South Street Headhouse District, in partnership with Queen Village Neighborhood Association and area businesses, is arranging a benefit event to raise funds to aid Bridget Foy’s displaced employees, Saved Me, Inc. animal rescue, and the American Red Cross/Red Paws. Community Dinner: Bridget Foy's Fire Relief Benefit will take place under the historic Headhouse Square Shambles on Wednesday, November 15, 2017, from 6:00pm to 9:00pm.
This special culinary tasting event will feature 30+ of the city’s top chefs, bartenders and restaurants with live music by Mikey Junior Band. The dinner will bring together the restaurant community to rally for a Philadelphia restaurant staple, that has served South Street and the region for 40 years. The event also features a silent auction with items donated by neighborhood businesses. Beer and wine sampling will also be included in the ticket price.
The early list of participating restaurants includes the following:
Hawthornes Beer Cafe
High Street on Market
Mad Rex Restaurant and Virtual Reality Lounge
Malbec Argentine Steakhouse
Taproom on 19th
The Little Lion
The Twisted Tail
Vintage Syndicate (Time)
The community dinner and fire relief benefit is organized with help from George Reilly, owner of neighboring Twisted Tail.
Reilly said, "I live opposite Bridget Foys restaurant and watching what happened that night was an awful and sobering experience, looking at it with industry eyes. It makes you realize that one small thing, one mistake, can turn life upside down and affect so many people in the process. Philadelphia has a close-knit restaurant community. We see each other, spend time at each other's establishments and that creates a respect and a bond that connects the city together. I am really happy to see the response of not only the neighborhood restaurants, but that of the larger community throughout the city, reaching out to express their want to help and participate in this benefit event."
Reilly added, "It will be a night of sorrow, but also of celebration and camaraderie shown by everyone who buys a ticket to come out and partake in the food and drink and music, as well as bidding on some great auction items. We will be honoring the first responders to the fire as well as raising money to benefit all affected by the fire. It is an honor and a pleasure to help arrange this event and I look forward to it being a fantastic community event."
SSHD Executive Director Michael Harris said in a statement issued the day of the fire:
"Our hearts go out to John, Bernadette, Bridget, Paul and the entire Foy family. Bridget Foy's has been the cornerstone of South Street for 40 years and a vital part of our colorful and vibrant South Street story - and an important part of Philadelphia's history. Families from around the city, region and country have come through Foy's doors to find a wonderfully warm welcome and exceptional hospitality from this beloved family (and their staff). Foy's is a special tradition for Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter and so many other special occasions. Please keep the family and staff in your thoughts - as well as Howard Nelson and staff of Doggie Style, the two dogs who died in the fire and those displaced in neighboring apartments. Our sincere thanks for all the first responders and the city's defenders for their efforts to contain the fire and keep our neighborhood safe."
Tickets are available for the tasting event at $50 each at the following link:
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For more information, visit SouthStreet.com or call (215) 413-3713.