Saturday, April 18, 2015

ACHIEVEability operates with the belief that everyone has the ability to achieve financial stability through education and personal accountability.

Food For Thought 2015

SAVE THE DATE / Food for Thought 2016 / April 9, 2016 / Urban Outfitters at the Navy Yard


Stay tuned for more information. To find out more about this event, please read below about Food for Thought 2015. 


Food for Thought 2015 - A Great Success!

Mission_First_and_Mayor_NutterTantalizing, tasty and tremendous are the perfect words to describe Food for Thought 2015! The event was a great success, thanks to the generous support of our sponsors, guests, committee members, donors, featured chefs and restaurants, board members, staff and volunteers. This event, hosted on Saturday, April 18th, by Urban Outfitters at The Navy Yard, raised more than $210,000 in gross revenue helping to support the ACHIEVEability mission by "planting the seeds for our families to succeed."

Brittney_Shipp_of_NBC10_and_ACHIEVEability_Director_of_Self-Sufficiency_Jamila_Harris-Morrison_-_Image_by_Tara_TayanThe event featured more than 25 of the top chefs and restaurants in the Philadelphia area, unique auction items, games and entertainment, live music and dancing. Brittney Shipp of NBC10's First Weather Alert Team served as the Food for Thought guest emcee. Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter also made an appearance at the event.

If you attended this year's Food for Thought, we would appreciate your feedback. Please take a moment to complete an easy three question survey to help us make Food for Thought 2016 an even better event!

Please visit the Philadelpia Inquirer at to see a brief write-up and images from our event. Also, please visit Pen Appetit to see images of the amazing food prepared by our featured chefs.  

Tantalizing and Tasty Dishes

Bistrot_La_MinetteThe more than 500 guests who attended Food for Thought were tantalized by flavors such as those of heirloom carrot tartare (with house made yogurt and cured duck), drums of heaven (chickpea battered drums with chili, garlic, tomato and blue cheese), chilled pea soup (with smoked scallop, rhubarb and horse-radish), noble cheddar and escargot beignets, and the best crab cakes in town.

FFT_Chefs_1Food for Thought featured many of Philadelphia's top chefs and restaurants including Joey Baldino of Zeppoli, Scott Calhoun of Lo Spiedo, Eli Collins of Pub & Kitchen, Dana Herbert of  Desserts by Dana, Indeblue Restaurant & Bar, Andrew Kochan and Tim Lanza of Marigold Kitchen, Josh Lawler of The Farm and Fisherman, Chip Roman of Blackfish, Scott Schroeder of South Philadelphia Tap Room, Marcie Turney of Barbuzzo, Peter Woolsey & Kenneth Bush of Bistrot La Minette, and Yards Brewing Company. In addition, Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House treated our distinguished VIP guests to their signature drink and tasty dishes during the VIP Experience, sponsored by PECO. For a complete list of the featured chefs and restaurants, please visit our featured chefs and restaurants page.

Planting the Seeds for Our Families to Succeed

During this "party with a purpose," our Food for Thought guests joined the Plant the Seed Challenge and shared their words of encouragement for ACHIEVEability families, especially the 19 college graduates who were honored during the event. Hopeful words shared by our guests include, "Make this year count. Do big things because you are big!" and "Keep up the hard work. Tomorrow is a new day!"

PECO_Manager_of_Corporate_Relations_Romona_Riscoe_Benson_her_husband_Herbert_Benson_and_PECO_Corporate_Contributions_Manager_Tiffany_Tavarez_-_Image_by_Tara_TayanFood for Thought is a premier Philadelphia event, attracting many individuals and companies who are committed to helping support stronger families and communities in the Philadelphia area. ACHIEVEability is truly grateful to have the support of our committed event sponsors and attendees. Sponsors for Food for Thought 2015 include PECO, Urban Outfitters, Inc., Jes & Mary Ann Lawson, The Higgins Group, Inc., Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, The Strouse Family, Bank of America, Mark Cohen & Rona Rosen, Tim & Tonya Thornton, Kellye Walker & Werten Bellamy, and Wells Fargo. For a complete list of our sponsors, please visit our sponsor page.

In attendance at this year's event were Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, Brittney Shipp of NBC10, and many local politicians, dignitaries and corporate executive leaders. These individuals, along with our other guests were entertained by bidding on an assortment of auction items, enjoying live music played by CTO Park Avenue, and participating in fun games including a wine toss and Photobomb Face Booth.

Thank you to all who attended and supported this year's Food for Thought. Your support makes a difference and helps to plant to the seeds for our families to succeed! Stay tuned for more information regarding upcoming ACHIEVEability events and activities, including our 2015 West Philly Golf Classic and Food for Thought 2016.


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