• Tuesday , 20 February 2018

2017 Great Chefs Event Continues to Give Back with Marc Vetri and Alex’s Lemonade

Story, photos by Dana J. Prophet

Where can you taste a little bit of the best cuisine from the finest area restaurants while helping out the renowned Vetri Community Partnership and Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation? There’s no other event like The 12th Annual Great Chefs Event where 1,200 food-loving philanthropists gathered for the culinary event of the year.

Urban Outfitters, Inc.‘s corporate location at the Philadelphia Navy Yard was the place to find hand-selected chefs to raise money for an excellent cause. More than 40 spectacular chefs and over 1,000 attendees packed into the Urban Outfitters headquarters for a night full of delectable dining and generous donations. The event raised more than $500,000 to benefit Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) and Vetri Community Partnership. Also during the event, $54,000 was raised during the live auction and more than $33,600 during the Fund a Cure portion of the evening.

Chefs gathered not only throughout the Delaware Valley but across the globe to present their amazing culinary skills to feed ticket holds with tantalizing savory and sweet delights. How often can one say they ate food made by a James Beard award winner?

Beyond the stellar food and drink available, partygoers had the opportunity to bid on silent auction items.

Arrive straight from work? La Colombe presents you with one of four flavors of cold brew.

Trevisiol Extra-Dry Prosecco

Representatives from Trevisiol Extra-Dry Prosecco offered a flute of sparkling wine as soon as you walk in.

Cesare Casella of Casella’s Salumi Special at work making people happy.

Beets, stone fruit, burrata, lemon, hazelnuts, and oregano salad from Franklin Becker.

Frankie’s Meatballs from Brooklyn’s Frankies Spuntino & Prime Meats

Mackerel Crudo with smoked cucumbers and mint from Chef Bill Telepan of Oceana.

Mouthwatering Porchetta sandwich from Sara Jenkins of Nina June.

Time for something sweet from Big Gay Ice Cream.

This writer’s personal favorite: Bluecoat Gin

Bests were going strong and furious at the auction.

Taking a break from the hubbub in front of a tranquil indoor fountain at Urban Outfitters.

Bartenders mixed magical cocktails from Tito’s Handmade Vodka.

Ellie, one of one cutest keynote speaker from Alex’s Lemonade Foundation, poses with her mom.

Tish Smith (far right) and her friends trying the fare and enjoying the celebratory atmosphere.

Hungry Root beets, stone fruit, burrata, lemon, hazelnuts, and oregano.

www.hungryroot.com Beets, stone fruit, burrata, lemon, hazelnuts, and oregano.

These ladies enjoyed Italian aperitifs made of bitter orange gentian, rhubarb and cinchona.

One again Verti Community Partnership, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, and the most amazing and big-hearted chefs gave back to a community that very much needs them. It will no surprise to anyone no one if the upcoming Great Chefs Event continues to grow and shine.

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