PHILADELPHIA - Stina BYO, Philly's restaurant with a social mission, will continue their monthly Guest Chef Series Charity Dinner on Tuesday, June 21st, from 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm featuring Hardena's Chef and Co-Owner Diana Widjojo. Stina is located at 1705 Snyder Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19145 in South Philadelphia.
This Philly Gay Pride Month edition of Stina's monthly series will benefit the Attic Youth Center, with 20% of sales donated to this local organization dedicated to serving LGBTQ+ youth and allies. After nearly a year of sold-out events, Stina is honored to open its kitchen to Chef Widjojo, who will work with Stina's owner Chef Bobby Saritsoglou on a delicious multi-course, prix fixe menu.
After meeting Chef Widjojo at an event honoring Indonesian culture, Chef Bobby Saritsoglou felt Hardena was the best fit for the Guest Chef partnership. "Diana's story, which includes her sister and mother, is inspirational. We are so happy we share similar interests in the community and celebrate the people that make up this neighborhood," said Saritsoglou. "We chose Diana and Hardena specifically for this month because it's an LGBTQ + owned business for Philly Gay Pride Month. We are so excited to host Diana Widjojo this June!"
As a member of the LGBTQ+ community, Widjojo spoke of her excitement for this collaboration with Stina BYO, saying, "I love that the Philadelphia restaurant industry is such a tight-knit community and that we can get the chance to hone our skills & learn new ones in each other's kitchen. This collab will be during Pride month, my favorite month of the year. As the 'B' in LGBT, I have a lot to be happy about celebrating through food and being my authentic self."
Highlights of this collaborative menu from Stina and Hardena for this Philly Gay Pride Month event include dishes listed below for $75 per person.
- Pecel - Fresh veggie salad, fried enoki mushroom, grilled tofu, radish, herbed peanut dressing, rempeyek with anchovies
- Sambal Kerang - Clams in Coconut Milk sambal, noodles, watercress
- Ayam Betutu - Balinese Chicken, lettuce wrap, rice crunchies
- Rendang Kambing - Slow-cooked Goat in coconut milk, candlenut, aromatics served with golden turmeric rice, kale in jerk dressing
- Ketimus - Banana leaf-wrapped steamed sweet cassava cake, Javanese Palm sugar, pandan infused coconut milk cream
Diane Widjojo is the Chef and Co-Owner at Hardena. She operates, cooks, and manages the restaurant after taking over with her sister five years ago. Widjojo also oversees Hardena's social media content, collaborations, networking, and community events. Her goals are to enrich the community by providing a lesser-known cuisine through partnerships and charity work.
The Attic Youth Center in Philadelphia is the area's only organization exclusively dedicated to LGBTQ youth and has served over 20,000 individuals in nearly 30 years of existence. Its mission is to create opportunities for youth to develop into healthy, independent, civic-minded adults within a safe, supportive community and to promote the acceptance of LGBTQ youth in society. The Attic provides a wide range of life-saving programs and services designed to provide youth with the support and skills needed to transition into independent adulthood. Proceeds from the event will directly benefit the Attic Youth Center.