From Sweet to Savory

Renowned Philadelphia Pastry Chef Abby Dahan Collaborating on Her First Savory Dinner for River Twice’s Next Hidden in Plain Sight Dinner Series


Abby Dahan’s name has rung loudly in the pastry world for the past 12-plus years. The former Parc pastry chef of eight years has been a Food Network Chopped Sweets champion, attended one of the finest pastry schools in all of Paris, has worked at Joel Robuchon in Las Vegas, and now runs her own successful baking brand called The Bake School. 

But Dahan is about more than just baked goods and sweets, and will be showcasing those talents when she joins River Twice chef/owner Randy Rucker for the next Hidden in Plain Sight dinner, which will take place on Monday, May 16th at the restaurant located at 1601 E. Passyunk Ave. in Philadelphia.

The pair of chefs will be collaborating on a seven-course dinner which will focus on Dahan’s Moroccan roots, with dishes including a Moroccan brick pastry, a collection of salatim, several courses featuring meat, raw and cooked fish, and of course, specialty desserts.

“I’m so excited to get in the kitchen with someone as talented as Chef Rucker,” said Dahan, who also earned first place at the L’art du Chocolatier Challenge in 2011, and was tapped to cater the Philadelphia Eagles NFL Draft the past two years. “Randy and the entire River Twice team have been working magic in the kitchen since they opened, and I couldn’t think of a better place to expand my horizon and showcase foods I’ve only made for friends and family before.”

The seven-course dinner will feature both indoor and outdoor seating beginning at 5 p.m. Dinners cost $130 per person, or $150 at the chef’s counter (four seats with two turns per night). Due to the nature of the event, dietary restrictions cannot be accommodated. Reservations can be made at

The Hidden in Plain Sight dinner series is a multi-course dining event featuring a total collaboration between Rucker and a guest chef or a beverage brand. Among the 16 previous collaborations to date include dinners with Chef Alex Yoon, Chef Amanda Shulman, Chef Christopher Kearse, Chef Matthew Erik Harper, Hale & True Cider, Human Robot Brewery, Garden State Mushrooms, Chef Shola Olunloyo, Chef Diego Moya, (Brooklyn), and Chef Evan Hennessy (NH).

River Twice highlights local, pristine ingredients and produce-driven dishes on their constantly changing menu. River Twice was named “Best New American Restaurant” by Philadelphia Magazine in 2020, and in 2021, Randy Rucker earned honors as “Best Chef.” Learn more by visiting Learn more about Dahan and The Bake School by visiting