Philly food is so much more than cheesesteaks. Let us show you.
Philadelphia has a lot of great food and beer events throughout the year. Only one of them, however, can claim the title of The Best. As far as food goes, that title goes to the Great Chefs Event, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary on Tuesday night, June 9, from 6-9pm. The event brings together some of the best chefs from across the country—along with some outrageous auction items—to raise money for Alex’s Lemonade Stand and the Vetri Foundation.
While some may scoff at the ticket prices—general admission is $350 and admission to the event and access to the after party is $525—the event is well worth it, even if you don’t take into account the charity aspect. The amount of great food is impossible to comprehend, and the caliber of chef participating in the event is outstanding. And in addition to the food, some of the country’s top beverage personalities will be bringing cocktails, wine, and beer.
You can check out the Great Chefs website for a complete list of participating chefs, but some of the highlights include Alon Shaya (Shaya) and Jonathon Sawyer (Trentina, Noodlecat, etc), both of whom just won James Beard Awards. Celebrity chefs Alex Guarnaschelli, Jose Garces, Michael Symon, Marc Murphy, Sue Torres, Jonathan Waxman, and Masaharu Morimoto will also be in attendance. And don’t worry about Garces being Philly’s only representation, either—we’ve also got James Liuzza (DiBruno Bros Catering), Kevin Spraga, Daniel Stern (R2L), and Mike Solomonov. The list goes on and on—we’ve just scratched the surface, and we didn’t even mention Charles Phan of the Slanted Door.
Now, for these ticket prices, I hope you’re not just going for the drinks, but if that’s what gets you excited, you’re in luck. As far as brewers go, the lineup is impressive: Sam Calagione (Dogfish Head), Bill Covaleski (Victory), Scott Vaccaro (Captain Lawrence), Gary Fish (Deschutes), and Tom Kehoe (Yards) will be there, as will Tom Peters of Monk’s (who came with buckets of Russian River beers last year). Jack McGarry (2013 International Bartender of the Year), along with plenty of other bartenders and wine purveyors will be there to help you wash down your delicious food.
The event will take place in the Urban Outfitter’s corporate campus inside the Philadelphia Navy Yard, with the after party DJ’d by Questlove and a stone’s throw away at the newly-opened Lo Spiedo. There will be live and silent auctions, a raffle, and plenty of chances to meet all of your favorite chefs. Tickets can be found here, and you better hurry—while there are plenty left for the event, only 39 remain (as of 5/27). I hope to see you there, because this is an event not to be missed.
Question: Which chef would you most look forward to meeting? Let us know in the comments.