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Philly’s Finest Culinary Women Unite For Dish It Up!

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Michelle Meltzer, Bread & Butter Productions
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Philadelphia, PA – LIVE from the ‘purple carpet’, Philadelphia’s strongest advocate for victims of domestic violence Women Against Abuse kicks off Dish It Up 2013, the only fundraising event and food competition that celebrates our city’s women-owned restaurants and women chefs.

To raise money for the agency’s life-saving services, Philadelphia’s most talented female chefs will compete for the coveted Purple Dish Award, given to the creator of the best dish with an element of purple, the official color of the anti-domestic violence movement.

The winning dish will be chosen by a panel of Philly foodies, including 2012 Purple Dish Award winner Ann Jamavan, chef, Jasmine Rice; Caroline Russock, food editor, City Paper; Drew Lazor, former food critic, City Paper and frequent contributor, Philadelphia Daily News, Philadelphia Inquirer and CityEats; and Christina Dimacali, chef instructor, Clean Your Plate.

Competitors this year include: Lindsay McClain, Jamonera; Susan VanVreede, Distrito; Natalie Maronski, Chifa; Rachel Klein, Miss Rachel’s Pantry; Francesca Kauffman & Franca DiRenzo, Tre Scalini; Brenda Board, Oliver & Company Tea Room; Effie Bouikidis, Effie’s Greek Restaurant; Sheryl Borish, Marathon Grill; Beverly Leakes, Truffles Party; and Bridget Foy, Bridget Foy's.

NBC’s Bill Henley will host the event, and renowned celebrity stylist and fashion correspondent Jen Abrams will provide LIVE coverage from the purple carpet and will judge the best-dressed purple outfit contest.

For dessert, pastry chefs Melissa Torre of Cookie Confidential, Pam Kingsland of Pamcakes, and Elizabeth Halen of Flying Monkey Bakery will compete for the Purple Cupcake Award, given to the baker of the evening’s best purple cupcake as determined by guests. Rosemarie Soto and Dock Street Brewing Company will be providing beer, and a special 'purple drink' will be created by Katie Loeb.

For the first time, Women Against Abuse will partner with Vegware to create a more eco-friendly event by providing compostable, plant-based paper products and cutlery at Dish It Up. 

The event is Tuesday, March 19th from 5:30-8:00 PM at WHYY (6th & Arch Street). Tickets are $95 and on sale online at http://weblink.donorperfect.com/dishitup2 or by phone (call Megan Slattery at 215.386.1280 ext. 146). All proceeds will benefit Women Against Abuse.

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About Women Against Abuse

Founded in 1976, Women Against Abuse (WAA), Inc., one of the largest domestic violence programs in the country, serves more than 13,900 individuals each year through emergency and transitional housing, legal services, hotline counseling, behavioral health services and education and advocacy.  WAA operates the only comprehensive program in Philadelphia whose sole purpose is to assist victims of domestic violence and their children. For more information, please visit http://www.womenagainstabuse.org

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