The Trotter Project Dinner

November 18, 2017
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The Culinary Vegetable Institute at The Chef’s Garden will host a one-of-a-kind multi-course dinner on Saturday, November 18th, 2017 featuring alumni of legendary Chef Charlie Trotter’s eponymous restaurant. This world-class dinner and auction will benefit The Trotter Project, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that  seeks to unite budding young talent interested in the culinary arts through the Pillars of Excellence Mentorship. This program is designed to educate, engage, and inspire dedication and passion in the next generation of talent, propel careers, and build community through the charity’s scholarships, paid internships, and educational programs. 

A silent auction will be held. More information to come.

CVI Chef Liaison Jamie Simpson will join the Trotter Alumni who will be our guest chefs for this evening,  including: Christopher Laramie, Veronica Laramie, David LeFevre, Matthias Merges, Giuseppe Tentori, and Debbie Gold.


Doors open at 6:30 pm for cocktails.  Dinner is served at 7:00 pm.

Each dinner is $250.00. Cart price will include hospitality and tax. Beverage pairings and full bar will be available in addition.


About the Trotter Project: 

Charlie Trotter strove for excellence in every aspect of life. Every day at his restaurant, Chef Trotter demanded excellence in cuisine, ambiance and hospitality. When he mentored youth, he inspired the utmost excellence in their dedication and passion. When he cared for others, he showed it through excellence in his willing service.

The Pillars of Excellence program passes down Chef Trotter’s philosophy and standards to teach, nurture and motivate youth to achieve excellence not only in their careers, but in life. It is designed for students seeking a career in the culinary arts, as well as for anyone committed to learning who desires excellence in every pursuit. Programs are taught by Charlie Trotter alumni and culinary supporters, mentors who work in conjunction with educators from schools and culinary courses. Each program is based on four main pillars:   Food,  Wine/beverage, Service/hospitality, and Ambiance. For an aspiring chef or hospitality expert, nothing could be more inspirational or helpful than learning from industry greats. The Trotter Project’s programs allow protégés to work alongside professional mentors and develop the best technique and an unstoppable drive. Not only do these memorable, special opportunities allow mentees to see their potential, chart new careers, and expand their possibilities, but these programs introduce mentees to supportive professionals who can help guide their futures. 

The Trotter Project mentors are industry leaders who have been personally taught or influenced by Charlie Trotter. They recognized his impact in their lives and want to keep alive Chef Trotter’s mission to uphold the standards of supreme service, nurture raw passion and new talent, and live a life of giving. 

Your participation in this evening at CVI will help to fund programs that perpetuate the vision  and perpetuate the legacy of teaching and learning.

Date: November 18, 2017 6:30 PM-9:30 PM

Location: Culinary Vegetable Institute | 12304 Mudbrook Road, Milan, OH 44846 | 419.499.7500

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