Eat to Empower

About Eat to Empower

Eat to Empower is Vetri Community Partnership’s new annual fundraiser celebrating the generosity, heart and soul of the food and beverage industry, both nationally and locally. 2018 is Eat to Empower’s inaugural year.

Dinner Series:

Early in the evening, some of the nation’s best chefs will partner with local culinary talent for the Eat to Empower Dinner Series across the Greater Philadelphia region. Approximately twenty diners at each home will be treated to wine, a multi-course meal, and a 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 (Montreal, 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 Townsend Wentz.

Food Festival:

The Eat to Empower Food Festival features Philadelphia’s culinary up-and-comers and collaborations, as well as musical talent. General admission tickets include food, open bar and music.

Featured Food & Drink Participants: Big Gay Ice Cream, Cheu Fishtown, Mike’s BBQ, Pizzeria Vetri, Poi Dog, Bluecoat American Gin, Dad's Hat Pennsylvania Rye Whiskey, Tito's Handmade Vodka, and Yard's Brewing Co. (More TBA / Subject to Change)

Attendees can expect nicethings with Chill Moody and DJ Hank McCoy who will serve as the evening's emcees/DJs. Entertainment will also include original art created live by local visual artist Saeed Briscoe.

Tickets on sale now!

When & Where

Saturday, April 21, 2018

The Dinner Series will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. in private homes across the Greater Philadelphia region. The Food Festival is from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. at La Colombe in the Fishtown section of Philadelphia.


The Eat to Empower Dinner Series and Food Festival benefits the mission of Vetri Community Partnership. 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.

For more information on the Eat to Empower Dinner Series and Food Festival, contact Genevieve Lynch at or 267-281-6349.

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