Philly Chefs Are Banding Together for Houston Flood Relief

Photo by David J. Phillip/AP


Just like the rest of us, chef Eli Kulp has been riveted by the images coming out of Texas and Louisiana over the past few days. The flooding there has been unlike anything seen before — a cataclysm that will take months to recover from. And just like the rest of us, Kulp was wondering what he could do to help.

His answer (like any chef’s answer would be): cook.

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This Is the Only Dinner In Philly Worth $500


In May of 2015, chef Eli Kulp of Fork and High Street on Market, was hurt in the deadly Amtrak train derailment that killed eight people and injured more than 200. He was mostly paralyzed, but has been doing rehab ever since, working a lot with doctors at the Cleveland Functional Electrical Stimulation Center who are developing technologies which allow people with neurological injuries to regain function.

That kind of thing? It’s expensive. Which is why a bunch of Kulp’s chef friends, along with a few local luminaries, are hosting a benefit dinner with Karamoor Estate winery (which has done some work with Kulp and Ellen Yin’s High Street Hospitality Group before) in order to raise money for the Institute for Functional Restoration at Case Western Reserve University, which the Cleveland FES calls home.

The lineup of chefs is one of those once-in-a-lifetime things, and the cause couldn’t be better. Here’s how things are going to shake out.

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Philly Shut Out at the James Beard Awards

Ellen Yin, Alex Bois, Eli Kulp and Marisa Kulp | Photo via Fork

Ellen Yin, Alex Bois, Eli Kulp and Marisa Kulp | Photo via Fork

The James Beard Awards were held in Chicago last night and Philadelphia will have to stick with boasting about Michael Solomonov and Steve Cook’s double victory at last week’s James Beard Awards for Broadcast and Journalism. Solomonov did not win for Outstanding Chef and the other Philadelphia’s chefs and restaurateurs up for awards were shut out.

On the other hand it was quite the victory to see chef Eli Kulp and the Fork/High Street team at the awards. Kulp was paralyzed in last year’s Amtrak 188 accident but was in Chicago and looking dapper for the awards ceremony.

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Michael Solomonov Is a James Beard Finalist for Outstanding Chef


Michael Solomonov: Nominated for Outstanding Chef 2016

Today, the James Beard Foundation announced the finalists for its 2016 awards. Zahav chef and owner Michael Solomonov is a finalist for Outstanding Chef and his cookbook, Zahav: A World of Israeli Cooking was also nominated in the International Cookbook category.

Three Philadelphia chefs made it through to the finals for Best Chef Mid-Atlantic. They were Eli Kulp, ForkRich Landau, Vedge;  and Greg Vernick, Vernick Food + Drink.

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Do They Offer A Nobel Prize For Sandwiches?


So for those of you who don’t know, Ellen Yin, Eli Kulp and the crew from Fork/High Street On Market recently expanded with a New York City location called High Street On Hudson. Well, lately this little Philly export has been killing it in the big city, racking up awards so fast (and in such profusion) that short of a Nobel or, like, a leftover Grammy or something, I’m pretty sure there’s no more praise for it to win.

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Eli Kulp Interviewed by People

Eli Kulp, left, photographed by Gene Smirnov before the accident. The accident, right, shot by AP.

Eli Kulp, left, photographed by Gene Smirnov before the accident. The accident, right, shot by AP.

Eli Kulp, the Fork and High Street on Market executive chef who was left paralyzed in the Amtrak 188 crash in May, is back home in New York City and gives an interview to People regarding the struggle to come to terms with what the accident took from him.

Star Chef Eli Kulp Opens Up About His Battle to Rebuild His Life After Being Left Paralyzed in Deadly Amtrak Derailment [People]

Eli Kulp Plans to Open NYC Eatery in Fall

Eli Kulp, left, photographed by Gene Smirnov before the accident. The accident, right, shot by AP.

Eli Kulp, left, photographed by Gene Smirnov before the accident. The accident, right, shot by AP.

Eli Kulp, the chef in injured in the deadly Amtrak accident in Philadelphia, still plans to open a New York eatery this fall — even though the accident left him paralyzed.

“My dream was to come from the West Coast, learn how to cook in New York and to eventually have a restaurant in New York,” he told the New York Post. “That dream has come true. Obviously it’s coming to fruition in a different way than expected.” Read more »

Eli Kulp Day Benefit

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We updated you on his medical status, and then we told you about the fundraiser campaign for Eli Kulp‘s medical expenses, so now here’s something a little more lighthearted going on for the chef, with tickets available now. This Thursday, July 16th, join High Street Hospitality Group at Fork; they are hosting a benefit evening to raise money and show support for Kulp as he continues his recovery.

And you’re invited to take part.

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Eli Kulp Update: Amtrak Discontinues Medical Aid, But Here’s What You Can Do To Help

Photo by Jim Graham

Photo by Jim Graham

As we all know, chef Eli Kulp of Fork, High Street on Market and the High Street Hospitality Group sustained serious injuries during the Amtrak derailment in May. After being rushed to surgery, it was announced that he’d suffered a spinal injury and that it would be a long road to recovery. Recent updates on the fundraising campaign page for Kulp reinforce this, explaining that the chef will remain in spinal rehab until the end of August, and enumerating the current out-of-pocket expenses his family is facing.

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Eli Kulp Benefit Dinner at Helm

helm-interior-940On Sunday, June 14th, Helm is hosting a benefit dinner for chef Eli Kulp who was seriously injured in last month’s Amtrak derailment. Helm’s Kevin D’Egidio and Michael Griffiths are hosting guest chefs Nick Elmi, Jon Nodler, Sam Kincaid, John Patterson, and Jon Cichon in a collaborative dinner that will benefit the Kulp Family Fund. The dinner is $125 per person and wine and beer will be provided. The dinner will be just one 7:30 pm seating at Helm.

Each chef is contributing one course. Wine is being donated by Wine Merchant, Artisan Cellars, and High Street Hospitality Group.

Reservations can be made directly to Helm’s email address, The communal dinner has one seating at 7:30 pm with up to 40 seats available.

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