The Great Chefs Event Chicago

Monday, August 13, 2018
6:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Revel Fulton Market
1215 W. Fulton Market
Chicago, IL 60607

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Monday, August 13, 2018
6:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Revel Fulton Market
1215 W. Fulton Market
Chicago, IL 60607

Notify Me for 2019

A premier culinary event to fight childhood cancer.

A night of gourmet food, thrilling auctions and inspirational speeches were the perfect ingredients for a stellar Great Chefs Event Chicago! Thanks to you and the generosity of over 700 guests in attendance, the money raised will help accelerate the path to cures for kids like Ellie, whose parents spoke so eloquently about their cancer journey during the event.

Of course, this wouldn’t have been possible without superb support from hosts Chef Paul Kahan, Restaurateur Donnie Madia Gianfrancisco (both of One Off Hospitality Group) and Chef Tony Mantuano (Spiaggia) along with all the chefs who donated their time and talents. Special thanks as well to the presenting sponsors, Northwestern Mutual and Volvo.

Thank you, once more, for making this such an impactful event for all kids fighting cancer. To see all the spectacular photos, head to ALSF’s Facebook page.

Creat Chefs participant enjoying food

Meet the Chefs

2018 Chefs

Nyesha Arrington (LA) - Native
Jimmy Bannos (Chicago) - Heaven on Seven
Jamie Bissonnette (Boston + NYC) - Coppa, Toro, Little Donkey
Justin Carlisle (Milwaukee) - Ardent
Erika Chan, Nicole Giuni, Leigh Omilinsky, and Natalie Saben (Chicago) - The Publican, Blackbird, Nico Osteria, Pacific Standard Time
Andrew Curren (Austin) - Italic, Irene's, 24 Diner, Cookbook, Fareground
Ian Davis (Chicago) - Band of Bohemia
Ryan DeNicola (LA) - chi SPACCA
Carolina Diaz (Chicago) - Terzo Piano
Joe Flamm (Chicago) - Spiaggia
Ray Garcia (LA) - Broken Spanish and BS Taqueria
Joe Giacomino and John Vermiglio (Detroit) - Grey Ghost Detroit
Jason Hammel (Chicago) - Lula Cafe
Cedric Harden and John Hogan (Chicago) - River Roast
Ross Henke (Chicago) - Quiote
Stephanie Izard (Chicago) - Girl and the Goat
Bill Kim (Chicago) - bellyQ
Rob Levitt (Chicago) – The Butcher & Larder
Donald Link (New Orleans) – Herbsaint, Cochon, Peche
Matthias Merges and Jared Wentworth (Chicago) - Mordecai
Sarah Mispagel (Chicago) – Sepia, Proxi
Matt Molina (LA) – Hippo Restaurant
Bill Montagne (Chicago) - Nico Osteria
Anna and David Posey (Chicago) - Elske
Joey Schwab (Chicago) - Spiaggia
Amanda Shepard (Chicago) – Lula Café 
AJ Walker (Chicago) - Publican Anker
Julie Warpinski (Chicago) - Big Star
Andrew Zimmerman (Chicago) - Sepia, Proxi




Presenting Sponsors

Northwestern Mutual


Executive Chef Sponsors

  • Balyasny Asset Management

Chef Sponsors

  • Chicago Cubs
  • The Schaefer Family: In Loving Memory of Mollie Schaefer
  • Weiser Works

Sous Chef Sponsors

  • The Kordsmeier Family
  • Research Compliance Consulting Services, Inc.

Beverage Sponsor

S. Pellegrino & Acqua Panna Waters

In-Kind Sponsors

  • August Hill Winery & Illinois Sparkling Co. 
  • Balloons & Sticky-Pliques
  • Band of Bohemia
  • Diageo
  • Gérard Bertrand
  • Metric Coffee
  • Off Color Brewing
  • One Off Hospitality Group
  • River Roast
  • Steven E. Gross & Associates
  • Sweiss Group
  • Tilit

Table of dessert at Lemon Chicago

GCE Group shot

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 food

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