This past weekend Pêche in Philadelphia was filled with top area chefs and guests craving culinary samplings and the desire to benefit two excellent causes, the James Beard Foundation and Greener Partners, during The Philadelphia Food Evolution event. Featuring All-Star Chef and co-host of ABC’s The Chew Carla Hall, host chefs Patrick Feury and David Katz, beverage host Scott Zoccolillo and a wide array of other exquisite Philadelphia chefs and beverage vendors, the evening was a sheer success. Legacy chefs Steve Poses, Jean-Marie Lacroix, Susanna Foo, Judy Wicks and Georges Perrier made the night spectacular as well.
Upon arriving at the venue, we were greeted by representatives from Greener Partners. The organization is based in the Philadelphia area and operates with purpose of building the community by way of sustainable farming as well as farm-oriented education. Greener Partners was chosen to receive a portion of the proceeds from the evening’s event so that they may further encourage farming in the community and continue with their excellent area programs. For more information on their organization and insight into their specific programs, please view the Greener Partners website.
Guests who attended had the opportunity to choose either VIP tickets or general admission tickets. The James Beard Foundation’s “Taste America®: Local Flavor from Coast to Coast” national traveling food festival was presented by Chase Sapphire Preferred® Visa Signature®. During The Philadelphia Food Evolution event, Chase Sapphire Preferred Visa Signature cardholders received special access to a private VIP dinner hosted by legendary Philadelphia chefs as well as the opportunity to meet Carla Hall and the chefs of the evening. While one portion of Pêche catered to VIP guests with a sit-down dinner, the other area was set up for general admission attendees who could sample a wide array of cuisines offered by over 20 chefs.
There was plenty to choose from in the way of culinary offerings. Some of the dishes which tempted the crowd included crab and country ham prepared by Mitch Prensky of Supper, crisp pork belly created by David Gottlieb of Frog Commissary, delicious roasted red peppers offered by Sean Weinberg of Restaurant Alba, Sfincione from Joey Baldino of Zeppoli, shaved dry aged Creekstone beef prepared by Scott Schroeder of South Philadelphia Tap Room and American Sardine Bar and coconut mousse cake created by Cedric Barberet of Buddakan.
As guests mingled and enjoyed trying out various unique culinary creations, they were treated to music by Hot Club of Philadelphia. Signature cocktails such as the Mid-Century Americana Vesper and the Deconstructed Apple Pie A La Mode were served up in addition to a generous array of wines and local area beers. In between indulging in the food and drinks, guests could peruse the silent auction offerings. Some of the hot items included the Starr Treatment package where the winner could dine at a different Starr restaurant each month for 12 months, Farmers For A Day package which gave the winner the opportunity to see the inside workings of Greener Partners and enjoy a specialty lunch prepared by chef Patrick Feury of Nectar Restaurant and Dinner for Two at Zeppoli BYOB.
As the night continued on, the VIP guests joined the general admission attendees for a live auction with Monica Malpass of 6ABC, Carla Hall and auctioneer Barry Slossberg. Live auction items included two tickets to the James Beard Awards, two VIP tickets to ABC’s The Chew, a private dinner created by chefs David Katz, Terence Feury and one or more of their culinary friends and even a trip to Costa Rica, to name a few of the tempting items.
The evening was perfection and the Philadelphia Food Evolution Event raised money to help further the programs and goals of the James Beard Foundation as well as Greener Partners. Guests left the venue having experienced a night filled with excellent cuisine, music and the chance to socialize with others who share the goal of raising money for two great organizations.