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A Taste That Matters raises more than $436,500 for Northern Illinois Food Bank

Annual culinary event presented by Jewel-Osco raises record amount for hungry neighbors

(Geneva, Ill. – May 31, 2017) – Nearly 1,000 guests poured into Drury Lane Theatre & Conference Center on Thursday, May 18 for the sixth annual A Taste That Matters: A Culinary Event presented by Jewel-Osco.

The annual charity event, which gathered more than 30 area chefs and restaurants who offered delicious food tastings, also featured live entertainment from internationally-renowned Billboard Top 10 Jazz Artist Marcus Johnson, as well as an extensive silent auction. Thanks to the generosity of this year’s attendees, the event raised a record of more than $436,500, equating to nearly $3.5 million in groceries for Northern Illinois Food Bank and its network of more than 800 food pantries and feeding programs.

The silent auction offered attractive items such as travel and leisure packages, tickets to professional sporting events and concerts, electronic goods, gift baskets, gift certificates and more, which attendees bid on through a smartphone app.

Local chefs and restaurants that served mouthwatering tastings at stations lined up all around the room included Antico Posto, Bacardi, Blount, Carlucci’s, Cooper’s Hawk, Five Generation Bakers, Dietz and Watson, Drury Lane, Glen Prairie, Eli’s Cheesecake, Emilio’s Tapas, Hanson Faso, Hess Collection Winery, Goya Foods, Kasia’s Pierogi, La Preferida, Meson Sabika, Miss Dottie’s Pound Cake, Moët Hennessy USA, Redstone American Grill, Revolution Foods, Sargento Foods, SoothSayer Hot Sauce, Tito’s Vodka, Turano, Wildfire, and Social Sparkling Wine.
All proceeds from A Taste That Matters benefit Northern Illinois Food Bank’s mission of solving hunger across Northern Illinois.

More than 71,500 people each week seek food assistance through Northern Illinois Food Bank’s network of 800 food pantries and feeding programs across its 13-county service area. Northern Illinois Food Bank is able to turn every $1 donated into $8 of groceries for hungry neighbors. To learn more, visit

About Northern Illinois Food Bank
Northern Illinois Food Bank leads the Northern Illinois community in solving hunger by providing nutritious meals to those in need through innovative programs and partnerships. Since 1983, food manufacturers, local grocers, corporations, foundations, and individuals have come together to donate food and funds, and evaluate and repack food for distribution to 800 community food pantries and feeding programs serving more than 71,500 hungry neighbors each week across 13 counties. That commitment provided 62.5 million meals to those in need in FY16. Northern Illinois Food Bank has received a 4-Star rating from Charity Navigator for 13 consecutive years. Find out how you can Volunteer, Donate and Get Involved at, or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram. Northern Illinois Food Bank is a member of Feeding America.