The Main Course – MANNA: May 9th, 2019: Philadelphia, PA

The Main Course
May 9, 2019

The Lucy, Philadelphia, PA
231 South Broad Street
Valet Parking Provided

Eat, drink, and dance the night away with MANNA! Savor culinary creations from some of Philadelphia’s finest chefs and restaurants while enjoying the musical stylings of one of the city’s hottest bands.

Participating Restaurants

  • The Love
  • The Bercy
  • Cescaphe
  • Moshulu
  • Classic Cake
  • Paladar
  • Davios
  • Scarpetta
  • Di Bruno Bros.
  • Will BYOB


Purchase your tickets before the event

General Admission $300.00

This ticket provides access to Main Course appetizer, entree, and dessert stations and an open bar.

$1,000 Ticket Package

This ticket provides access for two (2) to Main Course appetizer, entree, and dessert stations and an open bar. Name will be listed on website.

Chef de Partie Sponsor $5,000.00

This ticket provides access for four (4) to Main Course appetizer, entree, and dessert stations and an open bar. Name will be listed on website and on signage at event.

Sous Chef Sponsor $10,000.00

This ticket provides access for six (6) to Main Course appetizer, entree, and dessert stations and an open bar. Early admission to VIP lounge. Logo or name recognition on signage at event and on website page.


The Power of Food as Medicine

MANNA is a leader in evidence-based nutrition services, bringing together dietitians, chefs, drivers, and thousands of volunteers to cook and deliver nutritious, medically appropriate meals and provide nutrition counseling to neighbors who are battling life-threatening illnesses such as cancer, renal disease, and HIV/AIDS. From hands-on cooking classes and nutrition counseling to the delivery of 3 meals a day, 7 days a week, MANNA provides nourishment, hope, and healing to the Greater Philadelphia area, Southern New Jersey, and beyond.

Volunteers have been the heart of MANNA since our founding in 1990. Each year 6,500 caring neighbors donate more than 54,000 hours of their time in the MANNA kitchen. Together they chop, dice, cook, and package meals enabling MANNA to provide meals and counseling at no cost to our clients. For them, each freshly prepared meal is a reminder that the community cares. Love is the secret ingredient to our nourishment.

At MANNA, we have shown that proper nutrition and education significantly improves overall health. A study published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Primary Care and Community Health clearly demonstrated the health benefits and cost savings generated by MANNA’s medically tailored, therapeutic meals and nutrition counseling. On average, monthly healthcare costs were 31% less and hospitalizations were cut in half compared to patients not receiving MANNA’s services. This translates to an average savings of $13,000 per month, highlighting the efficacy and importance of MANNA’s comprehensive nutrition services for people with serious illnesses.

We are not the only ones who understand the power of food as medicine: lawmakers and health insurers are taking notice as well. Our local and national advocacy efforts shine a spotlight on the need for medically appropriate meals to be incorporated in standard healthcare delivery models. MANNA continues to forge new partnerships with local health insurers who reimburse MANNA for providing services to their members, knowing that our services will bring about improved health and reduced healthcare costs. These partnerships illustrate MANNA’s vision for the future – a healthcare system that recognizes the healing effects of proper nutrition for people with serious illnesses.


MANNA opened its doors in 1990 when seven members of the First Presbyterian Church of Philadelphia began delivering meals to their neighbors dying of AIDS. During this time, people diagnosed with AIDS found themselves incredibly ill, isolated, and in need of hope. MANNA’s founders fulfilled this need with nourishment—giving love and community to those who needed it most.

In the 28 years since our founding, MANNA has stayed true to its original mission of providing nourishment to our critically ill neighbors. As our knowledge of utilizing food as medicine deepened, our program evolved to include medically-tailored meals created in our in-house kitchen and professional nutrition counseling. After recognizing the widespread need for our services, MANNA began serving anyone at nutritional risk due to critical illness in 2006. Since then, MANNA has served clients with over 80 different illnesses. In 28 years our program has improved the health and quality of life of more than 26,000 of our Philadelphia area neighbors with more than 14,000,000 medically nourishing meals.

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