Greg Vernick and Cookie Till of Steve & Cookie’s Collaborate for One-Night-Only Fundraising Dinner at Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia

The dinner hosted in Vernick Fish on April 17 will benefit A Meaningful Purpose at Reed’s Farm
March 27, 2024,
Philadelphia, U.S.A.

Vernick Fish, the contemporary American oyster bar located at Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia at Comcast Center, will host the beloved Margate, New Jersey restaurant Steve & Cookie’s for a one-night-only prix-fixe menu takeover on Wednesday, April 17, 2024. The five-course menu will highlight classic Steve & Cookie’s dishes as well as Vernick Fish favourites, presented by owner Cookie Till, her Executive Chef Kevin Kelly and Chef de Cuisine Warner Christie, as well as Vernick Fish Chefs Greg Vernick and David Paterniti. Specialty cocktails by Steve & Cookie’s resident Bartender Bruce and Vernick Fish Lead Bartender Jon Bamonte will be presented, with an optional wine pairing to complement the courses. Music featuring piano player Gabe Sacchetti and Chris Sooy will set the ambiance for a beautiful and memorable evening.

The dinner will benefit A Meaningful Purpose at Reed's Farm, Cookie’s non-profit that addresses the needs of food insecurity, soil regeneration, and inclusiveness for the communities that neighbour her restaurant.

“Collaborating on a menu with Steve & Cookie’s – a restaurant I’ve had a lifelong connection to – is a night I look forward to with excitement,” says Greg Vernick, Owner and Executive Chef of Vernick Fish. “Cookie and Chef Kevin operate at the highest level, and I can’t wait to create a special evening for our guests.”

Guests will begin their meal with the traditional Vernick Fish bread service, which includes milk stout sourdough and house whipped nori butter. A selection of items including a raw bar platter featuring East Coast Oysters, Shrimp Cocktail and Fluke Ceviche will be presented, as well as Butter Poached Clams, followed by Fried Oysters over Grilled Romaine. Main dishes will include Potato Gnocchi with Tuna 'nduja topped with saffron breadcrumbs, as well as Fried Lobster Tail and Braised Short Rib. Save room for dessert featuring Carrot Cake Pie and Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls. From 5:30 to 9:30 pm, reservations of up to six guests for USD 210++ per person can be made by clicking here or by calling 215 419 5055.

"Philadelphia welcomed us so warmly last year that we didn’t hesitate at the opportunity to bring our team and the spirit of Steve & Cookie’s back to the city,” says Cookie Till, owner of Steve & Cookie’s. “The partnership between Vernick Fish and Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia has made significant impacts on A Meaningful Purpose, and we look forward to introducing more guests to a taste of Reed’s Farm.”

This summer, Chef Greg and the Vernick Fish team will reunite with Cookie Till for the third annual fundraising farm-to-table dinner at Reed’s Farm benefiting A Meaningful Purpose at Reed’s Farm. Tickets and date of the dinner will become available in mid-June. Follow Vernick Fish for timely updates.

About Vernick Fish

Vernick Fish is Chef Greg Vernick’s American Oyster Bar. Ingredient-driven cooking paired with a love for global flavours results in an inventive menu of dishes ranging from fresh fish and shellfish to vegetable presentations. Taking a detailed, seasonal, and sustainable approach in small and large plate offerings, Fish brings new life to the favourite hallmarks of oyster bar fare.

About Steve & Cookie’s

The warm and inviting vibe is noticeable from the moment you enter this former supper club built circa 1932. Steve & Cookie's knowledgeable and engaging team welcomes guests to a remarkable dining experience. The food, while remaining true to the classics that fans love, continues to evolve in a constant search for the best ingredients that fit the restaurant’s ethos of fresh and local. In 2022, the restaurant was nominated with an “Outstanding Hospitality” recognition by the James Beard Foundation, its second award from the Foundation. For more information, click here.

About A Meaningful Purpose

A Meaningful Purpose at Reed’s Farm was founded in 2020 as a 501c3 non-profit regenerative farm and animal sanctuary located on 80 acres in Egg Harbor Township, NJ. Reed’s Farm grows food and opportunity. The sanctuary offers a home for farm animals and provides a space for interaction and education. Reed’s Farm programming engages local students of varying age groups and abilities in garden based agricultural education programs with a focus on introductory plant science, culinary and nutrition education, environmental sustainability, and mental wellbeing. The newly opened Market & Kitchen has quickly become the heart of the farm and a hub for the community. All proceeds are reinvested back into the organization's programming efforts. Through donor participation in our initiatives, you will be helping A Meaningful Purpose at Reed’s Farm to continue to feed, nourish and sustain what’s best in all of us. For more information, click here and follow @reedsfarm.