Feast and Fight Back With Dish It Up

We support any event that brings together some of the area’s best chefs for a delicious evening of culinary pursuits. We also support any event that benefits as worth an organization as Women Against Abuse. Hence our extensive support of tomorrow night’s double whammy: Dish It Up.

Dish It Up puts some of the city’s most distinguished female chefs head to head in a race for the coveted Purple Dish Award. And yes, that means their creative concoction must be of a violet hue.

Last year’s winner was 10 Arts Bistro & Lounge Chef de Cuisine Jennifer Carroll — also known from her sting on Bravo’s Top Chef — who wowed with poached salmon with beat puree. This year she’s back, but as a celebrity judge. Joining her will be Kirsten Henri of Philadelphia magazine, Felicia D’Ambrosio of Yelp Philadelphia and Phylis Stein-Novack of the South Philly Review.

So who is sparring this year? The line-up includes Effie Bouikidis of Effie’s Greek Restaurant and Paul, Moon Krapugthong of Mango Moon and Chabaa Thai, Lynn Marie Rinaldi of Paradiso and Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran of Bindi, Lolita and Barbuzzo.

This year there will also be a new People’s Choice Purple Cupcake Award, bestowed upon the crowd’s pick as best mini confection. Bakers from 10 Arts, Mugshots, Cupcake Gourmet and Homemade Goodies by Roz will turn up the heat.

And because we can throw even more names out there, NBC10’s Bill Henley will emcee, while the folks behind Chick’s Cafe & Wine Bar serve up complimentary cocktails.

Proceeds benefit Women Against Abuse, a Philadelphia organization that provides emergency shelter, protection, legal advice to victims of domestic violence, as well as educates the community on this disturbing crime.

The event begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Moore College of Art at 1916 Race St. Tickets are $85. To purchase, or to learn more about the event and Women Against Abuse, visit www.womenagainstabuse.org.