On the evening of 25 June 2012, a design team from BKP participated in the 8th Annual Chefs’ Dinner for PAWS, Philadelphia’s largest animal-rescue organization. Held at the Union League, the dinner paired chefs from 40 of the country’s top restaurants with design teams representing architecture, interior decorating, and event planning firms. Each chef presented an intimate and unique multi-course dinner at a customized dining pod envisioned by the designers.
BKP’s Darrell Kratzer, Emmanuel Gee, Caitlin Daly, and Meredith Davis teamed with Bravo Top Chef Finalist and restauranteur Mike Isabella of Graffiato in Washington, DC, to capture the restaurant’s urban chic aesthetic in a sophisticated dining pod. Components of the design included metal-stud framing with integrated wooden wine boxes full of natural herbs and poured-concrete tabletops with embedded herb plantings.
The sold-out culinary-design event raised over $300,000 to benefit PAWS, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to saving Philadelphia’s homeless, abandoned, and unwanted animals. PAWS is Philadelphia’s largest rescue organization and only no-kill shelter, and is working to make the city a place in which every healthy and treatable pet is guaranteed a home. Through its adoption locations, special events, and foster care network, PAWS finds loving homes for thousands of animals each year. For more information, visit www.phillypaws.org