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Bon Appétit 2020

On June 11th, 2020, previously scheduled to be held on March 26, 2020, EP!C will host its 9th annual Bon Appétit at the elegant Peoria Marriott Pere Marquette. This will be another sensational, gourmet culinary experience! Chef Julie Taboulie will provide a live demonstration as she partners with the Pere Marquette’s Chef Jonathan Scrivner to plan a decadent dinner for you and your guests. EP!C’s Bon Appétit has become a premier event on Peoria’s social calendar, with proceeds benefitting the many services EP!C provides to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.

For more information on sponsorship and ticket sales, please follow the links below or contact or call 309.689.3606.

Featuring Chef Julie Taboulie

Culinary Star, Award-Winning Cookbook Author, and PBS Host of Julie Taboulie’s Lebanese Kitchen

Hailed as the “Queen of Lebanese Cuisine,” Julie Taboulie (Julie Ann Sageer), is the host of the Emmy-nominated Cooking with Julie Taboulie and Julie Taboulie’s Lebanese Kitchen, her brand-new award-winning series currently airing nationwide on PBS stations and Create TV. Julie is the bestselling and award-winning author of her new cookbook Julie Taboulie’s Lebanese Kitchen: Authentic Recipes for Fresh and Flavorful Mediterranean Home Cooking published by St. Martin’s Press and available everywhere books are sold. As an inspiring influencer, Culinary Star Julie Taboulie is a sought-after spokesperson and ambassador working with world-renowned global food brands, along with national and international culinary and lifestyle leaders.

Julie Taboulie made her mark in the culinary world by making television history in 2012 with producing and premiering her Emmy-nominated and multiple award-winning national Public Television cooking show series Cooking with Julie Taboulie. This breakthrough in American broadcast shattered the country’s “kitchen” glass ceiling to become the first, and only, Lebanese cooking series to air in the United States and Canada. Today, Miss Taboulie continues to be the most pivotal pioneer, public figure and personality to motivate the movement of making Lebanese and Mediterranean cuisine mainstream across America.

Born Julie Ann Sageer in the United States, to an immigrant Catholic Lebanese family, Julie is a first-generation and full-blooded Lebanese-American who has been immersed in learning, making and sharing Lebanese cuisine and culture all her life. Learn more about Julie at  Join Julie on social media @JulieTaboulie.

Event Details

Event attendees and EP!C supporters at home will be able to use our Silent Auction system, OneCause. The link to our giving center will be updated closer to the event.

You can visit this from any browser or device to get a peek at our Silent Auction items. More importantly, you can pre-register by creating an account and registering the credit card you would like to use the night of the event. This will greatly reduce the time spent in the registration line! If you have an account from last year, that’s great! You can use the same log-in information that you created for last year’s event. Bidding will go live Wednesday, March 20th at noon for Silent Auction items only, live auction items you must be present to bid!

While you can bid from your phone, we will also have an additional bidding station set up near the Silent Auction and several volunteers with iPads who will be able to assist the bidding process throughout the evening. Thanks to the generosity of our community, we will have some amazing silent and live auction items that you won’t want to miss!






Tickets purchased for the event provide a portion to support EP!C efforts in programming for people with disabilities. We understand things happen and guests may not be able to attend after a ticket has been purchased. We believe it was your full intention to support our organization and our mission when the ticket was purchased. Our services are required 24/hrs. a day 365 days/yr. and we put our donations to work quickly, therefore we do not offer refunds on any donations or donations made for events. Tickets, however, can be transferred to another attendee at any time.