Tickets Available Now for July 28 Cleveland Autism Speaks Chef Gala

Tickets Available Now for July 28 Cleveland Autism Speaks Chef Gala

Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, presents the Cleveland Autism Speaks Chef Gala. Hosted by Cleveland’s own Chef Michael Symon, this unique, culinary extravaganza features over twenty of Cleveland’s finest chefs creating their signature small plate tastings for guests.

The evening will feature special guest Iron Chef, Alex Guarnaschelli from Butter, NYC, who will join Symon on-stage for an interactive dinner preparation at the Cleveland Museum of Art on July 28.

The evening will include exclusive packages offered in silent and live auctions. While guests are entertained by Michael Symon and Alex Guarnaschelli preparing dinner live on-stage, they will enjoy a sit-down dinner and will have the opportunity to bid for a chance to sit on stage with the Iron Chefs.   

The Cleveland Autism Speaks Chef Gala has become a premier culinary event, featuring the region’s most acclaimed chefs.  The Cleveland Museum of Art will become an open-kitchen with the best of Cleveland’s culinary community coming together to raise funds and awareness for people with autism.  

This year’s Executive Chef sponsorship (presenting level) is Giant Eagle Market District.  Market District’s continued support is integral to the success of this event.

Autism Speaks will honor Michael Symon and James and Jennifer Sammon for their tireless support. These three amazing volunteers have donated their time and talent to the Cleveland Chef Gala since its inception. Because of their continuous involvement, the Cleveland Chef Gala has raised close to $1 million.  

Throughout the past decade, the Cleveland and Northeast Ohio community has shown tremendous support of Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization.  Thanks to the tremendous support of the community, over $7 million has come back to Ohio, $724,591 in Northeast Ohio. Funding has been directed to local institutions and organizations to provide critical funding for research, education and outreach initiatives for families facing autism in our community.

Participating chefs include:

Michael Symon –  Lola, Angeline, Roast, B Spot Burgers, Mabel’s BBQ

Alex Guarnaschelli – Butter

Derek Clayton and Summer Geneti – Michael Symon Restaurants

Tim Bando – Grove Hill

Joseph Lang – Moxie the Restaurant, Red the Steakhouse

Britt-Marie Culey – Cleveland Convention Center

Brian Doyle – Café Avalaun, SōwFood

Brandt Evans – Pura Vida, Blue Canyon

Anna Harouvis – Anna in the Raw, Good to Go Cafes

Jeff Jarrett – US Foods

Douglas Katz – fire food and drink, Provenance

Paul Minnillo & Matt Mytro – Flour

Brian Okin – Graffiti: A Social Kitchen, Cork & Cleaver

Carl Qualiata & Zach Ladner – Giovanni’s Ristorante

Fabio Salerno – Lago, Salerno Group

Jonathon Sawyer – Greenhouse Tavern, Noodlecat, Trentina

John Selick – Sodexo, University Hospitals

Anthony Scolaro- 111 Bistro, Trio

Mark Sherry- J. Pistone

Karen Small – Flying Fig

Vishwatji Nath- Urban Farmer

Jill Vedaa – Salt

Eric Wells- Skye LaRae’s

Rocco Whalen – Fahrenheit, Rocco

Eric Williams – Momocho, El Carnicero

Autism affects 1 in 59 children in the United States. Proceeds from the gala will fund Autism Speaks’ research, advocacy and family services initiatives on behalf of the autism community.   Sponsorship opportunities are available and individual event tickets begin at $250 per person. For more information, visit


About Autism

Autism is a general term used to describe a group of complex developmental brain disorders – autism spectrum disorders – caused by a combination of genes and environmental influences. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by communication difficulties, social and behavioral challenges, and repetitive behaviors. An estimated 1 in 59 children in the U.S. is on the autism spectrum. 


About Autism Speaks

Autism Speaks is the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization. It is dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Suzanne and Bob Wright, the grandparents of a child with autism. Since its inception, Autism Speaks has committed more than $570 million to its mission, the majority in science and medical research. On the global front, Autism Speaks has established partnerships in more than 70 countries on five continents to foster international research, services and awareness. To learn more about Autism Speaks, please visit

About the author

Marie Elium spent 10 years as a newspaper reporter in Virginia and Ohio before switching to freelance writing when her two children were young. The kids are now Millennials, but writing continues to be one of her favorite endeavors. Marie was named editor of Northeast Ohio Boomer and Beyond magazine in November 2015 and is a graduate of Miami University. Marie can be reached at [email protected]

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