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10th Annual Great Chefs Event Set For June 9

3 April 2015

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Now back for its 10th year, Marc Vetri’s Great Chefs Event will be taking over Urban Outfitter’s corporate campus in the Navy Yard on June 9 from 6-9 pm.  As always, the event brings together some of the best chefs from around the country (and one from Italy) as well as some of the top beverage personalities from the states.

While tickets are unabashedly pricey—$350 for a regular ticket and $525 for a VIP ticket—there is little chance you’ll ever find this kind of selection of chef in one place very often.  And this year, the VIP afterparty will be taking place at Lo Spiedo, also in the Navy Yard, to make transit from the event to the afterparty that much easier.  And if you get the VIP ticket, be ready to eat more food than you’ve ever eaten before between the actual event and the VIP afterparty. The amount of food is unbelievable.

This year, Philadelphia will be well represented with the likes of Mike Solomonov (Zahav), Jose Garces, Daniel Stern (R2L), Masaharu Morimoto, and Emilio Mignucci (DiBruno Bros), with the beverage side of things including Bill Covaleski (Victory Brewing), Tom Kehoe (Yards), Tom Peters (Monk’s Café, representing Russian River), Stephen Warner (Lo Spiedo), and might-as-well-be-local Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head.  And as exciting as that would be, throw in the likes of Marc Murphy, Michael Symon, Jonathan Waxman, Alon Shaya, Sue Torres, and Alex Guarnaschelli, among MANY others, and the event has definitely justified it’s ticket price.

As far as food goes, and celebrity chef sightings, this is easily the event of the year, and all others pale in comparison. Not only is the food amazing, the drinks are all top notch, and the VIP afterparty provides even more.  I can say from personal experience that it is almost unbelievable how much amazing food is to be had at this event.

But not only is there the food, but the whole event benefits Alex’s Lemonade Stand and the Vetri Foundation for Children, and raises thousands upon thousands of dollars every year between the ticket sales and the ridiculously impressive auction items available either online, or live at the event.  Whether it is a trip to Italy or a private home-cooked dinner from your favorite chef, the items for auction are well worth contributing to.

If you want to check out the full chef’s list, you can go to the Great Chefs event website here.  Tickets can be bought here. I know they seem expensive, but as I mentioned earlier, this event absolutely delivers on the price and will not let you down.  It’s a great place to see your favorite chef, eat a ton of amazing food, and help out charities that have been providing for children and families for years.  Do not sleep on this event—you will not regret attending.  We began looking forward to it as soon as we left the last one.

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