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Hosted by Philadelphia Native and Award Winning Chef Marc Vetri, the 14th Annual Great Chefs Event Philadelphia Returns Saturday, June 8

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The annual family-friendly event brings together culinary superstars from across the country for a mouthwateringly relaxed daytime setting – all proceeds to go to Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF)

In his continuing efforts to raise funds and awareness for the fight against childhood cancer, Philadelphia’s own Chef Marc Vetri will host The Great Chefs Event Philadelphia on Saturday, June 8. This exclusive culinary event, presented by Northwestern Mutual and Volvo, will bring together more than 40 superstar chefs from across the country to whip up signature tasting dishes at Urban Outfitters HQ in the Philadelphia Navy Yard. Back by popular demand, the family-friendly time frame will remain 1 to 4 pm and benefit Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF). An interactive Kid Zone will also be featured.

Hand-selected chefs by Marc Vetri himself include friends and colleagues from LA, NYC, Chicago, San Francisco, DC and more to share their signature dishes (see below for the full chef list). Together under one “roof” in Philadelphia, the chefs will donate their time, talent and food, creating delicious samplings of their own personal flare. Participants include Jen Carroll (Philadelphia), Nick Elmi (Philadelphia), Jose Garces (Philadelphia), Alex Guarnaschelli (NYC), Jon Shook & Vinny Dotolo (LA), Greg Vernick (Philadelphia), Rocco Whalen (Cleveland) and many more renowned chefs. 2019 Mixologists also include Neal Bodenheimer (New Orleans) and Naren Young (NYC). Also back by popular demand for its 2nd year will be a Beer Garden. Breweries including Yards, Victory, Sly Fox and Roadhouse Brewing Co. will be serving up their signature brews.

In addition to the delicious food, drinks and fabulous auctions, Liz and Jay Scott, parents of founder Alexandra “Alex” Scott, will share the story of how Alex and her lemonade stands inspired a national fundraising movement leading to innovative childhood cancer research.

Fourteen years ago, Marc Vetri and Business Partner Jeff Benjamin met Liz and Jay, were moved by Alex’s story and wanted to find a way to help. The first Great Chefs Event was created, bringing eight local chefs and 100 guests together and raising $50,000 for ALSF. Since it debuted in 2005, The Great Chefs Event Philadelphia has inspired similar culinary fundraisers in New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles. In 2018 alone, the Great Chefs Philadelphia event raised more than $340,000.

Individual tickets for the Great Chefs Event Philadelphia are $195 and sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, visit GreatChefsEvent.org.

About Childhood Cancer

Childhood cancer is a general term used to describe cancer in children occurring regularly, randomly and sparing no ethnic group, socioeconomic class or geographic region. Childhood cancer extends to over a dozen types of cancer and a countless amount of subtypes. Just a few of these cancer types include: Ewing sarcoma, glioma, leukemia, lymphoma, medulloblastoma, neuroblastoma, osteosarcoma, retinoblastoma, rhabdomyosarcoma and Wilms’ tumor. In the United States, childhood cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in children under the age of 15. Every day, approximately 250 kids around the world die from cancer, accounting for 91,250 losing their lives to these cancers every year.

About Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation

Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) emerged from the front yard lemonade stand of cancer patient Alexandra “Alex” Scott (1996-2004). In 2000. 4-year-old Alex announced that she wanted to hold a lemonade stand to raise money to help find a cure for all children with cancer. Since Alex held that first stand, the Foundation bearing her name has evolved into a national fundraising movement, complete with thousands of supporters across the country carrying on her legacy of hope. To date, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, a registered 501©3 charity, has raised more than $150 million toward fulfilling Alex’s dream of finding a cure, funding nearly 1,000 pediatric cancer research projects nationally. In addition, ALSF provides support to families affected by childhood cancer through programs such as Travel For Care and SuperSibs. For more information on Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, visit AlexsLemonade.org.

2019 Chef List

Michael Anthony (NYC) – Gramercy Tavern
Timon Balloo (Mianmi, NYC, Las Vegas) – SUGARCANE Raw Grill Bar
Franklin Becker (NYC) – La Central
Jonathan Benno & Ben Ciancioso (NYC) – Leonelli Taberna
Chris Bianco (Phoenix) – Tratto, Pizzeria Bianco
Matt Buehler (Philadelphia) – Vetri Cucina
Jen Carroll (Philadelphia) – Spice Finch
Cesare Casella (NYC) – Casella’s Salumi Special
Derek Dammann (Montreal, QC) – Maison Publique
Billy Durney (NYC) – Hometown Bar-B-Que
Nick Elmi (Philadelphia) – Laurel
Elizabeth Falkner (NYC) – Falk Yeah!
Kevin Fink (Austin, TX) – Emmer & Rye
Michele Forgione (Montreal, QC) – Impasto
Katsuya Fukushima (Washington, DC) – Daikaya
Evan Funke (L.A.) – Felix
Jose Garces (Philadelphia) – Tinto
Alex Guarnaschelli &Michael Jenkins (NYC) Butter Restaurant
Bruce Kalman (Glastonbury, CT) – Square Peg Pizza
Jeremiah Langhorne (Washington, D.C.) – The Dabney
Ludo Lefebvre (L.A.) – TROIS MEC
Joseph Manzare (San Francisco) – Tres
Tony Maws (Cambridge, MA) – Craigie on Main
Emilio Mignucci (Philadelphia) – Di Bruno Brothers
Drew Nieporent & Brenton Lee (NYC) – Tribeca Grill
Nancy Oakes (San Francisco) – Boulevard
Adam Perry Lang (L.A.) – APL Restaurant
Bryan Petroff & Douglas Quint (NYC + Philadelphia) – Big Gay Ice Cream
Mark Rosati – Shake Shack
Kevin Sbraga (Philadelphia) – Filter Club
Michael Schwartz & Bradley Herron (Miami) – Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink
Jon Shook & Vinny Dotolo (L.A.) – Animal
Yehuda Sichel (Philadelphia) – Abe Fisher
Nancy Silverton (L.A.) – Mozza Restaurant Group
Greg Vernick (Philadelphia) – Vernick Food & Drink, Vernick Coffee Bar
Jonathan Waxman (NYC) – Barbuto
Rocco Whalen (Cleveland, OH) – Farenheit