Cooking for Kaneland

By on April 5, 2012

School, village officials cook for Kaneland fundraiser
by Keith Beebe
KANELAND—Local school officials and village presidents know how to do their respective jobs … but can they cook?

The answer to that question will be revealed at the Kaneland Foundation’s Cooking for Kids event, which will take place from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, April 21, at Kaneland High School.

The featured chefs during the event will be Kaneland Superintendent Jeff Schuler, Kaneland High School Principal Chip Hickman, Harter Middle School Principal Bryan Zwemke, Elburn Village President Dave Anderson, Sugar Grove Village President Sean Michels and Maple Park Village President Kathy Curtis. According to Kaneland Foundation President Veronica Bruhl, these “chefs,” along with local businesses and catering companies, will create samples for community members to taste. Those in attendance will have a chance to pick their favorite appetizer, entree and desert.

Bruhl said the idea for the Cooking for Kids event came together last fall. The Kaneland Foundation’s goal in 2012 is to support academic excellence through innovation.

“The foundation discussed ideas for a new event that (would) bring the entire Kaneland community together. The idea (for) Cooking for Kids was born, since it would increase awareness among the community,” she said.

Schuler said he was involved in the Cooking for Kids event because he serves as executive director for the Kaneland Foundation. He also helped plan the event.

“As far as my credentials as a cook, I don’t really have any,” he said. “I have not been trained as a cook, but have friends in the right places that have agreed to help me. What I make will really be a surprise.”

Michels said he plans to make a Creole dish for the event.

“Somebody from the district called me, said they were putting on a fundraiser and asked if I was interested in cooking something,” he said. “I am going to have my oldest daughter and middle daughter help me out (during the event).”

The event will also feature a preview of student artwork for the Kaneland Fine Arts Festival, a performance by the Kaneland Madrigals and a silent auction.

Tickets can be purchased in advance at, and are $25 per adult and $10 per student/child. Tickets are $30 per adult and $15 per student/child if purchased at the door. All of the money collected will benefit students in District 302.

“We are hoping to sell 300 tickets and be in a better position to award more grant money to fund programs for Kaneland students,” Bruhl said.