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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Shake Shack Announces First Collaboration Burger

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Shake Shack has announced their first ever chef collaboration burger  and it is with Philadelphia’s own Marc Vetri.

In celebration of The Vetri Foundation’s upcoming Great Chefs Event on June 10th, the three local Shake Shack locations (Center City, University City, King of Prussia) will offer the Carbonara Burger from June 6th to June 15th.

The Carbonara Burger starts with the standard Shake Shack burger meat from Pat La Frieda and is topped with bacon, pecorino cheese, black pepper and a sunny side up egg.

The burger will cost $6.75 and a dollar of each Carbonara burger will be donated to the Vetri Foundation.

Vetri said “it is truly a privilege to be a part of Shake Shack’s first-ever burger collaboration, and the Vetri family is extremely honored at their generosity towards our foundation.”

The Vetri Foundation [Official]
Shake Shack [Official]

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

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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]

VIDEO: Recap of the Vetri/Garces Turkey Bowl

Tired of Stuart Scott catch phrases? Then Johnny Goodtimes’ food related puns will be a relief. Check out the Foobooz TV recap of the Thanksgiving football game between Team Garces and Team Vetri.

Team Vetri Makes It Three in a Row

It is three wins in a row for Team Vetri as the squad defeated Team Garces 25-21 at Franklin Field in the fourth annual flag football game between the two restaurant groups. It was an intense game through the final snap. And all for a good cause with $5,000 going to the Vetri Foundation for Children.

Vetri and Garces Set for Gridiron Showdown

Thanksgiving football games have long been a tradition of local high schools but this Thursday morning will be the latest chapter in another rivalry. Employees of Jose Garces and Marc Vetri will be squaring off on Thanksgiving morning at Franklin Field. The game is in its fourth year with Vetri’s squad ahead two games to one.

More than just bragging rights are at stake as the winning side receives a $5,000 to its foundation. The game kicks off at 9 a.m. and Foobooz will be there with live coverage. See you there or online.

Garces Family Foundation [Official Site]
Vetri Foundation for Children [Official Site]

Marc Vetri the … Blogger?

Marc Vetri can add yet another accomplishment to his resume: blogger for the Huffington Post. Vetri debuted his column (under HuffPost Food, of course)by talking about the importance of school lunch reform.

We want our children to learn, to be social and to be productive. We buy them books and teach them to read and write. Yet, when it comes to feeding them the energy that is necessary to make their minds and bodies function better, we put them in a line, give them a tray and slop unrecognizable food onto it. If we did not put gasoline in a car would it run? If we did not plug in a computer would it work? Then why do we expect our children to grow, be productive and flourish without the right energy going inside of them?

This is just another step in Vetri’s determined campaign to overhaul school lunches. Back in 2009 Vetri, along with help from Jeff Michaud and Jeff Benjamin, started the “Eatiquette” program and their mission was simple: to bring family-style eating –all the social interaction and comfort included – to school lunches. The “Eatiquette” program has been successful in multiple region schools and camps and the Vetri Foundation continues to support it.

Setting the Table for Better Minds, Better Bodies, and Better People [Huff Post]
Eatiquette [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.

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