The 26th Annual Chef's Gala is Saturday, April 14, from 6:45 to 10 p.m. at Epcot's World Showplace. Chef's Gala is a fundraiser for Heart of Florida United Way.
Even though the event is inside Epcot's gates, admission to the theme park is not required. How many times do you hear that? Certainly not at any of the Party for the Senses events during the International Food and Wine Festival. And Party for the Senses is a good comparison for what to expect at Chef's Gala.
The reason that you don't have to pay admission to the park is that when you arrive you'll be directed to a special section of the Epcot parking lot. There you'll find buses that will whisk you to the World Showplace via the park's backstage service road. If you've ever wondered what the back of the pavilions look like, this is your chance.
Chef's Gala features a cluster of chefs, some from Disney properties but also from restaurants throughout the Central Florida community. It's a walkabout event with the chefs set up at stations throughout the capacious venue, with an appropriate wine pairing near each one.
Walt Disney World is a sponsor of Chef's Gala, and the restaurants donate time and food. Because of that, 95 cents of every dollar raised at the event go directly to community programs aimed at alleviating hunger and homelessness.
Individual tickets are $325 but there's a couples option for $600. If you're not a couple, find someone you can co-ticket with the the night. You can get your tickets at this link.
I'll be there. Chef's Gala is one of the best food and wine events of the year and I wouldn't miss it.
Here's a list of some of this year's participating restaurants: