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Charlie Trotter Tribute Dinner

Event date: 
September 27, 2014 (All day)

Bon Appétit presents Chicago Gourmet is honored to announce an exclusive, newly added dinner to the 2014 event lineup: A Tribute to Charlie Trotter, presented by American Express®. On Saturday, September 27, 2014, many of the world's finest chefs - including many of Chef Trotter's protégés and dearest friends - will gather at the magnificent Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago for a rare, unforgettable dinner to honor the world-renowned culinary legend and his indelible impact on the hospitality industry. This dinner marks the first large-scale fundraising event held in Chef Trotter's hometown and benefits Charlie Trotter's Culinary Education Foundation.


Participating toques include some of the world's most successful and celebrated chefs, each of whom expressed deep gratitude in contributing to this once-in-a-lifetime event.

"Like many chefs who had the honor of working alongside Charlie, my life is forever transformed by his impact," said Chef Graham Elliot. "His passion and dedication is instilled in the community of chefs who worked with and knew him well."

The evening's illuminati include:

Sergi Arola, Sergi Arola Gastro
Rick Bayless, Frontera Grill/Topolobampo/XOCO
Graham Elliot, graham elliot/g.e.b.
Della Gossett, Spago
Thomas Lents, Sixteen
Matthias Merges, Yusho/A10
Masaharu Morimoto, Japonais

The dinner features exceptional wines from Terlato Wines paired by four Master Sommeliers: Serafin Alvarado, Alpana Singh, Joe Spellman and Larry Stone. Each had the extraordinary opportunity to work with or know Chef Trotter throughout their careers and credit his knowledge and passion for wine as inspirational to the pursuit of their craft.


"Chef Trotter placed Chicago at the vanguard of the culinary world, training many of its finest chefs and industry leaders - inspiring everyone he touched along the way. It is only fitting that we pay homage to his many contributions during Chicago Gourmet weekend," said Illinois Restaurant Association President and CEO Sam Toia. "We can't envision a more exceptional group to present a tribute dinner that both champions and propels his legacy."

The evening benefits Charlie Trotter's Culinary Education Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that, since 1999, has worked with Chicago-area youth to promote the enthusiastic quest for education and an interest in cooking and food.

The event will showcase an elegant, 6-course seated dinner in the hotel's stunning Grand Ballroom at 7:30 p.m., preceded by a welcome reception at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $500 per person and will be available for purchase to the public at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 20, 2014, at

A Tribute to Charlie Trotter is presented by American Express and sponsors include Chicago Gourmet, Illinois Restaurant Association, Southern Wine and Spirits of Illinois, Terlato Wines, and Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago.

The event media partner is CS and in-kind product sponsors include Supreme Lobster, Mariano's, Allen Brothers Steaks, and Vosges.

Founded in 1999, the Charlie Trotter's Culinary Education Foundation isa not-for-profit organization, working with Chicago-area youth to promote the enthusiastic quest for education and an interest in cooking and food. Trotter received awards at the White House from both President George W. Bush and Colin Powell for his work with his Culinary Foundation and was named one of only five 'heroes' to be honored by Colin Powell's charity, America's Promise Alliance. In 2005, he was awarded the Humanitarian of the Year award by the International Association of Culinary Professionals for his overall service to the community and in 2012 by the James Beard Foundation at their annual James Beard Awards.

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