• Event Snapshots: Grand Chef’s Gala Cooks Up Something Special

     
    POSTED July 10, 2017
     
  • Event Snapshots: Grand Chef’s Gala Cooks Up Something Special

     
    POSTED July 10, 2017
     
  • Event Snapshots: Grand Chef’s Gala Cooks Up Something Special

     
    POSTED July 10, 2017
     
  • Event Snapshots: Grand Chef’s Gala Cooks Up Something Special

     
    POSTED July 10, 2017
     
  • Event Snapshots: Grand Chef’s Gala Cooks Up Something Special

     
    POSTED July 10, 2017
     
  • Event Snapshots: Grand Chef’s Gala Cooks Up Something Special

     
    POSTED July 10, 2017
     
  • Event Snapshots: Grand Chef’s Gala Cooks Up Something Special

     
    POSTED July 10, 2017
     
  • Event Snapshots: Grand Chef’s Gala Cooks Up Something Special

     
    POSTED July 10, 2017
     
  • Event Snapshots: Grand Chef’s Gala Cooks Up Something Special

     
    POSTED July 10, 2017
     

February marked the 20th anniversary of the Grand Chef’s Gala, an annual black tie event that benefits the Greater Illinois Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. This special “Platinum Affair” continued the tradition of the popular event, which, in addition to being a major fundraiser, is also regarded as one of the city’s best culinary gatherings. It draws upwards of 50 noted chefs and mixologists such as Blackbird’s Ryan Pfeiffer, RPM Steak’s Doug Psaltis and Monteverde’s Sarah Grueneberg, who provided signature plates and cocktails. 

This year’s event, held in Navy Pier’s Grand Ballroom, was hosted by Food Network’s Jeff Mauro and also honored Lettuce Entertain You chairman Richard Melman as the recipient of the lifetime achievement “Chicago Classic Award.” In addition to chef tastings, there was also a silent auction, live auction and a special “Nightcap” segment that began at 9 p.m., featuring more custom cocktails and special desserts made by noted pastry chefs including Floriole’s Sandra Holl and Sixteen’s Evan Sheridan.

Here are some sights from the night: 

The New York and New Jersey chapters of the National Association for Catering & Events (NACE), along with the Banquet Event Strategic Task Force (BEST Task Force), held an in-person gathering in August, their first since the start of the pandemic.

 

The Michigan Society of Association Executives (MSAE) hosted its first inperson event since the pandemic began at The Medalist Golf Club in Marshall. MSAE’s goal was to host a fun networking opportunity that followed COVID guidelines, and helped members gain confidence attending in-person events again.