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Join us for the Wharton Esherick Museum Annual Party on Sunday, September 13, 2020!

We’re taking our beloved annual fundraiser online this year, and we’ve got a great lineup of guest speakers for the party. We’ll be highlighting that special gathering area of heart and hearth that makes a space feel like home – the kitchen. Come raise a glass with us and show your support for the Studio!

Our program includes:

Pizzeria Beddia owner Joe Beddia will be joining us to talk about his experience of living with Esherick’s artwork and the care he brings to his own craft in the kitchen – making what Bon Appetit Magazine named the best pizza in America. Get a taste of Joe’s connection to Esherick’s work from his recent Creatives on Esherick Facebook spotlight.

Furnituremaker Nancy Hiller will share insights from her new book, Kitchen Think. For two decades, Hiller has made a living by turning limitations into creative, lively and livable kitchens for her clients. Kitchen Think is an invitation to learn from both her completed kitchen designs (plus kitchens from a few others- including Esherick) and from the way she works in her Bloomington, Indiana workshop. 

Dan Macey & Paul Savidge, owners of the Margaret Esherick House in Chestnut Hill will join us from their Esherick kitchen nestled in this iconic modernist home designed by Louis Kahn. We’ll explore all the features of the curvaceous kitchen Esherick designed for his niece – a very functional kitchen for someone who really didn’t cook all that much!

And we’ll be diving into the history of Esherick’s kitchen in the Studio and sharing a few rarely seen items from the cupboards with WEM Director of Curatorial Affairs and Strategic Partnerships Emily Zilber and WEM Visitor Engagement Manager Maria Franey.


Come connect with us over a signature cocktail and chat about your favorite recipe, show off that special handmade mug you use every morning, and talk kitchen problems (and solutions!) with old friends and new!

And don’t forget to add a raffle ticket to your order at checkout for a chance to win a handcrafted stool by Rob Spiece of Lohr Woodworking. Here’s what Rob has to say about the stool:

three legged wood stool with copper struts photographed against a black background

Photo by Eoin O’Neill

This three legged stool is made of Pennsylvania Black Walnut with rungs of polished copper plumbing pipe. It’s Esherick inspired, but it’s no Esherick stool.  The triangular walnut seat was left flat so you can use it as a plant stand if you’d like.  Or use it as a stool.  Or perhaps an oddity in the corner of your home. It could be good for a weird jazz drummer or maybe as a milking stool for a very tall cow.  I bet your cat would like to sit on it.  Above all, use it as an excuse to donate to my friends at the Wharton Esherick Museum, because they deserve your generosity and kindness.  

We’ll draw the winner during the party!






This event is being held on Zoom. After purchasing tickets below you will receive instructions on how to join the party – and a recipe for our signature cocktail. Choose the ticket price below that works for you!

Ticket Options

Teacup: $40

Saucepan: $80 (includes one complimentary copy of Kitchen Think mailed to participant)

Stock Pot: $160 (includes one complimentary reproduction of “Miriam’s Martini Mixer” mailed to participant)




Unable to attend? You can always support the Esherick Museum with a donation. Thank you!


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