Last year's event was a huge success and we are very close to our goal of raising enough money to install the Bust of Charlie Trotter, thanks to all who supported and volunteered!



Media Links

Chicago Eater

WLS Radio

Barbara Revsine Pantry to Plate 


Here are some pictures of the evening

Charlie Trotter Food Festival 2017

Charlie Trotter Food Festival 2017

Charles "Charlie" Trotter 

(September 8, 1959 – November 5, 2013)

was an American chef and restaurateur.


Trotter was the host of the 1999 PBS cooking show "The Kitchen Sessions with Charlie Trotter", in which he detailed his recipes and cooking techniques.


He likened cooking to an improvisational jazz session in that as two riffs will never be the same, so too with food.


He also wrote 14 cookbooks and three management books, and promoted a line of organic and all-natural gourmet foods distributed nationally.


Trotter was involved with his philanthropic Charlie Trotter Culinary Education Foundation and other causes. He was awarded the Humanitarian of the Year award in 2005 by the International Association of Culinary Professionals. He invited groups of public high school students into his restaurant as part of his Excellence Program two to three times per week: after eating a meal, the students were told how the food was prepared and the motivations of those preparing it.


Sponsors: The Vibrant Chicago Culinary Hospitality Industry

Charlie Trotter Food Festival 2016



Contact Chef Didier Durand for any questions @ (773) 620-3986


Or by email with the form on the right


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