To mark its second anniversary, Philly Homegrown favorite, Chef Guillermo Tellez of Square 1682 will host the “Cheesesteak Challenge: High Steaks” (get it?) block party on Sunday, October 16 from 3–5 p.m. benefiting Philadelphia Academies.
To pay homage to one of Philadelphia’s signature sandwiches, top local chefs will share their own renditions. The winner will receive a Cheesesteak Challenge trophy, plus bragging rights for the year.
Participating chefs include: Chef Guillermo Tellez, Square 1682; Chef Peter Woolsey, Bistro La Minette; Chef Mike Stollenwerk, Fish; Chef Daniel Stern, R2L; Chef Marcie Turney, Barbuzzo; Chef Townsend Wentz, McCrossen’s Tavern; Chef Konstantinos Pitsillides, Kanella; Chef Nick Farina, Verdad; David Boyle, Davio’s; Brian Turowski, Jackson 20 (Alexandria, VA) and Lynn Rinaldi, Paradiso.
Sandwiches will be judged by a panel of experts, including WMMR’s Matt Cord, City Hall’s Melanie Johnson, Thrillist Editor Nick Hamner, GPTMC President Meryl Levitz and cheesesteak expert Frank Oliveri Jr. (of Pat’s King of Steaks).
For an admission fee of $20, 100% of which will benefit The Philadelphia Academies (a charity dedicated to Philly public school students), 300 guests can watch the chefs compete and sample their cheesesteaks. Beer will also be on sale from Victory.
Tickets are available online. Let the chow-down begin.
Square 1682’s Cheesesteak Challenge: High Steaks
When: Sunday, October 16, 3–5 p.m. (rain or shine)
Where: Block party on Sansom Street between 16th & 17th Streets
Cost: $20 (includes samples of all cheesesteaks)
More info: www.square1682.com