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Paul Wildermuth memorial planned for Dec. 5

UPDATE — EVENT POSTPONED. The memorial is being rescheduled to January.

Paul Wildermuth

Paul Wildermuth

We were shocked and saddened to hear of the sudden death of the talented chef Paul Wildermuth at the tragically young age of 46. Wildermuth, formerly executive chef at Marche, Opera and Red Light, among others, collapsed and died Nov. 13 of complications of a heart condition.

Wildermuth’s former employers, Howard Davis and Jerry Kleiner, will host a memorial fundraiser for the chef’s family from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5, at Red Light in the West Loop. Wildermuth is survived by his wife, Patience Hayes. The event will feature some of the dishes Wildermuth, a specialist in contemporary Asian cuisine, created during his time at the restaurant, including Asian five-spiced ribs, pork dumplings with hoisin cognac sauce and spicy peanut noodle salad. Suggested minimum donation is $25 per person.

Born in Oahu, Hawaii, the late chef received his training at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y. He worked in Washington, Hawaii and in upstate New York before coming to Chicago. Most recently he was executive chef at Briarwood Country Club in Deerfield.