The National Kidney Foundation's 3rd Annual Great Chefs of the Midwest included patrons from throughout the Wichita area who are passionate about great food and raising money for an important cause. The event featured chefs from more than 12 of Wichita's Top restaurants. Chefs pulled out the stops in competition for the Best Dish award as well as the People's Choice award.
Great Chefs of the Midwest was the highlight following restaurant week, and Wichita's foodie event of the season. With an all-star gathering of food and drinks, music and exciting auctions, it's impossible to duplicate unless you attempt a very long night out on the town with an unlimited budget. To top it off, it's all for a great cause.
The National Kidney Foundation is pleased to have Josh Rathbun, Executive Chef at Siena Tuscan Steakhouse returning as chef chair for the 2019 3rd annual Great Chefs of the Midwest. Chef Josh received the gift of life from his cousin when Brett Rathbun donated his kidney in 2013. Josh is excited to bring together Wichita's top chefs in support of raising awareness and treatment of kidney disease!
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Honorees and Awards
The Arthur P. Pasquarella Leadership in Action Award
Cheryl Casamento, MSN, APRN
The Arthur P. Pasquarella Leadership in Action Award History: The Arthur P. Pasquarella Leadership in Action Award was established in 2017 to honor Mr. Pasquarella, who served as a local board member of National Kidney Foundation’s (NKF) Delaware Valley office, and later as its chair from 2010-2012. He joined NKF’s national board in 2011 and has served as Chairman of the Board since 2015.
Mr. Pasquarella is a local and national role model who has inspired, encouraged, and empowered other volunteers to achieve fundraising excellence and increase awareness of NKF’s mission.
Under his leadership, NKF has led the way in developing innovative approaches to preventative healthcare and patient-centric research, removing barriers to kidney transplantation and increasing public awareness of kidney disease.
His relentless commitment to all those affected by kidney disease, and his passion to improve their lives, continues to motivate volunteers and staff nationwide.
Description and Award Criteria: The Arthur P. Pasquarella Leadership in Action Award recognizes the outstanding accomplishments of a National Kidney Foundation volunteer who has demonstrated significant dedication and commitment to the overall mission through fundraising, program development, and/or advocacy.
We are proud to recognize the outstanding work of Cheryl Casamento, MSN, APRN, in the fight against kidney disease.
Kidney Ambassador Family
David was unable to join us for event night as he "got the call" for a new kidney! His son Landon did an outstanding job of sharing the importance of donation and the life changing impact it can have for patients, their families and all those who love someone who needs a kidney.
Best Dish Award
6 S Steakhouse
Congratulations Chef Kayson Chong! Judges Denise Neil, Gordon Ramsay and Ross Janssen unanimously selected you!
People's Choice Award
Kansas Star Casino
Congratulations to Chef Sal Hernandez as you wowed guests who voted to elect you for the People Choice Award!
Restaurants & Sponsors
Special Thanks to our Sponsors
Mission Moment Sponsor
Balloon Pop Sponsor
Guests of the Great Chefs of the Midwest Gala bid on one of a kind experiences, vacations, concerts and more!
One lucky winner is now the proud owner of these stunning earrings from Carolyn Sayre's Fine Jewelry. Designed by Doran Palamo of Dove’s, beautiful green chalcedony and white topaz teardrops are the envy of every woman in the room!