By Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host Published Feb 05, 2024 at 2:01 PM

For the first time since 2019, chefs will once again showcase their time and talents for a cause at Dim Sum Give Some, which will take place on Sunday, March 3, 2024.

The event, hosted by Chefs Dan Jacobs and Dan Van Rite of Dandan and EsterEv, was created to build awareness of Kennedy’s Disease and raise funds for the important work of the Kennedy’s Disease Association.

About the event

The event, which will be held on Sunday, March 3rd from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Milwaukee Athletic Club, will feature a virtual smorgasbord of small plates from more than 25 restaurants in Milwaukee and beyond. The event will also feature a cash bar and a 50/50 raffle.

Participating chefs and restaurants for 2024 include:

Chef Dan Jacobs in the kitchen
Chef Dan Jacobs in the kitchen at Dandan (2017).

Strides toward a cure

In 2017, Chef Daniel Jacobs of Dandan and EsterEv was diagnosed with Kennedy's Disease, a rare, currently incurable and non-treatable, genetic neuromuscular disease that, over time, severely impacts patients' mobility and their ability to speak. His diagnosis – along with that of his brother – prompted the chef to take a proactive role in supporting the work to find a cure.

"In light of my diagnosis, my mission has evolved to inspire people who are differently-abled to pursue their passions, especially in the culinary world where physical constraints can be a big barrier," notes Chef Dan Jacobs

Since 2017, Dim Sum Give Some has raised over $100,000 (and counting) in support of the Kennedy’s Disease Association


Dim Sum Give Some is a 21-and-over event. Advance tickets are $100 each and can be purchased online. Each ticket includes small plates and two drink tickets which can be redeemed for beer or wine.

Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host

Lori is an avid cook whose accrual of condiments and spices is rivaled only by her cookbook collection. Her passion for the culinary industry was birthed while balancing A&W root beer mugs as a teenage carhop, fed by insatiable curiosity and fueled by the people whose stories entwine with each and every dish. She’s had the privilege of chronicling these tales via numerous media, including OnMilwaukee and in her book “Milwaukee Food.” Her work has garnered journalism awards from entities including the Milwaukee Press Club. 

When she’s not eating, photographing food, writing or recording the FoodCrush podcast, you’ll find Lori seeking out adventures with her husband Paul, traveling, cooking, reading, learning, snuggling with her cats and looking for ways to make a difference.