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Tribute Dinner
Presented by American Express
Chicago Gourmet will honor one of Chicago’s most beloved chefs, Charlie Trotter, with a Tribute Dinner on Saturday, September 27, 2014, featuring Charlie’s most esteemed friends and colleagues for one night of food, wine and stories.  The Tribute Dinner is presented by American Express and will take place during the seventh annual Bon Appétit presents Chicago Gourmet. The evening’s proceeds will be donated to Charlie Trotter's Culinary Education Foundation which provides scholarships and is raising funds for a Charlie Trotter Library and Center for Excellence.

Event Details: 

Date: Saturday, September 27, 2014
Time: 6:30 pm reception, 7:30 pm dinner

Location: Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago
                    401 N. Wabash Ave, Chicago IL 60611

Ticket Information:

General Admission
$500 per person

This ticket includes a reception and a multi-course dinner. 


General Admission Table of 10
$5,000 per table

This ticket includes a reception and a reserved table for 10 with a multi-course dinner.

American Express By Invitation Only® presents exclusive VIP Access for Platinum Card Members.
$600 per person

This ticket includes: 

  • Specially crafted canapés prepared by Chef Masaharu Morimoto during a private reception hosted by Charlie Trotter's wife, Rochelle Trotter
  • Discussion moderated by MS Serafin Alvarado highlighting memories and lessons learned from Chef Trotter with special guests: Rick Bayless, Graham Elliot, Della Gossett and Masaharu Morimoto
  • Specialty seating to the elegant 6-course dinner created by Trotter's protégés and friends 
  • Special culinary keepsake  
*See terms and conditions below


Terms and Conditions
Transportation and accommodation costs are additional unless otherwise stated. The price indicated covers event costs only. Tax and gratuity extra. All sales are final and non-refundable, and resale is prohibited. Payment must be made using an eligible American Express® Card. Details and prices are subject to change. Packages are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Availability is limited. Must be 21 years of age or older to consume alcoholic beverages. Please drink responsibly. Terms and Conditions for the Membership Rewards® program apply. Visit or call 1-800-297-1300 for more information. Participating merchants and available rewards are subject to change without notice. 


Participating chefs:







Participating Master Sommeliers:


Joseph Spellman, MS
Justin Vineyards
and Winery 
Larry Stone, MS
Quintessa Vineyards 



The Menu

Bon Appétit presents Chicago Gourmet is thrilled to announce the full menu for A Tribute to Charlie Trotter, presented by American Express®. Taking place at the magnificent Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago on Saturday, September 27, 2014, the evening's menu features a unique compilation from the world's finest chefs and sommeliers - including many of Chef Trotter's protégés and dearest friends. Click here to view the menu.



Charlie Trotter's Culinary Education Foundation (CTCEF)

Established by Chef Charlie Trotter in 1999, the goals of the Foundation are to educate and expose youth to the great culinary arts in as many ways as possible. The Foundation’s main priority is to award need based scholarship to students who are seeking careers in the culinary arts. Additionally, the Foundation endeavors to encourage the enthusiastic pursuit of excellence in youth by exposing them to The Charlie Trotter’s Culinary Education Foundation Excellence Program whereby students are introduced to Charlie Trotter’s philosophical principals regarding cuisine, service, wine and ambience via a host of interactive expert driven learning experiences. To get more information and learn how to get more involved please visit








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