Eleven Years of Community and Cuisine

Center for Independent Futures’ annual Something’s Cooking event celebrated its eleventh anniversary on Sunday, November 2nd, with a celebration of food, friends, and hopes and dreams. The restaurant was full of energy as guests met, socialized, and built community over delicious food and drinks. Restaurant tables and silent auction baskets were spread throughout the venue this year, which was a wonderful new approach that allowed for even more mingling and movement.

This festive and food-filled afternoon hosted over 300 guests to signature dishes served by more restaurants than we have ever had before…seventeen of the Evanston area’s finest!

The list included past favorites:
Celtic Knot  •  Curt’s Café  •  Edzo’s Burger Shop  •  Firehouse Grill  •  Koi 
That Little Mexican Café  •  Trattoria D.O.C.  •  Prairie Moon (our gracious host restaurant)

We were excited to welcome six new additional Evanston area restaurants:
Peckish Pig  •  Lao Sze Chaun  •  LYFE Kitchen  •  Noodles & Company
Valley Lodge Tavern  •  Whole Foods


Three delicious dessert bakeries joined homemade delights this year as well:
Misericordia’s Hearts & Flour Bakery  •  Have Dreams’ ILOVESWEETS  •   Eli’s Cheesecake

There was certainly plenty of food for all to enjoy!

In addition to the samplings of food, attendees got a taste of the North Shore and Chicago through the culinary-themed silent auction, which featured the best of many local businesses. There was also a fun wine bottle grab, where guests could take their chances blindly choosing a bottle of wine in exchange for a donation. At the end of the evening, two lucky winners took home exciting raffle prizes: a Taste of Evanston package featuring gift cards to all of our participating restaurants and a package including four club-level tickets to an upcoming December Bulls game. Thanks to everyone who volunteered, participated in the silent auction and raffle, attended the event, or provided donations. With your support, Something’s Cooking raised funds that will help CIF pursue its vision for a future where individuals with disabilities have access to all of the opportunities for a full life.

Center for Independent Futures is grateful to all of the volunteers who gave their time and energy on Sunday to help cook up an incredible event. CIF would also like to thank Prairie Moon, the chefs who donated their delicious food, and all of the auction sponsors. For more information about becoming involved with or donating to Center for Independent Futures, please contact Niki Moe Horrell at 847-328-2044.

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