What Do Cupcakes and Couture Have In Common?

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Well, a lot actually. Both cupcakes and couture are whimsical, beautiful and utterly feminine. Therefore it’s only fitting for both of these trendy trades to team up for The 1st Annual Cooking Up Couture on August 22nd at Front & Palmer.

Hosted by serial entrepreneur and motivational speaker Jen Groover, the evening will feature a “kitchen couture” fashion show, hand-crafted cocktails, and mouth-watering dishes from some of the areas hottest celebrity chefs, including Top Chef Nick Elmi (Laurel), Chopped Champion Georgeann Leaming (SUPPA), and James Beard Award Finalist Brad Spence (Amis)…all while helping to promote self sufficiency and end hunger in the Delaware Valley!

Undoubtedly, Cooking Up Couture will enable foodies, fashionistas and cupcake connoisseurs to fight hunger in a sweet and stylish way. Proceeds from the event will benefit Philabundance, the region’s largest provider of hunger relief.

On Friday evening, models from Embacy Entertainment, LLC will be showcasing chic aprons courtesy of Faux Gourmet founder, Katie Everett, as well as Ayo Lee Couture from Philadelphia designer Joy Lee. Both of these inspiring females not only bonded over their mutual love for stilettos and sweets, but also because of their commitment to Philabundance and its positive role in the community.

After researching various organizations, Everett learned about Philabundance and immediately got involved—one red velvet cupcake at a time.

“I started my business to be able to give back to the community in a bigger way. This organization really resonated with me because it aligned with my brand, and I believed 100% in what they were doing,” explains Everett.

Specifically Philabundance’s Community Kitchen program (PCK), which is an adult culinary arts vocational training program that supplies critically needed meals to agencies and area emergency kitchens serving people with food insecurity. PCK promotes the self sufficiency of low-income women and men by preparing them to work in commercial kitchens. The career-targeted 14-week program provides nearly 500 hours of culinary arts training and also offers exposure to guest chefs, catering opportunities and off-site internships. The result is an 81 percent job placement in the food service industry.

In fact, designer Joy Lee has witnessed first hand the success of the PCK after her brother completed the program.

“My little brother, Isaiah got into some trouble with some friends. When he couldn’t find a job he found Philabundance. Now he is holding down a job and on the right path,” Lee says emphatically.

Additionally, Lee says the program not only helped her brother Isaiah to develop important skills in the kitchen, but also stirred up his self-esteem and confidence.

With their mutual investment in Philabudance and obsession with clothes, both women are eager to collaborate on the creations that will grace the runway.

Joy Lee, who showed her Ayo Lee Couture collection at Philadelphia Fashion Week in 2010, is excited to return with a new line.

“Fashion should be as delicious as food. I think when you put it on you should feel luxurious,” exclaims the designer.

Everett echoes the same sentiment when it comes to donning her fanciful aprons as she dresses up her beloved baked goods such as Raspberry Red Velvet, Triple Chocolate Ganache and Bourbon Brown Sugar with Candied Bacon.

“The kitchen is under accessorized!” laments Everett.

She adds that, “The Faux Gourmet approach to cooking is everything done simply, beautifully, and easily enough to fit into the lifestyle of modern day superwomen. It’s about the art of dressing up everything!”

So what can we expect these two inspiring women to create for the 20 Embacy Entertainment models to rock down the runway?

“A lot of glitz and glam…and a few surprises,” reveals Everett.

As the event approaches, both women are excited to merge substance and style with a mission to inspire and enchant guests!

All proceeds raised (inclusive of sponsorships, donations and ticket sales) will be donated to Philabundance. Click here to purchase tickets or become an event sponsor.

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