Eli Kulp joins a chefs' benefit for spinal-cord research at Karamoor

A dinner on June 24, 2017, at Karamoor Estate and Winery in Fort Washington was a benefit for the Institute for Functional Restoration at Case Western Reserve University, which is at the forefront of work with spinal-cord injuries. Attendees included Eli Kulp (in front) and (from left) Nicholas Elmi, Meredith Medoway, Greg Vernick, Chris Curtin, John Patterson, Seydou Diakite, Sam Kincaid, Jon Nodler, Okan Yazicio, Aisha Howard, Eli Collins, Michael Solomonov, Jin Chua, and Ellen Yin.

A star-studded lineup of chefs helped to create a dinner Saturday, June 24 at Karamoor Estate Vineyard & Winery in Fort Washington to benefit the Institute for Functional Restoration at Case Western Reserve University, which is at the forefront of work with spinal-cord injuries. 

The event was organized by High Street Hospitality Group's Ellen Yin, AKA's Larry Korman, and Karamoor's Ali Duloc.

High Street chef/partner Eli Kulp, who suffered spinal injuries two years ago in an Amtrak train crash, attended the event with a New York neighbor, Charles Buschmann. The men met at Mount Sinai Hospital, where both were treated. Kulp has made considerable progress in his recovery but cannot move his hands; he is encouraged with the research conducted at Case Western.

The chef roster included Nicholas Elmi, Michael Solomonov, Greg Vernick, John Patterson, Jon Nodler, Eli Collins, Sam Kincaid, and Chris Curtin of Éclat Chocolate.