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21st Annual Chef’s Gala at Epcot World Showplace at the Walt Disney World Resort Posted on May 1, 2013 | Leave a comment

By Scott Richardson, The Educated Palate It’s been a long 10 weeks since the first of the food and wine events (Baldwin Park Food and Wine Festival) took place. Since that first event until now, I have participated in 10 food and wine gettogethers around the area. I truly love being a part of all of these events because in some way they all benefit those in need in Central Florida. However, I consider the season finale of all food and wine extravaganzas to be the Chef’s Gala inside the beautiful Epcot World Showplace.

Chef’s from last years Chef’s Gala. Photo courtesy of Heart of Florida United Way

For the past 6 years, I have had the pleasure of experiencing the Chef’s Gala that benefits the Heart of Florida United Way. Last year’s event raised

Wine Glass Photo by Scott Richardson

almost $220,000 for those in need right here in Central Florida. Twenty restaurants from outside Disney and inside the parks participate in creating exquisite dishes to taste. There are also desserts and wines as you walk around the Epcot world Showcase. Prior to the event there is a silent auction and sparkling wine. I was able to taste a few of the dishes for the Chef’s Gala at a media reception held at the J.W. Marriott. Two of my favorites were the arugula malfatti with fava beans by Siro (Marriott World Center) and a deliciously tender braised Wagyu short rib with faro by Primo (Melissa Kelly). Some of the other restaurants participating are the


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Cask and Larder, Funky Monkey Wine Company, Eddie V’s, which is a high-end Steak house restaurant owned by Darden, Cress Restaurant, and The Capital Grille. For a full listing of restaurants, please go to If you are considering buying tickets

Primo’s Braised Wagyu Short Rib. Photo by Scott Richardson

for the Chef’s Gala, please visit, call 407-429-2129 or email Ticket prices are $2,500 for a Corporate Ticket Package of 10 tickets; $275 per individual or $500 per couple. The Chef’s Gala will be held on Saturday, May 4, 2013. The silent auction begins at 6:45 p.m. The main event is from 7:30 – 10 p.m. Hope to see you there.

This entry was posted in Food - The Educated Palate, Local Charity, News, Orlando events and tagged Cask and Larder, Chef's Gala, Cress Restaurant, Darden, Disney, Eddie V’s, Epcot World Showplace, Funky Monkey Wine Company, Heart of Florida United Way, J.W. Marriott, Scott Richardson, The Capital Grille. Bookmark the permalink.

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