Savor the Harvest at ‘PHeaSt’ October 16 at Navy Yard

The region’s amazing local growers and leading chefs will combine their talents for PHeaSt the delicious garden-to-table celebration on Friday, Oct. 16, 7 to 10 p.m. at the Navy Yard in South Philadelphia.

2015 PHeaSt

Hosted by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, the fourth annual PHeaSt brings together renowned chefs and urban growers for a special party to benefit the PHS City Harvest program, which provides locally grown food for families in need and helps build healthy communities. The event has been a sell-out each year, as hundreds of Philly-area foodies come to sample new seasonal dishes by the culinary and gardening teams.

PHeaSt transforms the PHS Warehouse at the Navy Yard, home to recycled props from the Philadelphia Flower Show, into a unique party setting. Guests are invited to roam from table to table to enjoy the garden-fresh dishes, chat with the chefs, and get gardening tips from the growers.

2015 PHeaSt Invite

The “Fruits of the Vine” wine pull will include more than 100 bottles donated by individuals and Fine Wine & Good Spirits. The bottles are valued between $20 and $300 each. For $20, guests may try their luck and select one bottle in a wine bag.

Culinary partners this fall include 12th Street Catering (Philadelphia), Aramark (Philadelphia), Brûlée Bakery(Ardmore), Buddakan (Philadelphia), Campbell’s Place (Chestnut Hill), Chef Joseph Shilling (Philadelphia), Christina Cooks (Philadelphia), Christine Hazel (Philadelphia), Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse (Philadelphia), Devil’s Alley(Philadelphia), Fitler Dining Room (Philadelphia), Garces Trading Co. (Philadelphia), IndeBlue Restaurant and Bar(Philadelphia), Koliyan (Philadelphia),  Melograno (Philadelphia), Night Kitchen Bakery (Philadelphia), Red Owl Tavern (Philadelphia), Sazon (Philadelphia) Smokin’ Betty’s (Philadelphia), Supper  (Philadelphia), The Farm and Fisherman(Philadelphia), Tradestone Café (Conshohocken), Triangle Tavern (Philadelphia), Vedge (Philadelphia), and the Vetri Foundation (Philadelphia).

Sips partners are 13th Street Cocktail Catering (Philadelphia), Bank & Bourbon (Philadelphia), Barefoot Wine and Bubbly (California), Dad’s Hat Rye (Bucks County), Don Julio (Mexico), Fine Wine & Good Spirits (Pennsylvania), Hall Wines (California), Hendrick’s Gin (UK), Mac’s Tavern (Philadelphia), Martin Millers Gin (London), and Millstone Spirits(Philadelphia), New Liberty Distillery (Philadelphia), Stoli (Russia), Tito’s Handmade Vodka (Texas), WALT Wines(California), Whistle Pig (Vermont), William Grant (UK), Yards Brewery (Philadelphia).

Garden partners include Agaston Urban Nutrition Initiative (UNI), Bubbe’s Backyard and Moore, Chester County Food Bank Farm, Earthskeepers, East Park Revitalization Alliance (EPRA), Farm 51 & Chicory Florals, Germantown Kitchen Garden, Liberty Lands Community Garden, Nationalities Services Center’s Growing Home Garden and Growing Together Garden, PHS City Harvest/PPS, Port Kensington Gardens, Southwark Queen Village Community Garden, Summer-Winter Garden, and Weavers Way Co-op Farm.

The People’s Choice Award for the most delicious culinary creation will be selected by the guests. Throughout the evening, each guest can vote for his or her favorite PHeaSt dish. The most popular dishes will be awarded “Best in PHeaSt.” Randomly selected guests will receive gift certificates to the winning restaurants.

All PHeaSt proceeds benefit a great cause, the PHS City Harvest program. Through the PHS network of urban growers in the Philadelphia region, City Harvest feeds hundreds of families in need each week during the growing season. The growers involved in PHeaSt participate in City Harvest and also make affordable, locally produced food available at farmers markets in Philadelphia’s neighborhoods.

PHeaSt is made possible through the generosity of its sponsors, Subaru and Accenture.

Tickets are on sale now. General admission tickets are $165 (PHS members $150). VIP tickets are $300 (PHS members $275) and include early admission at 6 p.m. PHeaSt is held in the PHS Warehouse at the Navy Yard, 5201 South 13th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19112.

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