POLITICAL LEADERS AND CULINARY INNOVATORS COME TOGETHER FOR ‘BLUE PLATE SPECIAL’ EVENT IN EFFORTS TO TURN PENNSYLVANIA BLUE
PA Blue Victory Fund Established to Support Local Candidates
Philadelphia culinary legend Steve Poses has created his proudest dish yet: The Blue Plate Special. On September 17, 2018, nearly 40 of the city’s top chefs, restaurateurs, distillers and food artisans will join 35 of the best and brightest local candidates at the Franklin Institute for a world-class culinary fundraiser to help turn Pennsylvania blue. Former Governor Ed Rendell will serve as the Honorary Executive Chef, manning the slider station at the event.
Event proceeds will go into the PA Blue Victory Fund, which has been established to help boost the turnout in the upcoming midterm election and to lay the foundations of support for the next few years, focusing on helping under-funded candidates in competitive races and grassroots organizations with the overarching goal of turning the state blue for the next national election.
“Our goal is to make a difference locally, focusing on the counties surrounding Philadelphia,” said Steve Poses, whose Frog Commissary restaurant was in the vanguard of Philadelphia’s original restaurant renaissance. “We want to make an impact on local, state and congressional elections and ultimately in the 2020 presidential—essentially, we’re asking people to put their money where their mouths are.”
Participating chefs, restaurateurs and food personalities include Ellen Yin (Fork), Scott Schroeder (Hungry Pigeon), Sam Mink (Oyster House), Aimee Olexy (Talula’s Garden), Sam Kincaid (Cadence), Stephanie Reitano (Capogiro), Christopher Curtin (Éclat Chocolate), JonCarl Lachman (Noord), Luca Sena (Panorama), Andy Satinsky (Weckerly’s Ice Cream) and Heather Thomason (Primal Supply Meats). Beverages will be provided by Philadelphia Distilling (Bluecoat Gin) and La Colombe Coffee Roasters, among others.
“I am so proud to be a part of such an all-encompassing effort to support all of these candidates and grassroots efforts,” said Former Governor Ed Rendell, Honorary Executive Chef. “The Blue Plate Special is truly a one-of-a-kind event that the city of Philadelphia has never seen before and a must-attend event whether you’re a political aficionado or a foodie.”
In addition to food stations from the area’s top culinary innovators, the evening will feature a pep rally in the atrium, during which candidates will gather together on stage for photo opportunities and brief remarks.
Tickets for the Blue Plate Special are available at the following levels:
General admission—$150 (7:30 p.m. -10:00 p.m.)
VIP—$250; early access to cocktail hour (6:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m.)
VVIP—$500; early access to cocktail hour and meet the candidates (6:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.)
To purchase tickets, visit https://www.pabluevictory.org/blue-plate-special/.
Political leaders in attendance will include (in alphabetical order):
Meredith Buck (144 Bucks County)
Josh Camson (147 Montgomery County)
Amy Cozze (173 Northampton County)
Andrew Dixon (29 Bucks County)
Danielle Friel Otten (155 Chester County)
Pam Hacker (26 Montgomery/Chester County)
Lauren Lareau (142 Bucks County)
Doug Metcalfe (128 Berks/Lancaster County)
Jennifer O’Mara (165 Delaware County)
Jason Ruff (183 Lehigh/Northampton County)
Kristen Seale (168 Delaware County)
Melissa Shusterman (157 Chester County)
Mike Zabel (163 Delaware County)
Emily Best (30 Clair/Franklin County)
Tina Davis (6 Bucks County)
Katie Muth (26 Chester/Montgomery/Berks County)
Mark Pinsley (26 Lehigh County)
Lindia Sosniak (84 Lycoming/Union County)
For more information, please visit https://www.pabluevictory.org/
About PA Blue Victory Fund:
The PA Blue Victory Fund’s goal is to turn the state of Pennsylvania blue by 2020. It is citizen driven, and 100% locally focused in Southeastern Pennsylvania. The fund is made up of an advisory committee of activists working to create a strategic investment portfolio. This portfolio is then put towards:
1. Under-funded candidates in competitive races
2. Under-resourced grassroots organizations and projects
3. Building a sustained effort to ultimately win in 2020
The Blue Plate Special is paid for by The PA Blue Victory Fund and not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee.
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