The back page of the June issue of Philadelphia magazine is dedicated to an interview with Philadelphia chef Marc Vetri, who hosts Great Chefs on June 11th, benefiting Alex’s Lemonade. Among the revelations: Marc Vetri hates garlic. Read more »
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.
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. 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.
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.
The Great Chefs Event, a benefit for Alex’s Lemonade Stand is set for Wednesday, June 17th at Osteria.
The list of participating chefs is a who’s who of Philadelphia and the country. Too many great ones to pick a few so check them out for yourselves.
Tickets aren’t available yet but at least now you know the date.
The Great Chefs Event[Alex's Lemonade Stand]