Programs engaging & supporting community through food
All of the 2020 Dumplings 4 All Philadelphia partners are Womxn-owned independent restaurants who are passionate about their cuisine and the communities they serve.
A.kitchen showcases Chef Eli Collins’ (formerly chef of Daniel Boulud’s DBGB Kitchen in NYC) seasonal approach and love of prime ingredients in rustic French-American flavor-forward cooking. A.Kitchen is part of High Street Hospitality run by Ellen Yin.
Judy Ni & Andy Tessier channeled their life and work experiences to create baology – a restaurant where sustainable, well-sourced food is made fresh at accessible price points while highlighting Taiwanese cuisine’s focus on great ingredients, focus on food as medicine, and adventurous flavors.
The executive chef of Cafe Ynez, Hilario Hernandez, brings the flavors of his home, Mexico City, to Philadelphia. Mexico City cuisine is a blend of that city’s Aztec origins, Spanish history, and cosmopolitan present. Chef Hernandez takes the basic elements of its cuisine – corn, beans, and chilies – to make both traditional and modern flavors. Cafe Ynez is part of Sojourn Philly, a Philadelphia-based hospitality group owned by Jill Weber specializing in high quality and immersive dining experiences, comfortable environments and community partnership.
After retiring from a life of teaching Theology, John decided he wanted to help bring the beauty of Korean cuisine to America. He spent several years developing recipes and preparing menu items that maximizes flavor and never compromises quality. After finishing grad school studying Public Health, Jen was looking for her next career move. John convinced her to quit her career and join him on this adventure. Together, they work hard to bring you the highest quality food with the highest quality ingredients.
El Merkury's food focuses on Central American cuisine. The idea behind this concept is that they represent the under-represented countries whose perceptions are sometimes shadowed by news that sell (murder, criminals, drugs) and instead shine a different light by showing the awesomeness that they have. In other words representing Central America through food!
After years of working in some of America’s most iconic restaurants, Chef Tova du Plessis decided to go back to her roots when she opened her first bakery, Essen. She took inspiration from the fresh baked bread and pastries she would make alongside her mother as a child. Her food reflects her heritage while being heavily influenced by her technical training.
Fudena was founded by first-generation Ghanaian American Ruth Nakaar. Her venture grew out of a desire to more easily access the cooking of her parents' native country of Ghana. Nakaar recently told Philly Mag that Fudena aims for the easy access of popular fast-casual chains like Cava, Sweetgreen, and &Pizza.
Rex 1516 is your home in Philadelphia for quality, Southern-inspired cuisine. The kitchen strives to uphold our elevated Southern cuisine with personal influence from charcuterie, BBQ and classical French techniques, with a modern twist. Rex 1516 is part of Sojourn Philly run by Jill Weber.