Eat Cafe Event

Mardi Gras Dinner @ EAT Café 2/24/19

Sunday, February 24, 2019 - 6:30pm
3820 Lancaster Avenue

Chef Valerie Erwin is serving a Mardi Gras menu at EAT Cafe on Sunday February 24th.  Come and taste EAT's take on a traditional New Orleans menu. Everyone will be seated, family style at 6:30. Space is very limited, make reservations here.  

Menu Highlights: (subject to availability)


Dinner is $48 plus tax, due the day of the dinner.

  Grillades & grits: Braised Creole beef on stoneground grits
  BBQ Shrimp: Jumbo shrimp sauteed in spicy butter. Baguette toasts
  Gumbo: Rich NOLA style stew with duck confit and duck sausage. Anson Mills rice
  Bibb lettuce and Belgian endive salad. Blood oranges


Calas Banana Foster: Sweet rice beignet topped with vanilla ice cream and bananas flambeed in rum.


EAT Cafe is a not for profit restaurant located in West Philadelphia. Events such as the Mardi Gras dinner, help EAT Cafe support its mission of serving pay-what-you-can dinner on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

CHINESE NEW YEAR 2019: Dumpling Making Party on 2/3/19

Sunday, February 3, 2019 - 3:00pm to 6:00pm
3820 Lancaster Avenue

2019 is the year of the Pig! Help EAT Café celebrate Chinese New Year by joining us for a fun, hands on lesson in making Chinese Pork Dumplings. You do not need any special equipment and the lesson includes a light meal.

Tickets are on sale now!



Pan-fried pork dumplings with soy dipping sauce

Sticky rice with Chinese sausage, shiitake mushrooms and scallions

Steamed Baby Bok Choy


EAT Café is a not for profit restaurant located in West Philadelphia.  During our Wednesday - Friday dinner service, EAT Café customer's are welcome to dine no matter their ability to pay. Events such as the Dumpling Party support our pay-what-you-can mission. Reserve your spot today, seat are filling up fast!

Please also consider DONATING to support our mission to feed diners, no matter their ability to pay.

Any amount helps!

Donate Here

Second Friday on Lancaster Ave.

Friday, March 9, 2018 - 8:00pm to 9:00pm
EAT Café

Come to EAT Café for our Second Friday on Lancaster Ave art show in March. See the work of Mindy Flexer and meet the artist. 

Artist's website:

Artist's social media:

Find other Lancaster Ave. Second Friday events here:

Mardi Gras Donuts To Go

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

EAT Café is selling FRESH house-made DONUTS and we're doing it New Orleans style!

Mardi Gras Donuts To Go

Tuesday, February 13th9am - 5pm


  • Donuts - $7 per ½ dozen / $12 per dozen.

  • La Colombe coffee




EAT Cafe Grand Opening!

Wednesday, October 26, 2016 - 3:00pm
3820 Lancaster Avenue

The wait is almost over! EAT Cafe will officially open for business on Wednesday, October 26th! We hope you'll join us for our Grand Opening. We are having a Press Conference and Ribbon Cutting at 11:00am (followed by a light reception), and dinner service will begin at 4:30pm. EAT Cafe will operate Wednesdays through Sundays from 4:30pm-8:00pm. We can't wait to welcome Everyone At the Table :)

For more information about the Public Forum, email or call 267-359-6249.

Art@EAT Featuring the work of Jennifer Huxta 2/15/19

Friday, February 15, 2019 - 4:30pm to 5:30pm
3820 Lancaster Avenue

Jennifer Huxta's captivating photographs and vivid illustrations are now on display at the EAT Café. She has completed humanitarian photography assignments for NGOs and foundations throughout East/West/Central Africa, focusing on women’s health, climate change, and youth unemployment. Her editorial work has appeared in the New York Times, Le Monde, News Deeply, the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, The Times, Le Journal du Dimanche, The Guardian, and the BBC.

Meet the artist Friday, February 15th, 4:30pm - 5:30pm.

If you can't make the special opening event, come dine at the cafe during our normal business hours to view this beautiful artwork.

Please also consider DONATING to support our mission to feed diners, no matter their ability to pay.

Any amount helps!

Donate Here


Enjoy Thanksgiving from the EAT Cafe!

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - 12:00pm to 8:00pm
3820 Lancaster Avenue

Bring home Thanksgiving Dinner from the EAT Cafe!  EAT will be closed on Thanksgiving but you can still enjoy our delicious home cooking.  They will provide you everything but the turkey!

Orders can be placed online at the following link: EAT Cafe Thanksgiving Order

A member of the EAT Cafe staff will contact you to confirm the details of your order. Payment will be requested ahead of time over the phone. Patrons can also come into EAT Cafe to place and pay for orders.

Fill out this order form right online!

Order Deadline: Sunday, November 18th

Pick Up at EAT: Wednesday, November 21st, 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Side Dishes

$15 small (serves 4-6 people)

$40 large (serves 15-18 people)


Mashed Potatoes

Green Bean (with shallots)

Sauteed Greens (vegan)

$20 small (serves 4-6 people)

$55 large (serves 15-18 people)

Macaroni and Cheese

Candied Yams


$8 per pint

Giblet Gravy

Fresh Cranberry Relish


House-Made Desserts

Pecan Pie $35

Sweet Potato Pie $25

Apple Crisp Small $20 (serves 4-6)

Apple Crisp Large $55 (serves 15-18)

Please also consider DONATING to support our mission to feed families this Thanksgiving.

Any amount helps!

Donate Here

$80 provides dinner for a family of 4

$150 provides dinner for a family of 8



Annette at Youth Forum

Youth Forum 2018

Saturday, September 15, 2018 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm
EAT Café

Check out photos from our Second Annual Youth Forum on September 15! It was a fun, informative afternoon of community building and social justice. Ten youth photographers, ages 10-16, shared their engaging work and their insights on how to address issues in their communities. Capped off by a compelling youth panel and delicious food by the EAT Café, it was an amazing event!

The Youth members of Witnesses to Hunger are building a movement by speaking out about their experiences with health, community, education, and empowerment. Don't miss this compelling photo exhibition, on display at the EAT Café through October.


What: Second Annual Youth Forum, A PhotoVoice Exhibit

When: On display through October

Where: EAT Café, 3820 Lancaster Ave, Philadelphia PA, 19104


Nafisah M., age 16

Avery J., age 14

Joeanna M., age 10

Rahmere M., age 14

Bobby E., age 10

Qadir M., age 13

Annette S., age 10

Marcus T., age 14

Mariana T., age 10

Marques T., age 10

Julia Turshen at the EAT Cafe

Guest Chef Julia Turshen at the EAT Cafe

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 - 6:30pm
EAT Café

In "Cooking dinner for tonight and tomorrow night," Joy Manning profiled the release of Julia Turshen's cookbook,  Now and Again, and the special dinner on September 11 at EAT Café, featuring Turshen as guest chef along with recipes from her book.

Turshen's book is based on creating beautiful home-cooked meals that reduce waste by repurposing or reinterpreting leftovers and other forms of creative food reuse.

EAT Café featured Julia Turshen as a guest chef on Tuesday, September 11th at 6:30pm, who prepared a lavish four-course meal. 

Nibbles:  Roasted soy sauce nuts

First course:  Shrimp and kimchi pancakes. Kimchi tartar sauce

Main course:

Lamb and zucchini meatballs with tahini sauce
Charred broccoli with capers and lemon
Baked Saffron rice
Whole wheat flatbread

Intermezzo:  Frozen watermelon agua fresca

Dessert:  Yogurt cheesecake with plum preserves

Community Event

Martin Luther King, Jr. National Day of Service 2019

Monday, January 21, 2019 - 9:00am to 5:00pm
3820 Lancaster Avenue

The EAT Café is seeking volunteers for our first annual Martin Luther King National Day of Service project. Our cozy non-profit restaurant needs a little sprucing up and we could really use your help with minor repairs, cleaning, and organization. Additional volunteers will be needed for food preparation because the EAT Café will donate boxed lunches to a neighboring organization that is hosting volunteers.

There are two seperate volunteer shifts (9:00am - 1:00pm) and (1:00pm - 5:00pm) available for your convenience in the following areas:

Clean-up Crew

Cleaning the walk-in refrigeration unit

Organizing basement 2nd floor inventory

Minor paint touch ups & repairs

Food Prep Making sandwiches

Boxing up lunches


Reserve your volunteer spot online now!