By Kiarra Solomon
Gourmet food and designer clothes combined to raise more than $3,000 for Philabundance’s Community Kitchen Program during the third annual Cooking Up Couture event held at Front & Palmer ballroom in Northern Liberties.
Cooking Up Couture, the brainchild of Philly Gives founder Katie Everett and Dawane Cromwell, founder of Embacy Entertainment, brings together the very best in food and fashion in Philadelphia to fight hunger in the city. The $3,750 raised from this year’s event was donated to the Philabundance Community Kitchen. Philabundance Community Kitchen is a 14-week culinary vocational training program for low income adults that prepares them to work in commercial kitchens. The program provides 500 hours of culinary training, and two years of retention services. The program, which has an 81 percent job placement rate, exposes participants to guest chefs and industry professionals, life coaching services, and more.
This year’s event was hosted by celebrity chef Brian Duffy of Spike TV’s “Bar Rescue” and featured hand-crafted signature cocktails, a variety of gourmet tasting dishes by local and celebrity chefs from a variety of restaurants including Postiano Coast, XIX, and The Lucky Well and a couture fashion show featuring frocks from local designers.
To find out more about how you can support the grassroots community initiatives of PhillyGives, visit www.mycitygives.com. For more information on the Philabundance Community Kitchen, visit www.philabundance.org/programs