The Second Chance Foundation, along with sponsor SugarHouse Casino, will present the first Ya Gotta Try This Tasting Party, on Thursday, October 2, 2014, at Independence Visitor Center (6th and Market), starting at 6:30pm. Fox 29’s Mike Jerrick and District Attorney R. Seth Williams will host an evening filled with must-try dishes and drinks from 24 local bars, restaurants and eateries, including Noord, Palladino’s, Rouge, Cuba Libre Restaurant Rum Bar, Geechee Girl Rice Cafe, Verdad, Kitchen Consigliere Cafe, Circles and others. Bru Craft and Wurst, U-Bahn and Yards Brewing Company will sample free beer. Southern Wine & Spirits will sponsor the complimentary open bar. Festivities will include music and dancing, silent auction, prizes and much more. Tickets are on sale now for only $50 general admission and $100 for VIP at www.yagottatrythis.com. For more about the beneficiary, please visit www.secondchancephiladelphia.org.
“I am supporting The Second Chance Foundation simply because I believe in second chances. It is that simple,” said Fox 29’s Mike Jerrick. “The foundation provides funding for organizations which are helping at risk youth get back on track and give them resources and encouragement to turn their lives around.”
The Ya Gotta Try This Tasting Party was created by Jerrick (a Board Member of The Second Chance Foundation), along with Williams, and a committee of community volunteers. The event will pay homage to Jerrick's weekly segment that shows off an unusual, unexpected, exceptional and/or adventurous dish from one of the great restaurants in the region. The line-up for this inaugural year includes restaurants from Old City, South Street, East Passyunk, Mt. Airy, South Jersey and everywhere in between.
Participants and their dishes will include:
Bridget Foy's - New dish for fall “Cracker Jack Sundae” with popcorn and peanut butter ice cream
Brulee Catering with Chef Jean-Marie Lacroix - Asian crab salad in a sesame cone, smoked salmon mousse with dill and chives in squid ink cone, sun dried tomato pesto hummus in fire roasted tomato cone
Chhaya Cafe - Thanksgiving Waffle featuring a sausage and sage stuffing waffle, topped with roasted turkey, gravy and cranberry
Circles - Pork Belly Moo Ping Pao Buns
Cuba Libre Restaurant and Run Bar - Chilled cilantro soup and corn-truffle mousse
Fat Jack's BBQ - Carolina pulled pork sliders with hickory smoked pork smoked for over 18 hours on Tennesee Wood
Geechee Girl Rice Cafe - Southern delicacy with fried apple and peach handpies
Headhouse Crab & Oyster Co. - Smoked salmon and egg salad crostini
Kitchen Consigliere Cafe - Sausage meatballs made from 100% Italian sausage, pumpkin stuffed gnocchi in brown butter sauce with glazed walnuts and gorgonzola cheese and dried cranberries
Ms Goody Cupcake - Drunken cupcakes with Elvis (Wells Banana Bread Beer with banana and chocolate chip cake, peanut butter frosting and chocolate dipped bacon on top) and Bx3 (white cake with blueberries soaked in Fegley’s Brew Works Blueberry Belch, with tart lemon buttercream and accented with lemon rind shavings)
Moonshine - Blackened chicken pesto gnocchi and Spanish arancini
Nick's Roast Beef - Ground bacon burgers in classic (with lettuce, tomato, cherry pepper aoli and cheese) and Southwestern (featuring jack cheese, fried pickle and housemade salsa)
Noord - House smoked salmon with dill vinaigrette and remoulade
Palladino's - Truffled Grissini with handcrafted breadsticks with truffle butter, parmesan and prosciutto
Rouge - Baked macaroni and cheese
Sano by Michael Scipio - Menu to be announced
SliCE - The Granny Pizza with sliced Granny Smith Apples baked with Gorgonzola cheese and cranberries and topped with candied walnuts
St. Lucifer Spice - St. Lucifer Spice’d Freshly Popped Popcorn and St. Lucifer Spice’d Bar Snacks
SugarHouse Casino Refinery Restaurant - Not Your Mama’s Meatloaf featuring a ground beef meatloaf with sweet potato and boursin hash, wilted swiss chard and stewed green tomatoes
Taproom on 19th- Squeal of Fortune with hickory smoked pork shoulder with hickory smoked sweet Italian sausage, with Southern Carolina mustard slaw on a potato roll
Verdad - Pork carnitas taco with agave BBQ, mahon, malbec poached plum
Xochitl - Chicken Tacos with housemade tortillas, ancho braised chicken, crèma, avocado, cotija cheese and pickled onion
Bru, U-Bahn and Yards Brewing Company will host complimentary beer tastings throughout the event. Guests can also enjoy an open bar, with donated spirits from Southern Wine & Spirits as well as dance to tunes by DJ Malc Geez.
Pledge your extra support to The Second Chance Foundation by bidding on exclusive and luxury experiences in the silent auction, including:
Fly on the trapeze with Fox 29’s Quincy Harris at Fly School Circus Arts
Spend the afternoon at Eviama Life Green Spa and Boutique with Fox 29’s Jennaphr Frederick
Accompany Philly Chit Chat Hughe Dillon as he shoots an exclusive society event this fall
Enjoy an afternoon of pampering and shopping with Fox 29’s Alex Holley at Lord & Taylor Bala Cynwyd
Join Fox 29’s Mike Jerrick for the opening of Palladino’s on East Passyunk
Feast and drink with your friends on custom-made wurst at Bru
Be one of the first to experience U-Bahn opening in Midtown Village this fall
Join the ultimate “Woman of the Week” Marilyn Russell at Ben FM then join her for a special lunch
Win registration for two to the event of the year - Diner en Blanc Philadelphia 2015
Fox 29 talent scheduled to volunteer their time at the event include:
Tickets are on sale now for $50.00 general admission or $100 for VIP admission at www.yagottatrythis.com. VIP tickets include early access with the talent at 5:30pm, special appetizers and a VIP gift. For more information, follow @yagottatry #yagottatry14 on Twitter, like Ya Gotta Try This Tasting Party on Facebook, or call 215-840-9216.
Ya Gotta Try This Tasting Party is presented by The Second Chance Foundation, with support from SugarHouse Casino, plus Liberty View Ballroom at Independence Visitor Center, Brulee Catering, Aversa PR & Events, SPW Productions, Hughe Dillon and Philly Chit Chat, U-Bahn and Bru, Southern Wine and Spirits, Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar, Chef Luke Palladino and Palladino's, Yards Brewering Company DJ Malc Geez and Upcomingevents.com.
All proceeds benefit The Second Chance Foundation, a non-profit organization that has provided funding over the past two years to community-based non profit organizations that prevent crime, reduce recidivism, and improve the quality of life for our neighborhoods here in Philadelphia. District Attorney R. Seth Williams states, “This event will allow the Board of the Second Chance Foundation and I an opportunity to honor our mission to raise money to serve ‘at risk’ youth and young adults in Philadelphia. Last year, we were able to provide grants for seven (7) organizations like the Sonny Hill Basketball League, the Turning Points for Children Organization and other non-profits that needed support for summer programming.”
The Second Chance Foundation was created in January of 2011, by District Attorney R. Seth Williams. Williams, a Philadelphian, who grew up in West Philadelphia and learned early the importance of family/support and giving back to the community. Once in office, Williams’ put thought into action and assembled a team of professionals that could share in his vision of finding ways to financially support non-profit organizations that work with youth in hopes of preventing crime in the City of Philadelphia. For more information, please visit www.secondchancephiladelphia.org.