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.
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.
More food. More chefs.
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.
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.
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.