Philadelphia Feastival 2012

Feastival returned this year more decadent than ever! The chefs from some of the most acclaimed restaurants in the city pulled out all the stops with luxurious menu ingredients (foie gras being a star ingredient); and crowds were entertained by high flying acrobatics while sipping on drinks mixed by some of the best bars in town. A very memorable evening that was a feast for the senses.


Classic Car Show

Having grown up and lived in a city most of my life, driving was never a big priority of mine; I tend to walk everywhere or use public transportation if needed. However seeing the design and details that went into these cars kinda made me understand why in decades past Americans were so obsessed with cars. Look at them they’re fast and beautiful! I don’t much about cars, but I appreciate great design details.


A steady stream of contemporary Asian cuisine concocted by executive chef Michael Schulson was served at the Feastival preview party at Sampan in Midtown Village. Never haven’t eaten there before I left very impressed with the excellent food the cooks were dishing out to party-goers. We got to try a lot of items that are available (at really reasonable prices) on their Happy Hour menu; Edamame Dumplings, Korean BBQ Beef Satay, Kim Chee Fried Rice, Crispy Brussel Sprouts, among others. I definitely recommend checking it out. 

Feastival is a benefit party for the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival and Philly Fringe, it will take place on September 12th. Last year’s event was absolutely incredible (see my photos: Feastival: A Feast For The Senses). You can purchase tickets here.

I really recommend this event because you get to eat and drink from some of the best, and most lauded restaurants and bars in Philadelphia, all the while supporting a great cause; the arts in Philly. If you splurge on one dining out experience, this would be a good one to pick. Frankly I’ve been looking forward to this event since last year’s ended!


24 South, 13th Street, Philadelphia


September 12th, 2012
Pier 9 on 121 North Columbus Boulevard


Great beer deserves great food, and who better than six of Philadelphia’s most innovative chefs to prepare dishes that pair food with beer for the Ommegang Brewery sponsored Hop Chef competition. The chefs were given five ways to accomplish this task; simple pairing, interaction, incorporation, mimicking, story telling and beercentric. Joe Cicala of Le Virtu, Jon Cichon of Lacroix, Jason Cichonski of Ela, Nicholas Elmi of Rittenhouse Tavern, George Sabatino of Stateside and Scott Schroeder of SPTR and American Sardine Bar stepped up to the challenge in a big way, and delivered some truly memorable dishes to hungry beer fans.

This is a great cheat sheet for Philly restaurants you gotta try at some point.

Hop Chef winner George Sabatino’s Stateside

1536 East Passyunk Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 
(215) 551-2500

Nicholas Elmi at Rittenhouse Tavern

251 South 18th Street, Philadelphia, PA
in the Philadelphia Art Alliance building 
(215) 732-2412

Jon Cichon at Lacroix 

210 West Rittenhouse Square Philadelphia, PA
in The Rittenhouse Hotel
(215) 790-2533

Scott Schroeder at South Philly Tap Room

1509 Mifflin Street  Philadelphia, PA 
(215) 271-7787

and American Sardine Bar

1801 Federal Street  Philadelphia, PA 
(215) 334-2337

Joe Cicala at Le Virtu

1927 East Passyunk Avenue  Philadelphia, PA 
(215) 271-5626

Jason Cichonski at Ela

627 South 3rd Street  Philadelphia, PA 19147
(267) 687-8512


Philly Beer Week

June 1-10

Philly is one of the best beer cities in the country, the selection we have is top notch year round. Already this year we’ve played host to some world famous breweriers like the world-renowned Mikkeller brewery from Denmark. Mikkeller has returned for Phily Beer Week and will be brewing three special beers with Farmer’s Cabinet.

If you’ve never tried Mikkeller I highly recommend it, their beers are like none other in terms of taste and complexity, it’s a real treat and definitely a memorable experience.

PBW tends to be a bit more locally focused so you’ll find plenty of events from North American and Philadelphia breweries such as Dock Street, Dogfish Head, Flying Fish, Iron Hill, Nodding Head, Philadelphia Brewing Company, Prism, Round Guys, Sly Fox, Stoudts, Victory, among others.

You can get a great seasonal selection of beer from across the country and the world pretty much any time in Philly now, but PBW is a good excuse to attend some block parties and drink outside with your friends. There is a ton going on each day, but here are a few events I recommend:

Friday Jun 1 

7:30 p.m. Opening Tap kick off with Mayor Nutter at the Independence Visitor Center. $40

Saturday Jun 2 [Center City]

11 a.m. - 6 p.m Pin-ups Block Party at Varga Bar

Sunday Jun 3 [South Philly]

12 p.m. - 9 p.m. Cirque du Saison Street Festival BBQ at Tapestry. Over 40 of the best Belgian saisons will be poured.

11 a.m. - 1 a.m. Pub Crawl along East Passyunk Ave. 10 different beer-themed events at Birra, Stogie Joe’s, P.O.P.E, Lucky 13, Le Virtu, The Bottle Shop, Stateside, Noir Restaurant and Bar South Philly Bar & Grill. 

Monday Jun 4 [Center City]

5 p.m. - 9 p.m. With Love Beer Garden presents Victory Brewing at the Four Seasons Hotel

Tuesday Jun 5 [Old City]

5 p.m. - 9 p.m. Taste of Vermont with Longtrail, Otter Creek and Wolavers at Philadelphia Bar & Restaurant 

8 p.m. - 11 p.m. California Drinkin’ with Anchor Brewing, Firestone Walker Brewing, Stone Brewing at Khyber Pass Pub

Wednesday Jun 6 [West Philly]

7 p.m. - 12 a.m. Sixpoint Tap Takeover at City Tap House

Thursday Jun 7 [University City and South Street]

3 p.m. - 12 a.m. Sansom St. Soiree between 34th  & 36th streets. Block party with White Dog Cafe, New Deck Tavern, Baby Blues BBQ $10

6 p.m. - 10 p.m. Mechanical Bull Ride at Percy St. BBQ. Teams will buck and ride for the title and trophy of 2012 PBW Bull Riding Champ

Friday Jun 8 [South Street]

12 p.m. - 2 a.m. Barrel Aged Extravaganza at Twisted Tail Beers aged in Bourbon, rum and gin barrels paired with the spirits that originally soaked the wood.

Saturday Jun 9 [Fishtown]

12:00 p.m. - 8 p.m. FestivALE  Johnny Brenda’s and Frankford Hall street fest

Sunday Jun 10 [West Philly]

11 a.m. - 12 a.m. Russian River Sunday at Local 44

Northern Liberties Night Market.
More photos here.

Northern Liberties Night Market.

More photos here.

The ever popular Night Market returned last night. The event featured some 40 food trucks and food stands serving up a variety of cuisines, desserts and coffee. Philadelphia is legitimately food crazy and the amount of rabidly hungry people that come out to these events never ceases to amaze me. They also love any excuse to wander around in nice weather drinking outside, ha!

See photos from the previous Night Market in Chinatown

Spodee Wine Launch Event 

It was a fun barn/warehouse party at the Philadelphia Sculpture Gym in Fishtown for the launch of the Depression-era hooch Spodee, a mix of homemade country wines with garden herbs, spices and moonshine. Rival Bros Coffee, The Smoke Truck, Cookie Confidential, My Jello Americans and Little Baby’s Ice Cream were all tasked to make their goods with Spodee in order to display the versatility and deliciousness of the drink. With Spodee in literally everything, plus the cocktails everyone left quite happy!


Hot meats and hot chefs!

Burger Brawl

A benefit even for the William M. Meredith Elementary School. Conceived and organized by Rob and Maggie Wasserman, owners of the legendary Rouge restaurant in Rittenhouse Square. 

See more of my photos from the event on Burger Brawl Champs


Another gorgeous First Friday exhibit from Art in the Age.

Peg and Awl: Edible Backyards

A history of gardening based in the city of Philadelphia.

May 4th - May 31st.

116 North 3rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Check out more photos of some of the beautiful historic gardens of Philadelphia right here.