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Gourmet Gala

| December 18, 2014 | Parties National

Nearly 200 guests raised a glass to toast a culinary icon at A Tribute to Charlie Trotter during Bon Appetit’s Chicago Gourmet. The chefs and sommeliers who planned the five-course meal were Trotter’s friends and proteges—including Matthias Merges, Alpana Singh and Jake Bickelhaupt, among others—and each spoke of Trotter’s profound impact. Trotter’s wife, Rochelle, led the emotional evening that benefited Charlie Trotter’s Culinary Education Foundation, which promotes interest in food and cooking in Chicago’s youth. Raising $30,000, the dinner was a fitting tribute to one of the finest chefs—and men—Chicago has seen. –Photos by Jorge Gera



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