Philadelphia

FEASTIVAL Holiday Party – hosted by Stephen Starr, Michael Solomonov and Audrey Claire Taichman

The restaurant buzz in Philadelphia keeps growing, people want to talk about food almost more than they want to eat it, chefs make headlines whether they are changing restaurants or changing menu’s, and a group of people created a celebration of food and art called Feastival which coincides with the Fringe Festival in the Fall. Chaired by Michael Solomonov, Audrey Claire Taichman, and Stephen Starr, the event was held in a NoLibs warehouse. (Which I wrote about in my PhillyMag.com column last September.)

Real Estate Attorney Tony Forte of Saul Ewing LLP, Ryan Hammel, Audrey Claire Taichman (Audrey Claires & Twenty Manning) and Michael Solomonov, (Zahav, Percy Street)
Always great to see my friends at Philadelphia Magazine, Kirsten Henri, Food Editor and Tom McGrath, Editor
Eric Rymshaw Owner, Fury Design Inc, Vesna Todorovic Sacks, a Serbian artist and Jim Fulton, Fury Design Inc. Fury did most of the interior design at the Feastival in September.
James Stein, Museum Educator at Philadelphia Museum of Art, Lauren Vague and Edward Stein. How adorable is Lauren’s shirt. I wonder where she got it.
Melissa Bizzak, Tracy Seng, Sachi Jonas, Ilana Waber and Toni Cavaliere. When Tracy’s not out having a good time with her friends, she’s decorating the dollhouse with some Christmas sparkle. Looking forward to my Whisper date with the girls in the new year. IS it 2011 already. I’m still not done my Y2K spam yet!Mary and Michael Solomonov. On Wednesday, December 22 at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., Chef Michael Solomonov will host “A Very Jewish Christmas” at Zahav (237 St. James Place, 215-625-8800). This festive dinner will include Israeli-inflected Chinese food and all-time great movies from the early 80’s shown on a big screen, and will cost $50 per person.
The party was held at one of my fav spots SAMPAN. As you know I was just there last week enjoying their new Korean Fried Chicken, which was delicious. I ran into my new favorite bartender Andrew, who knows how to stir my diet coke just right. It’s always fun to see Laura at the front door too.
Chef, Jeremy Miller, RG Krelder and Nikki Baruffi were our servers for the night along with Kristin Davis (But not that Kristin Davis from SATC), Elizabeth Harris and Amanda Span; who cut off their Feastival t shirts into stylish Flashdance era ones.
Bob Bickell and Patti Klein, (The Restaurant Club) Patti and I will be having a holiday lunch at the Prime Rib this week, I’ve never eaten there, although I have had a diet coke at the bar, oh and photographed Joe Piscopo there a few weeks back.
Chris Egan, Carol Klein and Peter Rothenberg
Hilary Regan and Roland Kassis. Roland tells me that since I last chatted with him he’s opened a Yoga Studio with Heather Rice called Amrita Yoga & Wellness in No Liberties. Not to far from his place Café La Mande at 816 N 4th St
Robin Barnes and Shannon Baffoni
Liz Trasniundi, Jason Norton (I just met Jason Saturday at Saks Fifth Ave when the Purse Forum founder stopped by for a seminar), Alexander Kacala, Karina Kacala and Hillary Harvey
Carolyn Schlecker Managing Director of the Fringe Festival and Jennifer Bohnenberger, Vice President of the Fringe Festival
JT Christianson, Sheeba Mankus, Gregg Krantz and Joshua Thibautt
Can these two look any happier. It seems so natural to bring these two back together to continue that magic they had two years ago when the collaborated on Foobooz, when Kirsten was shy and never let me photograph her. BTW look for the launch of PhillyMag’s FOOBOOZ today. Next year on Boston Mag, and after that a little bit of Foobooz in a city near you.

Feastival hopes you’ll join them for the Second Annual FEASTIVAL on September 14, 2011, honoring Governor Edward G. Rendell! Look for the Gov to auction off another dinner for two and tickets to join the him for a World Series game, especially now that we have a good chance to make if with Cliff Lee & The C2C2 Team. Last year a similar package went for $17,000.