Dish It Up! for Women Against Abuse

Philly's female culinary talents participate in a competition to raise money for victims of domestic violence

On Thursday, November 4, I’ll be attending (and judging, along with Jen Carroll) Dish It Up!, a culinary competition that raises money for Women Against Abuse, Philly’s strongest advocate for victims of domestic violence, at the Moore College of Art and Design from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

It’s all ladies, all the time participating in this event. Chefs include Marcie Turney of Lolita/Bindi/Barbuzzo, Moon Krapugthong of Mango Moon/Chabaa Thai and Lynn Rinaldi of Paradiso — each will be creating a dish that contains a purple ingredient (purple being the official color of the anti-domestic violence movement). Attendees will be able to try all of the dishes, plus cocktails from Chick’s Cafe. The winner will walk home with the coveted Purple Dish award.

I also judged last year and it was a blast — and all for a great cause. Tickets are $85 and can be purchased via or at the door. All proceeds will benefit Women Against Abuse.

Click through for a full list of participating chefs and more information.

Competitors this year include:

Valerie Safran, Marcie Turney, Lolita/Bindi/Barbuzzo
Michele Iovino
, Angela Iovino, Rosalba Morici, Girasole
Franca DiRenzo, Francesca Kauffman, Tre Scalini
Heather Annechiarico, Hawthornes Café
Effie Bouikidis, Effie’s Greek Restaurant/Paul
Moon Krapugthong, Mango Moon/Chabaa Thai
Lynn Rinaldi, Paradiso
Susan Schlisman, Devil’s Alley/Smokin’ Betty’s
Delilah Winder, Delilah’s Southern Cuisine

Judges include last year’s Dish It Up winner, Jennifer Carroll, Chef de Cuisine, 10 Arts Bistro & Lounge by Eric Ripert, Felicia D’Ambrosio, Philadelphia Community and Marketing Manager of, Phyllis Stein-Novack (!), Restaurant Critic, South Philly Review and yours truly.

Women Against Abuse (WAA), Inc., one of the largest domestic violence programs in the country, serves more than 10,000 individuals each year through emergency housing, legal services, hotline counseling, education and advocacy.  WAA operates the only comprehensive program in Philadelphia whose sole purpose is to assist victims of domestic violence and their children. For more information, please visit