Ken Oringer Hosts All-Star Fundraiser Dinner

On Monday, Ken Oringer brings together nine local luminaries to raise funds for Philly chef Eli Kulp.

Ken Oringer

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This past May, celebrated Philadelphia chef Eli Kulp sustained serious spinal damage in the horrific Amtrak derailment that killed eight people and injured more than 200. Kulp was paralyzed in the crash, and as Philadelphia magazine reported, it would be “a long road to recovery”—not to mention a costly one, considering that Amtrak has discontinued paying for any medical coverage. In the wake of this tragedy, a close family friend has set up an ongoing GoFundMe campaign to help defray the cost of Kulp’s medical bills.

And the culinary community is rallying in support of Kulp, too, including Boston’s own Ken Oringer (of Clio, Toro, and Coppa).

Oringer regularly hosts charity events at Mike’s City Diner in the South End, like last year’s fundraiser for the families of fallen firefighters. This Monday, he’ll be bringing together a crack team of some of New England’s finest chefs for a special fundraising dinner for Kulp.

Prepared by nine chefs, the dinner will feature eight courses and eight wine pairings for $125 a head. All proceeds will go toward Eli Kulp’s rehabilitation.

Participating chefs include:

  • Ken Oringer
  • Jamie Bissonnette
  • Andrew Taylor and Mike Wiley (Eventide, Portland)
  • Meghann Ward (formerly of Coppa)
  • Jay Hajj (owner of Mike’s City Diner)
  • Matthew Jennings (Townsman)
  • Rodney Murillo (Davio’s)
  • Kevin Walsh (Clio)

Naturally, you can expect some incredibly good food—for an incredibly good cause. Tickets will sell out quickly, so you’ll want to get in on this ASAP.

$125 per person, July 27, 7 p.m., Mike’s City Diner, 1714 Washington St., Boston, 617-267-9393, To book tickets, email Toro GM Katy Chirichiello (