Join the celebration and give back. Charlie Trotter Days is a time when America’s vibrant food and beverage scenes celebrate Chef Charlie Trotter’s culinary legacy and provides a pathway for students to have culinary futures.

Now in it’s fifth year, Charlie Trotter Days is a way for the industry and the public to come together and join the party. Proceeds from the featured items will support The Trotter Project’s Pillars of Excellence Program to educate, mentor, and provide scholarships for the next generation of culinary and hospitality talent

Date: Wednesday, August 11 - Sunday, August 18, 2019

The Trotter Project will provide Participants with:

  • Logo Inclusion

  • Inclusion in The Trotter Project social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter)

  • Inclusion on the Charlie Trotter Days landing page

  • In-house promotional materials for Charlie Trotter Days

  • Social media partner ads on The Trotter Project’s social media platforms

Participants to Provide:

  • Contribution of agreed amount of gross food, beverage, and/or liquor sales for August 11-18th.

  • Restaurant assets: Hi resolution logo, phone number, pictures and website for promotional materials

  • Support The Trotter Project’s Charlie Trotter Days by displaying promotional materials provided

  • Send payment via check or donation thru website by September 1, 2019

How do I sign up for Charlie Trotter Days and fund a Pillars of Excellence Program Scholar? Restaurants, hotels, and drinking establishments in Chicago and across America can quickly and easily make an online donation in any one of the following amounts: $100, $250, $500, $1,000, or more — donate online today. For more ways to support Charlie Trotter Days, please contact Derrek Hull at or Paula Houde at

Join the #CharlieTrotter Days conversation and celebration, follow @TrotterProject on Twitter, @TheTrotterProject on Instagram, and Facebook.

Proceeds from Charlie Trotter Days will benefit The Trotter Project’s scholars and its Pillars of Excellence Program, which opens doors through education, mentorship, and the pursuit of excellence in the global culinary and hospitality industries.