Save the Date for OMD's 10th Anniversary Food & Wine Tasting:

Friday, June 2, 2017 at Morgan Manufacturing

Ten years ago, 100 supporters gathered at our inaugural Food and Wine to celebrate and support a dream: to grow One Million Degrees to serve hundreds of low-income community college scholars across Chicago and propel them into the workforce. 

Join OMD for our 10th Anniversary Food & Wine as we celebrate OMD's first decade of success.

Introducing this year's Co-chairs:

Caroline Grossinger
Deb Gross
Rose Lizarraga

Sponsorship opportunities available here. Please contact Andrea Bussey, Development Manager, at with any questions.

Raffle Tickets

Win a 2 year lease on a 2017 Audi A3 (MSRP $32,200)

Winner is responsible for tax, title, and fees. Raffle ticket purchases are not tax-deductible.


OMD's 10th Anniversary Food & Wine Live Auction Packages:

A Taste of The Boka Group

Grab a fellow foodie and get ready for a dine-around night on the town. Includes:

  • One course with pairing at Boka
  • One course with pairing at GT Prime
  • One course with pairing at Girl and the Goat
  • One course with pairing at Momotara
  • One course with pairing at Swift & Sons
  • Rolls Royce and private driver for the evening
  • Estimated value: $2,500

Courtesy of the Boka Restaurant Group and Deb and John Gross. To be scheduled on mutually agreed upon date.

Enchanting Getaway to One&Only Palmilla- Los Cabos

Travel to an exclusive oasis on the Sea of Cortez for a luxurious vacation at the One&Only Palmilla. Includes:

  • Four nights' accomodations for two, including an oceanfront junior suite with panoramic views from sitting and bedroom areas
  • Daily breakfast for two
  • Round-trip business-class airfare for two
  • Estimated value: $10,000


Courtesy of One&Only Palmilla and Deb and John Gross. Reservations are subject to availability. Black-out dates apply. 

An In-Home Dinner Party for the Ages

Gourmet Chef Charles Webb – a culinary force who works with the best ingredients to create unique flavors – will prepare a seven-course meal (including wine pairings) for a group of 10 at a residence of your choice. Also included: Wait staff, floral centerpieces, and a photographer.

  • Estimated value: $4,800

Courtesy of Chef Charles Webb. To be scheduled on a mutually agreed upon date.

VIP Cubs Experience

Cheer on your beloved Cubbies after a once-in-a-lifetime Wrigley Field experience. Includes:

  • Meet-and-greet with President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein
  • Four premium seats at Cubs game
  • Four pre-game on-field passes
  • Private tour of Wrigley Field
  • Autographed Anthony Rizzo jersey
  • Estimated value: $4,800

Courtesy of Beth and Brian Bentley.




Thank you to our sponsors:


                 Hackberry Endowment
Partners - The Malkin
Zall Family Fund



In-Kind Sponsors

Garrett Popcorn Shops

Marcy Manley, WPI Event Partners

Paramount Events

Publican Quality Bread

STOLEN Spirits





Atlantic Trust Private Wealth Management

CDK Global

The Cogent Advisor

DLA Piper

Joseph and Bessie Feinberg Foundation

MBRE Healthcare

Pathway Senior Living

Plante Moran

Related Midwest

Robert R. McCormick Foundation

Ropes & Gray

XMS Capital Partners


Chef Larbi Dahrouch
One & Only Palmilla

Chef Sandra Holl

Chef Ryan McCaskey


Chef Martial Noguier

Chef Chris Pandel
Swift & Sons

Chef Devon Quinn


Chef Elaina Vazquez
Boutique Bites

Chef Charles Webb
CW gourmet catering/ private chef

Master Sommelier Will Costello

Sommelier Dan Pilkey


Terri Abruzzo and David Callahan

Melissa and Alan Bean

Beth and Brian Bentley

Ellenna and Jonathan Berger

Alex and Jon Buck

Corrie and Chris Carrigan

Lindsay Chenault and Reid Bolton

Mary and Chuck Dale

Stacia and Andrew Feinberg

Host Committee

Stephanie Field Harris and John Harris

Martha and Bill Forsyth

Jo and Alexi Giannoulias

Michael Golden

Deb and John Gross

Caroline Grossinger

Traci and Hamilton Hill

Katrina and Rick Kash

Lisa Kueng and Tony Green

Robin and Jack Lavin


Rose Lizarraga and David Scherer

Carol and John McKinnon

Laurie O'Shea and Gregory Milne

Thania Panopoulos

Adrian I. Peace

Kim and George Ruhana

Beth and Brian Swanson

Swanda and Brent Tollison

Christine Zarndt