Philly food is so much more than cheesesteaks. Let us show you.
On June 14, the greatest food event in Philadelphia – and possibly anywhere – will open up shop at Urban Outfitters HQ when the Great Chefs Event hosts some of the best chefs from around America (and the world) to benefit Alex’s Lemonade Stand. Hosted by the Vetri Family of restaurants and Vetri Community Partnership, the event will feature over 45 chefs and drink professionals from around America, as well as chefs from Canada and Italy.
Tickets for an event of this caliber are understandably not cheap, with general admission tickets (from 6:00pm – 9:00pm) running $350 and VIP tickets – which include the event and the rousing VIP after party – costing $525. In addition to the main event, the VIP after party (held at Lo Spiedo) will include hanging out with many of the chefs, barbecue from chef Adam Perry Lang—who will be joined by local legend Mike Solomonov—and additional bites from select food trucks and vendors, as well as specialty cocktails and entertainment. (To note, the entertainment for the last two years has been Questlove DJing the enter after party.)
The actual Great Chefs Event, though, is worth attending with or without the after party. For three hours, guests will be treated to bites from some top shelf chefs, including the Cleveland contingent of Michael Symon, Rocco Whalen (Fahrenheit), and Jonathon Sawyer (Greenhouse Tavern), familiar TV faces like Jonathan Waxman (Barbuto), Michael Cimarusti (Connie & Ted’s), Marc Murphy (Landmarc), Alex Guarnaschelli (Butter), and Jennifer Carroll (Requin). Other exciting chefs will be Robert Irvine (of Restraurant: Impossible and about 30 other shows on the Food Network), Bobby Flay (also of half of Food Network’s programming), and Chicago chef Paul Kahan (Blackbird, avec, The Publican, Big Star), but the most exciting may be the appearance of David Chang (Momofuku, Ma Peche, etc.).
If you’re worried about locals, you certainly don’t have to. Vetri is including just as many local stars as global, with the likes of Daniel Stern (R2L), Jose Garces (Amada, etc.), Emilio Mignucci (DiBurno Bros.), Kevin Spraga (Spraga), and Greg Vernick (Vernick Food & Drink) in attendance, as well as the aforementioned Mike Solomonov.
The food is always amazing, and the drinks are no different—whether you’re looking for a cocktail, wine, or top-notch beer (some of which is extremely limited). And while the online auction is not yet live, some of the items in the live and silent auction at the event are not to be missed. Especially since everything is for a good cause, benefitting Alex’s Lemonade Stand. The event is inching ever closer to raising a million dollars in a single year, with last year’s event raising almost $800,000.
If you’d like to be one of the 1,200 people who can help the cause and eat some of the best food you’ll ever have, head to the Vetri Community website to purchase your tickets. If you can afford one food event a year, this is the one to go to—especially if you can make it to the VIP after party. Regardless, though, it’s a great time and should not be missed. If you love food as much as we do, you should go at least once in your life. We hope to see you there.