Chef’s Gala Social Media Contest

April 15, 2015

2015 Chef’s Gala Social Media Contest Winner

Last month, we issued a social media challenge to our fans and followers. By posting a recap of their experience at the Chef’s Gala Media Preview with a photo and tagging Heart of Florida United Way, participants were entered into a drawing for a $75 Primo gift card.

We had dozens of entries, but the lucky winner is Lisa Wilk @WineChix. Lisa is a local food blogger at @TasteCookSip.

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A special thank you to Primo at the JW Marriott Grande Lakes for hosting the event and to the chefs who previewed their creations:

Illy Crusted Beef Tenderloin, Roasted Bone Marrow Mousseline, Hog Island Oyster, Crispy Potato
blu on the avenue, Chef Anthony Krueger

Root Vegetable Gnocchi, Palmetto Creek Farms Pork Ragu, House Made Ricotta Cheese, Fried Garden Basil
K Restaurant, Chef Kevin Fonzo

Duck Confit, Foie Mouse, and Kumquat Sandwich
Primo by Melissa Kelly at Grande Lakes Orlando, Chef Mariano Vegel

Florida Rock Shrimp Escabeche, Creamed Parsnips, Chicharrones, Burnt Onion Jam

Urban Tide at Hyatt Regency Orlando, Chef Jared Gross

Ghanaian Chocolate and Passion Fruit Milk Tart
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge Bakery, Pastry Chef Amanda Lauder

 For those who couldn’t attend the Media Preview but still want to taste all of the delicious dishes, Chef’s Gala is on May 16. For more information or to purchase your tickets, visit ChefsGala.org.


Whet Your Appetite for the 2015 Chef’s Gala

March 18, 2015

 

Chefs Gala Logo 2015 TWMD - BlueYear after year, thousands of Central Florida foodies and philanthropists gather to get a taste of the delectable creations of our region’s top chefs at United Way’s signature fundraiser, Chef’s Gala. With fine wines to accompany the beautiful dishes, live entertainment and a silent auction benefiting United Way’s community programs, Chef’s Gala is a “tasteful way to make a difference.” Thanks to our generous host & title sponsor Walt Disney World, presenting sponsor Florida Technical College and other sponsors, 95 cents of every dollar raised goes directly to help those in need.

To whet your appetite for the 2015 Chef’s Gala, we’re excited to share our 2015 participating establishments!

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Artist Point – Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

Bice Ristorante – Loew’s Portofino Bay Hotel

blu on the avenue

California Grill – Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Citricos – Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Cress Restaurant

Emeril’s Tchoup Chop – Universal Orlando

Jiko -The Cooking Place – Disney’s Animal Kingdom

K Restaurant

La Luce by Donna Scala – Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek

Le Cellier Steakhouse – Epcot

Narcoossee’s – Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Primo by Melissa Kelly – Grande Lakes Orlando

Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant

Urban Tide – Hyatt Regency Orlando Hyatt Regency Orlando

The Hollywood Brown Derby – Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Thornton Park Restaurant Group

Trattoria al Forno – Disney’s BoardWalk

Tony’s Town Square Restaurant – MAGIC KINGDOM Park

Tusker House Restaurant – Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park

Desserts

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge Bakery

Disney’s Contemporary Resort Bakery

Fatto in Casa

Coffee

Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company

 

It’s never too early to get your tickets to Chef’s Gala. Individual tickets are $275 and a Couples Package is $500. Corporate packages and sponsorships are also available. To learn more or purchase your tickets, visit www.ChefsGala.org.  

 


Be Our Guest for the 22nd Annual Chef’s Gala

April 10, 2014

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Year after year, thousands of Central Florida philanthropists and foodies gather to sample the delectable creations of our region’s top chefs at United Way’s signature fundraiser, Chef’s Gala. With fine wines to accompany the beautiful dishes, live entertainment and a silent auction benefiting United Way’s programs, Chef’s Gala is a “tasteful way to make a difference.” Thanks to our generous host Walt Disney World and other sponsors, 95% of all proceeds go directly to help those in need.

To whet your appetite for the deliciousness of the 22nd annual event, we’re excited to share our 2014 participating establishments!

Artist Point – Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

Bice Ristorante

Biergarten RestaurantEpcot®

blu on the avenue

BoardWalk Bakery – Disney’s BoardWalk

Bull & Bear® – Waldorf Astoria Orlando

Cask & Larder

Cítricos – Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Cress

Disney’s Hollywood Studios® Bakery

Flying Fish Café – Disney’s BoardWalk

Jiko – The Cooking Place – Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

K Restaurant

Mama Melrose’s Ristorante – Disney’s Hollywood Studios®

Napa – Hyatt Regency Orlando

Primo by Melissa Kelly – Grande Lakes Orlando

Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant

Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion

The Crystal Palace – MAGIC KINGDOM® Park

The Wave…of American Flavors – Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Thornton Park Restaurant Group

Tusker House Restaurant – DISNEY’S ANIMAL KINGDOM® Theme Park

Victoria & Albert’s – Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

And to wash it all down, we have our beverage sponsors:

Coffee Roasters’ Alliance

Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company

Coastal Wine & Spirits

Crush Distributors

Southern Wine & Spirits

Strategic Importers

Don’t worry… It’s not too late to get your tickets! For questions or additional information, please email ChefsGala@hfuw.org or call (407) 429-2129.


Check out lots of fun Chef’s Gala photos

May 14, 2013

Check out lots of fun Chef’s Gala photos on our #Facebook page: http://ow.ly/l1aYD Special thanks to BLP Commerce for donating beautiful roses for the event! http://ow.ly/l1bzl


Save the Date! 21st Annual Chef’s Gala Benefitting United Way on May 4

December 12, 2012

Be sure to mark your calendars for the 21st Annual Chef’s Gala, benefiting Heart of Florida United Way

Saturday, May 4

6:45 – 10 p.m.

at Epcot World Showplace

WALT DISNEY WORLD Resort

Recognized as the region’s premier food and wine paring event, Chef’s Gala features mouth-watering creations from more than 20 of Central Florida’s top chefs and establishments, along with thoughtfully paired fine wines, live music and an elegant silent auction.

Last year’s event, co-chaired by Shawn Bartelt, Vice President & General Manager of WFTV-Channel 9 and WRDQ Central Florida’s TV 27; and Simon Hemus, President & COO of Tupperware Brands; raised a record setting $219,175 to help people in need.

Hosted and sponsored by

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Tickets and corporate packages will go on sale soon.

Reach a sophisticated and affluent audience. For sponsorship information, call (407) 835-0923 or e-mail chefsgala@hfuw.org.

Click here to learn about last year’s event.

Click here to view event photos.


20th Annual Chef’s Gala: Our Biggest, Most Delicious Success Ever!

May 21, 2012

Celebrating two full decades of extraordinary food, fine wine and heartfelt generosity, more than 1,000 elegantly dressed guests attended the 20th Annual Chef’s Gala, which raised a record-setting $219,175 to help people in need.   

Held Saturday, May 19 at Epcot® World Showplace, Chef’s Gala was hosted and sponsored by WALT DISNEY WORLD®, which has underwritten nearly the full cost of the event since it began in 1992.

Thanks to this commitment, as well as the generosity of our talented chefs, sponsors and others partners, a full 95% of dollars raised will go help fund more than 100 local health and human service programs.    

Also contributing to year’s enormous success were two dedicated event co-chairs, Shawn Bartelt, Vice President & General Manager of WFTV 9 & Central Florida’s TV 27; and Simon Hemus, President & COO of Tupperware Brands Corporation.    

After making a red-carpet entrance, guests enjoyed signature dishes from 24 of the region’s top chefs, as well as thoughtfully paired wines, desserts and specialty coffees. Other highlights included a sparkling wine and martini bar reception and a dazzling silent auction, co-chaired by Jane Bindas, Senior Director, Risk Management, Tupperware Brands Corporation; and Patty DeYoung, a community philanthropist.

“Over the past 20 years, Chef’s Gala has grown to become Central Florida’s premier food and wine pairing charitable event,” said United Way President and CEO Robert H. (Bob) Brown. “That 2012 was our biggest, most successful event ever is a true testament to the generosity of Disney, as well as so many other outstanding partners and individuals. We are deeply grateful for their trust, compassion and support.” 

Click here to view more photos.


Save the Date for the 20th Annual Chef’s Gala Coming Up on May 19, 2012!

December 21, 2011

Make plans now to attend the 20th Annual Chef’s Gala, featuring mouth-watering cuisine created by more than 20 of Central Florida’s top chefs.

Widely recognized as the region’s premier food and wine pairing charity event, Chef’s Gala also includes a champagne and martini bar reception, thoughtfully paired wines, fabulous desserts, live music and an elegant silent auction.

Held at Epcot® World Showplace, the event is hosted and sponsored by WALT DISNEY WORLD® Resort.

Thanks to the generosity of Disney and other sponsors, last year’s event raised more than $185,000 for local residents in need, making Chef’s Gala truly a Tasteful Way to Make a Difference!

Additional details about ticket sales and particpating restaurants will be provided soon.

If your company or organization would like to reach a sophisticated, affluent audience, sponsorship opportunities now are available. For information, please call (407) 429-2129 or e-mail chefsgala@hfuw.org.

Click here for details and photos of last year’s event.


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