4TH ANNUAL FLAVORS OF PHILADELPHIA – A Benefit for the American Liver Association

The American Liver Foundation’s 4th annual Flavors of Philadelphia was a hot ticket last night, as the city hails the culinary soirée of the year. Two dozen “prep kitchens” rolled into the elegant Crystal Tea Room to provide each of the local celebrity chefs a private space to prepare their outstanding, gourmet four-course meal for their very own of table of twelve lucky guests. Flavors of Philadelphia patrons were treated like royalty as they began their culinary adventure with exquisite hors d’ oeuvres before sitting down for a personally prepared, specially designed menu, complete with wine pairings.
I am so lame, in the 17 years I have lived in Philadelphia I had never been to the Crystal Tea Room; but I feel like Susan Lucci and the streak is over!! Each restaurant accentuated their tables in their own unique style with gift bags donated by the sponsor of that table. Here’s the City of Hope table for Chef Joseph Tucker for Joe Pesce Chef Joseph Tucker and his wife CharityStanford P. Burke Jr. of the Crystal Tea Room inspects the placement of a plate of food, sorta like a dress rehearsal I guess.
Chef Roberta Adamo from Penne Restaurant and Wine Bar and guest chef WOGL’s Frank Lewis, in the kitchen Chef Daniel Stern represented both his restaurants Gayle and Rae and actually had two cooking stations, and two tables to represent both of them. He spent a lot of time running back and forth between them.

Where Magazine Publisher Laura Burkhardt gets serviced by Chef Andrew Masciangello of Savonna (Check out Where Magazine Feb 2008 for my photos of the G Lounge)
Oceanaire Seafood Room prepares the stripe bass to serve. OMG I had some and it was awesome!!
XIX Philadelphia, loved the ambiance here and at the Park Hyatt on Broad Street
I heard that the evening concluded with an over-the-top dessert reception which was my cue to leave. How am I ever going to meet my New Year’s Lenten Resolutions if I continue to go to these exciting and delicious events. Oh but I guess someone has to bring you the most up to date exciting happenings in our fair City. (This shot made Michael Klein’s INQlings) Playing with fire, April Margera (left), mother of “Jackass” star Bam Margera, finishes creme brulees forthe Flavors of Philadelphia. With her at the Tuesday benefit was Marian Rothstein, Bam’s mother-in-law.
(Philadelphia Inquirer 3/2/08)I hope to see you at the 5th Annual Flavors of the City in 2009. The proceeds from Flavors of Philadelphia support the critical activities of the ALF, including nationwide research program, region-wide educational programming for patients, providers and the general public, and local and national advocacy initiatives.