Region’s best chefs help teens at Rosecrance’s ‘Cooking Up Hope’ benefit Sept. 30

Chefs from 11 great Chicagoland restaurants and a local independent grocer have volunteered their talents for a chef’s tasting at noon Sept. 30, 2012, at Naperville Country Club, 25W570 Chicago Ave., to help area teens get addiction treatment at Rosecrance in Rockford.

This is the third year for Cooking Up Hope, which last year raised more than $75,000 to help families in need of financial assistance for treatment expenses. The Rosecrance Foundation every year provides an estimated $350,000 in charity care to families who do not have insurance or personal resources to pay for treatment.

Restaurants and businesses participating in Cooking Up Hope, a fundraiser for The Rosecrance Foundation, are, in alphabetical order: Casey’s Foods; Francesca’s; Grandma Toste’s; Heaven on Seven; Hugo’s Frog Bar & Fish House; Hyatt Regency Chicago; Ivy; Kuma’s Asian Bistro; Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria; Naperville Country Club; Tasso’s Greek Cuisine; Yerbabuena Mexican Cuisine.

Eight of the 12 participating restaurants were part of the event last year. Guests will have the opportunity to chat with the chefs as each one prepares a dish on the spot. The event features a silent auction.  Dress for the event is smart casual.

Cooking Up Hope was established last year by the Rosecrance Foundation’s Chicago Board, whose members live in Chicago and the suburbs.

Rosecrance is the largest provider of inpatient adolescent drug treatment in the state of Illinois. The organization also offers addiction treatment for adults and recovery homes for teens and adults.

The organization offers free screenings and confidential consultations at six satellite offices in the Chicago area. Those sites are in Naperville, Lincoln Park, Northfield, Frankfort and Geneva and Oak Park. In addition, Rosecrance offers an intensive outpatient program for adolescents at the Frankfort location. Rosecrance recently opened an office in McHenry to offer a full range of outpatient services for individuals with substance abuse and mental health disorders.

Rosecrance frequently sponsors workshops and prevention and early intervention classes in the Chicago area. The majority of Rosecrance patients (62 percent of adults and adolescents) come from DuPage, Will, Kankakee, McHenry, Lake, Kane and Cook counties.

Tickets to “Cooking Up Hope” are $125. To register for Cooking Up Hope, click here. For tickets or more information, call Lynne Vass, 815.387.5602 or email her at