ABOUT


Watch this video to learn more about St. James Food Pantry and the new farm at St. James.

The Jazzin’ to Feed Celebration is one of the highlights of spring in the Bronzeville neighborhood. This event showcases the rich Jazz Heritage of the Bronzeville community by hosting some of the best Jazz talents in Chicago. Artists who have previously performed include Joanne Collaso, John Moulder, Ari Brown, Maggie Brown, Frieda Lee, Chris Greene, Gros Ngolle Pokosi and Angel D’ Cuba. 

Proceeds benefit the St. James Food Pantry.

Venue: De La Salle Institute
3434 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60616

Date: SATURDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2021

The theme for this year’s event is CUBA

VIP Reception: 5 PM – 7 PM

Main Event: 7 PM – 10 PM

LIMITED ATTENDANCE. ONLY TABLES ARE BEING SOLD THIS YEAR. NO ADMISSION AT THE DOOR. ADMISSION WILL BE CLOSED ONCE ALL TABLES ARE SOLD. There are 10 large tables for eight and 25 small tables for four.

Admission includes food, all you can drink beer, wine, and soda, and entertainment. See the TICKET tab to purchase a table or raffle tickets and for additional information.

HONOREES:
Dave Samber
Darrell Windle

ENTERTAINMENT

MAIN EVENT: 7 PM – 10 PM

YENDRYS CESPEDES

Yendrys Cespedes is a musician, multi instrumentalist and producer with more than 20 years in the show business. Yendrys Céspedes, is the founder and owner of YCC PRODUCTIONS, founded in November 2015, and serves as a space for inspiration and creation for other artists.

VIP: 5 PM – 7 PM

NIKITA NICHELLE AND THE SIDECARS

Nikita Nichelle offers the perfect trio: A Smooth Voice with Real Lyrics over Captivating Beats! She is a Chicago-native soul singer and songwriter inspired by the consciousness of Lauryn Hill and India Arie and the melodic genius of Lalah Hathaway, Jill Scott and Anita Baker. She has been featured with incredible bands, such as Kinetic Theory, Frankie Parker & The Gentlemen, Ric Rhoadz & Genre Free, and Class Act Entertainment at venues like Redwood Luxe, Dream Palace Banquet Hall, Refuge Live, and Red Star to name a few. Her captivating vocals, playful precision and creative energy will keep you wanting to hear more.  

Her passion for music was discovered at the tender age of 2 when she recorded her first “cover song”, One Hundred Ways (Quincy Jones & James Ingram), with her father accompanying on acoustic guitar. Nikita Nichelle got her singing chops in the church, which is where she learned the art of connecting to the hearts and souls of her listeners. She honed her craft by studying music from high school through college. She sharpened her edge by obtaining a law degree and becoming licensed to practice law. 

Nikita Nichelle debuted her first single, Warriors, which has aired on WSRB 106.3 FM and is available on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, and CD Baby.  

Nikita Nichelle is something like a line from the movie “Brown Sugar”: she is “the perfect voice over a tight beat”!

DONATIONS

For many years St. James Food Pantry has been a beacon of hope for families and individuals living in near-by public housing and the elderly living in several of the Chicago Housing Authority Senior Buildings.

Today, St. James Food Pantry is on the front-line assisting struggling families and individuals who are impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic. We have made adjustments in the way we serve our clients to ensure the safety of our staff, volunteers and clients through social distancing. Among our most vulnerable clients are home-bound seniors and homeless individuals. The demand for food has increased dramatically, especially, among the poor. St. James Food Pantry is actively working to meet this need; however, we need your help.

FOOD

Provided by Polo Inn and Chef Dave Samber.

SOMETHING DIFFERENT . . . SOMETHING WONDERFUL!”

For over 35 years now, Chef Dave Samber continues to create 
“something different . . . something wonderful”
for thousands of folks. Whether with his beautiful cookies and candy trays adorned by a signature hand-tied bows, scrumptious brunches, lunches and dinners, or lavish buffets and catered productions in some of Chicago’s great spaces. Touching so many lives and providing precious memories for loyal customers and guests.

Chef Dave Samber served over 500,000 Garlic Mozzarella Cheese Breads and some two million Baked Crab Cake Nuggets and introduced dozens of dishes during his 21 years at The Taste of Chicago. 

Click on the image to see Polo Inn feature on WGN-TV’S CHICAGO’S BEST: