Recognized as one of Washington’s most unique and anticipated events, the 33rd Annual March of Dimes Gourmet Gala is a fundraiser with a unique Capitol Hill flavor. Washington notables, including U.S. Senators and Representatives (listed below), will participate in this competitive cook-off as Celebrity Chefs, preparing and serving their favorite dishes. They will be judged by locally acclaimed professional chefs with awards given to the "Chefs" in these six categories: Best Presentation, Health & Happiness, American Regional Cuisine, Easiest Preparation, Best in Show and People's Choice. BizBash named Gourmet Gala 2014 one of "Washington's Top 100 Events 2014." View 2015 Confirmed Celebrity Chefs. View 2014 Gourmet Gala Congress Members' recipes, photos of Congress Members and general Gourmet Gala photos.
Gourmet Gala Co-Chairs: Dianne Isakson, Georgia, and Dr. Carolina Reyes, California.
Finance Co-Chairs: Kathy Didawick, BlueCross BlueShield Assoc., and Gina Rigby, Aflac, Inc.
Participating U.S. Senators/Spouses: Senator John Barrasso (WY); Senator Richard Blumenthal (CT); Senator Roy Blunt (MO); Senator Richard Burr (NC); Senator Ben Cardin (MD); Senator Bill Cassidy (LA); Senator Dan Coats (IN); Senator Susan Collins (ME); Senator Chris Coons (DE); Senator John Cornyn (TX); Senator Mike Enzi (WY); Senator Deb Fischer (NE); Senator Al Franken (MN); Senator Martin Heinrich (NM); Senator Amy Klobuchar (MN); Senator Joe Manchin (WV); Senator Ed Markey (MA); Senator Lisa Murkowski (AK); Senator Bill Nelson (FL); Senator David Perdue (GA); Senator Gary Peters (MI); Senator Jim Risch (ID); Senator Pat Roberts (KS); Senator Tim Scott (SC); Senator Thom Tillis (NC); Senator Pat Toomey (PA); Senator Tom Udall (NM); Senator Mark Warner (VA).
Participating U.S. Representatives/Spouses: Representative Robert Aderholt (AL); Representative Rick Allen (GA); Representative Sanford Bishop (GA); Representative Tony Cárdenas (CA); Representative Debbie Dingell (MI); Representative Gene Green (TX); Representative Rubén Hinojosa (TX); Representative Doug Lamborn (CO); Representative Dave Loebsack (IA); Representative Billy Long (MO); Representative Doris Matsui (CA); Representative Bill Posey (FL); Representative David Scott (GA); Representative Mike Thompson (CA); Representative Lynn Westmoreland (GA).
2015 Celebrity Judges: Celebrity Judge Chair Chef Ris Lacoste of Ris; Chef Jamie Leeds of Hanks Oyster Bar; Chef Spike Mendelsohn of Bearnaise; Chef Matt Parrilli of the National Democratic Club; Chef Jeff Tunks of Passion Food Hospitality.
Regional Sponsors: Aflac, American Chemistry Council, BlueCross BlueShield Association, BNSF, General Motors, Koch Companies Public Sector, Lockheed Martin Corporation, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Southern Company, The Home Depot and Volkswagen.
Benefactors: AARP, Amway, Anheuser-Busch, BP America, Inc., Chevron Corporation, Comcast NBCUniversal, CVS Health, Fluor, McGraw Hill Financial, Merck, Pfizer, Primerica, PSEG, Sanofi-Aventis U.S., The Coca-Cola Company and United Parcel Service.
Supporters: AbbVie, American Medical Association, Cruise Industry Charitable Foundation, Dominion Resources, Inc., Hogan & Lovells, Honeywell International Inc., Marathon Oil Corporation, Marathon Petroleum Corporation, National Association of Broadcasters, PWR, Shell, Time Warner Cable, The Boeing Company and Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America.