The 23d annual Chef's Gala is May 16, 2015, at Epcot's World Showplace. Benefitting Heart of Florida United Way, Chef's Gala is one of the best food and wine events all year, one that I always look forward to.
This really is a grand event, and it's special from the get go. Guests are bused from a special area in the Epcot parking lot through the backstage area behind the country pavilions right up to the entrance of the World Showplace. Inside, the setup is similar to the popular Party for the Senses events during the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, except in this case there are chefs from throughout Central Florida who have donated their time, talent and resources. Last year nearly $300,000 was raised, and thanks to the largesse of the chefs and other sponsors, more than 95 percent went directly to support Central Floridians in need.
I'll have a full list of the participating chefs after the jump.