All-female chef competition benefits domestic violence survivors

Hadas Kuznits
March 15, 2019 - 6:15 am
This photo shows chefs from 2018's Women Against Abuse Dish It Up cooking competition.

Courtesy of Women Against Abuse


PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Nearly two dozen women will be participating in the Dish It Up cooking competition March 21 at Vie by Cescaphe, an event benefiting survivors of domestic violence.

Long-time participant Meredith Maciolek said it's a good time for a good cause.

"The event itself is about supporting women in general," she said. "Women Against Abuse is a nonprofit organization and this is their main fundraiser for the year, so it's really about celebrating women chefs, women bartenders and their contributions to the culinary scene."

Chef Doreen DeMarco said having so many female chefs in one place really highlights the talent of these women.

"The list itself is pretty extraordinary because it shows so much diversity, too, throughout the food that Philadelphia represents," she added.

This year will be DeMarco's first year competing.

"I have a three-system type thing where it's portable, snackable and popable," she explained of her culinary techniques. "You want to be able to keep it moving at these events. You want to be able to talk to people. There's people to see, places to go, drinks to drink, so you got to keep it quick — pick it up, one bite, move on to the next spot."

Rabbi Jill Maderer will be honored at the event, and a purple cocktail will be featured in memory of Philly mixologist Katie Loeb, who passed away last year.  

Dish It Up happens annually in March for Women's History Month, which DeMarco appreciates.

"Just to be in a room of incredible talent, especially incredible talent that's all female."

For more on what goes on behind the scenes at Dish It Up, subscribe to to the What's Cooking podcast on the RADIO.COM app.