Latino chefs to be honored at gala event

April 19, 2011 9:43:05 AM PDT
Chef and restaurateur Carlos Gaytan of Mexique Chicago visited the ABC7 studio Tuesday to talk about an upcoming event at which he'll be honored and to share recipes.

Gaytan is among four Latino chefs who will be celebrated next week at an event held by the Instituto Del Progreso Latino. The event that features a live demonstration from the four chefs is entitled "Alta Cocina : A Spring Chef's Gala" and will highlight upscale Mexican cuisine with a French twist.

The gala honoring Gaytan -- the American Culinary Federation 2011 Chef of the Year -- and the other chefs takes place on Thursday, April 28 at the Hilton Chicago.



Mexique is a full service restaurant offering modern Mexican cuisine with a French influence. French recipes and cooking techniques during the French occupation of Mexico in the 1860's became an important element in the evolution of modern Mexican gastronomy. Come join us at Mexique as we introduce this historical blending of French and Mexican cuisine with a modern personal style by Executive Chef Carlos Gaytan in a fun and casual environment.


Thursday, April 28th 2011
Hilton Chicago 720 S. Michigan Ave.
Time: Cocktail Hour, 5:30 pm | Dinner, 6:45pm
Ticket Price: $200
Valet Courtesy of Mercedes-Benz
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This April 28th, Instituto del Progreso Latino Will Host Their Signature Event: Alta Cocina: A Spring Chef's Gala

Chicago, IL -- Instituto Del Progreso Latino is hosting their signature event Alta Cocina: A Spring Chef's Gala. The event will take place on April 28, 2011, 5:30pm at The Hilton Hotel Chicago located at 720 S. Michigan Avenue.

The event will be a celebration of Latinos' influence and presence in Chicago's finest cuisine. The evening features keynote speaker Ingrid Hoffmann, chef and celebrity host of Delicioso (Telefutura/Univision) and Simply Delicioso (The Cooking Channel) will share her success story as a Latina chef. Cocktail hour includes live demonstrations from renowned Chicago Chefs Carlos Gaytan of Mexique and Patricio Sandoval of Mercadito. For dinner, a customized menu will be prepared by Executive Chef Mario Garcia of The Hilton Chicago. Dessert will be provided by Chef Lucero Martinez from Lucero Catering. For this affair, Instituto is expecting 400 guests, including numerous city and state elected officials, community leaders, corporate contacts, and foundation representatives. During the event, Instituto will proudly honor an individual with the Maestro del Pueblo Award. In addition, Instituto will also recognize entrepreneurship to a Latino-owned business with The Industry Achievement Award. Our main sponsors include: JP Morgan Chase & Co, Mercedes-Benz, Comcast, Fifth Third, and Midwest Generation

Instituto Del Progreso Latino (Instituto) is a 33 year old community-based organization driven by the belief that education is power. This core belief fuels Instituto's mission to contribute to the fullest development Latino families in Chicago through the creation of leading programs in workforce development, education, and citizenship. Instituto achievements as an organization have been recognized nationally, including the 2010 Excelencia in Education Award. The latest projects include Instituto's Health Sciences Career Academy, which will create the next generation of healthcare leaders, and La Casa Living-Learning Center, the Nation's first affordable living-learning center that will prepare the next generation of college educated leaders to move into the multi-faceted professions of a 21st century economy. Each year, Instituto's vision for progress is continued by instilling a sense of hope, motivating perseverance, and providing the tools for success.

For further information about Instituto and sponsorship opportunities please contact Eric Lugo at or call 773. 890.0055. Individual tickets to the gala are $200, $150 for non-profit. All benefits go to Instituto's programs. To purchase event tickets please visit or e-mail us at to RSVP.