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The 14th Annual Great Chefs Event Philadelphia Returns Saturday, June 8

Great Chefs Event for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation

In his continuing efforts to raise funds and awareness for the fight against childhood cancer, Philadelphia’s own Chef Marc Vetri will host The Great Chefs Event Philadelphia on Saturday, June 8.

This exclusive culinary event, presented by Northwestern Mutual and Volvo, will bring together more than 40 superstar chefs from across the country to whip up signature tasting dishes at Urban Outfitters HQ in the Philadelphia Navy Yard.

Back by popular demand, the family-friendly time frame will remain 1 to 4 pm and benefit Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF). An interactive Kid Zone will also be featured.

Hand-selected chefs by Marc Vetri himself include friends and colleagues from LA, NYC, Chicago, San Francisco, DC and more to share their signature dishes (see below for the full chef list). Together under one “roof” in Philadelphia, the chefs will donate their time, talent and food, creating delicious samplings of their own personal flare.

Participants include Jen Carroll (Philadelphia), Nick Elmi (Philadelphia), Jose Garces (Philadelphia), Alex Guarnaschelli (NYC), Jon Shook & Vinny Dotolo (LA), Greg Vernick (Philadelphia), Rocco Whalen (Cleveland) and many more renowned chefs. 2019 Mixologists also include Neal Bodenheimer (New Orleans) and Naren Young (NYC).

Also back by popular demand for its 2nd year will be a Beer Garden. Breweries including Yards, Victory, Sly Fox and Roadhouse Brewing Co. will be serving up their signature brews. In addition to the delicious food, drinks, and fabulous auctions, Liz and Jay Scott, parents of founder Alexandra “Alex” Scott, will share the story of how Alex and her lemonade stand inspired a national fundraising movement leading to innovative childhood cancer research.

Fourteen years ago, Marc Vetri and Business Partner Jeff Benjamin met Liz and Jay, were moved by Alex’s story and wanted to find a way to help. The first Great Chefs Event was created, bringing eight local chefs and 100 guests together and raising $50,000 for ALSF. Since it debuted in 2005, The Great Chefs Event Philadelphia has inspired similar culinary fundraisers in New York City, Chicago, and Los Angeles. In 2018 alone, the Great Chefs Philadelphia event raised more than $340,000.

Individual tickets for the Great Chefs Event Philadelphia are $195 and sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, visit

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