Female Chefs Dish It Up to Aid Victims of Domestic Violence

Want to see some of Philly’s most accomplished female chefs - including Luciana Spuro of Le Virtu, Ane Ormaechea of Apamate, Delilah Winder of Delilah’s Southern Cuisine, Lynn Rinaldi of Paradiso and Jennifer Carroll of Top Chef and 10 Arts - compete against each other for a worthy cause? On October 29, these ladies, plus five others will participate in Dish It Up!, a benefit for Women Against Abuse, which assists victims of domestic violence and operates the only shelter in Philly devoted exclusively to battered women and their children. Thanks to city budget cuts, WAA’s funding for the shelter has been reduced by 15 percent, just as demand has spiked due to the economy - in fact, they have had to turn away twice the number of clients in 2009 as in 2008. Grub Street will be judging the cooking competition and Mayor Michael Nutter-Butter will also be in attendance. Read on for details.

The ten chefs will each prepare a dish that incorporates a purple ingredient, as purple is the official color of the anti-domestic violence movement. The winner, as judged by Kristen Welker, weekend anchor for NBC 10 News, MoShay LaRen, radio personality from 107.9 WRNB, lone testosterone representative Drew Lazor from City Paper and us, will receive the “Purple Dish Award.”

In addition to the competition, there will be food and dessert tastings and drinks. Pioneering brewmaster Carol Stoudt of Stoudt’s Brewery will be pouring her beers and bartender Phoebe Esmon of Chick’s has created a lavender-infused vodka cocktail for the occasion and Mugshots will serve up coffee and cupcakes.

Tickets are $60 and the proceeds go to support Women Against Abuse. Buy tickets online by visiting WAA’s website.

When: October 29, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Where: Moore College of Art, 20th and the Parkway

Participating Chefs: Jennifer Carroll, chef de cuisine, 10 Arts; Sheryl Borish, founder, Marathon Grill; Effie Bouikidis, owner, Effie’s/Paul; Katie Cavuto Boyle, owner/chef, Healthy Bites; Maria Forte, owner/chef, Cucina Forte; Moon Krapugthong, owner/chef, Mango Moon/Chabaa Thai; Catherine Lee, owner & Luciana Spurio, chef, Le Virtu; Ane Ormaechea, owner/chef, Café Apamate; Lynn Marie Rinaldi, owner/chef, Paradiso; Delilah Winder, owner/chef, Delilah’s Southern Cuisine.

More About Women Against Abuse: WAA’s mission is to “to provide quality and compassionate services, in a manner that fosters self-respect and independence in persons who have been victimized by domestic violence; it operates the only shelter in Philadelphia exclusively for battered women and their children and launched the nation’s first legal center for domestic violence victims and the region’s first transitional housing program for abused families.”

Female Chefs Dish It Up to Aid Victims of Domestic Violence