Cleveland Autism Speaks Chefs Gala

Symon5.jpgThe culinary event of the year is taking place Saturday August 9th at the Cleveland Museum of Art.  This is the one foodies and fans wait for all year long.  This is the one everyone talks about.  This is the one that raises the big bucks for Autism Speaks.  Ladies and Gentlemen it is the Chef’s Gala hosted by Cleveland’s favorite son and purveyor of pork Michael Symon.  But wait…there’s more!  Symon will be flanked by Food Network star and restaurateur Mario Batali.  The Croc wearing Italian Chef extraordinaire will be on hand to help host the festivities.

Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization,
presents the Cleveland Chef Gala. Hosted by The Chew’s Chef Michael Symon,
this unique, large-scale culinary extravaganza features twenty of Cleveland’s finest chefs cooking their signature dishes to help raise funds and awareness for families and individuals impacted by autism. The evening will also include special guest Mario Batali who will join Symon on-stage for an interactive dinner preparation.

The evening begins with a silent auction followed by a culinary tasting prepared by Cleveland’s most renowned chefs. Guests will be entertained as Michael Symon and Mario Batali prepare dinner live on-stage where guests will be able to bid for a chance to sit on stage with the Iron Chefs through live auction. Sponsors receive a sit-down version of the meal while ticket purchasers will receive small plates. Other live auction packages featuring exclusive packages and other unique items will also be offered.

About Autism
Autism is a general term used to describe a group of complex developmental brain disorders – autism spectrum disorders – caused by a combination of genes and environmental influences.   These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by communication difficulties, social and behavioral challenges, as well as repetitive behaviors. An estimated one in 68 children in the U.S. is on the autism spectrum.

About Autism Speaks
Autism Speaks is the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization. It is dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Suzanne and Bob Wright, the grandparents of a child with autism. Mr. Wright is the former vice chairman of General Electric and chief executive officer of NBC and NBC Universal. Since its inception, Autism Speaks has committed more than $500 million to its mission, the majority in science and medical research.  Each year Walk Now for Autism Speaks events are held in more than 100 cities across North America. On the global front, Autism Speaks has established partnerships in more than 40 countries on five continents to foster international research, services and awareness. To learn more about Autism Speaks, please visit

And is this corner…The Chefs  

Michael Symon and Mario Batali
Tim Bando – Grove Hill
Jonathan Bennett – Moxie, Red
Derek Clayton – Michael Symon Resturants
Britt-Marie Horrocks Culey – Coquette Patisserie
Brian Doyle – Sow Food & Beachland Ballroom
Brandt Evans – Pura Vida, Blue Canyon
Anna Harouvis – Anna in the Raw
Chris Hodgson – Hodges, Cibreo, Driftwood Catering, Bin 216
Jeff Jarrett – AMP 150
Douglas Katz – fire food and drink, The Katz Club Diner, Provenance
Tim Monsman – Market District
Matt Mytro – flour
Fabio Salerno – Lago & Gusto
Jonathon Sawyer – Greenhouse Tavern, NoodleCat, & Trentina
John Selick – University Hospitals – Ahuja Medical Center
Karen Small – Flying Fig
Dion Tsevdos – Cheese Shop, Urban Herbs, & Classic Seafood
Jill Vedaa – Rockefeller’s
Rocco Whalen – Farenheit, Rosie & Rocco’s Tacos
Eric Williams – Momocho, El Carnicero

There should be a law against having that much talent in one room.  It’s like the dream team of food.  You have farm to table folks like Doyle and Jarrett, the next great one Jonathon Sawyer, the once big man on campus Rocco Whalen, the protege Chris Hodgson, the health and juice guru Anna Harouvis, Mr. Pickle Doug Katz, part time luchador Eric Williams, the food “doctor” from UH John Selick and the return of the king himself… Tim Bando.  And guess what?  That’s only half half of them!  Seriously, this is a bargain.  Dinner and entertainment all night by the best of Cleveland.  What an amazing lineup for such an amazing cause.

Tickets to the tasting portion of the Cleveland Chef Gala begin at $200 per person. For more information, visit





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