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21 of Region’s Top Female Chefs Compete to Support Women Against Abuse

Wednesday, March 28, 6:00 p.m. ‐ 9:00 p.m.

VIE by Cescaphe (600 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA).

Press invited to “Purple Carpet” VIP reception starting at 5:15 pm

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Kris Parsons, kris@parsons-pr.com 267.909.0038

Katie Young Wildes, kywildes@womenagainstabuse.org  267.240.4960

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March 3, 2018

PHILADELPHIA, PA – Women Against Abuse, Inc., Philadelphia’s leading domestic violence agency, will host its 10th Annual Dish It Up on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. ‐ 9:00 p.m. at VIE by Cescaphe, (600 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA). This event is Philadelphia’s ONLY female chef competition and attracts close to 500 business and community leaders and food aficionados. Tickets are $125 and available at  www.womenagainstabuse.org/events/dish-it-up.  Official hashtag for the 10th anniversary event is #DishItUp10.  The event will feature unique creations from female chefs representing some of the region’s most well-known restaurants.  The 2018 signature Purple Cocktail, created especially for the event by well-known area mixologist Katie Loeb.  Chefs will be competing for the coveted Purple Dish (savory submissions) or Purple Dessert Award. This year’s contestants include:

Diana Anello • Bredenbeck's Bakery

Kiki Aranita • Poi Dog Philly
Rasa Stirbys Benefico • Birchtree Catering          
Meridith Coyle • Aneu Catering
Abigail Dahan • Parc Restaurant
Dana Forgione • Cescaphe Event Group
Rebecca Foxman • Fox & Son
Jenn Grosskruger • Ocean Prime
Shannon Johnson • Lions Gate/Sodexo
Missy Keyser • Thyme
Alice Leung • Soy Café
Mary Lochary • The Rittenhouse
Christina Martin • Cooking to Nourish
Caitlin Mateo • Red Owl Tavern
Maria P Newberry • Traub’s Bakery
Yasi Sapp • Jet Wine Bar
Ruth Scott • Cupcakes By Ruth
Beth Kaufman Strauss • Grateful Plate
Marie Stecher • The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College
Jamie Wolf • The Continental
Diana Wolkow • City Tavern

Celebrity judges include Michael Klein, Restaurant Columnist, The Philadelphia Inquirer and Philly.com; Chef Barbie Marshall, this season’s finalist on Gordon Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen All Stars; Chef Diana Sabater, Philadelphia Cop-Turned-Chef and Food Network's Chopped Champion; Marilyn Johnson, Founder and Curator of Philadelphia’s popular Philly Grub Blog and Chef Rick Tarantino, QVC Chef and Rastelli’s spokesperson.

This year’s theme Our Voices, Our Stories will be highlighted by an emotionally charged film testimonial by William Spratley, a passionate advocate for Women Against Abuse whose daughter, Ameya, was killed by her abusive boyfriend in 2010. William has made it his life purpose to raise Ameya’s three sons and to share her story to prevent this heartbreak from affecting more families. Guests will also be able to send messages of encouragement to survivors of domestic violence through an interactive art display at the event and participate in a text to pledge campaign led by Honorary Chair and Healthcare Advocate Renee Amoore. The 2018 Advocate of the Year Joseph H. Tucker, Jr., of Tucker Law Group will also be recognized.

Women Against Abuse, Inc., is one of the largest domestic violence service providers in the country, and serves approximately14,000 individuals in Philadelphia each year through emergency housing, legal services, hotline counseling, education and advocacy. Visit www.womenagainstabuse.org.

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