Saturday, June 8th was Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation 14th Annual Great Chefs Event. Chefs, Iron Chef’s, local and across America, converged on Marc Vetri’s URBN Outfitters to eat, drink and support childhood cancer research from 1-4 pm. Local celebrities included Iron Chef Jose Garces, Marc Vetri and many others. New York legends included Iron Chef Alex Guarnaschelli, Elizabeth Falkner, and many others.
If you have never been to this event, I highly recommend you do so. It’s a food lovers paradise, and all the proceeds go to such a worthy cause. There is also an online auction that you can bid on many fantastic items a week before the event, and there is also a live auction at the event. In addition to food, there is a beer garden, and several wineries are also represented.
Now, as many of you know, my absolute favorite Iron Chef is Alex Guarnashcelli. I got a chance to finally meet her, and have her sign a menu from her New York City restaurant, Butter, when we went there for my birthday a year ago. Seeing how busy she was, I really appreciated her taking the time to sign these items for me! Her food offering was also the first one we tried, and it was absolutely delicious!
All the food that we tried at the event was fantastic. There are too many chefs to mention, but some of the high lights included, Michele Forgione’s piadina stracchino mortadella, Elizabeth Falkner’s chunky mi su, Timon Balloo’s creamy Spanish fideos with rock shrimp and sepia, and Nancy Oakes’ Buffalo ricotta gnocchi, sweet white corn, and summer truffles. See what I mean when I say the food here was exceptional?
Need to wet your whistle? Not a problem. Some of the fantastic wines that we sampled were Scarpetta Frico Wine from Sicily, Old Westminster Winery from Maryland, and a wonderful cocktail from Tito’s vodka consisting of Tito’s vodka, rose water liquor, and lemonade.
We also met Michael Madrigale, who was promoting his new app, Grande Cuvee. It’s an app that locates fine wines under thirty dollars in a city near you. In our case, that would be Philadelphia, but you can select several cities in the app. His belief is that you can purchase a great wine without having to break the bank. We downloaded his app right away while talking with him and gave it a try. It works really well and I suggest you download as well. The wines he brought to represent his concept were absolutely delicious.
Overall, this was a fantastic day. Alex’s Lemonade Stand did very well in their fundraising efforts to help with childhood cancer research. The food and wines were beyond amazing, and I got to finally meet my favorite Iron Chef, Alex Guarnashcelli. But again, more importantly, this is a fantastic cause, and I hope you will all try to attend this event next year. I know I will!