Tickets are Now on Sale for the Third Annual Garces Foundation Gala


Tickets are now on sale for Jose Garces’s third annual Garces Foundation Gala. The event is being held on Wednesday, October 29th at the Kimmel Center and raises money for education and medical care of Philadelphia immigrants.

The theme of the gala is Think Local/Give Local and chef Garces has handpicked a group of local chefs to join him in highlighting Philadelphia’s culinary talent.

The evening is divided into two parts. A VIP Chef Tasting Dinner and Chef Experience will be offered from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The VIPs will meet-and-greet the chefs before heading to the rooftop Hamilton Garden to enjoy a three-course family style seated meal cooked by Garces, Eli Kulp (Fork, High Street,, Rich Landau (Vedge), Kevin Sbraga (Sbraga, The Fat Ham), Peter Serpico (Serpico) and Greg Vernick (Vernick Food + Drink).

The gala starts at 6:30 p.m. on the main floor of the Kimmel Center with more than 25 local chefs showing off their talents and local ingredients. General admission tickets are $200 and along with sponsorships can be purchased at the Garces Foundation website.

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Bid on Starr Dinners and Support Philadelphia Schools

starr-charity-buzzLast month we told you how Starr Restaurants was making it easy for diners to donate to support Philadelphia schools. Stephen Starr’s restaurants have also put together some interesting packages that you can bid on online. They include everything from omakase for four at Morimoto to a kids’ pizza party at Pizzeria Stella. There’s even an item that includes dinner for two at all 20 of Starr’s Philadelphia restaurants.

Philadelphia’s Children First Fund [Charitybuzz]

Are Charity Balls Really, Y’Know, Necessary?


For most, winter in Philadelphia means cold weather, snow, bad basketball and hot turkey bowls at Wawa, which are delicious. For many others, winter is all about balls. I’m talking about charity balls, parties and other fund raising events. There’s certainly no shortage of them this time of year.

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Fro-Yo For a Cause: Yogorino Fundraises for Steppingstone Scholars

On October 6th from 11 a.m. to midnight Yogorino, at both their Philly locations at 233 S. 20th and 1205 Walnut, will be donating half of their profits and tips to Steppingstone Scholars. Steppingstone is an organization that helps educationally underserved students in the area by preparing them for admission to preparatory schools and creating opportunities for students to go to college.

If you needed an excuse to indulge in a little fro-yo, this would be a good time to gorge for a cause!

Yogorino [Official Site]

Charity Guest Chef Pot Luck and Beer Tasting at Lemon Hill

Lemon Hill is having an eventful August with two more events happening August 26th: a rare beer tasting and a Guest Chef Pot Luck event. The beer tasting of rare Swiss beers features Jon Medlinsky of Khyber Pass Pub and starts at 4:30 p.m. The beers to be tasted will come from Brasserie Des Franches-Mantagnes, a small brewery in Switzerland known for their Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien an annually released wine-like beer. Attendance is $52 which also covers snacks and the beer. Seating is limited, so reservations are required.

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Marc Vetri the … Blogger?

Marc Vetri can add yet another accomplishment to his resume: blogger for the Huffington Post. Vetri debuted his column (under HuffPost Food, of course)by talking about the importance of school lunch reform.

We want our children to learn, to be social and to be productive. We buy them books and teach them to read and write. Yet, when it comes to feeding them the energy that is necessary to make their minds and bodies function better, we put them in a line, give them a tray and slop unrecognizable food onto it. If we did not put gasoline in a car would it run? If we did not plug in a computer would it work? Then why do we expect our children to grow, be productive and flourish without the right energy going inside of them?

This is just another step in Vetri’s determined campaign to overhaul school lunches. Back in 2009 Vetri, along with help from Jeff Michaud and Jeff Benjamin, started the “Eatiquette” program and their mission was simple: to bring family-style eating –all the social interaction and comfort included – to school lunches. The “Eatiquette” program has been successful in multiple region schools and camps and the Vetri Foundation continues to support it.

Setting the Table for Better Minds, Better Bodies, and Better People [Huff Post]
Eatiquette [Official Site]

The Dude Hates Cancer and So Does Yards


Yards Brewing Company will be hosting “The Dude Hates Cancer Event/Cape of Good Hope Launch Party” on July 27th from 7:30-10:30pm. The Dude Hates Cancer is an organization that supports the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society by putting together a friendly “The Big Lebowski”-themed bowling competition each year to help raise money for the cause. Teams compete on the lanes and off by raising funds before the competition.

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Meals From The Masters: Philly Chefs Head To Delaware For Charity

This weekend, some of Philly’s best chefs will be part of the 75-chef culinary extravaganza “Meals from the Masters,” a fundraising event benefitting Meals On Wheels Delaware. Now in its fifteenth year, the weekend will include three all-star events: Evening with the Masters, Cellar Masters’ Wine Auction, and the Celebrity Chefs’ Brunch.

Representing the Philadelphia food scene are Monica Glass, pastry chef at Fish, chef Daniel Stern and pastry chef Peter Scarola of R2L, and chef Matthew Ridgway of PorcSalt in Bucks County. Monica Glass will be providing the desserts for the Evening with the Masters, while Stern, Scarola, and Ridgway will participate in the Celebrity Chefs’ Brunch alongside James Beard Foundation winners and various television “cheftestants.”

So, you know, if you happen to be heading to Delaware over the weekend anyway and want to be a part of something huge, we have the details after the jump.

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