Philly food is so much more than cheesesteaks. Let us show you.
It’s time, folks, to get excited: the finest food event in the area is coming back to the Urban Outfitter’s corporate headquarters for the 12th annual Great Chefs Event, presented by Alex’s Lemonade Stand and Vetri Community Partnership. The event will take place from 6-9pm, followed by a VIP after party at Lo Spiedo that goes until the wee hours of the morning. The event will bring more than 40 of the best chefs in the country to Philadelphia for one night only, where 1,200 guests will be able to sample their fares and maybe even get a dance in at the after party.
The line-up of chefs is once again impressive, with the likes of Hugh Acheson (5 & 10 in Athens), Derek Dammann (Maison Publique in Montreal, one of our favorite food cities), Paul Kahan (Blackbird, avec, The Publican, Big Star in Chicago), Duff Goldman (Charm City Cakes in Baltimore), Ken Oringer (Uni in Boston), Michael Cimarusti (Connie & Ted’s in LA), one of our food heroes Charles Phan (Slanted Door in San Francisco), Jonathan Waxman (Barbuto in NYC), John Besh (Restaurant August in New Orleans), and two of our Cleveland favorites in Jonathon Sawyer (The Greenhouse Tavern) and Rocco Whalen (Fahrenheit). Adam Perry Lang will also be bringing his amazing barbecue to the after party once again.
Philadelphia will have plenty of representation, as well, from Donnell Craven-Jones (EAT Café), James Liuzza (Di Bruno Brothers), Kevin Sbraga (Sbraga), Daniel Stern (R2L), and Greg Vernick (Vernick Food & Drink). The after party will also feature Jose Garces and Michael Solomonov, if you didn’t have enough reason to spring for the VIP tickets already.
If all this talk of food is making you thirsty, don’t worry—there are plenty of beverage personalities at Great Chefs, including Bill Covaleski of Victory Brewing, Tom Kehoe of Yards, Carol Stoudt of Stoudt’s, and Tom Peter’s, who represents Monk’s Café and Russian River Brewing at the event. Also expect wine and cocktails to keep you happy throughout the night.
The ticket price reflects the quality of the event, with general admission tickets running $350 and the VIP tickets going for $525. It seems like a lot, but in addition to the money raised going to a worthy cause, the quality of food and ability to rub elbows with some of the best chefs in the world makes the price extremely worth it. And if you spring for the VIP admission, you’re going to get even closer to your favorite chefs, eat even better food (including the massing yearly mortadella), and see a special celebrity DJ (in years past, this has been Questlove and Biz Markie, among others).
Check out our recap of last year’s event to see some of the amazing food and celebrity chefs that show up at Great Chef’s Event.