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Milwaukee Chefs for Homeless Vets

The Evening's Theme:
"Waffle House Re-Imagined"

Monday, May 23
6:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Merriment Social
240 E Pittsburgh Ave., Milwaukee

Eleven Celebrity Chefs,
each with their own station

Food and Drink Stations sponored by
WaterStone Bank

New! The Chefs' Menu

The chefs will serve unique gourmet dishes inspired by the popular Waffle House’s menu. Another station will serve Waffle House-inspired adult beverages.

The Waffle House, a beloved iconic restaurant chain, prides itself on serving “good food with outstanding service” across the South for 60 years. Open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, the restaurants offer a variety of foods with a breakfast focus.

Participating Chefs are:

Andrew Miller, chef and co-owner of Merriment Social and Third Coast Provisions
~ Read how Chef Miller originated the event's theme

Justin Carlisle, chef and owner of Ardent; National Guard veteran, finalist twice for a James Beard Foundation Award

Susie Fortman, personal chef, OEF Army veteran

Erik Hansen, chef at Supper

Thomas Hauck, chef and owner of c. 1880 and Karl Ratzsch’s; James Beard Foundation Award nominee

Aaron Patin, chef and owner, Iron Grate BBQ Co.

Rosy Rodriguez, chef at Company Brewing

Dan Van Rite and Dan Jacobs, owners/chefs at Dandan

Paul Zerkel and Lisa Kirkpatrick, chefs and co-owners at Goodkind

Original dishes to be served at the Milwaukee benefit include re-imagined takes on Waffle House classics such as “Scattered, Smothered, Covered Hash Browns,” “Pecan Waffle” and “Texas Patty Melt.”

The event will include a Silent Auction (6:30-8:45 pm) and Honor Guard procession.

Proceeds will benefit Milwaukee Homeless Veterans Initiative

. “This fundraiser will also bring more attention to the plight of our homeless heroes, whose sacrifices need to be repaid. We greatly appreciate the generosity and outpouring of support from these great Milwaukee chefs, restaurants and sponsors and the public.”

~ Kirsten Sobieski, MHVI Executive Director


We are happy to announce that, through a private underwritten donation, ALL tickets purchased are 2-for-1 now --- That's right, $150 for 2 tickets--- first-come basis until we sell out.
(Past purchases ineligible)

...or $150 allows one single admission to our event.

Tickets include food and drinks (wine, beer and cocktail options). Seating is limited.

Important: You will receive a PayPal Purchase Confirmation email that serves as your receipt and your ticket(s).

Print out the Purchase Confirmation email and bring it to the event for admission.

Questions or problems?

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Sponsor the Event

For information on sponsorship packages and benefits click here or contact Jennifer Rutten.