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.


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


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.

Art in the Age of Federal Donuts

A sweet collaboration between two Philadelphia favorites.

Art in the Age are known for their craft spirits, Snap, Root and Rhuby while Federal Donuts have become nationally acclaimed for their ever changing line-up of fancy and sugar coated donuts. These two Philadelphia locals themed up for a super delicious and sweet collaboration that yielded three spectacular limited edition donut flavors:

Root Beer Float
Root beer glaze with vanilla ice cream icing.

Gingersnap Cookie
Ginger glaze with gingersnap cookie crumb

Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie
Rhubarb glaze, pie crust crumble & strawberry icing 

Grab these yummies for a limited time from April 20th to 29th, 2012.

Federal Donuts

1219 South 2nd Street  Philadelphia, PA 19147
(267) 687-8258


Recap: Super delicious food @PubandKitchen for @vineloop event.

Last night Pub and Kitchen hosted a wonderful event for Vineloop, an app that lets you tap into your inner circle to get meaningful and trustworthy recommendations on a variety of topics such as beer, movies, books, and the like.

The food was absolutely fantastic, we got to try delicious little bites of caviar and cucumber, rabbit rillettes, foie gras and rhubarb, braised lamb served on a pretzel roll, scallop and crab nuggets, just to name a few. So good! Definitely go and try Pub and Kitchen if you get a chance, you won’t be disappointed!

Pub and Kitchen

1946 Lombard St. Philadelphia

(215) 545-0350


Artistry in Anvil

March Exhibition @artintheage

Louise Pezzi specializes in a true custom architectural blacksmithing; hand-forging and traditionally finishing commissions in her Philadelphia shop. Pezzi’s original fine wrought iron work may be found in several national historic landmark churches, and her forged mechanical door chimes have received numerous awards.

Pezzi has created a limited edition run of hand-forged bottle openers, crafted out of solid iron railroad spikes. Each opener is a functional art piece, showcasing the intricacies and nuances of the blacksmithing craft. The exhibition will document the production of the openers, which will be hand stamped and numbered editions for Art in the Age.

You hear a lot about female crafters, but you don’t get to meet a female blacksmith very often; Louise Pezzi is a woman of small stature but her work is strong, heavy, ornate, intricate and very beautiful.

The railroad spike bottle openers are truly something, you can use them to carve ice too! Pezzi wanted to keep them to scale like real railroad spikes so they’re quite heavy, and could be used for self-defense if needed haha.

Blacksmith Brew Recipe
Art in the Age Root, birch beer, orange, vanilla and cherry