Thursday, September 1, 2011

Outside the Box: TOQUE dining gala, “Pirates & Princesses” book signing , Comfort Me boutique party

photo via: Gerber + Scarpelli Photography


6th annual TOQUE dining gala to benefit Children's Oncology Services, Inc.

The event is named after a toque, a tall, pleated white hat worn by chefs. This year’s event features an all star chef line up including Graham Elliot (Graham Elliot Restaurant, TV’s MasterChef Judge), Stephanie Izard (Girl and the Goat, Top Chef Season 4 Winner), Mindy Segal (Mindy’s Hot Chocolate), Ryan Poli (Tavernita), Cleetus Friedman (City Provisions) and more! The executive chef of the event is Michael Kornick of mk, dmk burger bar, etc. The event will also be hosted by Dr. Sandy Goldberg of NBC 5. They are coming together to benefit pediatric cancer patients and survivors.

WHEN: Thursday, September 8th
6 p.m. Cocktails, Silent Auction and Featured Chef Stations
7:15 p.m. Dinner & Live Auction Begins

WHERE: The Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel, 1 West Wacker Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60601

PRICE: $250 per individual ticket, $2,500 for a table of ten
To buy tickets or for more information, visit or call 312.924.4220 ext. 4

For you and the kids

Author Jill Kargman is best known for her novels “Momzillas” and “The Ex-Mrs. Hedgefund” and now she is releasing a children’s book, “Pirates & Princesses” with her daughter Sadie! How cute. They will be here at 900 North Michigan Shops on Saturday, September 17 on Level 5 from 2-4 p.m.

Dress up your pretty princess or brave pirate and join Jill and Sadie as they
share a story inspired by a kindergarten playground incident. “Pirates &
Princesses” is a lighthearted children’s novel that explores gender roles at
grade school recess. Best friends Ivy and Fletch get separated into the Princess
Team and Pirate Team but soon miss spending time with one another.

Refreshments will be served; princess and pirate costumes are
encouraged but not required. Books will be available for purchase, with 10% of
the proceeds being personally donated by Jill and Sadie to support the Neonatal
Intensive Care Unit at Rush University Medical Center.

Please RSVP to by Friday, September 16.

New clothing/houseware boutique

Comfort Me in Lincoln Park will host a Fall preview party to raise money for the important work of Bright Pink and give a Sneak Peek of Fall Trends & Holiday Gifts

WHEN: Thursday, September 22
TIME: 7-9 p.m.
WHERE: 651 W. Armitage Ave., Chicago, IL 60614

For more information or questions, please visit or call Comfort Me at 312.255.1412

Outside the Box is a feature that links readers to posts and events from some of my favorite CHICAGO bloggers and writers, for enjoyment and to find out new and exciting information.

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