The second annual Dining with the Chefs took place Saturday. The event benefits the Montgomery County Free Clinic, also known as the Dr. Mary Ludwig Free Clinic.

Additional seating was added this year as last year's event sold out rapidly. Chefs Jason Anderson (from Bon Appetit), Lali Hess (of Juniper Spoon) and Rick Warner (Professor of History at Wabash College) prepared signature dishes such as seared beef medallions, butternut squash ravioli, and formula salad, while diners watched the event on large video screens and listened to the chefs explain the ingredients and techniques used. In addition, special guest chef Laura Fornari showed how to prepare fruit gazpacho and special guest chef Karla Hoyos explained how she created a gluten-free torte for the occasion.

The dishes were served with wine pairings provided by Huber's Orchard, Winery & Vineyards in Starlight, Indiana. Jim Amidon hosted the event. Guests were sent home with a cookbook featuring recipes for each of the evening's dishes. Guests enjoyed fantastic food, good fellowship, entertaining performances from the chefs and MC, and the opportunity to contribute to the Montgomery County Free Clinic's important mission of providing health and dental care for the county's uninsured, as well coordinating the Meals on Wheels program.

The Montgomery County Free Clinic Board wishes to thank the event's “Executive Chef” sponsors, Franciscan Physician Network and Franciscan St. Elizabeth Health , its “Sous Chef” sponsors, members of the Ludwig family (John & Amy McCormick and Jacqueline, Sara & Julia Vanderkolk) and Dr. Aaron Altschul Orthodontics, and its “Patissier” sponsors, Hoosier Heartland State Bank and Tipmont REMC. In addition, thanks to Wabash College for hosting the event at the Allen Athletic Center and the College's IT department for providing the audio/visual equipment and support, thanks to chefs Anderson, Hess and Warner and guest chefs Fornari and Hoyos for devoting their time and talents, to Jim Amidon for hosting, to Huber's Orchard Winery and Vineyard for providing wine, to the Engledow Group for providing the plants at the event, Bon Appétit Management Company for supporting the event and providing programs and to the Sennett Cattle Company for providing meat for the event.

The Clinic's Board hosts fund-raising events each year to help further the Clinic's mission to “provide high-quality medical and dental care and health promotion and disease prevention services to residents of Montgomery County who lack insurance and otherwise would go without basic health care.” Those interested in sponsorship opportunities may contact the Montgomery County Free Clinic, P.O. Box 86, Crawfordsville, IN 47933 or via email at bill.doemel@mcfreeclinic.org. Those who would like to find out more about qualifying to receive the Clinic's services can fill out an application by clicking on the "Patient Application" button at MCFreeClinic.org. To qualify one must be a resident of Montgomery County, have a household income at or below 300 percent of the poverty level, and lack public or private health insurance.