Special Event #234: Chris Bianco and our 4th Annual Jelly Bean Jump Up

Date February 19, 2019, Tuesday
Time 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Price: $75
Phone 734.663.3663

A James Beard Award winning chef cooks in honor of a very special cause!

What does artisanal Italian food, a much-loved dog, and a very important cause have in common? An unforgettable night at the Roadhouse! We are so excited to welcome Chris Bianco, chef-owner of the award-winning Pizzeria Bianco, as well as Pane Bianco and Tratto in Phoenix, Arizona. Chris won the James Beard Award for Best Chef Southwest in 2003 and has been a huge inspiration in the Slow Food movement ever since he started his pizzeria in the back of a neighborhood grocery store in 1988.

For this very special event, we will be tasting Chris’ favorites from his cookbook Pizza, Pasta, and Other Food I Like. From the back cover, when Chris Bianco started cooking, “All he knew was that his food would reflect the respect and sincere intention that he brings to each of his recipes, as the result of his relationships with farmers, local producers, customers, and staff.” Join us as we taste the difference in his favorite Italian dishes!

We will also be raising money for an amazing cause with the 4th Annual Jelly Bean Jump Up. Ari Weinzweig started this fundraiser in honor of his beloved dog, Jelly Bean, who passed away in 2015. Ari wanted to turn sadness over his loss into something positive, and created the Jelly Bean Jump Up fundraiser to contribute to SafeHouse Center. This year, we will be offering a silent auction at this dinner, and options for donations in addition to the ticket price. By “Jumping Up” to donate any of the following amounts, you will help the families at SafeHouse in valuable ways.

Don’t miss out on this one-of-a-kind opportunity to meet award-winning Chef Chris Bianco, and to contribute to the 4th Annual Jelly Bean Jump Up!


Served Family Style


Wood roasted vegetables, dried meats, and cheese.


Pizza Taglio
Fig jam, red onion and rosemary.

Bianco di Napoli, fontina and fresh basil.


Market Salad
Escarole and spinach, red wine vinaigrette.


Cavatelli with Sunday Gravy
Slow-cooked, grass-fed beef with tomato and herbs..

Chicken Oreganata
Roasted chicken, lemon, garlic, oregano.


Assorted Italian Ices

*Menu subject to change

Donation levels for Jelly Bean Jump Up

  • $100 Jump Start: Provides 1,000 copies of safety plans to support survivors of domestic violence.
  • $200 Trampoline Jump: Covers the weekly cost to ensure that children in the shelter get safely to school, have nutritious meals, and receive the support services they need.
  • $500 Bounce House: Covers the average weekly cost to provide food and kitchen supplies for shelter residents.
  • $750 Pole Vault: Covers the cost to provide shelter to a mother and her two children for a week.
  • $1,000 Rocket Launchpad: Covers the cost to maintain after-hours response services for five days. This includes the 24-hour Help Line and SafeHouse’s continuous available on-call response teams, who go to homes and hospitals.
  • *The donations to SafeHouse Center may be used for general operating or for any program/service to help survivors of domestic violence or sexual assault.