Charity Partners


The Illinois Restaurant Association Educational Foundation offers life-changing opportunities for students and provides direction for potential culinary and hospitality career paths. During Bon Appétit presents Chicago Gourmet, the IRAEF hosts an online auction which 100% of the proceeds from the online auction and raffles go towards providing scholarships for aspiring chefs and hospitality professionals.

The IRAEF Scholarships Initiative has provided over $2.8 million dollars in scholarships to qualified students since 1973. With generous support of dedicated sponsors, the IRAEF is shaping Illinois' hospitality workforce through career development and exploration programs, scholarships and image enhancement.

The IRAEF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, so your gift may be deductible for tax purposes. Please help support this beneficial organization by registering for the Chicago Gourmet Auction*, or make a donation today by clicking below!

*The IRAEF 2018 Online Auction will open September 18 and close October 2, 2018.




Additional Chicago Gourmet Charity Partners

In 2017, over $100,000 was raised for charitable funds benefiting the below partners.


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