Saturday, May 21 2022
PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — This Friday marks the end of all celebrations and family gatherings for the Lunar New Year. But Philadelphia-appointed chef James Beard isn’t about to end without a party.

Ellen Yin is doing something delicious but also meaningful in University City.

During the pandemic, Yin created what she calls The wonton projectwith the goal of connecting people through comfort food.

It is community-focused, and its Friday night dinner at High Street Provisions at the Franklin Table benefits Asian American seniors who struggle with food insecurity and isolation.

“We really wanted to provide meals, groceries, love and support to the senior community, to the people who created everything we have here today,” said Kaylee Tau of The Wonton. Project. “Lunar New Year is a family affair, so we’re thrilled to support a cause like this.”

Wontons and dumplings, a New Year’s tradition for many Chinese-American families, will be served at the event.

Yin still laughs that she’s not known for her cooking, but there’s a recipe she’s known for and knows well.

“It’s my mom’s recipe, pork and shrimp,” Yin said. “It’s very simple with ginger, scallions and sesame oil. We’ll make these in the dumpling wrapper too, so I hope everyone here has a prosperous New Year.”

Dinner will be at the High Street Provisions Franklin’s Table on Walnut Street on Friday from 4-8 p.m.

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