Area Eateries Help The Bridge Teen Center at Chefs' Auction

Area Eateries Help The Bridge Teen Center at Chefs' Auction
Posted on 02/12/2015

The Village of Orland Park’s Chefs’ Auction is a winter favorite that showcases a number of area restaurants coming together for a worthy cause.

This year’s February 19 auction at the Orland Chateau will benefit The Bridge Teen Center in Orland Park, a nonprofit community center designed around the interests and needs of suburban teens. The Bridge Teen Center serves teens and families from throughout the Chicago Southland and northwest Indiana.

Participating restaurants include Baker’s Square, Cooper’s Hawk Winery, Fox’s Restaurant and Pub, Gatto’s, Jenny’s Steak House and Pub, Nothing Bundt Cakes, RoccoVino’s, The Brass Tap, Wooden Paddle Pizza, Harvest Room and others. Gatto’s, Harvest Room, Nothing Bundt Cakes, The Brass Tap and Wooden Paddle Pizza are participating for the first time.

At the Chefs’ Auction, attendees sample the participating chefs’ signature dishes, the theme for this year is “childhood favorites.” A silent auction is held during the dining portion of the event with a signed Ernie Banks bat, a Walter Payton autographed Chicago Bears helmet, a weekend get away to Blue Harbor and tickets for the Chicago Cubs, White Sox and Blackhawks among the silent auction items.

“We chose The Bridge Teen Center because of the many services they provide for the community,” said Orland Park Mayor Dan McLaughlin. “They are a charitable organization that receives no ongoing state or federal funding, relying on money from foundations, companies and churches in the community,” the mayor said.

The center’s mission is to provide free programs during after-school and unsupervised hours where students in grades seven through high school can develop mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually in a safe environment.

McLaughlin conducts the evening’s live auction during which donated restaurant packages are auctioned off to the highest bidders. The live auction is a highlight of the evening as the mayor encourages restaurants to add more items to their prize packages.

Tickets for the Chefs’ Auction may be purchased at Recreation Administration, 14650 South Ravinia Avenue, and at the village’s Sportsplex, 11351 West 159th Street.

Only 350 tickets will be sold and the cost is $55 per person, $90 per couple. Tickets will be available at the door unless the event sells prior.

Corporate tables of 10 are $600 and include a reserved table, center piece and a half page ad in the event program. The last day to purchase a corporate table is Friday, February 13, 2015.

Further information is available by calling 708/403-7275. The Orland Chateau is located at 14500 South LaGrange Road in Orland Park.