Get Your Competitive Juices Flowing

Rumble In The Kitchen
You’re getting amped up for the Phillies tonight but you’re a foodie too. What better way to pregame than to check out “Rumble in the Kitchen,” an Iron Chef style competition at the Loews.

The event is scheduled from 5 to 8pm and tickets are $40 in advance, $50 at the door.

Full release after the jump.

Loews Philadelphia Hotel’s “Rumble in the Kitchen” to Raise Money for
Modest Needs

Chefs Thomas Harkins, SoleFood; Terry White, Union Trust Steakhouse;
Ari Weiswasser, Pearl; and Evan Turney, Valanni and culinary students go
skillet-to skillet for scholarship and bragging rights

PHILADELPHIA, PA (Oct. 7, 2008) ­ Loews Philadelphia’s October 22 “Rumble in
the Kitchen” will take on an Iron Chef-like atmosphere as local chefs paired
with culinary students go skillet to skillet in a competition that pits
teams against one another to create a culinary masterpiece using a surprise
market basket of fresh products. The event is open to the community and
will benefit Modest Needs and a local student culinary program.

Local chefs and celebrities will be on hand to support the event. Thomas
Harkins of SoleFood, Terry White of Union Trust Steakhouse, Ari Weiswasser
of Pearl and Evan Turney from Valanni will lead culinary teams for top toque
honors at “Rumble in the Kitchen.” Hosts for the evening are HGTV¹s Michele
Carano and James Lunday from the show Rip and Renew and Lauren Lake of Spice
Up My Kitchen while CN8’s Greg Coy serves as the emcee. Judges are
Philadelphia Eagles’ John Runyan, Keith Taylor, CEO of the Modest Needs
Foundation and Thom Cardwell of and Philadelphia Film Fest.

Scheduled from 5 ­ 8 p.m. at Loews Philadelphia Hotel tickets are required
and can be purchased by calling 215-231-7230 or online at
Ticket price is $40 in advance or $50 at the door and includes admission to
the event, open bar until 7 p.m. and food items. A group of 10 tickets is
$350. VIP tickets which include access to the green room and private bar
are $75 each.

Money raised from the event will benefit Modest Needs, whose motto is ³Small
change. A world of difference. And the $1000 student culinary scholarship
is donated by Comcast.

Modest Needs, founded in 2002 by Dr. Keith P. Taylor, as a living tribute
to human kindness, is a non-profit organization whose programs are funded
entirely through the small change of individual donors. Donations
generally average between $5 – $100. Rather than disburse their grants in
cash to individuals, Modest Needs makes its grants by remitting payment
directly to a creditor on a successful applicant’s behalf.

Modest Needs leverages the Internet’s communication benefits by displaying
applicant stories online and allowing donors to read and rate which ones are
funded. The organization fields thousands of requests for help each month
from people who have no way to shoulder the financial burden posed by life¹s
sudden emergencies: the unexpected car repair that keeps a single mother
working; the cost of a license renewal that puts a skilled professional back
on the job; the unusually large winter heating bill; or the co-payment for a
cancer treatment. To make a donation, please visit

Rumble In The Kitchen 2008 [Official Site]