Signature Chefs


Walters, Nicole
| (616) 247-6861
Walters, Nicole

Thank you for supporting
Signature Chefs Auction, Grand Rapids

DATE: Monday, November 11, 2019  |  TIME: 5 p.m.
ADDRESS: 303 Monroe Avenue NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

For more information please contact Nicole Walters 616.247.6861.


Still want to help us?

All March of Dimes Signature Chefs events will be held virtually this year. While we may not be together in person, we rely on your continued support to provide innovative programs and services for moms, moms-to-be and babies who may be at a greater risk of becoming sick and not receiving proper or equitable care.

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Event description

The chefs, volunteers and guests who make up our Signature Chefs Events community are coming together in new, innovative ways to suport moms and babies this year.

We are following state mandated guidelines in response to COVID-19 and will not have an in-person event this year. So, we are preparing an exciting, new Virtual Gala for your 2020 March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction experience!

We need your help now more than ever. Your support funds:

  • COVID-19 interventions and support for moms and babies
  • Programs that promote health equity for moms and babies and directly combat racial disparities in maternal and child health
  • Free virtual NICU support program for families
  • Virtual prenatal programs for moms-to-be
  • Educational programs, including live Facebook panel discussions, to get info into the hands of moms and families
  • Necessary supplies for expectant mothers including blood pressure cuffs and masks and so much more!

Support the mission

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.

Become a sponsor

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.

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Join us for our annual gathering of West Michigan’s finest culinary talent in support of the March of Dimes. Held in the Steelcase Ballroom at DeVos Place, you will enjoy tasting the signature dishes of local chefs before taking your seats for the Live Auction and Fund the Mission. We encourage you to bid on one of our unique packages. Raise your paddle and give generously to save babies!


Signature Chefs Auction pays tribute to the culinary excellence of local chefs and caterers in communities nationwide while raising funds to give every baby a healthy start. It is geared towards individuals who enjoy fine dining, wine, auctions and socializing! We invite you to join us November 11 for a great evening while helping the important work of the March of Dimes.

Ken Jansen
Lake Michigan Insurance
2019 Event Chair

Rock'n the Auction

When you are doing good, wild things happen!  This year, we are honored to host a public auction of a one-of-a-kind painting. This unique, priecless piece was created here in Grand Rapids during the KISS' concert in March 2019. Artist David Garbaldi created the piece, on stage, at the concert. If you would like to bid click here. Auction will close on November 11 at 8 pm. All proceeds will benifit West Michigan March of Dimes. 

Special thanks to Travis Henkaline of Fox 17 for making this possible. 

Auction Link

This year you have the ability to PREVIEW the LIVE AUCTION and Silent Auction on our mobile bidding site! We know you want the inside scoop, so here it is! Link


Premature birth is the most serious infant health problem in the United States today. It affects more than half a million babies nationwide each year, with over 15,000 in Michigan alone. Babies born too soon are more likely to die or have lifelong disabilities. 

March of Dimes is committed to reversing this trend by funding research to find the causes of premature birth and providing comfort and information to families. 

With your March of Dimes Fund the Mission Gift at Signature Chefs, we can help to fund the research, education, and support needed to ensure more babies celebrate their first birthday.

Read the Jewell Family Story


Join us for our annual gathering of the area’s finest culinary talent in support of the March of Dimes. Upon arrival, you will enjoy the chance to sample our chefs’ creations for a 90-minute tasting experience before taking your seat for the Live Auction and Fund the Mission. Enjoy dessert while you bid on our unique packages, raising your paddle and giving generously to help babies.


2019 Signature Chefs events feature local culinary talent who create a selection of fine cuisine for an exclusive audience. Our chefs are artists, innovators and philanthropists, and we look forward to sharing their talents at the event.

Chef Jenna Arcidiacono

Amore Trattoria Italiana

Chef Lucas VerHulst

Reserve Wine & Food

Chef Danielle Scott

Lucy's Cafe'

Chef Phillip Coulson

Sandy Point Beach House 

Chef Michael Alexander

Rockwell Republic

Chef Brian Proctor

New Holland Brewing Company

Chef Chris Gribble

CitySen Lounge

Chef Collin McPhee


Chef Clark Frain


Chef Bob Huynh

One Trick Pony

Chef Jeremiah New

Wheelhouse Kitchen & Cocktails

Chef Brandan Penland

Charley's Crab

Chef Oscar Moreno


Chef Jose Castro

Slows BBQ

Chef Ahmed "Zacky" Hammal

The Chop House

Chef John Taylor

Vintage Seafood & Prime

Chef Joseff Van Horn

YoChef's Catering Company

Chef Ryan Martin


Host Staions Include

Soldadera Coffee
The Melting Pot
Jenny with the Good Eats


Through partnerships with companies, organizations and individuals, the March of Dimes is able to create unique moments for your clients, vendors and leadership teams. They participate in an exclusive dining event while supporting a critical cause. Sponsorship opportunities are available at a variety of levels for our Signature Chefs events, providing you with brand recognition, civic engagement and an exclusive client entertainment opportunity within the event. We look forward to working with you to discuss your partnership with the March of Dimes. Please contact Nicole Walters at [email protected] or 616-247-6861 for more information.

Sponsor information

Night of Volunteers

We cannot pull off an event without 150 volunteers. We can use you! If you are interested in Volunteering for the event, click here: I want to volunteer. 

Our Sponsors

Our Sponsor

View our updated COVID-19 safety guidelines and waiver here.