• Sunday , 21 January 2018

Great Chefs raised over $800K for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation and Vetri Foundation for Children

by Cassie Hepler, photos by Lou Perri

Every year, my stomach and I look forward to the Great Chefs Event. It’s literally a sort of fasting before the feast and makes competitive eating seem like a real sport somehow. The key (to me at least) is to try at least one bite of everything.

This year, I was unable to make it (only I could mess up my neck and back before Dana Hot Yoga class even begins!) but here are the highlights and photo story below.

One of my favorites told me the dish to die for was definitely Michael Solomonov’s sweetbread schnitzel, and she’s always a fan of Big Gay Ice Cream. Below are the stats on how much was raised and which dishes were the most popular.

Key highlights of the evening:

• 1200+ guests in attendance

• 250+ volunteers

• Once again, they exceeded fundraising goals – more than $800,000 raised for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation & the Vetri Foundation for Children.

• Some of the most popular dishes of the night included Charles Phan’s gau choy gau (shrimp & watercress dumpling), Masaharu Morimoto’s hamachi, soba & black barley, corn, pickled red onion & miso, and Nancy Silverton + Dahlia Narvaez butterscotch budino with rosemary pine nut cookies.

• The event was hosted by 6ABC’s Alicia Vitarelli and Marc Summers.

Live Auction highlights:

• $72,000 raised

• Culinary tour of Northern Italy for 6 led by Marc Vetri and Jeff Michaud went for $21,000.

• The latest in the Great Chefs Event auction rivalry between Vetri Family chefs Brad Spence and Jeff Michaud: The winning bid for Brad Spence’s “Beast of Amis” in-home dinner for 10 was $14,000. Jeff Michaud’s Bergamascan feast featuring his mother-in-law, Mama Pina, sold twice for $10,000. Debates about who won this round are ongoing…

Silent Auction Highlights:

• A few fabulous items sold well into the thousands, including: Weekend in Charlotte, NC with Chef Rocco Whalen, including breakfast and dinner at Fahrenheit, as well as tickets to the Eagles vs. Panthers game.

• A weekend in New Orleans for 2 featuring breakfast at Luke, lunches at both Borgne and Johnny Sanchez, and dinners at August, Domenica & Shaya, all Besh Restaurant Group restaurants.

Overall, the silent auction totaled nearly $100,000.

Back for its 10th year, Marc Vetri’s Great Chefs Event took over Urban Outfitter’s corporate campus in the Navy Yard on June 9 from 6-9 pm.  As always, the event brings together some of the best chefs from around the country (and one from Italy) as well as some of the top beverage personalities from the states. This year, the VIP afterparty took place at Lo Spiedo, also in the Navy Yard, to make the transit from the event to the afterparty that much easier. 

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Signage for the Great Chefs Event

Signage for the Great Chefs Event

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The DiBruno Brothers, of South Philadelphia.

The DiBruno Brothers, of South Philadelphia.

Three Great Chefs Event supporters pose for Explore Philly.

Three Great Chefs Event supporters pose for Explore Philly.

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Among the mor ebeautiful gowns was this worn by a supporter of the Great Chefs Event.

Among the most beautiful gowns was this worn by a supporter of the Great Chefs Event.

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Liz Scott, of Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation, addresses the foundation supporters at the Great Chefs Event held at the Philadelphia Navy Yard.

Liz Scott, of Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, addresses the foundation supporters at the Great Chefs Event held at the Philadelphia Navy Yard.

Liz Scott, left, Alicia Vitarelli, 6abc news anchor, and Bob Scott, pose for Explore Philly prior to the start of theprogram.

Liz Scott, left, Alicia Vitarelli, 6abc news anchor, and Jay Scott, pose for Explore Philly prior to the start of the program.

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6anc's Alicia Vitarelli, speaks to the event supporters at the podium.

6anc’s Alicia Vitarelli, speaks to the event supporters at the podium.

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Adam Perry Lang, New York City & LA,, chef at After Party.

Adam Perry Lang, New York City & LA,, chef at After Party.

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Katsuya Fukushima, Daikaya, Washington, D. C.

Katsuya Fukushima, Daikaya, Washington, D. C.

Michael Cimarusti, Sam Baxter+Connie& Ted's La

Chris Bianco, Pizzeria Bianco, Phoenix, Arizona

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Jose Garces, of Garces Group, Philadelphia, discusses the evnt with supporters.

Jose Garces, of Garces Group, Philadelphia, discusses the event with supporters.

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Timon Balloo,of SUGARCANE Raw Bar , Maine

Jonathan Benno, Lincoln Ristorante, New York, NY

Pretty lady enjoys a small plate at the Great Chefs Event.

Pretty lady enjoys a small plate at the Great Chefs Event.

Matt Accarrino, of SPQR, San Francisco, was an exhibitor at the event.

Matt Accarrino, of SPQR, San Francisco, was an exhibitor at the event.

Brooklyn Beer was an exhibitor at the Great Chefs Event.

Brooklyn Beer was an exhibitor at the Great Chefs Event.

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Three supporters pose for Explore PPhilly during the Great Chefs Event.

Three supporters pose for Explore Philly during the Great Chefs Event.

Server at the Lemonade Stand at the event.

Server at the Lemonade Stand at the event.

A group poses for Explore Philly at the VIP room.

A group poses for Explore Philly at the VIP room.

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