An evening of culinary excellence
Gourmet Gala - A Celebrity Cook-off

DATE: Tuesday, April 17, 2018  |  Time: 6:00 PM
LOCATION: National Building Museum
ADDRESS: 440 G Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

For additional details or information please contact Tina Cavucci. 


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. View the 2016 Gourmet Gala Highlights Video.  

In 2017, the event attracted over 90 corporate sponsors, had more than 600 guests, and raised $1,108,000 for the March of Dimes. View Celebrity Chef recipes. View event photos.

2017 March of Dimes Gourmet Gala Award Winners:
Judge’s Choice –
Senator John Barrasso and Mrs. Bobbi Barrasso (WY), Roosevelt Beans
People’s Choice – Senator Roy Blunt and Mrs. Abigail Blunt (MO), Pan Seared Scallops with Wilted Spinach, Bacon Jam, and Spiced Pecans
Healthiest Recipe – Senator Mazie Hirono and Mr. Leighton Kim Oshima (HI), Mazie Hirono’s Hawaii Kimchi Recipe
Hometown Hero – Representative Steve Scalise (LA), Shrimp Etouffee
Best Presentation – Representative Adrian Smith and Mrs. Andrea Smith (NE), White Chili  
Easiest Preparation – Representative Mike Thompson and Mrs. Janet Thompson (CA), Roasted Maple Herb Nuts


We are honored to collaborate with our volunteer leaders on the 36th Annual March of Dimes Gourmet Gala. The hard work and dedication of our Co-Chairs will take the 2018 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
Dr. Susan J. Blumenthal Markey, Massachusetts
Mrs. Kasey Nilson Crowley, New York
Mrs. Judy McCarthy, California
Mrs. Kris Toomey, Pennsylvania


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

For sponsorship information, please view our 2018 Sponsorship Opportunities or contact Tina Cavucci.


Representative Robert Aderholt and Mrs. Caroline Aderholt, Alabama*
Representative Sanford Bishop and Mrs. Vivian Bishop, Georgia*
Senator Gary Peters and Mrs. Colleen Ochoa Peters, Michigan
Senator Roger F. Wicker and Mrs. Gayle Wicker, Mississippi
Representative Rick W. Allen and Mrs. Robin Allen, Georgia
Senator John Barrasso and Mrs. Bobbi Barrasso, Wyoming
Senator Richard Blumenthal and Mrs. Cynthia Blumenthal, Connecticut
Senator Roy Blunt and Mrs. Abigail Blunt, Missouri*
Senator John Boozman and Mrs. Cathy Boozman, Arkansas
Senator Shelley Moore Capito and Mr. Charlie Capito, West Virginia
Senator Bob Casey and Mrs. Terese Casey, Pennsylvania
Senator Bill Cassidy and Dr. Laura Layden Cassidy, Louisiana
Representative Bonnie Watson Coleman and Rev. William Coleman, New Jersey
Representative Mike Conaway and Mrs. Suzanne Conaway, Texas
Senator John Cornyn and Mrs. Sandy Cornyn, Texas
Senator Tom Cotton and Mrs. Anna Cotton, Arkansas
Representative Joe Crowley and Mrs. Kasey Crowley, New York
Representative Diana DeGette, Colorado
             Representative Debbie Dingell, Michigan*
  Representative Lloyd Doggett and Dr. Libby Doggett, Texas
Senator Joe Donnelly and Mrs. Jill Donnelly, Indiana
Senator Mike Enzi and Mrs. Diana Enzi, Wyoming
Senator Deb Fischer, Nebraska
Senator Jeff Flake, Arizona
Representative Marcia Fudge, Ohio
Senator Cory Gardner and Mrs. Jaime Gardner, Colorado
Representative Garret Graves and Mrs. Carissa Graves, Louisiana
Representative Gene Green and Mrs. Helen Green, Texas
Senator Mazie Hirono and Mr. Leighton Kim Oshima, Hawaii
Representative Richard and Mrs. Renee Hudson, North Carolina
Representative Bill Johnson and Mrs. LeeAnn Johnson, Ohio
Representative Trent Kelly and Mrs. Sheila Kelly, Mississippi
Senator Angus King and Ms. Mary Herman, Maine
Representative Doug Lamborn and Mrs. Jeanie Lamborn, Colorado
Representative Bob Latta and Mrs. Marcia Latta, Ohio
Representative Dave Loebsack and Mrs. Terry Loebsack, Iowa
Representative Billy Long and Mrs. Barbara Long, Missouri
Representative Doris Matsui, California
Representative Eric Paulsen, Minnesota
Senator Pat Roberts and Mrs. Franki Roberts, Kansas*
Representative Steve Scalise, Louisiana
Senator Tim Scott, South Carolina
Representative Adrian Smith and Mrs. Andrea Smith, Nebraska
Representative Steve Stivers, Ohio
Representative Mike Thompson and Mrs. Janet Thompson, California*
Senator Pat Toomey and Mrs. Kris Toomey, Pennsylvania
Representative Michael Turner and Mrs. Majida Turner, Ohio
Senator Tom Udall and Mrs. Jill Cooper Udall, New Mexico*
Representative Marc Veasey, Texas
Senator Mark Warner and Mrs. Lisa Collis, Virginia

*Denotes Legacy Chefs (participation as a Celebrity Chef for 10 or more years)


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.