East Passyunk chef collaboration dinner to help increase police presence on the Avenue

The summer months bring even more people to East Passyunk Avenue, making the additional presence of police a necessity to keep the neighborhood a vibrant and safe place.


At an upcoming collaboration dinner, you’ll have the chance to raise money for the added police presence, in addition to trying dishes from East Passyunk Avenue’s finest chefs.

The dinner on Monday, March 21 at Paradiso will include a seven-course meal from the chefs behind restaurants like Townsend, Laurel and Stargazy. Since this event is meant to subsidize the cost of added police presence for the area, officers from the Philadelphia Police Department will be the guests of honor.

Here’s the menu lineup:

  • Foie Gras Soup with Pecans and Asian Pear (Lee Styer, Fond)
  • Roasted Sunchokes, Fennel Marmalade, Beech Mushrooms, Puffed Beef Tendon (Christopher Kearse, Will BYOB)
  • Escargot and Brussels Sprout ‘Mange Tout’ with Bacon-Sherry Crème Fraiche (Tod Wentz, Townsend)
  • Parsnip Tortelloni, Chestnut, Brown Butter, Castelmangno Cheese (Luke Palladino, Palladino’s)
  • Scallop, Celery Root, Citrus, Truffle (Nick Elmi, Laurel)
  • Orata Filet, Tomatoes, Olives, Capers, White Wine (Joe Cicala, Le Virtu and Brigantessa)
  • Sticky Toffee Pudding, Lancaster Nutmeg Cream (Sam Jacobson, Stargazy)
  • Host/Maitre D/Bartender: Lynn Rinaldi, Paradiso Restaurant and Joncarl Lachman, Noord Eetcafe

Tickets for the event are $200 per person. The event will begin with a cocktail hour at 6 p.m. on Monday, March 21 with complimentary cocktails and a variety of hors d’oeuvres. The dinner itself is BYOB, in case you’d like to bring along a bottle of wine. If you’re interested in attending, you can purchase tickets here.

10 thoughts on “East Passyunk chef collaboration dinner to help increase police presence on the Avenue

  • March 7, 2016 at 12:22 pm

    That’s a pretty big assumption in that first sentence. Any research to back this up? Is crime trending upward on EPX?

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  • March 8, 2016 at 10:14 am

    I like the restaurants listed, and would pay a good price for a ticket, but 1) $200 per ticket is pretty extensive (considering dinner is BYO), and 2) why do we need an increased police presence?

    I agree that keeping EPA safe is a great goal, but I haven’t heard or seen any uptick in criminal activity. Actually, it feels safer than ever, considering the surrounding neighborhoods are going up in value. Police presence doesn’t necessarily impact crime either. A rise in property values, concerned and engaged residents (which we have) and pedestrian traffic usually does the trick. And there will always be some crime. Just curious to hear more on why this dinner is being arranged.

  • March 8, 2016 at 1:05 pm

    It’s just a very odd kind of fundraiser for this sort of thing. I’d much rather see a $200/head dinner set up for some kind of charitable effort or cleaning/beautification project. I suspect someone is on the take here.

    • March 15, 2016 at 1:30 pm

      I totally agree! Seriously.. When ya start bringing in extra police, it starts to give the place a sort of rent-a-cop feel. Like when you’re in a jersey shore town and they wanna tail gate you to try and get you to screw up. Or when they harass you for not looking like you belong.. I’d rather this money fund the schools….

  • March 9, 2016 at 9:26 pm

    Maybe if our Segway cop actually patrolled instead of spending all his time in the Twin Smokes Cigar shop we would all be safer.

    Literally I walk by this place 2-3 times a day and his Segway is always parked outside… so yeah. We may need more coverage in the summer, but it would certainly be nice if we at least got coverage from the one officer already there.

    • March 10, 2016 at 11:41 am

      I’m so glad someone else has noticed this…well how could you not notice it really. Cue separate rant about how that tobacco place is just the worst.

    • March 13, 2016 at 4:30 pm

      Glad someone else noticed

    • March 13, 2016 at 6:10 pm

      Julie, I agree. Oh and lets not delete my post again.

      • March 13, 2016 at 6:11 pm

        Oops, sorry. My previous comment wasn’t showing up so I thought you deleted. Now I know why I rarely comment on articles LOL

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