GREAT CHEFS: ALEX’S LEMONADE GALA re: Cancer sucks, it’s one of my favorite charities to support

(I posted something on Sunday too, so check out the Strongman Competition held over the weekend, now on to today:) A couple blocks of Broad Street around Fairmount were closed to traffic 6/18 as the “Great Chefs Event” was held to benefit the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. The Great Chefs Event: The Great Chefs Event is an annual fundraising event that started in 2006 with Philadelphia’s greatest chefs coming together to support Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation in the fight against childhood cancer. In 2007, The Great Chefs Event grew into a national endeavor with several of the greatest chefs from across the country traveling to Philadelphia to join in support of this event.

Volunteers from Rita’s Water Ice with the Alex’s Lemonade Stand ice sculpture; Tanya and Madalyn
Donna Coghan and Charlie Pasquale Megan & Adam Spivak (I used to work for Adam’s father at HA Winstons, a hundred years ago, in Cherry Hill when I was a teenager)

Joanne Mardes, Nichole Hayward and Becca Elias

Another auction where the generosity of businesses and folks in Philadelphia really came through, thanks. Thanks to the Omni Hotel for putting up all the visiting chefs!! And to all the sponsors and big hug to you!! Oh and the Chefs, love you and your food. Check all the names out at and other photos, but please finish reading Philly Chit Chat first:
Twenty Manning Kiong Bahn, Suzy Jun and Jisu Kang
The atrium of Osteria containing some of the chefs. Many of the participating chefs are James Beard Award Winners who travel far and wide to participate in this very special event. All of the chefs donate the food to this event and some even close their restaurants to travel to Philadelphia to be a part of the truly special event. – Kiong Bahn, Twenty Manning, PhiladelphiaJohn Benno, Per Se, New YorkChris Bianco, Pizzeria Bianco, Phoenix Clark Fraiser & Mark Gaier, Arrows/MC Perkins Cove/SummerWinter, Ogunquit, MaineKatsuya Fukushima, Café Atlantico/minibar , Washington D.C.Jose Garces, Amada Restaurant/Tinto/Chilango, Philadelphia Paul Kahan, Blackbird/Avec, ChicagoLachlan Mackinnon-Patterson, Frasca Food and Wine, Boulder, ColoradoJoseph Manzare, Zuppa/Globe/Tres Agaves/Pescheria, San Francisco Jeff Michaud, Osteria, Philadelphia Emilio Mignucci, DiBruno Bros., Philadelphia Luke Palladino, Ombra Restaurant, Atlantic City David Pasternack, Esca Restaurant, New York Bryan Sikora, Talula’s Table Restaurant, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania Michael Solomonov, Marigold Kitchen, Philadelphia Brad Spence, Vetri, Philadelphia Daniel Stern, Gayle/ Rae Restaurant, Philadelphia Marc Vetri, Vetri/Osteria, Philadelphia Rocco Whalen, Fahrenheit Restaurant, Cleveland
Aislinn Fletcher and Erica McLaughlin from the Restaurant School at the most popular station of the night, the dessert table.
Justin and Michael Solomon from Zahav

Ellen Milgrim, Andrew Keiser and Michele Sherman enjoyed all the chefs and were happy to support Alex’s Lemonade Charity
David Neff with Gail & John Scardapane of Saladworks, a sponsor.
Robin Blumenfeld Switzenbaum and her brother Eric Blumenfeld
Chase Utley and the girls from Neff & Associates who orchestrated the Great Chefs event this year

Jon Runyan greets Chase Utley I think for the first time

The shot that was in the Inquirer:

Mike Perry, Brooklyn Brewery and Tom Kehoe, Yard’s Brewery right here in Philadelphia

Luke Palladino, Ombra Restaurant, Atlantic City

Rocco Whalen, Fahrenheit Restaurant, Cleveland serves a curried chicken spring roll, which I have to say was my favorite. It was unbelievable tasty and after trying several other tables I had to go back for one more. Tom Collichio of Craft Restaurants and ‘wichcraft in New York City was a first timer at this third annual event.

Jay Scott, the father of Alex Scott who had the first lemonade stand years ago, says he expects the event to raise $100,000 for research towards a cure for childhood cancers. Next to him here is Alex’s mom thanking the guests for coming out to support Alex’s Lemonade Great Chef’s Event
As the live auction begins,
one of the biggest selling items was a home cooked meal by Jeff Michaud, Marc Vetri and Jeff Benjamin, served by Jay & Liz Scott and entertainment by Phil Roy (on left). Two dinners went for $17,000 eachA few of you may remember that about 6 weeks ago I asked for your prayers as my sister was diagnosed with Stage 3C Ovarian Cancer at 46 years old. Because of a series of misdiagnosis’, infections, crappy doctors and now the Mersa infection, she still has not started her Chemo, and it doesn’t look like it’s in going to be anytime soon. It’s been horrible for all of us, and I really don’t allow myself to wallow in thought of the unknown except for 5 minutes a day; We would appreciate your prayers and good thoughts for my sister Judy. Thank you.