2012 Audi FEASTIVAL Kick Off Party at Sampan July 23, 2012

Kristina Jenkins, Audrey Claire Taichman Lily Cope, Alethia Calbeck and Angela Val. Last week I wrote on PCC & chatted on Fox 29 about the movie Paranoia filming along 20th Street, specifically in two of Audrey’s restaurants, here.

 The Philadelphia Live Arts Festival and Philly Fringe announce the 2012 Audi FEASTIVAL will be held on
Wednesday, September 12, 2012. The 2012 Audi FEASTIVAL will expose the
region’s most influential business leaders and tastemakers to the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival by uniting dynamic and cutting edge artistic performances with world-class restaurants. This year’s event will be held at Pier 9, located at 121 North Columbus Boulevard from 6:00-9:00 PM. More than eight hundred attendees are expected for what promises to be the cultural event of the year. Late last month they held their patron party, but time slipped away and I forgot to post it.

 Lisa Stephano, Phila Horticultural Society, Maria Papadakis (After this photo she surprised me with a limo ride to some of my favorite spots, with our friends to celebrate my birthday, love her. These days she’s busy planning for her big wedding in November. I’m her man of honor, what an honor for me.), Jane Pepper and Jennifer Lin.
Michael Braunstein, CBS radio, Corie Moskow, Gloss PR and Nick Stuccio, The Fringe Festival founder

 Feastival will once again be co-hosted by three culinary luminaries, founding members and friends: Stephen Starr, Michael Solomonov, and Audrey Claire Taichman. Event co-chairs this year are proud new parents Beka and Jesse Rendell (center), and Real Estate Attorney, Tony Forte, Saul Ewing. Rounding out this picture are Tom McGrath, Editor of Philadelphia Magazine (my boss) and  David Lipson, president of Metro Corp. (my other boss at Philly Mag.)

Sampan owner and chef, Michael Schulson and following in his dad’s footsteps, Davin Schulson.

Danya Henninger, Drink Philly – Congratulations on their TWO YEAR anniversary. Such a great idea and name. Collin Keefe, Grub Street Philly and Holly Drauglis-Keefe. 
Did you know that Philadelphia has architectural tours?  I used to be a tour guide for them, and Holly works for Landmark Preservation which facilitates the tours but that’s not how I met her.  The tours are fabulous, they’re $10 and you will learn about our fair City. There are tours for each section of the City. You’ll learn about why did they name the street Callowhill? The difference between a Federal Building and a Colonial Building. Why did it take 30 years to build Phila City Hall, and why does William Penn face northeast? Tours are Sat, Sun and Wed evening. Check out the schedule here. 
Tours are about 90 mins long, thank god you didn’t take my tour, I talk about and sometimes it was 2 – 3hrs.
Sampan Team: Bridget Baran, manager and GM Michael Wirzberger

Richard Vague, check out the fun Q&A in Forbes magazine that Vague participated in HERE. Jerry Batoff, and Rich Cohen
Michele Lamm. Business Development Manager at Philadelphia Magazine, Melissa Bizzak, Integrated Marketing Manager at Philadelphia Magazine and Sachi Jonas, Marketing Coordinator. at Philadelphia Magazine. You’re invited to check out Philadelphia magazine’s Design Home 2012 which will be open for
public tours from September 14th through October 14th, 2012. 100% of
ticket proceeds benefit The Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House.

Harry Spivak, Monica Glass and Andrew Greenblatt, Executive Director of Philadelphia Film Society.  And then after this photo was taken Monica and I went off on my birthday party dinner at OPA, and then she slipped away in the middle of the night to go to Boston for her interview with Clio which is owned by Ken Oringer. Sad but she couldn’t find a pastry job here in Philly.  The Philadelphia Film Society it’s hosting a movie screening of “The Words” starring Philly’s own Bradley Cooper. Join or Upgrade to the PFS SPOTLIGHT CIRCLE for the chance see this movie BEFORE it hits theaters for FREE with star Bradley Cooper and directors/writers Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal in attendance on August 27, 2012 at the Prince Music Theater 7;30PM. You should join the Phila Film Society too. You’ll get a chance to see lots of movies before they hit the screen, plus enjoy great discussion and meet other movie goers.

The reigning Foodie Couple of Philadelphia Art Etchells and Michelle Cassidy, and their two friends who’s names I
couldn’t remember and hopefully someone will send me before I head out at noon, but hey I did a good job on the other names on today’s
entry.  (The day I shot this was my birthday and it was the spur of the moment thing to cover this event for 15 minutes. I tried to only shoot people I know and I didn’t bring a notebook.)

Early participants include: 10 Arts by Eric Ripert, AllaSpina, Audrey
Claire, Barclay Prime, Bar Ferdinand, Bistrot La Minette, Blackfish,
Brauhaus Schmitz, Buddakan, Butcher and Singer, Capogiro Gelato
Artisans, Cochon, Continental, The Corner, Concrete Blonde, The
Dandelion, D’Angelo’sRistoranteItaliano and Lounge, Eclat Chocolate,
Ela, El Rey, El Vez, Farmer’s Cabinet, Federal Donuts, Fergie’s, Fish,
Fond, Fork, Fountain Restaurant,The Franklin Mortgage & Investment
Co., Healthy Bites, In Riva, JG Domestic, Jones, La CalacaFeliz, La
ColombeTorrefaction, Lacroix, Le Bec Fin, Le Castagne, Le Virtu, Lotus
Farm to Table, Marigold Kitchen,Matyson, Melograno, Meme, Meritage,
Metropolitan Bakery, Miss Rachel’s Pantry, Monsu, Morimoto, Nectar, OIC,
Opa, Oyster House, Parc, Percy Street Barbecue, Pod, Pumpkin, R2L,
Ranstead Room, Raw, Reading Terminal Market/Fair Food Farmstand,
Revolution House,Ristorante Panorama, Rittenhouse Tavern, Rouge, Route
6, Sampan, Shake Shack, Square 1682,  Stateside, Sugar Philly Truck, Supper, Swann Lounge, Sweet Freedom Bakery, Table 31, Talula’s Garden, Tashan,  Tequila’s,
Tria, Twenty Manning Grill, The Twisted Tail, Union Trust Steakhouse,
Verdad, Vintage Wine Bar & Bistro, Zahav and Zama and that’s a whole lotta participants!! For more information and tickets please visit