Helm to host a star-studded chefs' benefit for Eli Kulp

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Chef Eli Kulp and Melissa Kulp at the Philadelphia Rising Stars tasting gala and awards ceremony at the Kimmel Center on Feb. 21, 2013. ( Al B. For / Philly.com )

Michael Griffiths and Kevin D´Egidio are turning over their Northern Liberties-area restaurant helm (1303 N. Fifth St.) on the night of Sunday, June 14 to host a benefit for chef Eli Kulp, who was seriously injured in last month's Amtrak derailment.

They have enlisted the help of Nicholas Elmi (Laurel), Jon Nodler (a.kitchen), Sam Kincaid (Fork/High Street on Market), John Patterson (Fork), and Jon Cichon (Lacroix at the Rittenhouse).

The $125-a-head communal dinner, for which 40 seats will be available, will include wine and beer donated by Wine Merchant, Artisan Cellars, and High Street Hospitality Group. There will be one seating, at 7:30 p.m.

Reservations can be made directly by email.


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1st course from chef Nick Elmi (Laurel): sea urchin, green tomato, miso cured cucumber

2nd course from chefs Michael Griffiths and Kevin D'Egidio (helm byob): soft-shell crab, potato, basquaise

3rd course from chef John Patterson (Fork): monkfish, charred radicchio, peas, buttermilk, lemon balm

4th course from chef Jon Nodler (a.kitchen): shaved pork, fermented broccoli rabe, hoagie kvas

5th course from chef Jon Cichon (Lacroix): beef, beets, raspberry, lovage

Desserts from chef Sam Kincaid

Pre-dessert: chilled fruit and herb soup

Dessert: "Take 5 candy bar" + ice cream (an ode to Kulp's favorite candy bar)