Philly’s First: Cooking Up Couture

Cooking Up Couture

Front and Palmer

August 22, 2014

Philadelphia’s first annual Cooking Up Couture event was held this past Friday, August 22nd, 2014. Held in Philadelphia’s Fishtown area at Front and Palmer, this event, presented by Faux Gourmet, LLC and Embacy Entertainment, LLC was to help raise awareness toward Delaware Valley’s increasing hunger problem. All proceeds went directly to Philabundance. On this beautiful night, where a passion for fashion and cooking came together, Jen Groover the entrepreneurial host for the evening introduced several runway models clad with jewel and feather-adorned aprons proving that cooking in the kitchen doesn’t have to equal a “hot mess”. With styles ranging from leopard-print to black faux leather, these aprons are sure to make any culinary artist look like they are on top {chef} of their game!

Upon entering the loft-style building at Front and Palmer, my friend Sara and I were greeted at the entrance by a lovely display of treats:



But, alas, we opted to take a visit to the bar first. Amongst some beer and wine options were two {very strong} specialty drinks created by 20 Manning Grill bartenders. A Garden Party cocktail {the pink drink} was served as well as an Elderflower cocktail {the orange drink}. Both extremely flavorful cocktails that packed quite a punch.



What are those mouth-watering bowls of food next to our cocktails you ask? Possibly the most delicious dish we have ever tasted. Here, folks, is a bowl of shrimp n’ grits. I am normally not a fan of this southern-style food, but let me tell you…the chefs at Lovely Eats have changed my mind. The dish was a perfect combination of buttery, smooth grits and chunky pieces of shrimp topped with a piece of toasted french bread and a lovely chive and cream cheese topping. I most definitely had to restrain myself from going back for seconds {or thirds, or fourths}; which, it’s of no surprise that this bowl of heaven won Peoples Choice Award for the best dish of the night. Congratulations Lovely Eats! Here, you can follow Chef Lovely’s instagram to drool over all of her amazing-looking dishes.



A close second of the night goes to the culinary geniuses of The Bacon Jams. The name alone is enough to make me want to try anything that they are cooking up, but when the words “bacon” and “pork belly” came out of the servers mouth…well, I needn’t any more information.



To be honest, I ate the piece of pork belly so quickly that I didn’t get a chance to properly photograph it, oops. It was that good. So, bravo, Bacon Jams. If only it was a larger piece, maybe I would have bumped you up to #1.

Okay, now that I have properly made everyones tummies rumble with hunger…I will move on to the “fashion” portion of the night. Unfortunately, due to a crazy taxi driver that took my friend and I all over Philadelphia before delivering us to our destination {A post for a different day}, we missed the first half of the fashion show. We did, however, arrive just in-time to see a slew of hand-crafted aprons grace the runway.



These were not your average aprons. Each one was unique with leopard, faux leather, jewels, feathers, and more. A fun, sassy take on at-home cooking. The designer over at Faux Gourmet definitely had “kitchen couture” in mind when creating this collection.

After watching the models parade down the aisle, Sara and I decided we wanted to have our moment in the spotlight too. Lucky for us, Cooking Up Couture set up a little red carpet for that:



All-in-all: A really great event with an even greater cause! I am so happy that Sara and I went. We ate great food, saw some fashionable designs, sipped on delicious cocktails, and went home with a goodie bag! The only thing I am sad we missed was Denise Fike, the fashion illustrator. Maybe next year…


Philly’s First: Cooking Up Couture

Cooking Up Couture

Front and Palmer

August 22, 2014

Philadelphia’s first annual Cooking Up Couture event was held this past Friday, August 22nd, 2014. Held in Philadelphia’s Fishtown area at Front and Palmer, this event, presented by Faux Gourmet, LLC and Embacy Entertainment, LLC was to help raise awareness toward Delaware Valley’s increasing hunger problem. All proceeds went directly to Philabundance. On this beautiful night, where a passion for fashion and cooking came together, Jen Groover the entrepreneurial host for the evening introduced several runway models clad with jewel and feather-adorned aprons proving that cooking in the kitchen doesn’t have to equal a “hot mess”. With styles ranging from leopard-print to black faux leather, these aprons are sure to make any culinary artist look like they are on top {chef} of their game!

Upon entering the loft-style building at Front and Palmer, my friend Sara and I were greeted at the entrance by a lovely display of treats:



But, alas, we opted to take a visit to the bar first. Amongst some beer and wine options were two {very strong} specialty drinks created by 20 Manning Grill bartenders. A Garden Party cocktail {the pink drink} was served as well as an Elderflower cocktail {the orange drink}. Both extremely flavorful cocktails that packed quite a punch.



What are those mouth-watering bowls of food next to our cocktails you ask? Possibly the most delicious dish we have ever tasted. Here, folks, is a bowl of shrimp n’ grits. I am normally not a fan of this southern-style food, but let me tell you…the chefs at Lovely Eats have changed my mind. The dish was a perfect combination of buttery, smooth grits and chunky pieces of shrimp topped with a piece of toasted french bread and a lovely chive and cream cheese topping. I most definitely had to restrain myself from going back for seconds {or thirds, or fourths}; which, it’s of no surprise that this bowl of heaven won Peoples Choice Award for the best dish of the night. Congratulations Lovely Eats! Here, you can follow Chef Lovely’s instagram to drool over all of her amazing-looking dishes.



A close second of the night goes to the culinary geniuses of The Bacon Jams. The name alone is enough to make me want to try anything that they are cooking up, but when the words “bacon” and “pork belly” came out of the servers mouth…well, I needn’t any more information.



To be honest, I ate the piece of pork belly so quickly that I didn’t get a chance to properly photograph it, oops. It was that good. So, bravo, Bacon Jams. If only it was a larger piece, maybe I would have bumped you up to #1.

Okay, now that I have properly made everyones tummies rumble with hunger…I will move on to the “fashion” portion of the night. Unfortunately, due to a crazy taxi driver that took my friend and I all over Philadelphia before delivering us to our destination {A post for a different day}, we missed the first half of the fashion show. We did, however, arrive just in-time to see a slew of hand-crafted aprons grace the runway.



These were not your average aprons. Each one was unique with leopard, faux leather, jewels, feathers, and more. A fun, sassy take on at-home cooking. The designer over at Faux Gourmet definitely had “kitchen couture” in mind when creating this collection.

After watching the models parade down the aisle, Sara and I decided we wanted to have our moment in the spotlight too. Lucky for us, Cooking Up Couture set up a little red carpet for that:



All-in-all: A really great event with an even greater cause! I am so happy that Sara and I went. We ate great food, saw some fashionable designs, sipped on delicious cocktails, and went home with a goodie bag! The only thing I am sad we missed was Denise Fike, the fashion illustrator. Maybe next year…