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The Best of Philly’s Culinary Women Gather to End Domestic Violence

The Best of Philly’s Culinary Women Gather to End Domestic Violence
Dish It Up 2014 to Honor Chef Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran

Philadelphia, PA (February 4, 2013) – Women Against Abuse, Philadelphia’s leading advocate for victims of domestic violence is pleased to announce Dish It Up 2014, the only fundraising event and food tasting competition in Philadelphia featuring the city’s top women-owned restaurants and female chefs!

For the first time ever, 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 and promote safety for survivors in Philadelphia. Chef Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran – two pioneering entrepreneurs whose seven restaurants and boutiques on 13th Street in Philadelphia have helped transform the once desolate neighborhood into a trendy Midtown Village – have been selected as the 2014 inaugural honorees! In celebration of this award, Dish It Up 2014 will feature a sampling of cuisine from all of Marcie and Valerie’s restaurants, as well as a display featuring jewelry, accessories and home goods from their Open House and Verde boutiques.

This food tasting event, with live coverage by media sponsor 6ABC, will feature premier female restaurateurs who will create an award-winning dish with an element of purple– the official color of the anti-domestic violence movement. Three-time judge, Drew Lazor, food writer extraordinaire, will be back on the judging panel to help determine the winner of the 2014 Purple Dish Award! Joining him will be food critic Caroline Russock and former Purple Dish Award winners Jennifer Carroll and Natalie Maronski.

This year’s competitors include: Daniela D’Ambrosio of The Pickled Heron, Stacey DiPlacido of Fitzwater Café, Bridget Foy of Bridget Foy’s, Kate Jacoby of Vedge, Rachel Klein of Miss Rachel’s Pantry, Moon Krapugthong of Chabaa Thai, Karen Nicolas of Citron & Rose, Jess Nolan of Brauhaus Schmitz, Aimee Olexy of Talula’s Garden, and Susan VanVreede of Distrito.

Pastry chefs will also compete for the coveted Purple Cupcake Award, selected by the 300 guests in attendance. This year’s competitors include: Pam Kingsland of Pamcakes Cupcakery, Jen Kremer of Sweet Freedom Bakery, and Toni & Chrissy Walton of Sweet T’s Bakeshop. To balance the sweetness, La Colombe will be providing coffee at a brand new event coffee bar.

Fashion expert and Emmy-winning Media Personality Maria Papadakis will be live from the 2014 Purple Carpet! Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young LLP and Macy’s are the lead corporate sponsors.

Dish It Up 2014 will take place Thursday, March 27, 2014 from 5:30-8:00 PM at WHYY Studios (6th & Arch Street). A limited number of sponsorships are still available. Tickets are $95 and on sale online at http://weblink.donorperfect.com/dishitup2 or by phone (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, 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. For more information, please visit http://www.womenagainstabuse.org.

Media Contact

Michelle Meltzer, Bread & Butter Productions
michelle@bandbp.com -or- 917-428-1857

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