For Immediate Release:
Chicago’s First Steakhouse Gene & Georgetti
Receives Inaugural “Chicago Classic” Lifetime Achievement Award 
During Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Grand Chefs Gala on January 30, 2015

(CHICAGO) December 2014 –Gene & Georgetti, one of Chicago’s most notable restaurant destinations, and the Durpetti Family, are honored to receive the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Grand Chefs Gala inaugural “Chicago Classic Award” that recognizes lifetime achievement in Chicago’s competitive culinary scene.

Gene and Georgetti was selected by the Banchet Awards Committee, a panel of judges who also worked, in conjunction with the online voting, to finalize this year’s Jean Banchet Awards nominees.

“We are honored to present the inaugural “Chicago Classic Award” to Gene and Georgetti, whose longstanding tradition of hospitality and prime cut cuisine has deservingly made them synonymous with Chicago’s finest steakhouse,” comments Sarah Kwasinski, Development Manager, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation- Greater IL Chapter.

Opened by Gene Michelotti and Alfredo Federighi in 1941, the much-beloved eatery nestled under the El tracks in River North has delighted generations with their prime steaks and Italian fare. Today, Gene & Georgetti remains a family-owned Chicago tradition, having earned national acclaim for its menu and atmosphere.

“Since 1941 our family, staff and guests have celebrated many milestones, and this generous award from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is an incredible highlight.  We are humbled, and thrilled, to be recognized for our impact on our industry,” says Tony Durpetti.

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation will host the 18th Annual Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Grand Chefs Gala on Friday, January 30, 2015 at the Fairmont Chicago, honoring culinary elite with the Jean Banchet Awards for Culinary Excellence. Chicago’s finest chefs will gather to personally prepare and present their signature dishes for the Grand Chefs Gala’s 750 guests.  Guests will have the opportunity to mingle with their favorite chefs and sample these specially prepared dishes.  The night will also feature live music, dancing, raffles and premium live and silent auction items.

Visit to learn more about the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Grand Chefs Gala.

About Gene & Georgetti

The Gene & Georgetti team treats each and every guest like family, maintaining the restaurants reputation as a classic institution and dining destination serving prime steaks, Italian fare and generous cocktails served in a club atmosphere.

The menu features unseasoned, wet-aged steaks, broiled to perfection in until a delicious crust is formed.  The rest of the offerings lean toward Italian favorites including Chicken Vesuvio, Veal Parmesan, and on weekends, homemade Lasagna.  Private dining and event space is available for groups of 15 – 100.   Call (312) 527-3718 for more information, and for reservations, and for the full lunch and dinner menu visit

About the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Greater Illinois

Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is a genetic disease affecting 30,000 children and adults in the United States.  The respiratory system and the digestive tract are both compromised by CF, making involuntary activities like breathing and eating extraordinarily difficult for these patients on a daily basis. In 1955, children with CF usually did not live long enough to attend elementary school. Today, because of Foundation-supported research and care, patients are living into their 30s, 40s and beyond.

For more information on CF and what the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is doing to find a cure, click here.


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