On June 20, more than 40 of the best chefs from around the world will convene in Philadelphia for the 12th Annual Great Chefs Event. More than 1,200 guests will gather from 6–9 p.m. at Urban Outfitters Headquarters at the Navy Yard for the culinary event, which benefits Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation and Vetri Community Partnership.
Marc Vetri hand-selected the list of participating chefs, calling on friends and respected colleagues from Los Angeles, New York City, Chicago, Italy and beyond. Chefs donate their time, talent and food, creating delicious samplings indicative of their own personal styles. Participating chefs include both veterans of the event, as well as several noteworthy newcomers.
Among the new participating chefs this year are Hugh Acheson of 5 & 10 in Athens, Ga.; Frank Castronovo and Frank Falcinetti of Frankies Spuntino & Prime Meats in Brooklyn, N.Y.; Derek Dammann of Maison Publique in Montreal; Evan Funke of Felix in Los Angeles; Sara Jenkins of Nina June in Rockport, Maine; and Ryan Poli of The Catbird Seat in Nashville, Tenn.
Returning chefs include Paul Kahan of Blackbird, avec, The Publican and Big Star in Chicago; Alex Guarnaschelli of Butter in New York City and television personality on The Food Network; and back for the first time since 2013, Duff Goldman of Charm City Cakes in Baltimore and star of The Food Network’s Ace of Cakes and Cake Masters.
In addition to top notch bites, guests will have their choice of drink offerings from the likes of Jesse Vida of BlackTail, Bill Covaleski of Victory Brewing Company, Joe Campanale of Annona Wines and many more of the country’s best winemakers, brewers and mixologists.
The evening will also feature silent and live auctions with goodies such as concert and sporting event tickets, private dinners with participating chefs and more.
General admission tickets are $350 per person and VIP tickets are $525 per person, with VIP admission including access to the after party at Lo Spiedo. VIP guests will enjoy culinary bites from barbecue master Adam Perry Lang, Adam Arrison of Sodexo, Michael Solomonov of CookNSolo and Jose Garces of the Garces Group, plus specialty cocktails and entertainment. Peroni Nastro Azzuro is the official beverage sponsor of the VIP after party.