Wednesday, January 28, 2015

A South Philly cheesesteak war!

It's beef vs. vegan in a fundraiser for health education.

A South Philly cheesesteak war!

Two South Philadelphians at the vanguard of their respective professions are getting together for a little fun competition.

Frank Olivieri, owner of Pat's King of Steaks, who slices and chops beef on well-seasoned grills for a living, will take on Christina Pirello, the vegan chef, cookbook author, and TV personality (Christina Cooks), in a cook-off from 2 to 5 p.m. Oct. 27 outside of Pat's at Ninth and Wharton.

A $10 ticket, available at Pat's or via, will get you a sandwich and voting rights.

Can Pirello's vegan "steak" outpoll the classic beef version?

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Proceeds will go to Pirello's nonprofit, the Christina Pirello Health Education Initiative, which creates programs in schools and for TV.

Michael Klein
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