Twenty East Passyunk Chefs Join Forces For An Unforgettable Night At Bok Bar September 18

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East Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District announces the return of “Up on a Roof - The Chefs of Passyunk at Bok Bar” on Monday, September 18, 2017, from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. Twenty chefs and restaurateurs from Philadelphia’s restaurant row will celebrate the neighborhood's thriving culinary scene with a cocktail party and benefit on top of Bok Bar (800 Mifflin) in the former Bok Technical High School. Guests will enjoy one of the city’s most picturesque views while enjoying cuisine from top chefs like Nicholas Elmi, Joncarl Lachman, Todd Wentz, Chris Kearse, Lee Styer, Lynn Rinaldi and others. New restaurants participating in this second year event include Barcelona, Capogiro, Plenty Cafe and P'unk Burger. Tickets are $40 and available at Proceeds benefit programs and initiatives by EPABID, including supporting the East Passyunk restaurant valet program. Rain date is scheduled for Tuesday, September 19, 2017.

“Up on a Roof showcases the diversity, talent and generosity of our many chefs and restaurants,” said EPABID Executive Director Pam Zenzola. “This event celebrates our very close and supportive culinary community where the city’s top chefs work, live and collaborate together, each and every day. Look for your tried and true favorite dishes - and be ready to experience new flavor sensations being prepared just for the night.”

With Up on a Roof, East Passyunk’s award-winning cuisine is paired with Bok cocktails for an unforgettable night that is up close and personal with some of the region’s biggest chefs.

The full list of participating restaurants and chefs for 2017 include:

Barcelona - Pulpo (octopus)

Bing Bing Dim Sum - Crispy lamb eggroll with sesame chimi churri

Brigantessa/Le Virtu - Eggplant "meatballs"

Cantina los Caballitos - Seitan Anticucho  (vegan, agave, sesame seeds, chimichurri sauce, jalapeno aioli) and Empanadas (chicken achiote, cheese, chipotle sour cream)

Capogiro - Gelato con brioche with a selection of different gelato flavors

Fond - Shrimp ceviche, avodcado Serrano chilli, heirloom tomato

Izumi - Maki

Laurel - Chicken liver tart with blackberry and pecan

Mamma Maria Ristorante - Pasta with chicken and spinach

NOIR - Arancini balls

Noord - House smoked salmon with pickles and remoulade

P'unk Burger - Chimichurri beef slider with smoked gouda cheese

Paradiso - Shrimp, calamari and gregola sarda

Perla - Chilled clam with broth espuma, corn and micro celery

Plenty Cafe - Mushroom Pâté toast – Pickled mustard seeds, arugula, red onion, levain bread

Sate Kampar - Achat pickles

Townsend - Roasted stuffed pig

Tre Scalini - Shrimp and white bean and greens salad in dressing

Vanilya - Stuffed bagel bites

Will BYOB - Escargot and miatake mushroom daube

While wining and dining on the Bok roof, guests will also be able buy raffle tickets to win prizes from shops on the Avenue, buy drinks at the cash bar, and enjoy music from DJ Christophonic.

Raffle prizes include certificates, gift cards and donations from A Man's Image, Analog Watch Company, A Star is Born, Bianca Simone,Carolyn Verdi Boutique, Escape the 80's, Favors and Flavors, Haberdasher, Halo Hair Philly, Headhunters Hair Salon, Lucidi Salon, Lume Creative Learning Studio, Manatawny Still Works, Meister's Barbershop, Metro Men’s Clothing, Mia Philadelphia, Miss Demeanor, N.R.S. Boutique, Nice Things Handmade, Philadelphia Scooters, Pollyodd, Sermania Jewelry, South Fellini, South Philadelphia Community Acupuncture, Stargazing, The Bottle Shop, Tildie’s Toy Box, Today's Style, Urban Jungle, Vin Cafe, Vivi Nail Salon, and Wake Up Yoga.

Tickets are on sale now for $40 each at Proceeds from this special benefit support the community and business programs and activities of EPABID. Event is 21 and over only, with valid identification required.

In case of inclement weather, the rain date for the event is Tuesday, September 19, 2017. Special thanks to event sponsors Perrier, San Pellegrino and SCOUT.


East Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District is home to 150 independently owned shops and markets that perfectly balances the best of the old and the new, mixing old world shopping, authentic Italian restaurants, world famous cheese steaks, with trendy boutiques, handmade arts, world-class cuisine and record-breaking events.

Food and Wine Magazine’s “Top 10 Foodie Streets in America” is home to 35+ award-winning and acclaimed restaurants, cafes and gastropubs serving everything from “red gravy” Italian to organic burgers to Mexican street food to Asian dumplings. Chef-driven restaurants have pushed the once-faded East Passyunk community into the local, regional and national spotlight with additional accolades from USA Today, National Geographic, Philadelphia Inquirer, Daily News,, Philadelphia Magazine, Eater, Zagat, Philadelphia Style Magazine, PhillyVoice, Courier Post and many others.

Anchored by the beautifully restored Singing Fountain, a communal gathering place on Tasker Street, this store-lined commercial corridor hosts events of all shapes and sizes. Annual outdoor favorites include foodie-festival Flavors of the Avenue, the Car Show & Street Festival, Farmers’ Markets and East Passyunk Craft Beer Day. For more information and directions, like East Passyunk Avenue on Facebook, follow @epassyunkave on Twitter, pin East Passyunk Avenue on Pinterest or visit