Fundraisers for Alex’s Lemonade Stand


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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Mark Your Calendar, Marc Vetri’s Great Chefs Event Is Set to Return for 2013


The 8th annual Great Chefs Event, benefitting Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation and the Vetri Foundation for Children will be held June 11, 2013 at Urban Outfitters headquarters at the Navy Yard.

As always, the list of participating chefs is a who’s who of American chefdom. The event isn’t cheap with general admission tickets going for $350. But it is for a good cause and you can start saving now.

Great Chefs Event [Vetri Foundation for Children]

Vetri Team Saluted by Alex’s Lemonade Stand


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]

Save Your Ducats, Tickets for Great Chefs Event Are Now on Sale

Tickets for Marc Vetri’s seventh annual Great Chefs Event are now on sale. The can’t miss culinary event of the year is Tuesday, June 12th at Urban Outfitters Headquarters in the Navy Yard.

The $300 ticket gets you three hours of signature dishes from some of the best chefs across North America plus an open bar. Proceeds benefit Alex’s Lemonade Stand and the Vetri Foundation for Children.

Our coverage of Great Chefs 2011.

The Great Chefs participating »

Meanwhile Across Town at Vetri….

While Marc Vetri was hosting hundreds at his Great Chefs Event a couple of well known food writers were sitting down to dinner at Vetri.

Former New York Times critic Frank Bruni and New York Magazine’s Adam Platt dined independently of one another at Vetri’s eponymous flagship restaurant.

It didn’t matter that Vetri wasn’t in the restaurant as both tweeted their raves:

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Great Chefs Event Was a Great Event

Last night I attended the Vetri Foundation’s Great Chefs Event at Urban Outfitters headquarters in the Navy Yard. The star-studded event raised a boat load of money for Alex’s Lemonade Stand. Culinary luminaries from around the country showed up to lend a hand for the event.

I’m a pretty laid back guy who probably was last in awe of someone when I met Wayne Gretzky when I was 12. But I was pretty geeked up for this event and as Marc Vetri said, why wouldn’t I be. Great chefs, TV stars and great chefs who are TV stars were at every turn. And as exciting as that is, getting to try bites from some of the best restaurants around the country in one place is an opportunity I recommend to everyone. Save a dollar a day and you’ll be in with cab fare home next year.

After fasting for the day I was ravished when they I was finally unleashed on the stations I couldn’t help but head right to the Shake Shack station. The temptation to try one of the first burgers served in Philadelphia just seemed like the journalistic thing to do. The gooey cheese and great proportions will make Shake Shack a happy addition to the Philadelphia burger scene.

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Food Stars Cook for Charity Tonight

Tonight is Marc Vetri’s Great Chefs event. This star studded affair raises money for Alex’s Lemonade Stand. The roster of chefs is a who’s who of the culinary elite. The $300 per ticket event runs tonight from 6 to 9 p.m. at Urban Outfitters headquarters at the Navy Yard. We’re actually attending this year and can’t really contain our excitement.

Among the chefs attending:

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Great Chefs Coming to Town

Marc Vetri has created a great charitable event in his annual Great Chefs Event that benefits Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. Now in its sixth year the night features 30 renowned chefs from around the globe (20 are 2011 James Beard nominees) cooking for childhood cancer cures.

The event takes place on Tuesday, June 14th at Urban Outfitters Headquarters in the Navy Yard. Tickets start at $300 per person but by all accounts, the fundraiser is the food event of the year.

Check out the list of participating chefs below, including Barbara Lynch who will also be the guest chef at May’s Amis’ industry night where she’ll be preparing an Italian clambake.

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