Tuesday, February 17, 2009

World Class Chefs Cook for Childhood Cancer Cures

World-Class Chefs Converge on Philadelphia to Cook for Childhood Cancer Cures during the Fourth Annual Great Chefs Event Benefiting Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, Wednesday, June 17, 2009

  • Chefs from across the nation to bring their culinary expertise to the fight against childhood cancer
In an effort to cook for childhood cancer cures, over twenty world-class chefs will come together in the City of Brotherly Love on Wednesday, June 17, 2009 for the Fourth Annual Great Chefs Event to benefit Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer. The event will once again be hosted at Osteria restaurant, 640 North Broad Street, under the tutelage of Marc Vetri, Jeff Benjamin, Jeff Michaud and their newly created Vetri Foundation for Children (VFFC). The Great Chefs Event will be the first event held under their newly formed VFFC, which will be used to support Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation and other child oriented charities.

Much like Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation which emerged from the front yard lemonade stand of cancer patient Alexandra “Alex” Scott, The Great Chefs Event came from humble beginnings. What started out as a small tasting at the Restaurant School in Philadelphia, has grown into a nationally recognized event, with world-class chefs traveling from all corners of the country to cook for the over 500 attendees. The event allows those in attendance to walk around and mingle, while tasting all the fantastic fare the chefs have to offer. In 2009, the Great Chefs Event will include more chefs, and the addition of VIP tickets for those who wish to be treated to sit-down service. VIP tickets will be available for $400 each, while regular tickets are $250.

According to Liz Scott, Alex’s mom, “Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation is constantly amazed by the chefs participating in the annual event, especially the enthusiasm and dedication to the fight against childhood cancer that they embody.”

Jeff Benjamin says, "The Great Chef's Event is the ideal venue for us to increase awareness of childhood cancer nationwide. The event allows to us to continue Alex's dream, taking important steps toward the cures we so desperately seek, one plate at a time."

Known as an event featuring small plates for big appetites, The Fourth Annual Great Chefs Event will once again feature Tom Colicchio, renowned chef and head judge on Bravo’s Top Chef; as well as several new famous faces including Michael Symon, former host of Dinner Impossible and Bobby Flay of The Food Network. Several of the other participating chefs are James Beard Award winners and nominees, including host chef Jeff Michaud of Osteria, Daniel Stern of Gayle/Rae Restaurant; Brad Spence of Vetri; Clark Fraiser & Mark Gaier of Arrows/MC Perkins Cove/SummerWinter in Maine; and Paul Kahan of Blackbird/Avec in Chicago, among others.

Guests will have the opportunity to meet and greet all of the world-class chefs while enjoying their food and wine, all prepared in front of their eyes.

For information on how to become a sponsor, contact Cynthia Ellis at Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation at (866) 333-1213.

For tickets and more information, visit www.AlexsLemonade.org or call 610.649.3034.

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