In 2010 I decided that Philadelphia must have its own grass roots micro-granting event. Following the lead of Chicago's intimate Sunday Soup dinners and Brooklyn F.E.A.S.T large-scale wild events, we, in Philly, embarked on organizing what would become an incredibly successful event called Philly Stake.
Philly Stake was a recurring event celebrating locally sourced food and creative community projects; organized completely by volunteers. Stake dinners were seasonal meals sourced from local farms and purveyors. At each dinner, project proposals were presented to the diners. Community members paid a donation for dinner and an opportunity to vote for the project they deem most worthy of funding. Presented projects aimed to contribute to the vitality of Philadelphia in a multitude of innovative ways. Awardees would leave with the dinner proceeds and will present their project at the next meal.