Eat to Empower

Thank you for your support of Vetri Community Partnership's inaugural Eat to Empower Dinner Series & Food Festival. We had such a good time celebrating with you all!
Between the Food Festival at La Colombe Coffee Roasters and the Dinner Series that took place in six private homes throughout the Greater Philadelphia region, we raised more than $250,000 for Vetri Community Partnership's school lunch and nutrition education programs. This money will help us reach even more communities, schools, families and children.
Check out our photos from the 2018 event here!

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 was 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.

2018 featured visiting chefs were 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 visiting chef was 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.

2018 Featured Food & Drink Participants: Big Gay Ice Cream, Cake Life Bake Shop, 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)

When & Where

2019 date TBA!


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.

Silent Auction - Closed! Buy Tickets - Sold Out! 2018 Sponsorship Opportunities

Thank You to Our 2018 Sponsors: