Marc Vetri’s 9th Annual Great Chefs at Urban Outfitters

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More than 1,200 guests attended the 9th Annual Great Chefs Event on Tuesday, June 10th. The yearly eating party thrown by Philadelphia superchef Marc Vetri was held at Urban Outfitters in the Navy Yard, with proceeds going to help Alex’s Lemonade Stand eradicate childhood cancer, and to the Vetri Foundation for Children. Neuroblastoma took Alex Scott’s life when she was eight, and her parents, Jay and Liz Scott, carry on her goal of helping doctors find a cure for the disease.

The event attracts four dozen top chefs from the U.S. and Italy who created delicious dishes that people raved over all night long. The event featured a live auction that brought in $80,000 and a silent auction — which included clothing, lavish trips, sports tickets and experiences — that raised nearly $100,000.

Later that evening I headed over to Vetri’s restaurant on North Broad, Alla Spina, for the after-party. There I found many of the volunteer chefs, sponsors and ticketed guests enjoying a delicious spread by the Vetri Family, and friends including Sweet Box Bakery, Debragga meat, Nomad Pizza to name a few. Behind the turntables was The Roots’ Questlove, who appears at the after-party annually and packs the dance floor from start to finish. It’s always a highlight of the evening.

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Fundraisers for Alex’s Lemonade Stand

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This Saturday, March 22nd, the Lemon Society, a young professionals group that supports Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation is hosting its third annual Lemon Society Speakeasy. The prohibition-themed mixology event takes place at the Pyramid Club, high atop the BNY Mellon Center at 18th and Market.

Bartenders from across the city will be creating cocktails for the event that will be put to a vote by celebrity judges and all those in attendance.

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Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation’s 2014 Lemon Ball

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Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF), a nonprofit dedicated to finding cures for all kids with cancer, hosted the Eighth Annual Lemon Ball, presented by Northwestern Mutual, Toys R Us and Volvo on Saturday, January 11, 2014, at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown.

The event, took place nearly 10 years after Alex Scott set a goal to raise $1 million through her front-yard lemonade stand, and every year in just one night raises nearly a $1 million for the fight against childhood cancer.

The evening started  with a cocktail party and a very extensive silent auction covering sports, restaurant meals and experiences.Then the party moved upstairs for dinner, an awards ceremony and dancing. Liz and Jay Scott, the parents of the late Alex,  co-chaired the gala with longtime foundation supporters Susie and John McCaughey. The evening also featured the presentation of the Alex Scott Crystal Cup to Jocelyn Hillman, who has supported the foundation since its inception and first learned of the foundation’s mission when her daughter, Carly, fought cancer alongside Alex . Jocelyn has served on the Foundation’s Board for several years and currently holds the position of Vice Chair.

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100 Tickets Avaialble To Vetri Great Chefs After-party

Okay, so this one doesn’t really take any selling. You all know about Marc Vetri’s Great Chefs event, right? It is, hands down, one of the greatest Philly food events of the year. As a matter of fact, it’s one of the country’s greatest food events because, see, Vetri knows a lot of people from everywhere, and a lot of those people from everywhere descend on Philly for this one event.

Anyway, the one party that might be better than the Great Chefs party is the Great Chefs after-party–which, until this year, has been a completely private event, open only to those chefs who cooked for the public, some of the big-time sponsors and friends of Marc Vetri. It’s basically the place where all the white jackets go to hang out, relax and get weird after the big night is done.

But this year, there are 100 tickets to the after-party being sold to members of the public. $525 gets you through the door (and also includes general admission to the Great Chefs Event proper) to hang out with all the celebrity chefs. The party will be at Alla Spina, will run from 9:30pm to 2am, and will feature food (yes, more food) and booze (yes, more booze) from Adam Perry Lang, Alla Spina, Brooklyn Brewery, Little Baby’s Ice Cream, Mac Truck NYC, Route 6 and Victory Brewery.

Check out the official announcement (and ticket-getting details) after the jump.

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Vetri Team Saluted by Alex’s Lemonade Stand

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Tomorrow, Marc Vetri, Jeff Michaud and Jeff Benjamin will be honored at Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation’s Lemon Ball gala for their work to find cures for all kids with cancer. The team will receive the Alex Scott Crystal Cup for their work in their Great Chef’s Event fundraiser.

Alex’s Lemonade Stand isn’t Marc Vetri’s only charitable venture. The Vetri Foundation for Children is collecting new or gently used cookbooks for Universal Audenried Charter High School and their culinary arts program. Now through January 21st they are collecting these books. Drop off  your donation at any of the Vetri Family restaurants or mail them directly to the school:

Universal Audenried Charter High School
Attn: Chef Charles Bennett
3301 Tasker St
Philadelphia, PA 19145

The Lemon Ball [Official Site]

Monk’s Cafe Is Celebrating Zwanze Day

Monk’s Cafe is celebrating Zwanze Day. And what is Zwanze Day you may ask? Well it’s the celebration of a rare beer from the Cantillon brewery in Brussels, Belgium. To be exact, it is a rhubarb lambic. And tomorrow, December 1st, Monk’s is tapping just one of very few bars in the country pouring the beer. Pours are $10 a glass and 100% of the money goes to Alex’s Lemonade Stand. Philadelphia’s premiere Belgian bar is also tapping Cantillon Lou Pepe Kriek ($10) and Grand Cru Classic ($5). The proceeds of both of these beers are also being donated to Alex’s Lemonade Stand.

Cantillon Zwanze Day [Tap Talk]
Monk’s Cafe [Official Site]

Lemon Society Speakeasy: Drinking For A Good Cause

Forgive us for stating the outrageously obvious, but once in a while some news comes across our desk to remind us of the head-shaking magnitude of the Alex’s Lemonade Stand organization, and we’re left in awe that one young child could spawn such an operation.

This week, the Lemon Society Speakeasy is just that news. The “speakeasy,” being held Friday night, is the inaugural event for the Lemon Society of Philadelphia, the new young professionals arm of the charity. The impressive part isn’t that some of the city’s best-known bartenders are participating (Phoebe Esmon, Colin Shearn, Christian Gaal, and Mike Goodrell from SRO). No, the part that gives us pause is that Alex’s now boasts a young professionals group, just like a major cultural institution or an industry association.

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