The Trotter Project
Inaugural Excellence Gala
presented by United Airlines
Saturday, October 21, 2017


VIP Reception 5:30 PM  General Admission 6:30 PM
VIP and General Tickets are now available

Kendall College
900 N. North Branch Street (just northwest of Chicago Ave. & Halsted)
Chicago, IL 60642

The Trotter Project invites you to 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.

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. 

About The Evening

Saturday October 21, 2017

·      VIP TICKET  5:30 PM VIP Reception and Dinner - $500 

Enjoy early access to the event at 5:30 PM for an exclusive VIP experience with headlining chefs and sommeliers, along with all general ticket offerings.

Note: To purchase a table (seats 10 people, includes access to the VIP Reception and Dinner), please contact Paula Houde at Table prices are $5,000, $10,000 and $30,000

·     GENERAL TICKET Includes  6:30 PM Dinner - $350 (available now)

Enjoy cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, exclusive silent & live auction, multi course dinner and presentation of our first Pillars of Excellence Mentor Scholarships. 

Please continue to check back here for additional chefs and special guests announcements, plus more!


Buy your VIP Tickets Online

Number of tickets:
A 3.5% credit card processing fee will be automatically added to your total.

For Excellence Gala Sponsorship opportunities, please contact Derrek Hull at

If you prefer to avoid processing fees, please mail a check along with the following information:

1) The number of tickets you are requesting

2) The ticket level (VIP or General Admission) you are requesting

3) The names, email addresses and mailing addresses associated with each ticket. The check and information can be mailed to: The Trotter Project, 224 Valley View Dr., St. Charles, IL 60175

Please click here if you are unable to attend and would like to make a donation to The Trotter Project and the Pillars of Excellence Mentor Program. 

About The Trotter Project

Chef Charlie Trotter’s spirit of mentorship and giving back to the community lives on through The Trotter Project—a 501(c)(3) organization established based on the super-chef ’s guiding principles of excellence. The Trotter Project seeks to unite budding young talent interested in the culinary arts through the Pillars of Excellence Mentor Program, which is designed to educate, engage, and inspire dedication and passion in next generation of talent, propel careers, and build community through the charity’s scholarships, paid internships, and educational programs.