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Women Against Abuse Announces Honoree to be Celebrated at Dish It Up Female Chef Competition

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Women Against Abuse Announces Honoree to be Celebrated at Dish It Up Female Chef Competition

PHILADELPHIA (March 10, 2017) – Women Against Abuse, Inc., Philadelphia’s leading domestic violence agency, will host its 9th Annual Dish It Up on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. -­‐ 9:00 p.m. at Cescaphe Event Group’s VIE, (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. The Emcee for the evening will be 6ABC’s Meteorologist and Women Against Abuse Honorary Council Member Melissa Magee.

 

2017 Woman of the Year Honoree: Dr. Julie Mostov

Dr. Julie Mostov is the Senior Vice Provost for Global Initiatives and a Professor of Politics at Drexel University. As Senior Vice Provost, she is responsible for leading Drexel’s efforts to enhance its global impact and international engagement on and off campus, while her research focuses on issues of sovereignty, citizenship, soft borders, and gender and sexuality in the politics of national identity. Julie has worked for many years as an international advocate of women’s rights and leadership in southeastern Europe and the United States. Julie has served as a Board Member with Women Against Abuse for thirty years.

 

2017 Dish It Up Honorary Chair: Estelle Richman

Estelle Richman worked on Governor Wolf and Mayor Kenny’s transition teams. She was also the Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development for health and human services issues. While at HUD she held the positions of Chief Operating Officer and Acting Deputy Secretary. Ms. Richman was appointed Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare by Governor Ed Rendell. Ms. Richman has also held the following positions in the City of Philadelphia - Managing Director; Deputy Managing Director for Social Services; Commissioner of Public Health; and Deputy Commissioner of Mental Health, Mental Retardation, and Substance Abuse Services. Ms. Richman has been recognized nationally by the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the American Psychiatric Association, the American Medical Association, and the Ford Foundation/Good Housekeeping Award for Women in Government. Locally, Ms. Richman has been honored by Women’s Way with the Lucretia Mott Award and the Woman One Award by Drexel University College of Medicine. Ms. Richman received her master's degree from Cleveland State University. She has Honorary Doctorate degrees from Alvernia University and Drexel University.

 

The 9th Annual Dish It Up will feature unique creations from female chefs representing some of Philadelphia’s most well-known restaurants including:  

Kathleen Albano  Cescaphe Event Group

Kiki Aranita • Poi Dog Philly

Roz Bratt • Homemade Goodies by Roz

Lynn Buono • Feast Your Eyes Catering

Jacqueline Butler and Tory Brandt  Catering by Life Cafe 

Abigail Dahan • Parc

Daniela D’Ambrosio •Whole Foods

Kate Jacoby • Vedge Restaurant Group’s Wiz Kid Café

Mary Lochary • The Rittenhouse Hotel

Lisa Lombo • Jones Restaurant

Christina Martin • Kitchen 19

Caitlin Mateo • Red Owl Tavern

Meridith Coyle • Aneu Catering

Carolyn Nguyen • Revolution Taco

Jessica Nolan • Little Bird Bakery

Jennifer Salhoff • Cuba Libre

 

Chefs preparing savory dishes will be competing for the coveted Purple Dish Award, chosen by a panel of noted judges, while participating pastry chefs will be competing for the Purple Cupcake Award – chosen by guests. The panel of celebrity chefs, media personalities and food writers/bloggers choosing this year’s Purple Dish Award include:

Michael Klein • Restaurant Columnist, The Philadelphia Inquirer

Chef Barbie Marshall • Partner, SOOP Catering, Finalist on Gordon Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen

Chef Roberta Pipito • Award winning chef; food, beer and wine connoisseur and blogger

Justin Rosenberg • Founder/CEO, Honeygrow Restaurants

Diana Sabater • Chef, Cooking Instructor, Urban Gardener and Entrepreneur

Chef Rick Tarantino • QVC celebrity chef, media personality

Rick Williams • 6ABC News Anchor

 

This year, guests can again show their support by participating in the on-site “Text to Pledge” portion of the event. At that time, attendees will have the opportunity to donate to Women Against Abuse’s programs and initiatives utilizing a text-to-donate app in order to help sustain the organization’s life-saving programs. There will also be prizes for “Best Purple Attire on the “purple” paparazzi carpet.

 

Sponsorships for the event are still available. To learn more about sponsorships or to purchase tickets, please visit www.womenagainstabuse.org/events/dish-it-up. Dish It Up has sold out in the past, so the public is encouraged to purchase tickets early. Donations can also be made on the Women Against Abuse website at www.womenagainstabuse.org/donate.

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