Philadelphia, PA - Founded in 2008 by Chef Marc Vetri and restaurateur Jeff Benjamin, Vetri Community Partnership empowers children and families to lead healthy lives through fresh food, hands-on experiences and education. Vetri Community Partnership’s school lunch and nutrition education programs are active in more than 70 sites in Philadelphia and Camden, serving more than 7,500 students.
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Also part of this event is the sold out Eat to Empower Dinner Series. Held in six private homes across the Greater Philadelphia region, approximately 20 diners at each home will be treated to wine, a multi-course meal, and high-end auction featuring one-of-a-kind food and drink experiences. Featured national chefs are Rocco Whalen (Charlotte, NC & Cleveland, OH), Tom Colicchio (NYC & LA), Michele Forgione (Toronto, Canada), Bill Telepan (NYC), Tony Maws (Cambridge, MA), and Jeremiah Langhorne (Washington, DC). Each national chef will be paired up with a local chef, including Michael Solomonov, Nick Elmi, Joey Baldino, Rich Landau, Chad Williams, and Tod Wentz.
2018 Eat To Empower Re-Cap
- Six homes participated in the dinner series and more than 200 people attended the Festival
- In all, the Eat to Empower Dinners Series & Food Festival raised over $250,000 for Vetri Community Partnership. All of the money raised will go toward Vetri Community Partnership's school lunch and nutrition education programs at more than 70 schools and community centers in Philadelphia and Camden, NJ.
- Attendees of both the dinner series and festival participated in a special silent auction and raffle. The most popular item of the night was a dinner with Boston-area restaurateur, television personality, and chef Ming Tsai with special guests Zach & Julie Ertz and JJ & Chelsea Redick that went for $27,500.