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2015 Grand Chefs Gala and Jean Banchet Awards

The Grand Chefs Gala raises money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and has become one of my favorite annual events in Chicago. Over the years, I have become attached to the event as well as its purpose and it has what I believe to be some of the best auction items. That is, if you like to travel, go to restaurants, stay in hotels and need a spa visit or two.

 

Grand Chefs Gala Cocktail Reception

The Grand Chefs Gala Cocktail Reception is truly one of the best food events in Chicago. Where else can you enjoy the best bites from Chicago’s best chefs all in one place?


The following photos are of the Cocktail Reception. Some of the city’s best of the best chefs offer delicious appetizers. Click on the photo collage for the larger sized photo then click on the arrows to view the rest.

VIP Cocktail Reception at Grand Chefs Gala

VIP Cocktail Reception at Grand Chefs Gala

More food. More chefs.

Jason Chan of Juno, Curtis Duffy of Grace, Phillip Foss of El Ideas

Jason Chan of Juno, Curtis Duffy of Grace, Phillip Foss of El Ideas at Grand Chefs Gala


The theme of the gala was Dubai. We walked into a beautifully lit room and the Jean Banchet Awards Ceremony and the live auction took place during dinner.

Grand Chefs Gala: Dubai

Grand Chefs Gala: Dubai

Dinner at Grand Chefs Gala

Dinner at Grand Chefs Gala

Dinner at Grand Chefs Gala

Dinner at Grand Chefs Gala


The Jean Banchet Awards Ceremony was hosted by Michael Muser of Grace Restaurant. Here are some of the nominees and winners.


After the ceremony, the lights came on and it was time to get down to business for the live auction.

Dinner at Grand Chefs Gala

Live auction at Grand Chefs Gala

Auction items at Grand Chefs Gala

Auction items at Grand Chefs Gala

Auction items at Grand Chefs Gala

Auction items at Grand Chefs Gala


Nightcap which follows the dinner, is a separately ticketed event for those who want to come in just for dessert and drinks. There is live music and dancing, and Chicago’s best pastry chefs and mixologists set up tables all around the perimeter of the room and serve up their finest desserts and beverages during the silent auction portion of the evening.

Goodnight!

Good night!

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