United Way Chef’s Gala Set to Delight May 16 at Epcot


Now in its 23rd year, Heart of Florida United Way’s annual Chef’s Gala is set once again to delight local foodies while raising funds for the non-profit’s largest fundraiser of the year.

More than 20 of Central  Florida’s top chefs will descend on Epcot’s World Showcase to present a feast paired with wine and accompanied by live music. There will also be a spectacular live auction, proceeds of which will go to support United Way’s programs related to health, education, and basic needs.

Chef’s Gala will help to provide valuable resources to more than 400,000 underserved people in the Central Florida area. Last year’s event, which was attended by more than 1,000 people, raised nearly $300,000.

At a recent sneak peek hosted at JW Marriott’s Primo restaurant, we were given the opportunity to sample some of the dishes that will be featured at Chef’s Gala. Check out the images below to learn more.

Chef’s Gala takes place on Saturday, May 16 from 6:45-10pm. Tickets for the event can be purchased online at www.HFUW.org for $275 per ticket or $500 for two.

Mariano Vegal

Chef Mariano Vegal of Primo will serve a Duck Confit, Foie mouse and Kumquat Sandwich.




Chef Kevin Fonzo of K Restaurant created a Root Vegetable Gnocchi with Palmetto Creek Farms Ragu for the event.


Chef Anthony Krueger of blu on the avenue will present Illy Crusted Beef Tenderloin with Hog Island oysters.


Pastry Chef Amanda Lauder of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge will feature Ghanaian Chocolate and Passion Fruit Milk Tarts.


Florida Rock Shrimp Escabeche created by Chef Jared Gross of Urban Tide at Hyatt Regency Orlando