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Stina BYO, Philadelphia’s restaurant with a social mission, continues its new monthly Guest Chef Series and Charity Dinner that will benefit local non-profit organizations. After four sold-out charity dinners in a row, Stina is excited to continue their Guest Chef Charity Dinner Series with Chef Kurt Evans, Co-Founder of Down North Pizza. On Tuesday, April 26, 2022 from 4:00pm to 10:00pm, Stina is honored to open its kitchen to this special guest chef, who will work with Stina’s owner Chef Bobby Saritsoglou on a delicious multi course, prix fixe menu. Twenty percent of the evening’s sales are going to this month’s beneficiary, Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity. Reservations are available on Resy. Stina is located at 1705 Snyder Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19145 in South Philadelphia.
“Kurt and I met when he popped in at Will BYOB where I was working at the time,” said Saritsoglou. “Through a series of conversations we learned that we have connected in so many ways. Kurt’s passion and drive to right the wrongs of this world combined with his talent in the kitchen are both impressive and inspiring. We are beyond honored to have him in our kitchen raising money for a worthy cause.”
Chef Kurt Evans said, “I met Bobby at Will BYOB right before he was opening up Stina and we had talks about doing collaboration dinners. I instantly connected with Christina and Bobby for their love of using food as a vehicle to raise awareness and funds for causes have made our relationship special.”
For the collaboration menu, April’s menu will include the following:
Grandmom Evans Rolls
Chicken Skin Butter
Mural City Cellars “CSW White”
Fried Grit Cake
Mural City Cellars “CSW Rose”
Louisiana Shrimp Gravy
Mural City Cellars “Barrel-Fermented Chardonnay”
Cornbread Stuffing . Peanuts . Spring Onions
Mural City Cellars “CSW Red”
Okra Coffee Cake
Candied Walnuts . Uncle Nearest Caramel
Mural City Cellars “Phinato”
Dinner reservations for this special menu are $85 dollars, plus optional wine pairing with Mural City Cellars Winery. Twenty percent of the evening’s sales are going to this month’s beneficiary, Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity.
Chef Kurt Evans, known for his work in the kitchen and in the community, is an artist-activist and social entrepreneur. He was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He found a culinary spark cooking southern style dishes, alongside his grandmothers as a child. Since then, he’s gone on to hone his skills in some of Philadelphia’s most esteemed kitchens. Evans has now cooked professionally for over 12 years and continues to learn innovative cooking techniques and creative recipes. He also uses his culinary skills to rally a community around ending mass incarceration. Through the EMI dinner series, Evans is bringing awareness to and garnering solutions for a pressing community issue. He is the Co Founder of Down North Pizza, a fair wage, equitable workplace for all its employees who have been formerly incarcerated. Evans received the prestigious honor of San Pellegrino Champion of Change 2021.
Mural City Cellars Winery makes a few varietals each year with crops from local growers who live within a 300-mile radius of the city. They harvest the grapes by hand alongside the farmers, do manual punchdowns, hand-crush using a hydraulic basket press imported from Italy, hand-bottle, and work with local artists for the labels. The wines they produce, as well as a MCC-curated selection of Community Supported Winery (CSW) wines, are available in their tasting room and distributed hyper-locally.
Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity works to uplift communities most affected by social justice inequities by providing assistance to neighborhood organizations and individuals who feel that their criminal record is blocking them from jobs, careers, education, credit, housing and other opportunities. Mass incarceration has resulted in hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians having criminal records that hurt them, their families and neighborhoods for generations.