Great Chefs Return to Philly in Support of Alex’s Lemonade Stand

On Saturday, June 8, some of the top chefs in the country will gather at the Urban Outfitters HQ in the Navy Yard to celebrate the Great Chefs Event. The top-of-the-line food festival, which benefits Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, will return for its second year to the family-friendly timeframe of 1-4pm and feature an interactive kid zone. Tickets, which will run $195 this year, are available at

The list of chefs, as impressive as ever, is well worth the price of admission.  The list of Philadelphia chefs alone will feature Matt Buehler (Vetri Cucina), Jen Carroll (Spice Finch), Top Chef winner Nick Elmi (Laurel), Jose Garces, Emilio Mignucci (DiBruno Bros), Kevin Spraga (Fitler Club), Yehuda Sichel (Abe Fisher) and Greg Vernick (Vernick Food & Drink). If that list wasn’t enough to whet your appetite, attendees can also expect small bites from Timon Balloo (Sugarcane, Miami), Cesare Casella (Casella’s Salumi Special, NYC), Derek Dammann (Maison Publique, Montreal), Elizabeth Falkner (Falk Yeah!, NYC), Food Network star Alex Guarnaschelli (Butter, NYC), Top Chef alum Bruce Kalman (Square Peg Pizza, Connecticut), Ludo Lefebvre (Trois Mec, LA), barbecue genius Adam Perry Lang, Jon Shook & Vinny Dotolo (Animal, LA), Jonathan Waxman (Barbuto, NYC), and Rocco Whalen (Farenheit, Cleveland).

Cesare Casella doing what he does best.

Whew. Deep breath.  That’s only a portion of the 40 chefs that will be in attendance, in addition to mixologists, winemakers, and the second year of the outdoor beer garden, which will include Yards, Victory, Sly Fox, and Roadhouse Brewing Co. A full list of the participants can be found here.

Did I mention that kids under 12 get in free with an adult? Or that $95 of your ticket price is tax-deductible? How about that in 2018 alone, just the Philadelphia edition of the Great Chefs Event raised over $340,000 for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation? There is also an online auction with some pretty incredible items, as well as a live auction that anyone interested in the best food will salivate over.

Yehuda Sichel’s Montreal-style smoked shortrib sandwich.

The price may seem prohibitive at first, but once you take into account the sheet magnitude of the chefs in attendance, as well as all the good this event does, it becomes much easier to justify.  Take the opportunity to treat yourself, and also to help children with cancer—what better one-two punch are you going to get with your money?

Jonathan Waxman’s Stracciatella with heirloom tomatoes