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Recap: 2013 Audi FEASTIVAL In Philadelphia

(Photo Credit: Lynne Kranich)

(Photo Credit: Lynne Kranich)

On September 12, guests came together to enjoy a night filled with culinary treats, live art performances and a fun and engaging atmosphere at the 2013 Audi FEASTIVAL at Pier 9 in Philadelphia. As we entered the event, we were greeted with a spectacle for the eyes and knew that this evening would be one to remember. The venue was filled with attendees who couldn’t wait to sample the next delicacy in the mix of a wide array of food items presented by over 75 restaurants and beverage vendors. The proceeds from the night’s event went directly to benefit FringeArts, the premier live arts organization in Philadelphia.

No matter what your culinary desires may have been that evening, your palate was well cared for throughout the night. Some of the delicious presentations included vegan hearts of palm cake from Miss Rachel’s Pantry, mini chicken pot pies from Jones, big eye tuna poke from Continental, raspberry donuts from Federal Donuts and chicken tinga tacos from El Vez. Stephen Starr, one of the hosts of the evening, had a row of tables, each representing one of his many restaurants. Brauhaus Schmitz was the perfect table to stop at for those who enjoy authentic German cuisine while nestled in the back of the venue lay a little gem called Capogiro, which featured a delicious salted caramel gelato, among a few other varieties.

The live auction begins (Photo Credit: Lynne Kranich)

The live auction begins (Photo Credit: Lynne Kranich)

In between sampling the many food and beverage offerings, guests enjoyed a live auction presented by Governor Ed Rendell, along with the co-hosts and co-chairs of FEASTIVAL. The live auction featured three items which included two private dinner party packages which would be presented by multiple well-known Philadelphia chefs preparing the meals and a Philly sports fan events package. The emcee of the evening, Maria Papadakis, kept the crowd lively and entertained while FringeArts performers showed us all just what makes this live arts organization so wonderful. The three hosts of the event, Stephen Starr, Audrey Claire Taichman and Michael Solomonov, made sure that the guests felt welcome and made it a point to greet all those around them.

Miss Rachel's Pantry serving their vegan hearts of palm cake (Photo Credit: Lynne Kranich)

Miss Rachel’s Pantry serving their vegan hearts of palm cake (Photo Credit: Lynne Kranich)

For those who had VIP tickets, there was a special enclosed area just for those guests with seating and a private bar. Audi vehicles were placed strategically throughout the venue and made the ambience that much more spectacular. A large silent auction table offered many great items for the taking including options within the arts, travel, fashion and culinary categories.

As the night came to an end, guests made their way out of Pier 9 with stomachs filled, smiles on their faces and an overall eagerness to see what next year’s FEASTIVAL has in store for them.

Michael Solomonov (Photo Credit: Lynne Kranich)

Michael Solomonov (Photo Credit: Lynne Kranich)

Even though 2013 Audi FEASTIVAL has come to a close, you can still contribute to the wonderful programs which FringeArts provides for Philadelphia-area residents. To learn more about FringeArts, please visit their website here. For those who wish to revisit some of the culinary items presented by the restaurants of the evening, you can view the list of participating chefs, restaurants and beverage vendors on the FEASTIVAL website and stop off to visit one or more of the restaurants involved in the night’s events.

Emcee of the evening, Maria Papadakis (Photo Credit: Lynne Kranich)

Emcee of the evening, Maria Papadakis (Photo Credit: Lynne Kranich)

FEASTIVAL in full swing (Photo Credit: Lynne Kranich)

FEASTIVAL in full swing (Photo Credit: Lynne Kranich)

Performers at FEASTIVAL (Photo Credit: Lynne Kranich)

Performers at FEASTIVAL (Photo Credit: Lynne Kranich)

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