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  • Chicago Tribune/MCT Chef Stephanie Izard will be the next celebrity chef to head up the annual Blessings in a Backpack fundraiser on Aug. 15.

Friday, May 19, 2017 11:40 am

Stephanie Izard to be celebrity chef for 'Backpack' fundraiser

The Journal Gazette

Following in the steps of such chefs as Charlie Trotter, Cat Cora, Michael Symon and Marcus Samuelsson, Stephanie Izard will be the next celebrity chef to head up the annual fundraiser to support the local Blessings in a Backpack program.

She will appear at the Sycamore Hills Golf Club on Aug. 15.

Izard, the first woman to win Bravo's "Top Chef" in 2008, is the executive chef/partner of three Chicago restaurants, Girl & the Goat, Little Goat and Duck Duck Goat. She also has a product line called “Goat Goods,” consisting of sauces and spices, and is the author of “Girl in the Kitchen,” which was released in the fall of 2011.

The Blessings in a Backpack program works to meet the nutritional needs of children by providing weekend meals to students and generating public awareness of child hunger. Every Friday, students receive a backpack filled with food staples that require little to no preparation. Eighty dollars feeds a child in the program for a school year.

Proceeds from the event go to support the Fort Wayne chapter of Blessings in a Backpack.

Tickets are $750 and can be reserved by calling 424-9080, 423-2353 or 433-3978. In addition, donations can be made at www.blessings-in.com.