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7th Annual Philanthropic Foodies Culinary Showcase on July 29 will Feature 18 Local Chefs; Benefits 2 Local Nonprofits

The seventh annual Philanthropic Foodies culinary showcase, taking place on Sunday, July 29 at Marriott Syracuse Downtown from 4-8 p.m., will benefit Friends of Dorothy House and Shamrock Animal Fund.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The seventh annual Philanthropic Foodies culinary showcase, taking place on Sunday, July 29 at Marriott Syracuse Downtown from 4 to 8 p.m., will benefit Friends of Dorothy House and Shamrock Animal Fund.

The event will feature tasting stations with a variety of menu items, prepared and served on-site by 18 Syracuse area chefs, including:

  • Chef Mark Bullis, Bull & Bear Roadhouse
  • Chef Jason Jessmore, The Chef & The Cook and Chef4Rent
  • Chef DeAnna Germano, The Chef & The Cook and Chef4Rent
  • Chef Mark Germano, The Chef & The Cook and Chef4Rent
  • Chef Anthony Donofrio, The Chef & The Cook and Chef4Rent
  • Chef Matt Riddett, Empire Brewing Company
  • Chef Eva Zaczynski, Eva’s European Sweets
  • Chef Mara Mercado, Humble Pie Co.
  • Chef Tom Kiernan, Marriott Syracuse Downtown
  • Pizzaiolo John Vigliotti, Peppino’s Restaurant and Catering
  • Chef Luke Houghton, Pure Catering & Events
  • Chef Chance Bear, The Ridge Tavern
  • Chef Luke Szabo, Scratch Farmhouse Catering
  • Pit Master Dick Benedetto, Smoke Incorporated BBQ
  • Chocolatier Michael E. Speach Jr., The Speach Family Candy Shoppe
  • Chef Sarah Hassler, The Stoop Kitchen
  • Chef Sam Mondello, Vince’s Gourmet Imports
  • Chef Danny Vault, The York


Tasting stations are paired with beverages provided by local businesses, including: 1911 Spirits, Brewery Ommegang, Buttonwood Grove Winery, Crowne Plaza Library Lounge, Dr. Konstantin Frank Vinifera Wine Cellars, Last Shot Distillery, Lock 1 Distilling Co., Middle Ages Brewing Company, Mighty Swell Cocktails, Opici Family Wines, Peaks Coffee Co., Treleaven Wines, and Vine & Barrel.

Philanthropic Foodies also features a live and silent auction, a wine toss, and live entertainment provided by Professional Victims (Ashley Cox and Shawn Sullivan) and local jazz soloist Jimmy Cox.

The organizations benefitting from Philanthropic Foodies serve a wide range of needs in the local community, including:

  • Friends of Dorothy House – offers home-based care to people with AIDS and terminal illness through recuperative or hospice care, supportive housing and emergency assistance.
  • Shamrock Animal Fund – provides financial assistance for local animals in need of veterinary care who have owners with economic limitations and organizes Healthy Pet Clinics.

Over the past six years, Philanthropic Foodies has raised nearly $270,000 for a variety of local nonprofits.

For more information and to purchase tickets for Philanthropic Foodies, visit A minimum donation of $100 per person is requested. New this year, guests can also purchase the Philanthropic Foodies VIP experience, which includes reserved seating, a dedicated server to assist with station samples, and a beverage package.

This year’s event is sponsored by CXtec, TERACAI, Renzi Foodservice, Carrier, Siemens and Lockheed Martin Employees’ Federated Fund.


About Philanthropic Foodies
Founded in 2012, the goal of Philanthropic Foodies is simple – to eat, drink, and give back! Philanthropic Foodies combines a culinary showcase of talented local chefs and products from local purveyors, as well as a silent and live auction, to create a unique fundraising event that benefits multiple nonprofits within the Central New York community. For more information, visit


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