The 7th Annual Feed Your Mind Gala helps raise funds for Pilot Light, helping children make healthier choices by connecting the lessons they learn in their classrooms to the foods they eat on their lunch trays, at home and in their communities.

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join pilot light for

Feed Your Mind


November 1st, 2019
6PM - 10PM

Thank you for your support - Our 2019 Gala is now sold out


Join Pilot Light for a special gala evening on November 1st.  Choose a seat at the table of Paul Kahan, Matthias Merges, Jason Hammel or other outstanding chefs from Chicago as they prepare an unforgettable three course meal, with wine and cocktails.

The black-tie optional event, co-chaired by Leah Gordon and Robert Teinowitz, will begin with a cocktail hour, followed by dinner and dessert. David Goodman will lead a live auction, paddle raise, & raffle.


Pilot Light is pleased to announce that our 2019 Feed Your Mind Gala on November 1st will be emceed by actor Steve Howey.

Currently one of the stars of the hit Showtime series Shameless, based here in Chicago, Howey has also appeared on Sons of Anarchy, Reba, and New Girl, as well as the films Bride Wars, Something Borrowed, and, most recently, the action comedy Stuber.

Nutrition and fitness are a genuine passion for Howey. As a father of three young children and a triathlete—he recently competed the 2018 and 2019 Nautica Malibu Triathlon to raise money for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles—teaching young people the value of good nutrition is near to his heart. Steve is honored to be lending his talents to Pilot Light’s mission.


our 2019 Chefs

Paul Kahan • Matthias merges • jason hammel • Rick Bayless  •  Sarah Grueneberg • Perry hendrix • Tony Mantuano & Joe Flamm • Jennifer Kim •  JASON VINCENT & BEN LUSTBADER • Justin Large • Abraham conlon •  John Manion • Giuseppe Tentori • Andrew Zimmerman  • Erling Wu-Bower  • Carrie Nahabedian • Erick Williams • Joshua Kulp & Christine cikowski •  Thai Dang