This is a charity event, brought to you by the Laughlin Chamber of Commerce and all of the participants. Each year, the Laughlin Chamber makes a commitment to donate a minimum of $15,000 to the River Fund, Inc., and in some past years we’ve been able to donate over $20,000! The proceeds assist with emergency service referrals, special cases of displaced homeless families, as well as regional disaster relief for the area.
THIS EVENT IS A SELL-OUT EVERY YEAR, SO MAKE SURE YOU PURCHASE
TICKETS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE IN ORDER TO ATTEND!
We usually sell out over a month before the event.
“The Chefs Food Fest is a wonderful event for several reasons.
It gives our guests a chance to experience the incredible creativity of our chefs,
and it is a chance for the public to experiment with food in ways they normally might not.
The fact the whole event raises funds for a charity that impacts
the lives of so many is simply icing on the cake.”
~ Sean Hammond, General Manager of the Aquarius Casino Resort.
“It’s a special time when locals and visitors enthusiastically gather for amazing food and fun!
This event is sponsored by the Laughlin Chamber of Commerce as a big fundraiser to benefit the
River Fund Inc., which helps struggling families in the area — and it’s a sell-out every year!
This event really captures the champion spirit that is a Laughlin trademark.”
~Jackie Brett, Las Vegas Food and Beverage Professional
A little history …
The original idea behind the creation of the Chefs’ Food Fest came out of a bit of frustration. One of the original organizers was Michael Gaul, a casino executive chef. Gaul knew there were a lot of talented chefs working the Laughlin properties but because they weren’t in Las Vegas, they were looked down upon by their peers upstate.
It was just a case of the local chefs being limited in showing off their creativity due to the everyday menus they were dealing with (remember, this is 25 years ago, before all the food channels and food awareness swept across the palate of mainstream America).
So Gaul and others decided to showcase the local talent and let everyone know Laughlin had a lot to be proud of and didn’t have to take a second stove to anyone. The “fest” became a way for the chefs to stretch their culinary legs and “crow” a bit — and all for a good cause — helping families in the local area. In other words, what’s raised here, stays here.