Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's Grand Chefs Gala January 27 Oscar-like Benefit for Foodies


¡VIVA LA REVOLUCIÓN! Come celebrate the 15th annual Grand Chefs Gala/Jean Banchet Awards for Culinary Excellence 6 p.m. Friday, January 27. The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is again bringing Chicago’s finest chefs to the stunning Fairmont Chicago, Millennium (200 N. Columbus Dr., Chicago).  The diverse collection of award-winning culinary artists will each prepare and present their signature dishes for more than 750 guests. Your senses will be liberated when ¡Havana! showcases mouth-watering food, festive decór, and premium silent and live auction items. The Oscar-like atmosphere will be abuzz when the Jean Banchet Awards are bestowed upon Chicago’s outstanding chefs, restaurants, catering companies, mixologists, and sommeliers in their respective categories. The only weapons you'll need for this insurgence are hope, joy, generosity, kinship and, above all, celebration. !VIVA PARA UNA CURA!

This year's chef chair is Curtis Duffy of Grace. More than 40 chefs and mixologists will be featured including Davanti Enoteca’s Jonathan Beatty. Other chefs and their respective restaurants include: Blackbird, David Posey; The Bristol, Chris Pandel; Gaetano's, Gaetano DiBenedetto; Heaven on Seven, Jimmy Bannos; Inovasi, John des Rosiers; Lockwood, Greg Elliott; Mercadito, Patricio Sandoval; Piccolo Sogno, Tony Priolo; The Purple Pig, Jimmy Bannos, Jr.; Rockit Bar & Grill, James Gottwald & Amanda Downing;Vie, Nathan Sears;

The Fairmont Chicago, Brad Parsons; BOKA, , James Gottwald & Amanda Downing; The Bristol and Balena, Amanda Rockman; Pump Room at Public Chicago, Kady Yon; and Sarah's Pastries and Candies, Sarah Levy.

Visit here for a complete list of chefs and mixologists. Purchase tickets here.


5:30pm – 6:30pm
VIP Reception – Ambassador Room
for silver sponsors and above and their guests

Cocktail Reception and Hors d’oeuvres – International Ballroom
featuring Chicago ’s Finest Chefs

Dinner and Program – Imperial Ballroom
featuring dinner prepared by The Fairmont Chicago Chef, Brad Parsons
Master of Ceremonies - Steve Dolinsky
Presentation of the Founders' Award
Presentation of the Jean Banchet Awards presented by Chef Jean Banchet
Presentation of Eurest People's Choice Award
Live Auction, Bid for a Cure and Silent Auction

9:30pm – 12:00am
Nightcap - Imperial Ballroom
featuring Chicago ’s Finest Pastry Chefs and Chicago ’s Hottest Mixologists
Dancing to live music by Matt Lewis and The Union

Black Tie Preferred


All proceeds help benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's research for a cure.

Please see our Sponsorship page for information on table purchases and sponsorship info.

Individual Ticket $400 (includes Nightcap)
$235 of each ticket is tax deductible.

"Nightcap" Ticket $75
$55 of each ticket is tax deductible.
Desserts, Mixologists and Dancing

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