Rising Chef Challenge - Chicago
7:30 am07:30

Rising Chef Challenge - Chicago

  • University of 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. 

The American Celebrates Chef Charlie Trotter
Sep 23

The American Celebrates Chef Charlie Trotter

  • The American

Join Charlie Trotter's alum and James Beard award-winning Kansas City chef Debbie Gold and The American as they play host to an unforgettable two-day series of feast and imbibe events while mingling with Kansas City and the country's top chefs, sommeliers, and mixologists. 

Guests' generous contributions will help The Trotter Project, a 501(c)(3) organization, extend its mission to unite budding talent in the culinary and hospitality arts.

Tickets go on sale soon. 


5:30 pm17:30

Inaugural Excellence Gala

  • Kendall College

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)

6:00 pm18:00

The Chef's Garden Multi-Course Fundraiser Dinner

  • The Chef's Garden

The Culinary Vegetable Institute at The Chef's Garden will host a one-of-a-kind multi-course dinner featuring alumni of legendary Chef Charlie Trotter's eponymous restaurant. This world-class dinner and auction will benefit The Trotter Project. 

Tickets go on sale soon. 

Between Bites "Buzzed"
6:30 pm18:30

Between Bites "Buzzed"

  • The Duck Inn

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.
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