Think local give local


Think Local, Give Local: An Evening Benefiting the Garces Foundation


Garces Foundation presents Think Local, Give Local with tastings from the area’s brightest chefs and a food themed silent auction to benefit the lives of Philadelphia’s immigrant community.  


Chef Jose Garces has handpicked a group of local chefs to deliver an unforgettable epicurean experience, which will highlight Philadelphia’s unique culinary talent.  Throughout the evening guests will enjoy cocktails made with local spirits, local beer, locally created décor elements and more. Entertainment will be provided by American Deluxe, with pop up performances from the Philadelphia Girls Choir and Flamenco troupe De Luna a Lunares. Denise Fike will provide complimentary fashion illustrations of each guest. Guests will enjoy a Tito’s Vodka Lounge and signature cocktail station from Philadelphia Distilling with mixology demonstrations and tastings. A farm stand exhibit will offer guests tastings from local independent makers of gourmet products such as Weckerly’s Ice Cream, Baba’s Brew, Subarashii Kudamono Gourmet Asian Pears, and Gilda’s Biscotti. Billy Harris and Alicia Vitarelli from 6ABC will emcee.


Friday, March 18 from 7:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. VIP Preview 6:30-7:30, VIP After Party 10:30-12:00 p.m.


Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 1200 Market Street, Philadelphia


Abe Fisher, Yehuda Sichel

Alla Spina, Jeff Michaud

Amada, Nate Johnson

Bank and Bourbon, Thomas Harkins

Bing Bing Dim Sum / Cheu Noodle Bar, Ian Boothman

Bistrot La Minette/La Peg, Peter Woolsey/Kenneth Bush

Blackfish, Chip Roman

Brauhaus Schmitz / Whetstone Tavern, Jeremy Nolen

Buena Onda

Dim Sum Garden, Shizhou Da

Distrito, Maria Schmidt

Distrito Moorestown, Aedo Rufino

Double Knot, Greg Brandberg

Ela, Jason Cichonski

El Poquito, Andrew Sabin

The Farm and Fisherman, Josh Lawler

Fork, John Patterson

Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Chad Williams

Garces Trading Company, Mike Jenkins

Hungry Pigeon, Scott Schroeder & Pat O’Malley

JG Domestic, Mike O’Meara

Kanella, Konstantinos Pitsillides

Kensington Quarters, Damon Menapace

Lacroix, Jon Cichon

Laurel, Nicholas Elmi

Morimoto, Ben Dayag

The Olde Bar, Natalie Maronski

Rural Society Chicago, Cory Morris

Rural Society DC, Louis Goral

Sbraga/The Fat Ham, Kevin Sbraga

Tinto/ Village Whiskey, Guillermo Pozos

Townsend/A Mano, Townsend Wentz

Vedge/V Street, Rich Landau

Vernick Food & Drink, Greg Vernick

Volvér, Dave Conn

Will BYOB, Chris Kearse

Zeppoli, Joey Baldino

list incomplete


$150 General Admission. $250 V.I.P. Admission: receive exclusive access to the after party on the 33rd floor and a preview tasting. Tickets:

Cocktail attire.


In 2012, the Garces Foundation was founded as a way to help others among Philadelphia’s immigrant community, particularly employees of Philadelphia’s hospitality industry and their families. The foundation raises funds to provide this community with medical, educational and nutritional programming. The goal is to help Philadelphia’s immigrants take advantage of these resources so that they may actively contribute their talents to making this city truly world-class.

The foundation currently runs three of its own programs that improve the health, language, cultural skills, and nutrition of this community.  The first is a quarterly Community Health Day where uninsured patients can receive free dental care, physicals, and medical screenings.  The second is an applied learning English as a second language class for restaurant workers, English for the Restaurant and Everyday Living, which aims to narrow the language and cultural gap in the workplace and beyond.  Last, the foundation hosts summer Luna Farm Field Trips to the Garces family farm, where children grow and harvest fruits and vegetables, cook their own healthy lunch from the produce they harvest, and practice fun ways to exercise.  


Beneficial Bank, 2401 Walnut LP – 24 Restaurant, Lizzie & Jonathan Tisch Foundation, Inc., Dash and Love, Eco Lab, Loews Hotels.


    • A once in a lifetime private five course dinner for ten people at Luna Farm. Luna Farm is Jose Garces’ family farm in Ottsville, Bucks County.

  • A one-week stay for two at Arenas Del Mar, Beachfront and Rainforest Resrt, in Costa Rica

  • Dinner for six people at Chef Kevin Sbraga’s Chef Counter at Sbraga. Includes a six course menu and wine pairing
  • Whetstone Tavern: Cookbook dinner from Chef Jeremy Nolen’s cookbook, New German Cooking for six people. Includes four courses with beer/wine pairing and three signed cookbooks  
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