A Tasteful Way to Make a Difference!

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For 27 years and counting, Walt Disney World has partnered with Heart of Florida United Way to host Chef’s Gala. This year brought together 23 of Central Florida’s top chefs and restaurants preparing unique dishes, each one carefully paired with the perfect wine or beverage. But the evening was more than good food, dancing and fun.

As one of Heart of Florida United Way’s largest fundraisers, there is greater purpose to Chef’s Gala. At its core, the evening is about fighting hunger and homelessness in our community. For that reason, we are proud to announce that we raised nearly $280,000 to help support struggling Central Floridians!

It would not have been possible without the support of our guests, sponsors, restaurants and wine distributors. On behalf of the 490,000 individuals served last year, thank you to everyone who contributed to the success of Chef’s Gala!

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Special Thanks to Our Sponsors

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2019 Restaurants

Ale & Compass Restaurant – Disney’s Beach Club Resort

Be Our Guest Restaurant at Magic Kingdom Park

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Coral Reef Restaurant at Epcot Center

Fiorenzo at Hyatt Regency Orlando

Hemisphere – Hyatt Regency Orlando

Highball & Harvest at Ritz-Carlton, Grande Lakes

Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen at Magic Kingdom Park

La Luce at Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek

Le Cellier Steakhouse – Epcot®

Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Morimoto Asia – Disney Springs

Narcoossee’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Primo by Melissa Kelly – J.W. Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes

Sanaa at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Resort Area

Sebastian’s Bistro at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort


STK Orlando – Disney Springs

Tiffins at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park

Desserts & Coffee

Amorette’s Patisserie – Disney Springs

BoardWalk Bakery at Disney’s BoardWalk Inn

Gideon’s Bakehouse

The Glass Knife

Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company

Chef’s Gala Host Committee

Erich Maschhoff
Chef’s Gala Chair

TD Bank
Sean DeMartino Coastal Construction Group
Maritza Martinez University of Central Florida
E. Ann McGee Seminole State (retired)
Jim Taylor Newland Associates
David Stahl SunTrust Bank
Julie Wolf Wells Fargo