
  • Chicago Botanic Garden – one year garden membership (Individual)
  • Dempster St. Pro Musica (CSO member chamber music group) – 2 tickets for four Sunday afternoon performances: October, February, April, and May
  • SPACE (Evanston’s popular performance venue) – 2 general admission tickets and a round of drinks
  • Mudlark Theater, Evanston – 4 tickets to any 2018 production
  • Remy Bumppo Theater Company, Chicago – 2 tickets to Frankenstein, Fall 2018

Total Value: $650
Minimum bid: $325

Thai Dinner Garden Party

A 5-course authentic Thai dinner (with wine) for 8 people, prepared and served by Ron Sangthong and Don Budzinski, the IWSE tech gurus. Although not a professional chef, Mr. Sangthong loves to cook and excels at dishes from his native country. Throughout the summer a steady stream of friends enjoy his culinary creations in the yard.

The dinner will be prepared in their Evanston home and served in the beautiful garden at a mutually-agreed date. In the event of rain, the dinner will unfold indoors. Come with an appetite and be prepared to savor an evening of wonderful aromas and tastes in a lovely setting that will ensure a delightful evening for all.

Total Value: $1000
Minimum bid: $500

Family Fun

Create memories to last a lifetime with these two family days out:

  • Farm Day! Unplug and frolic on a farm with ducks, goats, and geese in Wheatland, WI, just an hour from Evanston. Pick-your-own garden vegetables, laugh on the swings, dive in the pool, and fish on the pond. Includes a finger-licking, savory BBQ lunch for up to 8 people.
  • Picture Day! Schedule a private portrait commission of your 2- and 4-legged family members by celebrated canine family photographer David Sutton in his Skokie studio. This outstanding package includes a signed 11”x11” exhibition print and a $50 voucher towards Artists Frame Service.

Total Value: Priceless
Minimum bid: $800

In-Home Dinner Party by Les Deux Gourmandes

Eat, drink, and relax in the comfort of your home as acclaimed Chefs Chris Baer, IWSE’s very own Disabilities Service Coordinator, and Bonnie Dohogne, former Pastry Chef at Convito, prepare a customized, 3-course, Italian-inspired meal for eight guests. The menu will be designed according to the winner’s tastes…think bruschetta, bouillabaisse or baklava! This delicious indulgence will be paired with expertly chosen wine.

Total Value: $800
Minimum bid: $400

Chicago Sports Sampler

Cheer on hometown sports at these outstanding games!

  • Cubs baseball — 4 Cubs tickets against Pittsburgh Pirates Sunday, June 10, 1:20 pm; Value: $400
  • Bulls basketball — 2 Bulls Tickets – date TBD with donor; Value: $280
  • Bears football — 4 Bears tickets – date TBD with donor; Value: $480
  • Blackhawks hockey — 2 tickets/club level with parking pass – date TBD with donor; Value: $370
  • Cubs baseball — Albert Almora Jr. autographed baseball

Total Value:  $1,530
Minimum bid: $750

European Getaway

Embark on the ultimate European vacation! Win a five-night stay in one of over 50 elegant European Radisson Blu hotels. Fly to Europe from North America with two round-trip, business-class tickets on United Airlines. Celebrate your journey in style, comfort, and convenience. Note: Airfare and hotel may be used together or separately. Airfare is non-transferable, subject to availability, and expires April 2019. Accommodations require advanced reservations, are not available at all-inclusive properties, are subject to availability, and expire January 2019. Additional rules apply.

Total Value: $11,000 and up
Minimum bid: $3,500