Event Leadership Highlight

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Signature Chefs Auction Event Chair

Toni Daniels, Director of Sales

KWings / Wings Event Center

Toni Daniels is the Director of Sales for the Kalamazoo Wings Hockey Team and Wings Event Center.  The Kalamazoo Wings is a Minor League Hockey Team in the ECHL with a rich 43 year history in our community.  Toni was born and raised in this community and is passionate about giving back through various non-profits in Southwest Michigan.  Toni is a graduate of Vicksburg High School and Western Michigan University.  Her career started with 13 years in the financial services industry and then expanded to deeper community ties with Southwest Michigan First and the Chamber of Commerce.  Toni is a recreational athlete who enjoys competing in local running races as well as triathlon’s of every distance from sprint to Ironman.  When she is not training for an upcoming race or prepping for the next hockey season, she enjoys spending time with her husband and three children.

Restaurant & Executive Chef Highlight


The Union Cabaret & Grille

Housed in downtown’s Kalamazoo City Centre since 2002, The Union occupies what was originally a part of Gilmore’s Department Store. The Union Cabaret and Grille was Millennium Restaurant Group’s second original concept.  “The Union” as it is now referred to, was among the first tenants in the “City Centre”.

The Union houses a lot of Kalamazoo and WMU heritage in its decor. The entryway was created with recovered wood from the Oakland Gymnasium floor. We were able to use brick from the building in a few selective spots as well. The stage at the Union offers a professional, real-life concert experience for the both student and faculty alike. Kalamazoo’s own American Idol, Matt Giraud played on our stage throughout his time at WMU. We love our musicians and so do our patrons. Many do not know that Western’s Jazz department is more decorated than Juilard’s Jazz Department. It is truly world-class music that graces our stage on Thursday nights.

In addition to Jazz, The Union offers free live, (mostly local) music every Thursday-Sunday.  It’s a departure from the Midwest with the feel of a Chicago Entertainment Club, a restaurant that provides a feeling and a conversation as much as it does a great meal. The Union – where food, drinks, friends, and music meet!

Chef Daniel Erwin specializes in Southern and Cajun Cuisine with sixteen years of experience. He originals hales from baton Rou, Louisiana. Chef Erwin began his cooking career in 1998 in Atlanta, Georgia. In 2010, Chef Erwin moved to the Kalamazoo area and began working at The Union Cabaret & Grille in 2013.Chef Erwin began participating in the March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction in 2014. In his inaugural year of participation, he took top honors by winning ‘Best Overall’. He also won 2nd place in ‘Presentation’ and 3rd place in ‘Best Taste’. Night of event - Daniel Erwin

Join us on Thursday, October 15 for Kalamazoo’s Signature Chefs Auction!


This gourmet extravaganza features the skills and creativity of fourteen of the finest chefs and hottest restaurants in Southwest Michigan. Guests will enjoy fabulous cuisine, an incredible silent auction and an opportunity to bid on amazing culinary experiences hosted by our Signature Chefs.



Event Details

22nd Annual Signature Chefs Auction   Radisson Plaza Hotel & Suites Arcadia Ballroom 100 W. Michigan Ave – Kalamazoo, MI  49007

5:30 pm – Cocktails and Signature Dish Tasting

7:30pm – Program and Live Auction $200 per person ($150 of the ticket price is tax deductible)

Sponsorship Opportunities Available! (with reserved seating for 10 per table).

This event sells out every year so don’t delay!   A fundraiser to help every baby have a healthy start, featuring amazing chefs, creative auction packages and plenty of ambiance.

Please contact the March of Dimes to find out more:

Pat Schoenborn, Division Director 1930 W. Milham, Ste A, Portage, MI 49024 * (269) 743-3723 * [email protected]