• Monday , 19 February 2018

Benefit brings light to ‘Eatiquette’ from The Vetri Foundation For Children

By Cassie Hepler

“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”

This widely known quote is often spoken but rarely followed. But in the case of The Vetri Foundation for Children, they are putting these very words into action since 2008.

Philadelphia’s well-known restauranteur Marc Vetri found his true love in cooking after he dabbled in the music industry as a guitarist. He’s now sharing that love of fresh produce, healthy eating and living through his non-profit, charitable organization to teach children the love of healthy food. Jeff Benjamin also serves as an important part of the organization as co-founder of the Vetri Foundation for Children as well as partner and COO for the Vetri restaurants.

Garrett Snider and The Garrett Getlin Snider Foundation hosted a benefit at The Rittenhouse Hotel to raise awareness for The Vetri Foundation For Children‘s Eatiquette program on Jan. 21, 2015 during one of the first snowfalls of the season. Instead of eating processed foods like frozen pizzas and chicken nuggets, Eatiquette aims to bring healthy choices to the school lunchroom. Guests enjoyed specialty cocktails and hors d’oeuvres with some of Philadelphia’s top chefs and philanthropists.

And at one point during the informational video which aired before Snider, Vetri and Benjamin spoke, someone was talking about how one child did not know what an onion was which drew gasps from the crowd. Truly, Vetri’s heart is in the right place while starting at the right age. After the speeches, a young lady called out to announce the children in the video are the children from her neighborhood. And alas, it was Diamond Edmonds, Miss Philadelphia, who recently joined Project Sunshine in its holiday volunteering at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children. A great cause with great people can only be described as a winning night!

A very happy guest awaits his cocktail at The pate, fruit, breads, meat and cheese spread at The Rittenhouse for The Vertri Foundation for Children benefit.

A very happy guest awaits his cocktail at The Rittenhouse for The Vertri Foundation for Children benefit.

Unagi (eel), spicy tuna and salmon wrapped Philadelphia rolls were the highlight of the sushi spread at the Vetri Foundation for Children's benefit at The Rittenhouse.

Unagi (eel), spicy tuna and salmon wrapped Philadelphia rolls were the highlight of the sushi spread at the Vetri Foundation for Children’s benefit at The Rittenhouse.

An amazing sushi chef created delicious works of art for guests at the Vetri Foundation for Children benefit.

An amazing sushi chef created delicious works of art for guests at the Vetri Foundation for Children benefit.

An amazing sushi chef created delicious works of art for guests at the Vetri Foundation for Children benefit.

An amazing sushi chef created delicious works of art for guests at the Vetri Foundation for Children benefit.

An amazing sushi chef created delicious works of art for guests at the Vetri Foundation for Children benefit.

An amazing sushi chef created delicious works of art for guests at the Vetri Foundation for Children benefit.

The pate, fruit, breads, meat and cheese spread at The Rittenhouse for The Vertri Foundation for Children.

The pate, fruit, breads, meat and cheese spread at The Rittenhouse for The Vertri Foundation for Children.

The pate, meat and cheese spread at The Rittenhouse for The Vertri Foundation for Children.

The pate, meat and cheese spread at The Rittenhouse for The Vertri Foundation for Children.

The pate, fruit, breads, meat and cheese spread at The Rittenhouse for The Vertri Foundation for Children.

The pate, fruit, breads, meat and cheese spread at The Rittenhouse for The Vertri Foundation for Children.

Guests also enjoyed catered hors d'oeuvres at the Vetri Foundation for Children benefit at The Rittenhouse.

Guests also enjoyed catered hors d’oeuvres at the Vetri Foundation for Children benefit at The Rittenhouse.

Guests order cocktails and wine at the Vetri Foundation for Children benefit.

Guests order cocktails and wine at the Vetri Foundation for Children benefit.

Guests watch an informational video at the Vetri Foundation for Children benefit.

Guests watch an informational video at the Vetri Foundation for Children benefit.

Guests watch an informational video at the Vetri Foundation for Children benefit.

Guests watch an informational video at the Vetri Foundation for Children benefit.

Guests and news crews listen to Founder/Board Member Marc Vetri talk about The Vertri Foundation for Children.

Guests and news crews listen to Founder/Board Member Marc Vetri talk about The Vertri Foundation for Children.

Founder/Board Member Marc Vetri talks about The Vertri Foundation for Children.

Founder/Board Member Marc Vetri talks about The Vertri Foundation for Children.

The crowd listens to Marc Vetri at The Rittenhouse for The Vertri Foundation for Children benefit.

The crowd listens to Marc Vetri at The Rittenhouse for The Vertri Foundation for Children benefit.

From left, Garrett Snider, Marc Vetri and Jeff Benjamin, founder/board member pose for photos at The Rittenhouse for The Vertri Foundation for Children benefit.

From left, Garrett Snider, Marc Vetri and Jeff Benjamin, founder/board member pose for photos at The Rittenhouse for The Vertri Foundation for Children benefit.

From left, Miss Diamond Edmonds, Miss Philadelphia, Garrett Snider, Marc Vetri and Jeff Benjamin, founder/board member pose for photos at The Rittenhouse for The Vertri Foundation for Children benefit.

From left, Miss Diamond Edmonds, Miss Philadelphia, Garrett Snider, Marc Vetri and Jeff Benjamin, founder/board member pose for photos at The Rittenhouse for The Vertri Foundation for Children benefit.

Explore Philly Publisher Cassie Hepler and Miss Philadelphia, Diamond Edmonds, reunited from outside of Project Sunshine.

Explore Philly Publisher Cassie Hepler and Miss Philadelphia, Diamond Edmonds, reunited from outside of Project Sunshine.

Kelly Herrenkohl, Executive Director of Vetri Foundation, with Diamond Edmonds, Miss Philadelphia.

Kelly Herrenkohl, Executive Director of Vetri Foundation, with Diamond Edmonds, Miss Philadelphia.

Founder, Board Member of Vetri Foundation Marc Vetri with Diamond Edmonds, Miss Philadelphia.

Founder, Board Member of Vetri Foundation Marc Vetri with Diamond Edmonds, Miss Philadelphia.

 

 

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