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Posted: July 12, 2017

7 of Dayton’s top chefs are pulling out all the stops for this can’t-miss event

The winning Chef Showdown dish by Chef Maria Walusis of Nibbles. Photo by Alexis Larsen
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The winning Chef Showdown dish by Chef Maria Walusis of Nibbles. Photo by Alexis Larsen

By Sarah Franks

Riverscape Metropark is getting ready to be wined and dined by Dayton’s favorite chefs at the swankiest event of summer.  

More than 275 attendees will arrive at a beautifully decorated Riverscape, Saturday night, for the first ever Bright Nights celebration hosted by Big Brothers Big Sister of the Greater Miami Valley. The evening, filled with live music by Cover to Cover featuring Andy Rush, wine, beer and gourmet tastings by seven of Dayton’s most prominent chefs has been highly anticipated for many months.

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The esteemed chefs who will be there include: 
— Jenn DiSanto of SageCraft Catering and Events

— Anne Kearney of Bar Dumaine

— Dana Downs of Roost Restaurants

— Elizabeth Wiley of Meadowlark

— Liz Valenti of Wheat Penny Oven and Bar 

— Maria Walusis of Nibbles Restaurant & Catering

— Margot Blondet of Salar Restaurant and Lounge

“I think everybody is super excited. We have a menu laid out and everything looks fantastic,” said Luisa Hocking, finance manager for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Miami Valley.   

Tickets for general admission are $125 and include four complimentary drinks, as well as food prepared by the distinguished local chefs. A cash bar will available for additional drinks.  

All proceeds from ticket sales go to Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Miami Valley. The organization’s goal of around $60,000 has already been met, Hocking said, and the venue is still able to hold about 75 more people.   

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As guests drink, chow and mingle for a good cause, elegant lighting will fill Riverscape with a glow meant to create a dazzling mood. However, there’s no need to dust off your fanciest gown or tux for this event. 

 The venue has that open, summery feel, and it’s right there by the river. So attendees should dress in nicer, casual summer attire, but not too casual, Hocking said. 

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Big Brothers Big Sister of the Greater Miami Valley have high hopes for Saturday’s event, and already have even grander plans in the works for next year’s Bright Nights event.

Want to go? 

WHAT: Bright Nights 

WHEN: Saturday, July 15th, 7 p.m.- 11 p.m.

WHERE: Riverscape Metropark, 237 E Monument Ave., Dayton

COST: $125

MORE INFOBright Nights  websiteFacebook 


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