Philly Art & Food Event to Support Latino Community

A celebration of culture with a competitive edge.

Cooks Who Care are joining Taller Puertorriqueño, a Latino arts organization, for a night of artist-inspired food and drink.

This second annual Philly Art & Food event is sponsored by Restaurantware and will be held at Coda Philly. Guests will sample dishes by several of Philadelphia’s most talented chefs (including last year’s winner, Alex Boonphaya), and the chefs will offer samples inspired by Latino artists as they compete to win the Singer Equipment’s Culinary Champion and Amoretti’s Pastry Champion awards.

We’ve got a full list of the competing chefs and some more details below.

Participating chefs and restaurants are:

  • Angela Ranalli Cicala (Brigantessa & Le Virtu)
  • Maranda Burns (Vedge)
  • Malik Ali (Neuf Restaurant)
  • Marqessa Gesualdi (Pastry Chef)
  • Ange Branca (Saté Kampar)
  • Jennifer Zavala (Private Chef & Staffing)
  • Alex Boonphaya (Circles Thai)
  • Jess Gaspero (The Farm & Fisherman)
  • Ted Torres (Coa Catering)
  • Stephanie Musick (The Valley Green Inn)
  • Adam Diltz (Johnny Brenda’s)
  • Adan Trinidad (Sancho Pistolas & Jose Pistolas)
  • Eric Leveillee and Alex Busch (Whetstone Tavern)

A panel of industry and media judges are:

  • Chad Durkin (Event Host and R&D/Corporate Pastry Chef at Carlos Bakery)
  • Cher Dapp-Harris (Executive Pastry Chef of Hershey Hotel & International Pastry Queen Winter)
  • Geno Vento (Owner of Geno’s Steaks)
  • Cheldin Rumer (Excecutive Producer and Host of “This Is It” TV)
  • Parisha Smith (Culinary Producer of MyNewPhilly & Food Network and Cooking Channel)
  • Alex Tewfik (Eater Philadelphia Editor)
  • Napoleon Garcia (Impacto Newspaper)

Ticket holders, however, will select a People’s Choice Award recipient all on their own.

Other attractions include Top Hat Espresso‘s pop-up coffee lounge and themed cocktails sponsored by Tito’s Vodka. Guests will enjoy Taller’s art gallery and bid on raffle baskets prepared by Philadelphia’s favorite local businesses.

Taller Puertorriqueño, founded in 1974, is known as “El Corazón Cultural del Barrio,” the Cultural Heart of Latino Philadelphia. The organization has celebrated Latino culture with educational programs and cultural events that engage the community. Philly Art & Food 2016 will support Taller’s expansion into El Corazón Cultural Center, it’s new location.

The details:

Where: Coda, 1712 Walnut Street
When: December 14th, 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Tickets: $55 on Eventbrite or $65 on the door