An evening of culinary excellence
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.


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 Celebrity 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 2019 Gourmet Gala will be held on Wednesday, May 8, 2019.

Thank you to everyone that came out to our 2018 Gourmet Gala! View 2018 event photos. 
View the 2018 Celebrity Chef's recipes. 

Click here to view the 2018 Event Highlights video!

2018 March of Dimes Gourmet Gala Award Winners:
Judge’s Choice – 
Senator Angus King (ME), Lobster Stew
People’s Choice – Representative Marsha Blackburn (TN), Nashville Hot Chicken
Healthiest Recipe – Representative Linda Sanchez (CA), Guacamole
Hometown Hero – Representative Doug Lamborn (CO), Colorado Bison Burger Sliders
Best Presentation –  Representative Debbie Dingell (MI), Chili
Easiest Preparation – Representative Robert Aderholt (AL), Berry Bruschetta


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 Celebrity Chefs, and corporate sponsors serve as their Sous Chefs.  

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


Lauren Birchfield Kennedy, Massachuestts
Suzanne Conaway, Texas
Julie Heinrich, New Mexico
Bonnie Perdue, Georgia

Rep. Robert Aderholt and Mrs. Caroline Aderholt, Alabama
Rep. Rick Allen and Mrs. Robin Allen, Georgia
Rep. Brian Babin and Mrs. Roseanne Babin, Texas  
Rep. Salud Carbajal, California 
Sen. Bob Casey and Mrs. Terese Casey, Pennsylvania 
Sen. Bill Cassidy and Dr. Laura Cassidy,  Louisiana
Rep. Steve Cohen, Tennessee
Sen. John Cornyn and Mrs. Sandy Cornyn, Texas 
Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick,  Pennsylvania 
Rep. Bill Johnson, Ohio  
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, Texas  
Sen. Angus King, Maine
Rep. Ro Khanna, California 
Sen. Ed Markey and Dr. Susan Blumenthal Markey, Massachusetts
Rep. Roger Marshall, Kansas 
Leader Kevin McCarthy, California 
Rep. Doris Matsui, California
Rep. Jim McGovern and Mrs. Lisa McGovern, Massachusetts - Legacy Chef
Rep. Kathleen Rice, New York 
Sen. Pat Roberts and Mrs. Franki Roberts, Kansas  - Legacy Chef
Rep. Linda T. Sanchez, California
Rep. Donna Shalala, Florida
Rep. Adrian Smith and Mrs. Andrea Smith, Nebraska
Sen. Gary Peters and Mrs. Colleen Ochoa Peters, Michigan
Rep. Marc Veasey, Texas
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Florida 
Rep. Randy Weber, Texas 
Sen. Roger Wicker and Mrs. Gayle Wicker, Mississippi 

*As of 1/15/19


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.