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Portland's top chefs cooking for healthy babies

Line up includes LO's Kyra Bussanich of Kyra's Bake Shop

SUBMITTED PHOTO  - Kyra Bussanich of Kyras Bake Shop in Lake Oswego is the featured dessert chef at the 27th-annual Signature Chefs Auction, a benefit for the March of Dimes.

Typically chefs cook for the love of food, but on Nov. 2 some of Portland’s finest chefs will be cooking for the love of babies.

In a glamorous setting at Portland Art Museum, eight talented chefs with big hearts are offering their signature dishes to be enjoyed that evening, along with something even more special. Each chef has put together a unique and exclusive package to be auctioned off with the hopes of raising money to improve the health of babies. All proceeds from the Signature Chefs Auction benefit March of Dimes to support lifesaving research and programs that offer hope for the prevention of infant health threats such as premature birth and birth defects.

The evening’s notable chefs include: Ron Baker of Chefstable Catering, Thomas Dunklin of The Waiting Room, Kenny Giambalvo of Pazzo Ristorante, Tim Eckard of The Chart House, Mark Hosack of The Riverhouse, featured dessert Chef Kyra Bussanich of Kyra’s Bake Shop of Lake Oswego, Christopher Czarnecki of The Joel Palmer House and Zach Capoccia of Sauce Box.

“I am so honored to chair an event with such a powerful mission to help babies,” said event chairwoman Chylon Pappas with First Tech Federal Credit Union. “Where can you sample the fabulous food of so many amazing chefs in one room and give back to our community at the same time? We really are helping to give every baby a fighting chance.”

This is the 27th-annual Signature Chefs Auction. The exclusive evening begins at 6 p.m. Nov. 2 at the Portland Art Museum. For information or to reserve a seat or table, visit signaturechefs.org/portland or call 971-270-2890. Funds raised at Signature Chefs Auction support lifesaving research, advocacy and educational programs.