Thursday, July 19, 2018

The 2018 Cleveland Autism Speaks Chef Gala Is Coming to Town

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Photo Courtesy of Northeast Ohio Autism Speaks

As many of you know our family, as with so many other families, has been touched by Autism. My youngest child, Joel, is on the Spectrum. I told you a little bit about his story in April in my post Why I Light It Up Blue Today. We try to turn is struggles into triumphs everyday. We have been lucky to find great medical professionals, friends, family and community to support us with these steps along the way. We are always looking for ways to spread awareness and support the community that has supported us. That is why I am so happy to be spreading the word about the Cleveland Autism Speaks Chef Gala taking place on Saturday, July 28, 2018 at The Cleveland Museum of Art.

Photo Courtesy of Northeast Ohio Autism Speaks
What is the Cleveland Autism Speaks Chef Gala you may ask? It is a very special and unique culinary event featuring the some of Cleveland's most acclaimed chefs. The proceeds from the gala will fund Autism Speaks’ research, advocacy and family services initiatives on behalf of the autism community. This year's event is hosted by Cleveland's very own Chef Michael Symon (Lola, Angeline, Roast, B Spot Burgers, Mabel's BBQ). Chef Symon will be joined on-stage by Chef Alex Guarnaschelli from Butter, NYC, for an interactive dinner preparation.

Photo Courtesy of Northeast Ohio Autism Speaks
During this amazing event The Cleveland Museum of Art will become an open-kitchen with the best of Cleveland’s culinary community serving up some of their most fabulous creations. Some of the Chefs included in this years event are Douglas Katz (fire food and drink, Provenance), Jonathon Sawyer (Greenhouse Tavern, Noodlecat, Trentina), and Karen Small (Flying Fig) to name a only a few. A full list of Chef participants can be found by clicking here.

Photo Courtesy of Northeast Ohio Autism Speaks
Not only will Chef Michael Symon be hosting the event, he along with James and Jennifer Sammon will be honored for their tireless support. These three amazing volunteers have donated their time and talent to the Cleveland Chef Gala since its inception. Because of their continuous involvement, the Cleveland Chef Gala has raised close to 1 million dollars.

The Cleveland Autism Speaks Chef Gala is sure to be an amazing event! From fabulous food and drinks to live auction items for a chance to join Iron Chef celebrities on-stage, this event has it all. There are many available opportunities to support this event. For more information including purchasing tickets visit

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  1. Sounds like a fabulous event for an amazing cause! And how great are those participating chefs? Some top notch people, right there. We've got a neighbor's birthday dinner that night otherwise would contemplate attending. Enjoy.

    1. It is truly an amazing event. So lucky to have so many talented chefs in Cleveland willing to give back to this great cause!

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