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Food

Center for Disability Services in Joliet to host tasting

In this 2016 photo, Joliet Junior College culinary arts chef Fred Ferrara watches over two of his students from Vocational Skills Food Service (VSFS) Partnership classes. Ferrara is the founder of the Great Chef's Tasting fundraiser for Center for Disability Services in Joliet.
In this 2016 photo, Joliet Junior College culinary arts chef Fred Ferrara watches over two of his students from Vocational Skills Food Service (VSFS) Partnership classes. Ferrara is the founder of the Great Chef's Tasting fundraiser for Center for Disability Services in Joliet.

In the theme of “Carnaval” Center for Disability Services in Joliet will host hosts its 24th Annual Great Chef’s Tasting Party and Auction to benefit children and adults with developmental disabilities.

This years’ Presenting Sponsors are BAC, DOT and Kozol Bro. Inc. The event will begin at 4:30 p.m. and will held at the Bolingbrook Golf Club.

Guests can sample food creations by more than 20 of the best southwest Chicagoland chefs, restauranteurs and caterers.

The “Ladies of WJOL,” Lynne, Mary and Natalie will help guide guests through the colorful and delicious flavor and aroma of “Carnaval” as this year’s emcee.

The event will include a $10,000 cash prize raffle, a “new” Keepsake Golden Ticket Raffle, a wine grab and other prizes.

In a 2016 Herald-News story, Ferrara said that when he was teaching in Florida before he came to JJC, a chapter of the American Culinary Federation held a similar event as a fundraiser for United Cerebral Palsy, in which Ferrara participated.

Ferrara said he approached UCP in Joliet, which is now called CDS, and offered to coordinate a similar event, He said the first event attracted about 12 stations and 160 people, and then grew up to 500 guests some years.

“People like to take part in things that support worthy causes,” Ferrara said in 2016.. “And I think the grazing is more of a social atmosphere, where they can mingle and talk with people as they move through the lines.”

About Center for Disability Services

The Center for Disability Services, founded in 1955, operates from the former Reedswood Elementary School in Joliet and has four independent living homes located in Joliet, Shorewood and Wilmington.

CDS’ programs and services serve individuals with severe, multiple disabilities including intellectual disabilities, epilepsy, autism and other developmental disabilities.

CDS serves a seven-county area including Will, Kankakee, Grundy, Kendall, LaSalle, Ford, and Iroquois.

It offers the Melvin J. Larson Education Center, family support program, respite care program, and adult services which includes developmental training and residential services.

For more information. call Gina Wysocki at 815-744-3500 ext. 220 or email her at ginaw@cdsil.org.or visit www.cdsil.org.

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