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March 21, 2016

Vegan cheesesteak to be featured in 'April Fools' Lunch' collaboration

Christina Pirello, Frank Olivieri are teaming up

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Vegan cheesesteak Courtesy of Jason Bleecher/for PhillyVoice

Vegan Cheesesteak

Christina Pirello, the Emmy Award-winning star of public television series "Christina Cooks," is throwing a pop-up lunch event in South Philly on Sunday, April 3. 

The event may be happening a few days after April Fools' Day but Pirello has a few tricks up her sleeves -- mainly, picking an unusual partner to create a vegan lunch.

Pirello, a chef focused on a plant-based diet, is teaming up with the owner of Pat’s King of Steaks Frank Olivieri.

The duo co-created a vegan cheesesteak together as part of a feast which includes soup, a trio of sliders, salad and dessert.

Every diner will get to take home a bag of Pirello's vegan chocolate chip cookies, too.

Here's the four-course menu breakdown:

•Spring Split Pea Soup

•Trio of sliders: vegan cheesesteak, mock tuna salad and veggie burger served with onion rings and coleslaw

•Spring Salad

•Carrot cake-pops and chocolate cake-pops

The lunch begins at noon and is $49 per person.

April Fools' Lunch

Sunday, April 3
Beginning at noon | $49 per person
Caffe Valentino
1245 S. 3rd St.