Cookin’ with Who? : Meet the Chefs

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The winners are in for the 4th Annual

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Congratulations Platinum Spatula Winner Laura Siena and People’s Choice Karyn Wiseman!

Thursday, November 6, 2014 • 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

to benefit

East Mount Airy Neighbors (EMAN),
Lutheran Theological Seminary (LTSP), and
Awbury Arboretum

This year’s chefs competing for the Platinum Spatula and People’s Choice were:

Defending 2013 People’s Choice

Prof. Karyn Wiseman★ Professor Karyn Wiseman 

Dr. Wiseman is the Associate Professor of Homiletics, Director of United Methodist Studies, an Elder in The United Methodist Church, and pastored churches in Kansas and New Jersey. Dr. Wiseman received her doctorate from Drew University. Her degree is in Liturgical Studies/Preaching and Worship, with study in the Emerging Church.

She has taught classes in several seminaries regarding preaching, worship, the emerging church, and other important pastoral topics. She is especially interested in engaging the emerging church for vital ministry ideas, equipping communities for new models of church, and employing postmodern ideas to reengage younger generations. Dr. Wiseman’s book I Refuse to Preach a Boring Sermon: Engaging 21st Century Listeners was released in fall 2013 by Pilgrim Press. Vote for Prof. Wiseman!

Watch Karyn’s Video:

for East Mount Airy Neighbors (EMAN)

Larry Daniels★ Larry Daniels: President, East Mt. Airy Neighbors 

Larry Daniels was born in Philadelphia, PA, but enjoyed the opportunity to live in Boston and Milwaukee. Larry currently is a Financial Advisor at Edward Jones Investments in Mt. Airy. He is President of the board of East Mt. Airy Neighbors, and also serves on the board of Weavers Way Co-Op. He is a graduate of Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, and also holds a Masters in Business Administration from Marquette University. Larry enjoys travel, golf, and eating at one of the many great restaurants that Philadelphia has to offer. He is married with two children, and resides in Cheltenham, PA. Vote for Larry Daniels!

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Dr. David Young★ Dr. David Young: Executive Director, Cliveden 

David Young is executive director of Cliveden, a historic site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and site of Mt. Airy Day. He is a co-founder of the Mt. Airy Business Improvement District, past president of the Historic Germantown consortium, and an officer of the Philadelphia Cultural Fund. A Fulbright scholar, he serves as a lecturer in the Graduate Program of Historic Preservation in the University of Pennsylvania School Of Design. Originally from Chicago, he has lived in Blue Bell Hill — a neighborhood some consider Mt. Airy and others Germantown — for 20 years. David attended college at Northwestern and earned graduate degrees in History from Ohio State University. Vote for Dr. David Young!

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Laura Siena★ Laura Morris Siena: long-time Mt. Airy resident, volunteer and community activist★

Laura Siena is a long-time Mt. Airy resident, volunteer and community activist.

Following a twenty year career in nonprofit fund raising executive leadership, Laura served as Executive Director of West Mt. Airy Neighbors (WMAN) for five years. She had previously been on the Board of WMAN for 15 years.

From 2010 until May of 2014, Laura also served as founding president of Lundale Farm, Inc., a new nonprofit formed under a directive in her mother’s will. Lundale Farm, Inc. owns 420 acres of conserved farmland in northern Chester County.

Currently, Laura is also a member of the board of Weavers Way Co-op and Weavers Way Community Programs. Vote for Laura Siena!

Watch Laura’s Video:

for Lutheran Theological Seminary

Denise Chapline★ Denise Chapline of the DiFranco Team, Elfant Wissahickon Realtors 

Denise grew up in York, PA and left to attend Penn State University. There she met her future husband, Phil Chapline, and achieved a BS in Community Development. After graduation she moved to Philadelphia, got married and purchased her first home in Mt Airy. Two children, Emily and Gillian, quickly followed. For 20 years Denise pursued a career in Community Development by directing a number of Community Development Corporations. After that she became the Director of Development for United Cerebral Palsy Association of Philadelphia. Ten years ago she joined forces with Larry DiFranco to form the DiFranco Team at Elfant Wissahickon Realtors, selling residential real estate in the Northwestern part of the city. She and Phil now live in Lafayette Hill and have two wonderful grandsons, Jonathan and Ethan. Vote for Denise Chapline!

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Dan Muroff★ Dan Muroff: attorney; past president and current board member of:
EMAN, CeaseFirePA and Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania 

Dan Muroff and his wife Melissa moved to Philadelphia in 2002, and they chose to live in Mt. Airy.

Dan is committed to community. He’s served as President and is currently board member of each of East Mount Airy Neighbors community organization, CeaseFirePA and Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania. He is also a board member of Mt. Airy USA, and serves as ward leader of Philadelphia’s 9th Ward Democratic Committee.

Dan enjoys playing classical guitar and piano, sailing, and long road trips with Melissa on their motorcycle. Dan and Melissa live in the East Mt. Airy neighborhood with their dog Luca. Vote for Dan Muroff!

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 President David Lose★ The Rev. Dr. David J. Lose: President, LTSP 

The Rev. Dr. David J. Lose is president of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP). Dr. Lose assumed his duties at the start of the 2014-2015 academic year. He was Marbury Anderson Associate Professor of Biblical Preaching at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN, before accepting the presidency at LTSP.

Dr. Lose, 49, was awarded his MDiv at LTSP in 1993, and served as class president. He earned an STM with a concentration in Biblical Studies from LTSP in 1997. Subsequently, Dr. Lose earned a four-year Presidential Scholarship to Princeton Theological Seminary, where he was awarded a PhD in homiletics.

Dr. Lose makes his home in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Karin, son, Jack, 16, and daughter, Katie, 14. Vote for President David Lose!

Watch David’s Video:

for Awbury Arboretum

Bob Kaufman★ Bob Kaufman: Partner, PhillyOfficeRetail 

Bob Kaufman likes to cook, more than he likes to play with spreadsheets. That’s his secret to not taking his real estate work too seriously.

When not cooking, Bob is a real estate developer in partnership with Ken Weinstein at, focusing on projects that deliver community development impact. Many of those buildings are right here in Mount Airy – as landlords to vibrant businesses like Earth Bread & Brewery, Grain Exchange, The Juice Room, and High Point Café at Allens Lane Station.

At the same time, Bob has provided consulting services to a wide variety of non-profit organizations interested in developing real estate. He has helped organizations focus on real estate tasks and understand their options – identifying properties, estimating capital costs, obtaining financing, managing construction, monitoring budgets, reporting to lenders, and managing lease-up.

But, when the spreadsheets start to fade into too many little numbers, the allure of the kitchen is hard to resist. Bob loves cooking for his wife, psychologist Jane Shure, and (when they make cameo appearances at home) for his grown daughters, Kasey & Madeline. And of course there’s always a golden retriever ready and willing to help with clean up. Vote for Bob Kaufmann!

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Meg Hagele★ Meg Hagele: Owner, High Point Cafe 

Meg Hagele grew up in Mt Airy and after nearly 20 years living elsewhere, came running home to our neck of the woods! Meg started her career in coffee in the most cliché fashion, as a barista in Seattle. After 9 years in the rainy NW, she and her husband moved back to NW Philly and opened High Point Café in 2005. Mt Airy was the natural environment for Meg’s kind of business; community centered with the focus on local ingredients, exceptional offerings and quality of life for staff and customers alike! Meg’s passion for great coffee and fabulous pastry was immediately well received. High Point has grown in the nine years since opening to three locations with devout regulars and has launched a wholesale division to accommodate demand. High Point now Roasts its own coffee, has added Gluten Free baked goods, in a completely separate and celiac safe kitchen, and is wowing the greater Philadelphia community with its amazing pastries, gluten free goodies, and fantastic coffees! Vote for Meg Hagele!

Watch Meg’s Video:

Desmin Daniels★ Desmin Daniels: Co-Owner and Chef, Rose Petals Cafe & Lounge 

Desmin is the Chief Creator and Cook at Rose Petals Café and Lounge. He developed as a homegrown chef while training under his late grandmother Linda Henderson. Desmin hails from the Mt. Airy section of the Northwest. He has always had a passion for cooking, and has begun formally learning the art through taking classes at the Restaurant School in Philadelphia. Because of a multi-cultural family dynamic, Desmin has been learning many forms of cooking, specializing in the fusion of Latin and Soul food to cater to the needs of his own family.

Along with working towards being an executive chef, Desmin also has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Syracuse University.Most recently, Desmin was an integral member of the School District of Philadelphia as a teacher/administrator. Each position has helped him develop the vision for his dream of opening a restaurant that will make a difference. Vote for Desmin Daniels!

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Tickets are $50/person pre-ordered online here, $60 at the door.

A portion of your ticket fee will be a gift to the benefit organizations.

★ Community “chefs” will be presenting their favorite recipes for tasting.★

★ Vote for your favorite chef!★

★ Silent and live auctions!★

★ Winning chef will be awarded the coveted “Mt. Airy Platinum Spatula”!★

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