Inaugural Excellence Gala
Oct
21
5:30pm 5:30pm

Inaugural Excellence Gala

Join The Trotter Project for our inaugural Excellence Gala in support of our Pillars of Excellence Mentor Program. Chef Charlie Trotter's early mentors and very dear friends Chefs Carrie Nahabedian and Norman Van Aken will join all six Charlie Trotter chefs de cuisine, Master Sommelier Larry Stone, and honorary co-chairs Dona-Lee Trotter and Gordon Sinclair, plus many other Trotter alumni, family, friends, and supporters for an unforgettable evening of food, wine, jazz, auctions, and scholarships. The event will begin with a VIP cocktail hour, followed by a multi-course dinner, silent & live auction, and presentation of our first Pillars of Excellence Mentor Scholarships. 

All proceeds from the gala will support our mission of providing opportunities and guidance to underserved children and young adults interested in the culinary and hospitality arts. 

VIP Reception and Dinner tickets on sale now (general tickets available September 1st)

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The Trotter Project Welcomes Chef Marcus Samuelsson
Aug
21
6:30pm 6:30pm

The Trotter Project Welcomes Chef Marcus Samuelsson

The Charlie Trotter Days celebration continues as The Trotter Project welcomes Culinary Advisory Council member and celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson to Charlie Trotter's test kitchen. Open to the public for the first time since the iconic restaurant's closing in 2012, Chef Samuelsson will demo a special dish with The Trotter Project's Pillars of Excellence Mentor Program culinary students. Join Chef Samuelsson as he pays tribute to Chef Trotter's mentorship to him and so many other chefs.

Tickets include chef demo, light bites, and select wine. Purchase your tickets today

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Charlie Trotter Days
Aug
17
to Aug 20

Charlie Trotter Days

Restaurants across America, along with founding corporate partner United Airlines and Woodford Reserve celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Chef Charlie Trotter's eponymous restaurant during the 4th annual Charlie Trotter Days celebration to raise funds for the Pillars of Excellence Mentor Program -- a Trotter Project youth mentorship program which seeks to educate, train, and offer opportunities for the next generation of aspiring chefs and hospitality professionals. 

For the most up-to-date news, including restaurant offerings and new additions, visit the Charlie Trotter Days events page

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Woodford Reserve 30-Day Pairing & Sharing Project
Aug
17
to Sep 17

Woodford Reserve 30-Day Pairing & Sharing Project

New to this year’s Charlie Trotter Days celebration is Woodford Reserve’s 30-day Pairing and Sharing Project from August 17 to September 17 in honor of the 30th anniversary of Charlie Trotter’s restaurant opening. One dollar from every Woodford Reserve pairing sold goes to support The Trotter Project. 

From August 17 to September 17, 2017, at participating locations in Illinois and New York, your purchase of a Woodford Reserve pairing menu contributes to the support of budding culinary and hospitality talent. A dollar* per Woodford Reserve cocktail sold, up to $10,000, will be shared with The Trotter Project to assist budding talent interested in the culinary arts and hospitality industry. Try pairing these exquisite cocktails with a recommended dish at participating establishments in Chicago and New York City. 

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Rising Chef Challenge - Chicago
Aug
2
7:30am 7:30am

Rising Chef Challenge - Chicago

Ever wonder what it takes to get a restaurant style meal at 35,000 feet? This summer, our founding corporate sponsor United, The Trotter Project, and C-CAP Chicago will host Rising Chef Challenge, a competition for high school students who will compete to create a tasty airline meal. The Trotter Project will pair renowned chef mentors with the students as they create and present creative airplane meals. The event gives students an opportunity to work with some of Chicago's top chefs and will open their eyes to catering careers at an airline that they may have never previously considered. 

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Between Bites "Buzzed"
Jul
11
6:30pm 6:30pm

Between Bites "Buzzed"

Between Bites gets boozy at the next "Buzzed" storytelling event. The second installment of the more intimate "Buzzed" will feature readers Chef/Owner Phillip Foss of El Ideas, Jared Rouben, founder/head brewer of Moody Tongue, Maggie Hennessy, freelance writer, Chicago Magazine, and Anthony Todd, food and drink editor, Chicagoist telling their personal tales, but with a spirited twist. Hear stories of summer drinking in the cozy confines of The Duck Inn patio. $35 tickets include heavy appetizers, Terlato wines, Lagunitas beer, Sipsmith gin cocktails, desserts and more. Proceeds from the night benefit The Trotter Project.
Buy tickets now. 

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