Chefs' Celebrity Gala

Save the Date!

Mark your calendar for Thursday, November 1, 2018! Our 29th annual Chef's Celebrity Gala will be a great party for a great cause! For information on sponsorship, purchasing a table, or helping in other ways, contact Su Hartline at 901.888.4359. 


On Thursday, October 26, 2017, the ballroom at the Holiday Inn, University of Memphis was beautifully transformed by our dedicated volunteers into an elegant wonderland. Nearly 500 guests gathered to savor a gourmet multi-course dinner prepared by chefs from the American Culinary Federation—and served by our fun-loving celebrity chefs! Andy Childs and his band had everyone dancing after dinner! Our teddy bear surprises* and silent auction added an exciting element to an already very festive evening. The bottom line? $260,000 was raised to help the children at the Memphis CAC! 


The gala is our most successful fundraiser every year. Thanks goes to our dedicated committee, headed up by Almida Smith and Georgia Smith. Our platinum sponsors include Sysco Memphis; AutoZone; American Culinary Federation, Greater Memphis Chapter; M. Palazola Produce; the Prentiss Foundation; and Holiday Inn, University of Memphis and committee Chair Emeritus Carol W. Prentiss. We couldn't do it without our philanthropic celebrity servers, table sponsors, Heart of Gold sponsors, and a host of volunteers. And, of course, everyone in attendance!


Check out photos of the event on our Facebook page. To see our 2017 gala program with a full list of sponsors, donors, and other details, click here. To learn more about reserving a table or sponsorship for next year, contact our special events and volunteer coordinator at shartline [at] MemphisCAC [dot] org.

*Teddy Bear Surprises are a unique and popular part of the Chefs’ Celebrity Gala. Gift certificates for goods and services donated by local businesses and individuals are placed inside envelopes attached to adorable teddy bears. The bears sell for $250, $500 and $1,000. Every year the Teddy Bears sell out quickly and include items like jewelry, travel vouchers, weekend vacations, and restaurant gift certificates. Part of the fun is not knowing what you have purchased until you open the envelope! There is also a silent auction at the gala.