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Journeys: A Culinary Odyssey

On Friday, September 8th the ALF, Great Lakes Division hosted our Inaugural Journeys: A Culinary Odyssey & Poster Competition at Venue One Loft on Chicago’s West Side.

The event was a rousing success – raising almost $150,000 to end liver disease while showcasing some of Chicago’s top chef talent and Young Investigators educated attendees on basic liver disease topics.

The chef-tasting networking format event was a first for the Great Lakes Division and promoted guest interaction and participation in the evenings many activities.

Journeys honored two incredible individuals for their commitment to ending liver disease. Dr. Mary Rinella was selected as our “Guiding the Journey” Medical Honoree. Jena Dangerfield was the evenings “Walking the Journey” Community Honoree.
Check our our Honoree’s Stories>

Top Chefs
One highlight was the selection of two Top Chefs – one chosen by the evenings judging panel and the second voted on by guests as “People’s Choice”. Chef Antonio Fiasche of N’duja Artisans and the soon opening Tempesta Market took home the Top Chef Award for the evening serving up a charcuterie table with specialty sandwiches. Chef Julian Ross, Topaz Cafe, took home the “People’s Choice” award for his vegetarian-focused menu.
See all of our incredible chefs>

Top Young Investigators
Also highlighted for the evening were Fellows from seven of Chicago’s academic medical centers. Two were selected for the Top Young Investigator award by a group of judges while the other was selected as “People’s Choice” winner. Dr. Justin Boike, Northwestern University, was selected as “Top Young Investigator” by our judging panel for his poster on Liver Transplantation while Dr. Jennifer Cahill, Loyola University, took home the “People’s Choice” award for her poster on Alcohol-Induced Liver Disease.
Check out our Young Investigator Posters>

If you were unable to join us this year – we hope to see you next year as we continue a new tradition for Chicago’s liver community!

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