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Philadelphia, PA (February 5, 2015) – Women Against Abuse, Philadelphia’s leading advocate for victims of domestic violence, is pleased to announce Dish It Up 2015, the only fundraising event and food tasting competition in Philadelphia featuring all female chefs!

Women Against Abuse has assembled Philly’s best women in the culinary arts to compete for the coveted Purple Dish Award. Each chef will create a dish with an element of purple – the official color of the anti-domestic violence movement. Four-time judge & nationally known food/drink columnist, Drew Lazor; Founder of FooBooz, Arthur Etchells; food writer and Grid Magazine columnist, Emily Teel and chef, author and media personality, Hope Cohen, will determine the best purple dish and chose the winner of the 2015 Purple Dish Award! New this year is a Hall of Fame showcase of past Purple Dish Award winners featuring Marcie Turney and Aimee Olexy.

The 2015 Purple Dish Award competitors are: Kiki Aranita of Poi Dog, Anne Coll of Susanna Foo, Daniela D’Ambrosio of The Pickled Heron, Bridget Foy of Bridget Foy’s, Julie Kline of Alla Spina, Rachel Klein of Miss Rachel’s Pantry, Lisa Lombo of Jones Restaurant, Samantha Orskog of Friday Saturday Sunday, Eileen Watkin of Penne Restaurant & Wine Bar, and Jamie Wolf of Continental Restaurant & Martini Bar.

Hall of Fame Purple Cupcake Award winner Pam Kingsland of Pamcakes will join pastry chefs Jess Nolen of Brauhaus Schmitz/Whetstone and Avery Goldman of The Baker’s Jar as they compete for the best Purple Cupcake Award, selected by more than 400 guests in attendance. Mixologist and Author, Katie Loeb will also return to create her annual signature purple cocktail. Beer will be provided by Rosemarie Certo, Dock Street Brewery Company.

For the second year in a row, 6abc is the official media sponsor of Dish It Up 2015. Action News Meteorologist Melissa Magee will once again host the event. The event is sponsored by StradleyRonon Stevens & Young LLP & Macy’s.

“The events of the last year have brought this issue to the forefront of our thinking, but there remains much to be done to eradicate the problem. We must redouble our efforts while the momentum is on our side!” said William Sasso of Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, LLP – chairperson of Dish It Up 2015.

Women Against Abuse will present its Dish It Up Woman of the Year Award – which honors women leaders who show extraordinary support of the organization’s mission to prevent domestic violence – to Philanthropist and Therapist Sandy Sheller for her outstanding work with mothers and children in transition, efforts to strengthen shelter services in Philadelphia, and impact for the underserved through the Sheller Family Foundation.

Vegware will again be providing ecofriendly cutlery and paper goods to help us move toward “Zero Waste” by diverting as much food scraps, compostable plates and cutlery as possible away from landfill and to composting, a much greener alternative.

Sold out in 2014, Dish It Up 2015 will take place Thursday, March 26, 2015 from 6:00-8:30 PM at WHYY Studios (6th& Arch streets). A limited number of sponsorships are still available. Tickets are $110 and on sale online at http://weblink.donorperfect.com/dishitup2 or by phone (215.386.1280 ext. 146).

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About Women Against Abuse

Founded in 1976, Women Against Abuse, Inc., one of the largest domestic violence programs in the country, serves 15,000 individuals each year through emergency and transitional housing, legal services, hotline counseling, behavioral health services and education and advocacy. Women Against Abuse operates the only comprehensive program in Philadelphia whose sole purpose is to assist victims of domestic violence and their children.http://www.womenagainstabuse.org

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