Company Evanston, 1307 Chicago Ave., announces a “Fired Up” competition.  “Fired Up” is a community gathering benefitting the Evanston Police and Fire Foundation. Firefighters have long been known for their great cooking, and now the Evanston Fire Department is ready to put that reputation on the line. At an open house from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 1 at Company Evanston, the community will find out which firehouse is the most “fired up.”

“We wanted to do something fun to show off the space to people in the Evanston community,” says Craig Golden, one of the Company co-founders. Craig Brannan and Wayne Davis, representing Station 5, will be serving chicken parmesan over pasta while facing off against the rolled/stuffed flank steak with garlic mashed potatoes prepared by Joe Ceriale and Deron Daugherty of Station 2.

The competition will be judged by Fire Department Chief Greg Klaiber, marketing and community outreach specialist at Whole Foods Market in downtown Evanston Jess Hochman and Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl.

Tickets are $15 online at and $20 at the door. All proceeds will go to the Evanston Police and Fire Foundation.