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Gourmet Gala - A Celebrity Cook-off

DATE: Wednesday, May 8, 2019  |  Time: 6:00 PM
LOCATION: National Building Museum
ADDRESS: 440 G Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

For additional details or information please contact Kate Leib.

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The March of Dimes Gourmet Gala is a fundraiser with a unique Capitol Hill flavor. Washington notables, including more than 50 U.S. Senators and Representatives, participate in this competitive cook-off as Congressional Chefs, serving their favorite hors d'oeuvres, desserts and drinks. Corporate sponsor representatives serve as their sous chefs. Their recipes are judged with awards given for six categories of achievement.

Save the date! Our 2020 Gourmet Gala will be held on Tuesday, May 12, 2020.

Thank you to everyone that came out to our 2019 Gourmet Gala! View 2019 Event Photos Here.
View the 2019 Congressional Chef Recipes.

2019 March of Dimes Gourmet Gala Award Winners:
·         Judge’s Choice –Sen. Angus King (Lobster Stew) 
·         People’s Choice – Rep. Dean Philips (Miriam’s Potato Latkes) 
·         Healthiest Recipe – Rep. Salud Carbajal (Central Coast Ceviche)
·         Hometown Hero – Rep. Bob Latta (Johnny Appleseed Crisp)  
·         Best Presentation – Sen. Jim Risch (Idaho Baked Potato Sunday)
·         Easiest Preparation – Sen. Gary Peters (Michigan Cherry, Goat Cheese and Sage Crostini) 


We are honored to collaborate with our volunteer leaders on the 37th Annual March of Dimes Gourmet Gala. The hard work and dedication of our Co-Chairs will take the 2019 event to new heights. The March of Dimes and the families we support are grateful for the generosity and effort of the team who is helping to make this event possible.

Honorary Co-Chairs
Lauren Birchfield Kennedy (MA)
Suzanne Conaway (TX)
Julie Heinrich (NM)
Bonnie Perdue (GA)

Finance Co-Chairs
Amy Hawkins, BNSF
Terri Fariello, United
Gina Rigby, Aflac



Gourmet Gala unites those who share a demonstrated commitment to the health of our nation's mothers and babies. More than 50 Members of Congress compete as Congressional Chefs, and corporate sponsors serve as their Sous Chefs.  

For sponsorship information, please view our 2019 Sponsorship Opportunities or contact Kate Leib.


Rep. Robert Aderholt and Mrs. Caroline Aderholt, Alabama- Legacy Chef
Rep. Rick Allen and Mrs. Robin Allen, Georgia
Sen. John Barrasso and Mrs. Bobbi Barrasso, Wyoming- Legacy Chef
Rep. Jack Bergman, Michigan
Senator Roy Blunt and Mrs. Abby Blunt, Missouri- Legacy Chef
Rep. Salud Carbajal, California 
Sen. Bob Casey and Mrs. Terese Casey, Pennsylvania 
Sen. Bill Cassidy and Dr. Laura Cassidy,  Louisiana
Chairman Neil Chatterjee, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Rep. Steve Cohen, Tennessee
Sen. John Cornyn and Mrs. Sandy Cornyn, Texas 
Sen. Tom Cotton and Mrs. Anna Cotton, Arkansas

Rep. Adriano Espaillat, New York
Rep. Greg Gianforte, Montana
Rep. Richard Hudson, North Carolina
Rep. Bill Johnson, Ohio   
Sen. Angus King, Maine
Rep. Ro Khanna, California 
Rep. Doug Lamborn and Mrs. Jeanie Lamborn, Colorado
Rep. Bob Latta and Mrs. Marcia Latta, Ohio
Rep. Dave Loebsack and Mrs. Teresa Loebsack, Iowa- Legacy Chef
Rep. Billy Long and Mrs. Barbra Long, Missouri
Sen. Ed Markey and Dr. Susan Blumenthal Markey, Massachusetts- Legacy Chef
Rep. Roger Marshall and Mrs. Laina Marshall, Kansas 
Leader Kevin McCarthy and Mrs. Judy McCarthy, California 
Rep. Jim McGovern and Mrs. Lisa McGovern, Massachusetts - Legacy Chef
Sen. Gary Peters and Mrs. Colleen Ocha Peters, Michigan
Rep. Dean Phillips, Minnesota
Del. Stacey Plaskett and Mr. Jonathan Buckney-Small, U.S. Virgin Islands
Rep. Jamie Raskin, Maryland
Rep. Kathleen Rice, New York 
Sen. Jim Risch and Mrs. Vicki Risch, Idaho
Sen. Pat Roberts and Mrs. Franki Roberts, Kansas  - Legacy Chef
Rep. Linda T. Sanchez, California
House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, Louisiana
Sen. Tim Scott, South Carolina

Rep. Donna Shalala, Florida
Rep. Adrian Smith and Mrs. Andrea Smith, Nebraska
Rep. Pete Stauber, Minnestota
Sen. Dan Sullivan and Mrs. Julie Fate Sullivan, Alaska
Rep. G.T. Thompson, Pennsylvania
Rep. Mike Thompson, Califonia- Legacy Chef
Sen. Pat Toomey and Mrs. Kris Toomey, Pennsylvania
Sen. Tom Udall and Mrs. Jill Cooper Udall, New Mexico- Legacy Chef
Rep. Marc Veasey, Texas
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Florida 
Rep. Randy Weber, Texas 
Sen. Roger Wicker and Mrs. Gayle Wicker, Mississippi 
Rep. Ted Yoho and Mrs. Carolyn Yoho, Florida

*As of 4/10/19


Premature birth is the #1 killer of babies. Every year, 15 million babies are born prematurely worldwide, and 1 million will die before their first birthday. Your gift helps the March of Dimes fund research, education, advocacy and programs that help more moms have full-term pregnancies and healthy babies. You can help fight premature birth by making a 100% tax deductible donation at the event or click here to make your donation today. See how your donations will support our mission.