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Pop Bottles for a Good Cause with Kendall College Trust!

TODAY: KCT Launches Tickets to 3rd Annual Fried Chicken & Champagne Fest

Press Release – Kendall College Trust gives Chicagoans another reason to pop the bubbly on National Champagne Day with the launch of ticket sales for its third annual Fried Chicken & Champagne Fest – on sale today, August 4.

The educational nonprofit invites Chicagoans to the Kendall College Skyline Room for a good cause on Saturday, November 4, raising scholarship funds for students in financial need attending Kendall College and supporting the Kendall College Trust Culinary Camp for high school students from underserved communities.

Welcoming a dozen of Chicago’s award-winning chefs frying up their best chicken renditions, Fried Chicken & Champagne Fest is the most clucking exciting fundraising event of the year, hosted by KCT Executive Director and host of WTTW’s “Check, Please!”, Catherine De Orio. From 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., guests indulge in delicious fried fare, and sip on Champagne from sponsor, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits. The event will also feature a VIP Champagne Lounge curated by Kevin Rebhan from Pops for Champagne.

There’s no better combination than bubbly and fried chicken, and KCT gives attendees much to cluck about this year with an all-star line up of culinary leaders, including:

Sarah Grueneberg (Monteverde)
Joseph Rizza (Prime & Provisions)
Ryan McCaskey (Acadia)
Eric Mansavage (Farmhouse)
Beverly Kim (Parachute)
Cam Waron (Honey Butter Fried Chicken)
Additional chefs to be announced

The lineup of esteemed chefs put their own unique spin on the classic American dish, while vying for the following three awards:

The Golden Hen – Best Overall Fried Chicken
(Determined by an esteemed panel of media and industry experts)

The People’s Choice
(Voted upon by attendees)

Best Table Décor
(Voted upon by attendees)

Ticket sales launch today, August 4, with two different pricing options. For $85, Basic Bird tickets include tastings of fried dishes from all 12 chefs, as well as Champagne, sparkling water, desserts, and accompaniments. Fancy Fowl tickets are $195 and include all Basic Bird perks, plus 30-minute early entry and access to the exclusive VIP Pops for Champagne Lounge, featuring an assortment of premium Champagnes. Event sponsors include Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits, Pops for Champagne, Moët Hennessy, US Foods, Kendall College, CS Modern Luxury, and S. Pellegrino.

Guests are encouraged to use the hashtags #coopsandcoupes and #birdsandbubbles, tagging @KendallTrustChi on Twitter, @kendalltrustchi on Instagram, and @KendallCollegeTrust on Facebook. All event proceeds benefit Kendall College Trust.

To purchase tickets, visit For additional information about Kendall College Trust, visit

About Kendall College Trust

Kendall College Trust (KCT), a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit, provides resources and opportunities that support educational advancement and career development for students with financial need. Since its 2008 inception, Kendall College Trust has awarded over $2 million dollars in scholarship funds to help students complete their education. In summer 2016, KCT launched a culinary camp in partnership with Chicago Public School (CPS) C-CAP program to spark interest and provide skills in the culinary arts for students in underserved areas, continuing to grow each year. KCT provides nearly a quarter of a million dollars annually to help students build a solid foundation for their future. For additional information on Kendall College Trust, call 312.752.2352, email, or visit

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