FAMOUS CHEFS FROM AROUND THE WORLD AND THOUSANDS OF FOODIE PHILANTHROPISTS GATHERED AT THE 12TH ANNUAL GREAT CHEFS EVENT
Tuesday, June 20, 2017 - Vetri Community Partnership and Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, more than 40 celebrated chefs from around the world, and over 1,000 guests at Urban Outfitters Headquarters.
Noteworthy newcomers included, Hugh Acheson of 5 & 10 in Athens, GA; Frank Castronovo & Frank Falcinetti of Frankies Spuntino & Prime Meats in Brooklyn; Derek Dammann of Maison Publique in Montreal, QC; Evan Funke of Felix in LA; Sara Jenkins of Nina June in Rockport, ME; and Ryan Poli of The Catbird Seat in Nashville
Returning chefs included, Paul Kahan of Blackbird, avec, The Publican and Big Star in Chicago; and Alex Guarnaschelli of Butter in NYC and television personality on The Food Network. For a full list of participating chefs visit, www.vetricommunity.org.
The event was hosted by 6ABC’s Alicia Vitarelli and Marc Summers.
Among the featured speeches were those by Kelly Herrenkohl, COO of Vetri Community Partnership; Liz and Jay Scott, co-Executive Directors of Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation.
The night was filled with great bites, fabulous drinks, VIP guests, music, mingling, exciting silent and live auctions, and best of all, great causes.
Some of the most popular dishes of the night included Marco Rossi’s quail egg ravioli in butter sage sauce, Kevin Fink’s cascarelli with vegetable broth, Paul Kahan’s rye croissant with charred tomato relish and feta, and Sara Jenkins’ porchetta.
In total, $54,000 was raised in the Live Auction. An in-home dinner with Philly’s 2017 James Beard Award Winners – Greg Vernick, Michael Solomonov, Stephen Starr -- and Marc Vetri went for $23,000.
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Friends and Colleagues Pay Tribute to Civic Leader Ahmeenah Young
PHILADELPHIA (June 30, 2017) - Several hundred friends of Ahmeenah Young, former President & CEO of the Pennsylvania Convention Center, attended a celebration of her life at the $1.3 billion facility she led. Young, a trailblazer in the Philadelphia hospitality and civic arenas, passed away on June 2 at the age of 69.
Former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell led the tributes by civic, religious, and hospitality leaders as well as family and friends of Young.
”I remember Ahmeenah always had a twinkle in her eye. No matter what the circumstances, she always had an upbeat attitude and made me laugh”, said former Governor Ed Rendell. “Ahmeenah always had great advice that was always spot on. Memories like those and all of the inspiration she manifested will never die.”
Young, Rendell and Meryl Levitz, president & CEO of Visit Philadelphia, were among the city leaders who helped to launch the Convention Center during 12 days of special events that coincided with the first Welcome America celebration in 1993. The tribute to Young, recognizing her more than 30 years of community service and advocacy on behalf of the hospitality industry, was scheduled to coincide with the opening day of events for this year’s annual Fourth of July celebration.
“My mother was a black woman who could rise. And once she reached a position of power, she used it to mentor the next generation. She wore her power with integrity and was always trying to help people,” said Pakeso Young, son of Ahmeenah. “She rarely spoke of her challenges but any challenge she had, she faced with grace and integrity. Anything positive I have done in my life, I have done because of her.”
Among the speakers from the hospitality community were Levitz; Julie Coker Graham, president & CEO of the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB); Jim Cuorato, president & CEO of Independence Visitors Center; and William “Bill” Wilson CEO of Synterra Partners and PHLDiversity. Church leaders who spoke included the Rev. James S. Hall, Jr. of Triumph Baptist Church and the Rev. Marshall Mitchell of Salem Baptist Church.
Cherelle Parker, Jannie Blackwell, Mark Squilla, and Kenyatta Johnson of Philadelphia City Council, Kevin Johnson of OIC, Donna Cooper of Public Citizens for Children and Youth; and Kevin F. O’Toole of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board were among the civic leaders who participated in the tribute.
Young’s longtime friend and partner in community efforts, U.S. Representative Dwight Evans, D-Philadelphia, sent a video tribute. The celebration included musical selections by Kathy Sledge, the Urban Guerilla Orchestra, Romona Riscoe Benson, J. Donald Dumpson and Lawrence Newton.
Young’s Convention Center colleagues were represented by Gregory Fox, Esq., chairman of the Convention Center Authority’s Board of Directors; board members Marian Tasco and Heather Steinmiller, Esq, who worked closely with Young; and John McNichol, president & CEO of the Center. Former PCCA Board Chairman Thomas “Buck” Riley, Jr. and former Board Member Carl Singley, Esq. also were present. Young served in various positions at the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority, including Executive Vice President & General Manager, as well as Executive Vice President of External Affairs. Young also worked in the private sector as an entrepreneur before she became the fifth president of the Center in September 2008, a capacity she served in through December 2013.
”I knew Ahmeenah for over 25 years and I knew her as a brilliant, eloquent, stylish diva who has a smile and a warmth that just embraced you,” said Carl Singley, former PCC board member and close personal friend of Young. “She will be remembered for her endless optimism, good will, and deep, unwavering faith in human kind. Ahmeenah was truly inclusive until the very end.”
Davio's Galleria Bakery + Cafe Offers a Picnic in Gourmet Style!
WHAT: Get outdoors with Davio’s Galleria Bakery + Cafe to enjoy lunch or dinner, picnic style, this summer. Guests must call at least an hour ahead to place their order and they will be given a special Davio’s’ Picnic Basket with their favorite items placed inside for the perfect al fresco dining experience! Bring the basket to King of Prussia Town Center or another preferred destination and enjoy the beautiful scenery while indulging in a delectable meal. Guests can choose any selection from the menu of fresh salads, sandwiches and flatbreads, along with their choice of sparkling or still water. For a refundable deposit of $25, guests will be given a gourmet basket and picnic blanket, to take for the afternoon or evening! Bring a friend and get outside to enjoy the beautiful weather while it lasts!
DAVIO'S GALLERIA PICNIC BASKET MENU
GREEK YOGURT PARFAITS
Local Honey + Granola $4
Berries + Granola $6
Chocolate Espresso $7.5
San Marzano Tomatoes, Mozzarella, Basil $7
Short Rib, Horseradish Mascarpone, Fontelle, Arugula $7
Roasted Chicken Salad, Lettuce, Mayonnaise, Tuscan Loaf $8.5
Davio's Roast Beef, Cheddar Cheese, Horseradish Aioli, Lettuce, Tomatoes, Tuscan Loaf $8.5
Italian Tuna Salad, Imported Tuna, Lettuce, Tomatoes, Whole Wheat
Applewood Smoked Bacon, Arugula, Tomatoes, Sriracha Aioli, Italian Long Roll $8
Roasted Turkey, Tomatoes, Lettuce, Cheddar Cheese, Avocado Aioli, Harvest Grain Bread $8
Grilled Spring Vegetables, Seasonal Local Vegetables, Baby Spinach, Basil Pesto, Hummus, Wheat Sourdough $7.5
Italian, Prosciutto Cotto, Salami, Pistachio Mortadella, Provolone Cheese, Tomatoes, Lettuce, EVOO, Red Wine Vinegar, Soft Italian Bread $8
Kids PF & J, Creamy Peanut Butter, Raspberry Jam, White Bread $4
Tomato Basil Soup $3.5
Soup of the Day $4
Kale Caesar, Romaine, Shaved PKale Caesar, Romaine, Shaved Parmigiano, Brioche Croutons, Caesar Dressing $7
Southwestern, Baby Lettuces, Avocado, Red Onions, Tomatoes, Tortilla Chips, Corn, Lime-Cilantro Jalapeño Vinaigrette $8
Greek Quinoa, Tomatoes, Kale, Cucumber, Feta, Kalamata Olives, Roasted Onions, Greek
Imported Tuna Niçoise Salad, Baby Greens, Cucumbers, Egg, Green Beans, Kalamata Olives, Tomatoes, Red Onions, EVOO, Fresh Lemon $14
Tomato Panzanella, Fresh Mozzarella, Arugula, Fresh Basil, Toasted Rustic Bread, EVOO, Aged
Add-on to any of the above Salads:
Grilled Chicken $5 Chicken Salad $5.5 Imported Italian Tuna $8
Applewood Smoked Chicken $4
Hard Boiled Eggs (2) $3
Dressings: Caesar, Jalapeño Vinaigrette, Balsamic Vinaigrette, Greek
*Menu subject to change
WHERE: Davio's Galleria Bakery + Cafe | 150 Main Street, King of Prussia, PA 19406 | 484.751.5168 www.davios.com.
WHEN: The Davio's Picnic Basket will be available now through August 2017
COST: Picnic menu items are priced a la carte. $25 picnic basket refundable deposit for use of the basket. Please call 484.751.5168 for more information.
Lauren Bayliss | Public Relations & Marketing Coordinator
www.davios.com | @daviosrestaurant | 774.242.9133
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