Philly’s Top Chefs Are Throwing a Party to Turn Pennsylvania Blue

They're raising funds at the Franklin Institute to support Democratic state congressional candidates and grassroots organizations leading up to the midterm elections.

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A group of Philly’s top chefs and Democratic state house and senate candidates are teaming up to help turn Pennsylvania blue in the next few elections. On the evening of Monday, September 17th, around 40 of the city’s best chefs, distillers, restaurateurs, and food artisans will take over the Franklin Institute for Blue Plate Special, a culinary celebration and fundraiser benefitting the PA Blue Victory Fund.

“We want to make an impact on local, state and congressional elections and ultimately in the 2020 presidential,” said Steve Poses, legendary Philly chef and PA Blue Victory Fund’s co-founder. “Essentially, we’re asking people to put their money where their mouths are.”

The fund seeks to boost voter turnout in November’s key midterm elections and support under-funded candidates and grassroots organizations in southeastern Pennsylvania through the next presidential election in 2020.

The evening includes food from 35 of the city’s best chefs and restaurants, drinks provided by Philadelphia Distilling and La Colombe, music, and dancing, plus a pep rally with the candidates. Honorary executive chef and former Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell will be in charge of the slider station, and more chefs will be announced as the event draws closer.

A $150 general admission ticket to the Blue Plate Special gets you into the feast at 7:30, a $250 ticket gets you into a VIP reception at 6:30 p.m. and early access to the food, and a $500 ticket gets you access to a “VVIP” reception with the candidates at 6 p.m. in addition to the other perks. Get your tickets here, and check out the list of participating chefs and candidates below.

Chefs and Restaurateurs

Steve Poses, Frog Commissary
Ellen Yin, Fork
Scott Schroeder, Hungry Pigeon
Sam Mink, Oyster House
Aimee Olexy, Talula’s Garden
Samantha Kincaid, Cadence
Stephanie Reitano, Capogiro
Christopher Curtin, Éclat Chocolate
Joncarl Lachman, Noord
Luca Sena, Panorama
Andy Satinsky, Weckerly’s Ice Cream
Heather Thomason, Primal Supply Meats

House candidates and districts

Meredith Buck, 144 (Bucks County)
Josh Camson, 147 (Montgomery County)
Amy Cozze, 173 (Northampton County)
Andrew Dixon, 29 (Bucks County)
Danielle Friel Otten (155 Chester County)
Pam Hacker, 26 (Montgomery/Chester County)
Lauren Lareau, 142 (Bucks County)
Doug Metcalfe, 128 (Berks/Lancaster County)
Jennifer O’Mara, 165 (Delaware County)
Jason Ruff, 183 (Lehigh/Northampton County)
Kristen Seale, 168 (Delaware County)
Melissa Shusterman, 157 (Chester County)
Mike Zabel, 163 (Delaware County)

Senate candidates and districts

Emily Best, 30 (Clair/Franklin County)
Tina Davis, 6 (Bucks County)
Katie Muth, 26 (Chester/Montgomery/Berks County)
Mark Pinsley, 26 (Lehigh County)
Lindia Sosniak, 84 (Lycoming/Union County)