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Sugar Rush Chicago To Benefit Spark Chicago Youth Apprenticeship Program

Sugar Rush Chicago

(Photo courtesy of Spark Chicago)

Spark Chicago will hold its third annual Sugar Rush event on March 20, 2014. The dessert and wine fundraiser will be held at  Hotel Allegro and benefits the organization’s mentorship programs that serve Chicago’s middle school youth.

Founded in 2004 in San Francisco, Spark expanded to Chicago in 2011 to provide local under-served middle school students with apprenticeships – bringing them out of the classroom and into the workplace for individualized mentoring that results in educational success and powerful career ambitions. Spark Chicago serves nearly 500 students from across nine Chicago Public Schools and has partnered with companies such as Deloitte, KPMG, CEB, West Monroe Partners and others.

Sugar Rush Chicago

(Photo credit: www.sparkprogram.org)

Guests will enjoy sweets and confections from some of Chicago’s top restaurants: 312 Chicago, Atwood, Blackbird, Café des Architectes, David Burke’s Primehouse, The Florentine, North Pond, Perennial Virant, Sable Kitchen, and South Water Kitchen. Cannonball Wines and Revolution Brewing will provide drinks for the open bar.

There will also be a culinary competition judged by Bryan Funkhouser, Chicago managing partner at Deloitte and Jimmy MacMillan, executive pastry chef at the University Club and creator of the Chicago Restaurant Pastry Competition.

VIP guests will enjoy a private, pre-event cocktail reception with savory hors d’oeuvres featuring the chefs and lead bartenders from 312 Chicago, Atwood, Sable Kitchen and South Water Kitchen.

Aside from food and drink, attendees can also expect a high-end silent auction as well as a 32GB iPad Air raffle.

For more information, contact Anna-Claire Whitehead at acwhitehead@sparkprogram.org or 312-470-4300 x4509.

WHEN: Thursday, March 20, 2014 from 7 – 9 p.m.
VIP Reception:  5:30 p.m.


Hotel Allegro
Walnut Ballroom
171 W. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60601
Ph. 312-236-0123


Main Reception Tickets are $75 in advance, $100 at the door. VIP Reception tickets are sold out. Please click here to purchase tickets.

Updated 3/12/14: We were informed after publishing this article that Barbara Pinto, veteran journalist and co-host of “In the Loop” on WYCC PBS Chicago, will be the third  judge for the culinary competition; in addition to Bryan Funkhouser and Jimmy MacMillan,

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