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Play Ping Pong With Chicago's Top Chefs For A Cause

By Anthony Todd in Food on Oct 28, 2015 8:02PM

Prepping the octopus.

Most charity galas and balls are fairly dull affairs—you mingle, eat some fairly dull food, watch some vaguely inspiring videos, get hit up for even more money than you spent to buy the ticket and finally go home and strip off your fancy clothes. That's why whenever a genuinely unique opportunity to have fun and do some good crosses our desk, we feel compelled to spread the word.

The Jackson Chance Foundation is hosting their Third Annual Playing it Forward Ping Pong Ball Thursay night. There's the usual (food, a silent auction) but also four fabulous hours of table tennis fun, with coaching from professionals. What a fun way to spend a Thursday right?

The highlight of the event is a VIP reception sponsored by the Trotter Project. Some of Chicago's best chefs, including Bill Kim (BellyQ), Art Smith (Table 52), Philip Foss (El Ideas) and Richie Farina (formerly of Moto) will prepare bites and, our favorite part, compete in their own Battle of the Chefs ping pong tournament. We'd pay the $200 just to watch Foss and Kim go head to head.

General admission tickets are $100, and it's an additional $50 to enter the ping pong tournament. The Jackson Chance Foundation, in case you're curious, provides transportation and parking vouchers to families in need who have children in the NICU at Lurie Children's Hospital.