As many of our loyal customers and members of the Oak Park community know, Cucina Paradiso suffered a major fire in June 2007 which gutted our beloved restaurant. We were so appreciative of everyone’s support during the rebuilding process and help celebrating our grand reopening late last year. Throughout it all, we especially were grateful for the quick response and ongoing concern and support of the Oak Park firefighters.


For the seventh year, Cucina Paradiso will honor Oak Park Local 95 firefighters and at the same time remember those we lost in the 9/11 tragedy at our annual event, “A Night to Remember.” At this special evening, held on Thursday, Sept. 11, we will not only pay tribute to the victims of 9/11, but will also say “thanks” by raising funds for the following charities selected by
Oak Park firefighters:


• Special Operations Warrior Foundation – an organization providing college scholarships and educational counseling to children of Special Operations Forces who are killed in the line of duty.


• The Lieutenant Patrick Luby Scholarship Foundation – created in memory of a fallen
Oak Park firefighter, provides a scholarship to a local high school student pursuing a career in teaching.


• The family of Oak Park Officer Charles Kielma – who passed away in a motorcycle accident this summer.


Cucina Paradiso waitstaff will step aside to allow
Oak Park‘s own Local 95 firefighters to serve diners at the fun-filled dinner being held this year at the 19th Century Club (

178 Forest Avenue
) from to This year, we had to move this popular event from Cucina Paradiso to accommodate more supporters-which is fantastic! Tickets are still available by calling firefighter Michael Henkelman at 847/366-5499.


We are incredibly honored to work in a community that continually supports one another. We look forward to seeing our
Oak Park friends and family on Sept. 11. Thanks again to everyone for their well wishes and support of Cucina Paradiso.


Anthony and Nick Gambino

Owners, Cucina Paradiso Restaurant

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