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
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
$150 General Admission. $250 V.I.P. Admission: receive exclusive access to the after party on the 33rd floor and a preview tasting. Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/garces-foundation-benefit-tickets-20798751626
ABOUT THE GARCES FOUNDATION:
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.
REPRESENTATIVE AUCTION ITEMS:
- 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