Food & Drink

Philly Chefs Are Selling Food Experiences to Support Their Restaurants

#SavePhillyEats, a digital sales hub for food experiences, launches today to help restaurants raise capital with one-of-a-kind in-person experiences, discounted gift cards and more.


If you’ve bought your share of gift cards and sent a few donations to restaurant’s digital tip jars, it might be time to consider a larger purchase. How about a dinner for ten at your own house, cooked by Michael Solomonov? #SavePhillyEats, a just-launched digital hub for gift cards and experiences being sold by Philly chefs to raise capital to support their restaurants, is selling that very experience for $20,000.

You can’t cash it in yet, of course, but a dinner party with your favorite chef seems like it would be a pretty good way to celebrate the end of quarantine, without shocking your system too much by actually, you know, leaving your house. A dinner party could also make a good gift, since experiences are all the rage these days.

Other items for sale include gifts cards at a 30 percent discount for Safran-Turney Hospitality restaurants, Vernick gifts cards at a 20 percent discount, and private meals from chefs including Marc Vetri, Joey Baldino (Palizzi Social Club), Ange Branca (Sate Kampar), and more.

Even if you don’t have a couple of thousand dollars sitting around to spend on a private meal, you can enter to win a pasta demonstration and cooking lesson with Marc Vetri for two. Find the contest details here.

The site was created by Philadelphia-based entrepreneurs David Bookspan and Anthony Bucci in collaboration with the team at Grimm & Grove Communications, but all proceeds will go directly to the restaurants in question. The creator of the site say they are covering all the costs of the website, and restaurants will receive 100 percent of all profits.