- October 24, 2023

Get Tickets To This Top Chef Experience And Help Austin Families Dealing With Cancer


The first-ever Top Chef Experience is happening this week in Austin! You are invited to join in this unforgettable culinary journey on Thursday, October 26 at Bacalar.

Presented by Tony Foundation, proceeds from the event will benefit Austin families dealing with cancer. The non-profit organization provides crucial financial assistance to families in crisis due to cancer diagnoses.

At the exclusive event, you can expect an intimate evening of exceptional cuisine, handcrafted cocktails, live entertainment, thrilling auctions, and much more, all in support of Tony Foundation. The Top Chef Experience is hosted by Gabe Erales, a celebrated Top Chef winner renowned for his mastery of flavors and sauces.

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Gabe Erales, Chef & Owner Bacalar and Tony Laudadio, CEO Tony Foundation & 2x Cancer Fighter.

All proceeds from the event will go to Tony Foundation. Tickets are still available here.

About Tony Foundation

Tony Laudadio came to Austin to attend Saint Edwards University as a freshman in 2002 and quickly realized this would be his home forever. After graduating from Saint Edwards, he had immediate success in a sales career, bought a home at 24, was a staple at some of the local city of Austin golf courses, and began raising a family. At age 29, he was diagnosed with kidney cancer. After six months of surgeries and a tough recovery, he went back to work and was finding success again in his sales career.

Just a couple of years later, he was diagnosed with brain cancer (completely unrelated to his first cancer diagnosis). This time the recovery included surgery, 18 months of treatment, the loss of his career, and a discovery bigger than he could ever imagine. He realized that his cancer journey had brought him to a new place where he wanted to help other cancer fighters. He saw so many nonprofits doing research for cancer, but he also saw so many people struggling just to get through the cancer journey. So, he realized that giving financial assistance to families was the most pressing need for the majority of cancer fighters.

Helping those that are fighting the cancer journey became his passion. He started the Tony Foundation in early 2018. With the help of the Austin community and so many of his friends, former co-workers, and family, Tony has been able to make this his full-time job and has been able to help over 130 cancer fighters and their families. The $5000 grants the organization gives to families comes with no strings attached because Tony knows how many demands there are on cancer fighters.

Learn more about Tony’s special journey and unique mission here.

Featured photo via Jasmina81 on iStock.