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‘Chefs Take a Stand’ Returns to Washington, DC

September 12, 2015

Top DC-Metro Chefs and Mixologists Unite to End Domestic Violence


WASHINGTON, DC – Presented by Google and Facebook, the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) is partnering with top DC, Maryland, and Virginia chefs and mixologists to bring Chefs Take a Stand to our nation’s capital this fall. This one-of-a-kind event combines three ingredients Washingtonians simply cannot pass up: top-notch food & creative cocktails, the opportunity to see & be seen, and an important social cause – ending domestic violence.

Chefs Take a Stand will be held on October 1, 2015 at 7 p.m. at the Carnegie Library in Washington, DC (801 K St., NW). This year’s event will celebrate NNEDV’s 25th anniversary and kick off Domestic Violence Awareness Month, which is commemorated each October.

Rebecca Sheir, host of WAMU’s Metro Connection and contributor to American Public Media’s The Splendid Table, will serve as the event’s Honorary Host and Emcee.


Chefs Take a Stand will feature multiple chef stations — staffed by DC’s finest chefs and mixologists — where guests will be sampling a featured taste or sip for the evening. Confirmed talent includes:

  • Mikala Brennan, Hula Girl – Bar & Grill
  • Gina Chersevani, Buffalo & Bergen
  • Jennifer Costa, Centrolina
  • Adam Greenberg, Barcelona
  • Joe Heskin, STK
  • Abby Hopper, Copper Fox Distillery
  • Jamie Imhof, Cinch Tonic
  • Ris Lacoste, Ris
  • Dane Nakamura, Range
  • Larry Queen, BRABO by Robert Wiedmaier
  • Rachel Sergi, Lincoln
  • Theary So, Hank’s Oyster Bar
  • Susan Soorenko, Moorenko’s
  • Laurie Alleman Weber, The Swiss Bakery
  • More names to come. . .

Chefs Take a Stand is sponsored by Google, Facebook, The Allstate Foundation, Airbnb, Verizon, Hair Cuttery, Sir Speedy, and Experient, a Maritz Travel Company. Sponsorship opportunities for businesses are still available. Sponsor packages include everything from an Epicurean Experience to a Midnight Snack (learn more about sponsoring this event).

Proceeds of the event and the auction will benefit NNEDV’s work to support direct services providing legal information to victims through, as well as advancing and strengthening effective laws and policies against domestic violence. Tickets for the event are $195 for the full evening, which includes a VIP pre-event party from 6 to 7 PM, or $125 for the main event, beginning at 7 PM and running until 9:30 PM. Tickets for the event are available online at

For more information about the event, please contact Emily Dahl, senior communications & development specialist at NNEDV.


The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that serves as the leading national voice for domestic violence victims and their allies. NNEDV’s membership includes all 56 state and territorial coalitions against domestic violence, including over 2,000 local programs. NNEDV has been advancing the movement against domestic violence for 25 years, having led efforts among domestic violence advocates and survivors in urging Congress to pass the landmark Violence Against Women Act of 1994. To learn more about NNEDV, please visit