We are Spread the Whiz
To educate, inform and demonstrate healthy eating habits and nutrition in school aged children through artistic and cooking expressions.
“Educating our youth about better food choices is a way to invest in their future. Through the foundation hopefully we can make not only children but parents aware of better choices for foods.”
—Frankie Olivieri, President and Founder of Spread the Whiz Foundation
Spread the Whiz is a foundation that Frankie Olivieri had been thinking about for more than 10 years. The goal is to provide nutritional education for children and adults alike to promote better eating habits through artistic and cooking demonstrations.
“I’ve done this because educating our youth about better food choices is a way to invest in their future. Through the foundation hopefully we can make not only children but parents aware of better choices for foods.”
If you know Frankie, you’ll know that Frankie is constantly giving, not only to the community but to everyone around him, even strangers on the street. Frankie loves to empower people. Frankie works hard and wants to help everyone around him.
“I’m in a fortunate situation in which I can help and have a bigger impact one school and one neighborhood at a time.”
Frankie is full of love and laughs and is very focused on his relationships with the people around him. He graduated from the restaurant school with a Bachelors of Culinary Science while working full time, raising a family, and going to school. Surprisingly since he’s the owner of Pat’s King of Steaks, Frankie is an accomplished vegan chef and co-teaches a class at the Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College with Chef Christina Pirello.
Pat’s King of Steaks® was founded by Pat Olivieri in 1930. Pat had a modest hot-dog stand at the base of the famous Italian Market in South Philadelphia.
One day he decided to have something quite different for lunch, so he sent for some chopped meat from the butcher shop. He cooked the meat on his hot dog grill, placed the meat onto an Italian roll, and dressed it with some onions. Just as he went to take a bite, a cab driver who ate a hot dog everyday asked what he had there. Pat said that it was his lunch. The cabbie insisted that Pat make him one.
“Hey…..forget ’bout those hot dogs, you should sell these.” The steak sandwich was born. As the years passed, both employees and customers alike demanded change…cheese was added.
Frank E. Olivieri
President and Founder
Frankie is the owner of Pat’s King of Steaks. He is a trained chef who graduated from the restaurant school with a Bachelors of Culinary Science. When he’s not filling Philly’s belly with delicious cheesesteaks, you can find him teaching vegan classes at the Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College. Frankie has a huge heart and wants to give back to the community as much as he can.
Nancy is the Public Relations representative for Pat’s King of Steaks. She, like Frankie, wants to give back to the community. Nancy is an artist as well as a food lover, and is intrigued by the cross-section of food and art. She loves children and wants to see that all children start out life with an understanding of how to eat healthfully as well as have fun doing so through artistic expression.
Eszter Kutas works at Fairmount Ventures, a local, multi-disciplinary consulting firm that helps nonprofit and public sector organizations to grow and thrive. Eszter’s background and experience include non-profit management and operations, organizational development, fundraising, program design and board development. Originally from Budapest, Eszter earned her JD from the University of Eotvos Lorand, Hungary and her LLM from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
Principal of Chester A. Arthur School
Ms. Newman currently serves as the Principal of the Chester A. Arthur School in the School District of Philadelphia. Ms. Newman’s experience as a teacher and as a leader in education has demanded the ability to adapt and to improvise for changing situations, define and address the needs of diverse constituencies, communicate positively and effectively with a broad range of people, and coordinate meetings and presentations in a thorough manner. Throughout her career she has demonstrated her commitment to excellence in education and her capacity to work as an instructional leader and to maintain excellent relationships with parents and the community.
Sally K. Eisenberg, CHC
Certified Health Coach and Mixed Media Artist
Sally K. Eisenberg is a Health Coach certified by the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and Columbia University. In 2007, she founded Nourish Ur Life, a nutrition and healthy lifestyle practice located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. As a mixed media artist, Sally has always been passionate about food, healthy living and integrating both in to her artistic vision. The Spread the Whiz Foundation is the perfect vehicle for Sally to give back on a local level and hopes to empower young children with the tools they need to eat healthier and express themselves through art.
Christina Pirello, MFN
Chef and Nutritionist
Christina is the Emmy Award winning host of the national public television series, “Christina Cooks” as well as one of America’s preeminent authorities on living a healthier life utilizing natural and whole foods. Christina’s love affair with food began at a young age cooking with her mother. At age 26, she was diagnosed with terminal leukemia and was told she had only months to live. A chance meeting with (her now husband) Robert, a natural living advocate, helped Christina change her lifestyle and diet based on healthy eating incorporating whole and unprocessed foods which saved her life. Her life’s calling became helping others discover the importance of making better choices in their lives.
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I Love My Job: Pat’s Steaks Owner Frank Olivieri The man behind the iconic cheesesteak shop tells all. Article by Victor Fiorillo [Excerpt]In 1930, Pat Olivieri and his brother invented the cheesesteak. Nearly 90 years later, Pat’s great-nephew Frank Olivieri runs the...read more