Think Local, Give Local: Benefitting Philadelphia’s Immigrant Community

On Friday, March 24th, the Garces Foundation presents Think Local, Give Local with tastings from the area’s brightest chefs and a food themed silent auction to benefit the lives of Philadelphia’s immigrant community. The renowned chef, Chef Jose Garces, has handpicked a group of local chefs to deliver an unforgettable epicurean experience, highlighting Philadelphia’s unique culinary talent. Throughout the evening guests will enjoy cocktails made with local spirits, local beer, locally created décor elements and more. Entertainment will be provided by American Deluxe. Denise Fike will provide complimentary fashion illustrations of each guest. Guests will also enjoy a Tito’s Homemade Vodka Lounge. Petals Lane and Event FX will provide décor. Penn Appetit is going to be at the event to lend our support and enjoy the beautiful, rich local culinary culture brewing here in Philly. So, we encourage you to join us and get your tickets now, before they run out!


To give you a little background on the Garces Foundation, it was founded in 2012 to support Philadelphia’s immigrant community, particularly employees of Philadelphia’s hospitality industry and their families. The foundation raises funds to provide this community with medical, educational and nutritional programming. The goal is to help Philadelphia’s immigrants take advantage of these resources so that they may actively contribute their talents to making this city truly world-class.

The foundation currently runs three of its own programs that improve the health, language, cultural skills, and nutrition of this community. The first is a quarterly Community Health Day where uninsured patients can receive free dental care, physicals, and medical screenings. The second is an applied learning English as a second language class for restaurant workers, English for the Restaurant and Everyday Living, which aims to narrow the language and cultural gap in the workplace and beyond. Last, the foundation hosts summer Luna Farm Field Trips to the Garces family farm, where children grow and harvest fruits and vegetables, cook their own healthy lunch from the produce they harvest, and practice fun ways to exercise.

Stations from Garces restaurants including: 24, Amada, Amada New York, Bar Volver, Buena Onda, Distrito, Distrito Moorestown, Garces and Sons coffee, Garces Events, Garces Trading Company, JG Domestic, The Olde Bar, Tinto, Village Whiskey, Volver

Guests will enjoy drinks from Tito’s Homemade Vodka, Patron, Beam Suntory, Yards, Brooklyn Brewing and Estrella, Bluecoat Gin, Coca-Cola and wine from Winebow.

Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 1200 Market Street, Philadelphia

General Admission – $150
Early Admission – $200
VIP Admission – $250 receive exclusive access to the after party on the 33rd floor and a preview tasting.
Attire: Cocktail attire.

Leading up to the gala, Tito’s Homemade Vodka will be donating $1 per cocktail sold at each of the Garces restaurants as listed below to the Garces Foundation. The cocktails will featured with tastings in the Tito’s Lounge at the event….

Bad Education (at Amada)
Rotham and Winter Orchard Apricot Liqueur, Lemon Bitters

Texas Eagle (at JG Domestic)
St. Germain Liqueur, Cucumber, Lime

Picante Pequino (at Distrito)
Jalapeño, Cucumber, Lime, Spicy Chili, Salt Rim

Atlantic Blue (at Tinto and Village Whiskey)
Thyme, Blueberry, Lemon, Nocino Walnut

Can It All Be So Simple? (at 24)
Creme de Cassis, Cranberry, Lime, Mint

In Full Bloom (at Volver)
Citrus Cordial, Rose Water, Lavender Bitters

Vilaine (at Garces Trading Company)
St. Germain Liqueur, Strawberry, Lemon, Sparkling Wine

We Cara Cara ‘Bout You (at The Olde Bar)
Cara Cara Orange, Dolin Blanc, Egg White, Himalayan Sea Salt, Orange Blossom Water



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