Tickets are still available for the Nightcap portion of the 17th Annual Grand Chefs Gala on Friday, January 31 from 9:30-midnight at Fairmont Chicago

image008Tickets are still available for the Nightcap portion of the 17th Annual Grand Chefs Gala on Friday, January 31 from 9:30-midnight at Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park (200 N. Columbus Dr.) The late night party features lavish desserts by Chicago’s top Pastry Chefs and cocktails by the city’s hippest Mixologists. Guests will enjoy an open bar, dancing, a silent auction, raffle and music by Matt Lewis and The Union. Tickets are $100; to purchase visit

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation will host the 17th Annual Grand Chefs Gala on Friday, January 31 at Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park, 200 N. Columbus Drive.  In an exciting, Oscars-style presentation, the Gala will recognize the city’s culinary elite with the Jean Banchet Awards for Culinary Excellence.  This year’s event will include a special tribute to Jean Banchet and his monumental contributions to the culinary world and the Chicago dining scene.

“Mr. Banchet flourished because he was able to translate haute cuisine into something an American audience could understand and relish,” said The New York Times, and the Chicago Tribune remembered Banchet as “Chicago’s first celebrity chef, a prodigiously talented cook and gregarious personality who almost single-handedly raised Chicago’s dining reputation from a steak-and-potatoes town to a serious restaurant city.”  TheChicago Sun-Times said that “Mr. Banchet’s perfectionism, decadent sauces, top-quality ingredients and inventive menus inspired other chefs who would go on to start — and star at — restaurants of their own.”

Since its debut in 2001, this prestigious honor is the only Chicago-based awards presentation that recognizes and rewards culinary originality and talent in the Chicagoland area.  Forty-four exceptional chefs, sommeliers, mixologists, and restaurants were nominated in an open, public forum and the winners will be selected in a closed ballot vote by their peers.

In 2013, the Gala raised over $500,000 to support the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and this year, the CFF is aiming even higher. Tickets and tables can be purchased by visiting the website at or calling the CF Foundation at 312.236.4491.  Tickets start at $100 for the Nightcap portion of the event (9:30pm – 12:00am) and $500 for the entire evening.

Cystic Fibrosis is a genetic disease affecting 30,000 children and adults in the United States.  The respiratory system and the digestive tract are both compromised by CF, making involuntary activities like breathing and eating extraordinarily difficult for these patients on a daily basis.  In 1955, children with CF usually did not live long enough to attend elementary school.  Today, because of Foundation-supported research and care, patients are living into their 30’s, 40’s and beyond.

For more information, including sponsorship opportunities, please visit the Foundation’s website or call (312) 236-4491.