About Last Night: Purple Dish It Up With The Ladies of the Culinary Art of Philadelphia

LIVE from the ‘purple carpet’, Philadelphia’s strongest advocate for victims of domestic violence Women Against Abuse kicked off Dish It Up 2014 last night at the WHYY Studios in Old City. The only fundraising event and food competition that celebrates our city’s women-owned restaurants and women chefs.

 Chef Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran (Marcie and Val have participated in #DishItUp for the past 4 years and told me that it’s a great honor to be recognized for doing something they love, and the event is a wonderful celebration of women and in the culinary field.)
– 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 with 6ABC’s Melissa Magee
Daniela D’Ambrosio, The Pickled Heron
Stacey DiPlacido, Fitzwater Cafe | Bridget Foy, Bridget Foy’s
Kate Jacoby, Vedge | Rachel Klein, Miss Rachel’s Pantry
Moon Krapugthong, Chabaa Thai | Karen Nicolas, Citron & Rose
Jess Nolan, Brauhaus Schmitz | Aimee Olexy, Talula’s Garden
Susan VanVreede, Distrito
 Chef Caleb from Barbuzzo whips up a delight.
Women Against Abuse, a 501(c)3 nonprofit agency, is Philadelphia’s
leading domestic violence advocate and service provider and among the
largest domestic violence agencies in the country.
 In the VIP party, all of the Safran/Turney restaurants were represented included the latest dish, Little Nonna’s.

 Drew Lazor, food writer and Matt Siwek, Miles Catering

 Maria Papadakis on the purple carpet
Pam Kingsland, Pamcakes with her tasty treats, unfortunate I can’t have any as I’m on my one millionth new diet, which is Paleo – The Caveman Diet. They didn’t have cupcakes in the Caveman era. But I was hanging with Nathan Learner and he told me they were delicious.
 Katie McDermott and Jen Kremer, Sweet Freedom
There was a dessert competition too.
Pam Kingsland, Pamcakes | Jen Kremer, Sweet Freedom Bakery
Toni and Chrissy Walton, Sweet T’s Bakeshop
 Rachel from Miss Rachel’s Pantry. It’s a Vegan catering & meal delivery company located on East Passyunk Ave.
 Monique Berry and Melissa Falello
 Lauren, Allison and Laura – Vedge (Hmm I’m draw to vegetables lately, is the universe trying to tell me something?)
 The Face of a Vegetarian: Susan and Bill Henley.
 Senator Anthony H. Williams and James F Campenella
 Chef Jen Carroll was the inaugural Purple Dish Winner in 2009, and returns as a judge in tonight’s competition. Other judges included Drew Lazor, Natalie Maronski, chef de cuisine, Volver
Caroline Russock, City Paper food editor
 Macy’s was one of the sponsors, and these models
are walking Social Media billboards. It’s interesting to see how Twitter is taking over the world. Oh are you following me yet, you should @iphillychitchat I’ll tell you things, like last night M Night had his wrap party for Sundowning at The Stratus Lounge, I tweeted last night.
Bridget’s Foy’s of South Street. Great tomato soup. Fun low key place. Has an outdoor patio that faces South Street. Great people watching in the warmer weather & delicious food.
Millennial Fashionable
 Kate Olmann, Jason B. and Erin McKenna
 Krystal Souvanlasy, South Street Headhouse District, Melissa Bocage, Heather Yocum
TONIGHT: Fourth Friday Relaunch in South Street Headhouse District
The Purple Dish Award goes to Aimee Olexy of Talula’s Garden and Pam Kingsland of Pamcake won for best cupcakes.