The Great Chefs Event Chicago

August 2020
Artifact Events
4325 N Ravenswood Ave
Chicago, IL 60613

Notify Me for 2020

August 2020
Artifact Events
4325 N Ravenswood Ave
Chicago, IL 60613

Notify Me for 2020

This event sold out in 2019, sign up to be notified now for 2020!

An evening of gourmet food, beautiful works of art and thrilling auctions were the perfect ingredients for a sold-out Great Chefs Event Chicago! More than 800 guests were welcomed into a new venue, Artifact Events, and enjoyed delicious food while having lots of fun helping kids fight cancer. Thanks to your generosity, you helped raise enough to fund a Center of Excellence Grant for one full year. This grant supports leading childhood cancer institutions and ensures their ability to conduct promising clinical trials to help kids fight cancer.

The evening wouldn’t have been possible without the incredible support from our presenting sponsors, ALDI, BAM, Northwestern Mutual and Volvo. Special thanks to hosts Chef Paul Kahan, Restaurateur Donnie Madia Gianfrancisco (both of One Off Hospitality Group), and Chef Tony Mantuano (Spiaggia) along with all the generous chefs who donated their time and talents.

Thank you again for making this a meaningful night for all attendees and, more importantly, for kids everywhere fighting cancer.

View all the event photos on ALSF’s Facebook page.


We would love for you to join us next year!

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Chefs

Meet the Chefs

2019 Chefs

  • Jimmy Bannos (Chicago) – Heaven on Seven
  • Jamie Bissonnette (Boston, NYC, Dubai) – Toro, Coppa, Little Donkey
  • Justin Carlisle (Milwaukee) – Ardent, Red Light Ramen, The Laughing Taco
  • Erika Chan, Nicole Guini & Natalie Saben (Chicago) – The Publican, Blackbird, Pacific Standard Time
  • Kyle Cottle (Chicago) – Blackbird
  • Dana Cree (Chicago) – Pretty Cool Ice Cream
  • Andrew Curren (Austin) – Italic
  • Carolina Diaz (Chicago) – Terzo Piano
  • Bo Durham (Chicago) – HotChocolate, HotChocolate Bakery
  • Brian Enyart & Jennifer Jones (Chicago) – Dos Urban Cantina
  • Gavin Fine (Jackson Hole, WY) – The Fine Dining Restaurant Group, Roadhouse Brewing Co.
  • Joe Flamm & Tony Mantuano (Chicago) – Spiaggia, Café Spiaggia
  • Cedric Harden (Chicago) – River Roast
  • Ross Henke (Chicago) – Quiote
  • Bill Kim (Chicago) – urbanbelly, The Table at Crate
  • Jennifer Kim (Chicago) – Passerotto
  • Won Kim (Chicago) – Kimski
  • Donald Link (New Orleans) – Herbsaint, Gianna, Pêche
  • Matthias Merges & Michael McKinnell (Chicago) – Mordecai, Folkart Management
  • Jeff Michaud (Philadelphia) – Osteria
  • Matt Molina (L.A.) – Hippo, Triple Beam Pizza, Everson Royce Bar
  • Anna & David Posey (Chicago) – Elske
  • Clifford Rome (Chicago) – Peach's Restaurant
  • Alex Seidel (Denver) – Fruition Restaurant, Mercantile Dining & Provision, Chook
  • Zeeshan Shah & Yoshi Yamada (Chicago) – Superkhana International
  • Mike Sheerin (Chicago) – Taureaux Tavern, Francois Frankie, Cochon Volant Brasserie
  • Amanda Shepard (Chicago) – Lula Café
  • Anthony Strong (San Francisco) – PRAIRIE
  • Aaron Thebault (Chicago) – Maddon's Post
  • Ben Truesdell (Chicago) – Pacific Standard Time
  • John Vermiglio & Joe Giacomino (Detroit) – Grey Ghost,  Second Best
  • AJ Walker (Chicago) – Café Cancale
  • Andrew Zimmerman (Chicago) – Sepia, Proxi

*list subject to change

Chefs cooking

2019 Sponsors

Presenting Sponsors

Aldi

Balyasny Asset Management

Northwestern Mutual

Volvo

Gold Sponsors

  • C3 Presents
  • Fortune Fish & Gourmet
  • Hickory Street Capital
  • Inspira Marketing
  • MICKY WRIGHT, CPA®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER
  • Research Compliance Consulting Services, Inc.
  • TRIOSE
  • Weiser Works

Bronze Sponsors

  • Ferrara
  • The Kordsmeier Family
  • Selena Kowalski

Beverage Sponsor​​​​​

S. Pellegrino & Acqua Panna Waters

In-Kind Sponsors

  • August Hill Winery | Illinois Sparkling Co.
  • Balloons & More...by Sticky-Pliques
  • Firelands Winery
  • GALDONES PHOTOGRAPHY
  • Half Acre Beer Company
  • KOVAL Distillery
  • Levy Restaurants
  • Mari Vineyards Winery
  • Marz Community Brewing Company
  • One Off Hospitality Group
  • Sparrow Coffee Roastery
  • Tilit
  • Tito's Handmade Vodka
  • Wollersheim Winery

Chefs with their dishes

Become a Sponsor

Sponsorship opportunities are available for businesses and organizations. For more information, please contact Laura Cocchia at 866-333-1213 or [email protected].

Presenting Sponsor - $25,000 ($19,500 Tax-Deductible) (SOLD OUT)

  • 40 tickets to the event
  • 4 Named Tables in the VIP section at the event
  • Access to the VIP Section
  • 8 tickets to the exclusive Chef Welcome Reception the night before the event
  • Special VIP check-in and access to event an hour before it opens to the public
  • Recognized by the emcee throughout the event
  • Opportunity to include branded item in chef gift bags
  • Opportunity to have brand activation at event
  • Logo included on step and repeat
  • Company logo listed on event signage
  • Company logo with link to company website listed on ALSF website

Platinum Sponsor - $10,000 ($7,300 Tax-Deductible) (SOLD OUT)

  • 20 tickets to the event
  • 2 Named Tables in the VIP section at the event
  • Access to the VIP Section
  • 4 tickets to the exclusive Chef Welcome Reception the night before the event
  • Special VIP check-in and access to event an hour before it opens to the public
  • Recognized by the emcee throughout the event
  • Opportunity to include branded item in chef gift bags
  • Company name listed on event signage
  • Company name listed on ALSF website

Gold Sponsor - $5,000 ($3,600 Tax-Deductible) (SOLD OUT)

  • 10 tickets to the event
  • 1 Named Table in the VIP section at the event
  • Access to the VIP Section
  • 2 tickets to the exclusive Chef Welcome Reception the night before the event
  • Special VIP check-in and access to event an hour before it opens to the public
  • Company name listed on event signage
  • Company name listed on ALSF website

Bronze Sponsor - $1,000 ($800 Tax-Deductible)

  • 2 tickets to the event
  • 2 Seats in the VIP section at the event
  • Access to the VIP Section
  • Special VIP check-in and access to event an hour before it opens to the public
  • Company name listed on event signage
  • Company name listed on ALSF website

Family at GCE Chicago

Auction

Donate your tickets, tangibles, time or talent to bettering the lives of children. You will be recognized for your donation both online and at the event. In addition to demonstrating your support, remember that an auction donation can result in a new client or customer and that all donations are tax deductible. Fill out an auction donation form to donate to this year's auction.

If you have questions about the auction, contact Allison Goldstein at [email protected] or 866-333-1213.

Guests at The Great Chefs Event Chicago

Join the Committee

ALSF is looking to establish committees of people with the following positions. We are looking for 1-2 people for each position. Time requirements include monthly committee check-in calls and emails along with whatever is necessary to successfully manage the role.  Committee Chairs should anticipate a commitment of 20 hours (over 5 months) while Committee Members should anticipate a commitment of 10 hours (over 5 months).   

Auction Acquisition Chair(s)

Solicit auction items for Live and Silent Auctions. Auction items can be, but are not limited to, any of the following: sports/theatre/concert tickets, signed memorabilia, jewelry/clothing, toys, electronics, restaurant gift certificates, spa packages, vacation packages or one of a kind experiences. 

Beverage Chair(s)

Bring the fun to the event and assist in acquiring one of the most important aspects: beverages! Submit online donation requests, speak with and make connections in the beverage industry to secure donations for alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. 

Décor Chair(s)

Assist in finding floral and any other décor donations for the event. Help organize and set up any elements involving décor the day of the event. This will include helping to set up guest tables and hanging signage.

Marketing & Promotion Chair(s)

Spread the word and help sell tickets to the event. Pursues all avenues to create a broader audience and generate interest. Chair will work in conjunction with the ALSF Public Relations team to promote the event through social media channels including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. 

Sponsorship Chair(s)

Garner sponsors for the event by helping to create a list of businesses to then solicit. We ask that chair(s) will open their “rolodex” and reach out to their personal business contacts in the hopes that these contacts will support the event. Chair(s) will not only make the initial ask but also commit to following up with their contacts via email or phone. Note: ALSF will take care of any administrative responsibilities (i.e. drafting, printing and sending letters).

Volunteer Chair(s)

We couldn’t host events without volunteers! Gather supporters to help with the event including greeting, check-in, raffle/auction, and check-out. Volunteer shifts can also include the setup and breakdown of the event. 

General Committee Member

For those who would love to support the event but cannot commit to lead an area or would like to focus their efforts on more than one specific section. 

Please contact Laura Cocchia at [email protected] or (610) 649-3034 for additional information.

GCE Chicago Wine Server

Alex's Table Cookbook

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Featuring over 55 recipes from world-renowned chefs, celebrities, and supporters and including stunning photography, this cookbook is now available! All proceeds goes toward our mission of fighting childhood cancer, one recipe at a time!

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