• Event Snapshots: Grand Chef’s Gala Cooks Up Something Special

     
    FROM THE Summer 2017 ISSUE
     
  • Event Snapshots: Grand Chef’s Gala Cooks Up Something Special

     
    FROM THE Summer 2017 ISSUE
     
  • Event Snapshots: Grand Chef’s Gala Cooks Up Something Special

     
    FROM THE Summer 2017 ISSUE
     
  • Event Snapshots: Grand Chef’s Gala Cooks Up Something Special

     
    FROM THE Summer 2017 ISSUE
     
  • Event Snapshots: Grand Chef’s Gala Cooks Up Something Special

     
    FROM THE Summer 2017 ISSUE
     
  • Event Snapshots: Grand Chef’s Gala Cooks Up Something Special

     
    FROM THE Summer 2017 ISSUE
     
  • Event Snapshots: Grand Chef’s Gala Cooks Up Something Special

     
    FROM THE Summer 2017 ISSUE
     
  • Event Snapshots: Grand Chef’s Gala Cooks Up Something Special

     
    FROM THE Summer 2017 ISSUE
     
  • Event Snapshots: Grand Chef’s Gala Cooks Up Something Special

     
    FROM THE Summer 2017 ISSUE
     

February marked the 20th anniversary of the Grand Chef’s Gala, an annual black tie event that benefits the Greater Illinois Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. This special “Platinum Affair” continued the tradition of the popular event, which, in addition to being a major fundraiser, is also regarded as one of the city’s best culinary gatherings. It draws upwards of 50 noted chefs and mixologists such as Blackbird’s Ryan Pfeiffer, RPM Steak’s Doug Psaltis and Monteverde’s Sarah Grueneberg, who provided signature plates and cocktails. 

This year’s event, held in Navy Pier’s Grand Ballroom, was hosted by Food Network’s Jeff Mauro and also honored Lettuce Entertain You chairman Richard Melman as the recipient of the lifetime achievement “Chicago Classic Award.” In addition to chef tastings, there was also a silent auction, live auction and a special “Nightcap” segment that began at 9 p.m., featuring more custom cocktails and special desserts made by noted pastry chefs including Floriole’s Sandra Holl and Sixteen’s Evan Sheridan.

Here are some sights from the night: 

You may not have seen her name among Chicago’s James Beard award nominees or caught in the buzz of another trendy eatery opening, but the ripples of Rita Dever’s culinary creations have made an impact far and wide. After cooking around the world, the Pacific Northwest native put down roots as Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises’ (LEYE) associate partner and corporate chef where she collaborates in the company’s test kitchen to innovate new dishes for all LEYE restaurants.

 

On March 6, nearly 200 meeting planners, event producers, experiential design experts and vendor partners gathered at Loyola University Chicago’s Damen Student Center to talk cutting edge tech trends, explore new educational topics and connect with friends old and new.

 

Nightlife and hospitality guru Arturo Gomez returns to The Underground with a few new enterprises under his belt.