Chef’s Gala: The Best One Yet!

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A Record-Breaking Chef’s Gala!

With 23 of Central Florida’s premiere chefs and restaurants serving unique dishes and 1,000 guests in attendance, Chef’s Gala was truly “A Tasteful Way to Make a Difference.” As one of United Way’s largest fundraising events, we are proud to announce that this year was the most successful one yet!  We raised over $300,000 towards the fight for the health, education and financial stability of every person in Central Florida.

It would not have been possible without the support of our guests, sponsors, restaurants and wine distributers. For the past 26 years, Walt Disney World has been our generous host and sponsor and always ensured each Chef’s Gala is a wonderful event. Held at the Epcot Showplace, foodies and wine connoisseurs enjoyed mouthwatering signature dishes prepared by award-winning chefs, each paired with an exquisite wine selection. Guests also jumped onto the dance floor when the live band began to play.

Our silent auction brought its A-game with offerings that included a week stay in a French chateau, a golfing trip across Ireland and a Napa Valley culinary adventure. A special thank you to our silent auction committee who brought in 100 items!

Check out pictures from the event on our Facebook page. And be sure to find your pictures from our Gifn photo booth!



  • Artist Point at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  • Jiko – The Cooking Place at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
  • Cinderella’s Royal Table at MAGIC KINGDOM Park
  • Le Cellier Steakhouse at Epcot
  • Shutters at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
  • The Hollywood Brown Derby at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
  • Ale & Compass Restaurant at Disney’s Beach Club Resort
  • Tiffins at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park
  • Flying Fish at Disney’s Boardwalk Inn
  • The Turf Club Bar & Grill at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa
  • Latitude & Longitude at Orlando World Center Marriott
  • blu on the avenue
  • Bull & Bear at Waldorf Astoria Orlando
  • Primo by Melissa Kelly at JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes
  • STK Orlando at Disney Springs
  • Urban Tide at Hyatt Regency Orlando
  • Morimoto Asia at Disney Springs
  • Todd English’s bluezoo at Walt Disney World’s Dolphin Resort
  • Hemisphere at Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport


  • Amorette’s Patisserie at Disney Springs
  • Epcot Bakery Team
  • Gideon’s Bakehouse
  • Joffrey’s Coffee

Wine Distributors 

  • Breakthru Beverage Florida
  • Coastal Pacific Wine & Spirits
  • Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants
  • HAF2PAINT/Dino Roussia & Heather A. French
  • Harvest Moon Distributors 
  • Opici Family Distributing
  • Republic National Distributing Company
  • Stacole Fine Wines
  • Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits
  • Strategic Importers Inc.
  • Coca-Cola Beverages Florida


Chef's Gala 2018 Sponsors