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Chefs Dan Jacobs and Dan Van Rite are hosting the first ever gala to benefit the Kennedy's DIsease Association. (PHOTO: DanDan)

First Dim Sum + Give Some gala to be held March 18

Chefs Dan Jacobs and Dan Van Rite of DanDan announced today that they will be host their first Dim Sum + Give Some gala to benefit the Kennedy's Disease Association.

The gala will take place on Monday, March 18 from 6:30 to 10 p.m. at the Italian Community Center, 631 E. Chicago St. and will feature passed hors d'oeuvres and a six course dinner with wine pairings.

Guests will enjoy passed appetizers created by a variety of local chefs including Andrew Miller of Merriment Social and Third Coast Provisions; Gregory León of Amilinda; Heather Terhune of Tre Rivali and The Outsider; Jorge Guzman of La Crosse Distilling Co.; Luke Zahm of The Driftless Café; Thomas Hauck of Café Hollander, Café Benelux, Café Centraal and Café Bavaria; Mitchell Ciohon of Snack Boys; and Paul Zerkel and Lisa Kirkpatrick of Goodkind.

A six course dinner will follow with courses from Dan Jacobs and Dan Van Rite of DanDan, Fauntleroy and EsterEv; Denver's Alex Seidel of Fruition and Mercantile Dining & Provision; Madison's Tory Miller of L'Etoile, Graze and Sujeo; Chicago's Stephanie Izard of Girl & the Goat, Little Goat and Duck Duck Goat; Adam Siegel of The Bartolotta Restaurants; and Justin Aprahamian of Sanford.

Dim Sum + Give Sum was birthed in 2017 when Daniel Jacobs of DanDan was diagnosed with Kennedy's Disease, a rare, currently incurable and non-treatable, genetic neuromuscular disease that, over time, severely impact patients' mobility and their ability to speak.

The Origins of Dim Sum + Give Some

Dim Sum + Give Sum was birthed in 2017 when Daniel Jacobs of DanDan was diagnosed with Kennedy's Disease, a rare, currently incurable and non-treatable, genetic neuromuscular disease that, over time, severely impact patients' mobility and their ability to speak.

It was a particular blow for Jacobs who, at the time of his diagnosis, was on the cusp of opening his first restaurant with friend and colleague Dan Van Rite. But, rather than giving in to the despondency that often accompanies news of a terminal illness, Jacobs used it as an opportunity to bring awareness to the cause.

His efforts began with the first annual Dim Sum + Give Some, a dine-around event hosted with the support of Jennifer Bartolotta and countless area chefs. The inaugural event raised $25,000 for the Kennedy's Disease Association.

Tickets

Tickets for the Dim Sum + Give Some gala are $200 per person, plus tax. Tables for eight are $1400, plus tax. Both can be purchased online.

Note: The third annual Dim Sum + Give Some chef dine around event will take place in June. Stay tuned for additional information.


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