Guide to Audi Feastival

Audi Feastival preview party photos were taken by Food Photographer and Influencer, Bari of  @baris_belly

Audi Feastival preview party photos were taken by Food Photographer and Influencer, Bari of @baris_belly

On September 26th, one of Philadelphia’s most talked about arts and culinary focused events returns! Audi Feastival is a Philadelphia-based soiree complete with vibrant entertainers, decadent cocktails, and a score of the city’s hottest restaurants adorning guests with an array of delectable small plates. In it’s 10th year, the arts and culinary focused extravaganza will return to the Delaware River Waterfront commencing at one of the Delaware rivers newest additions Cherry Street Pier. Guests will dine and dance with the Benjamin Franklin Bridge as a backdrop, offering picturesque views of the City of Brotherly Love.

I’ve had the pleasure of attending this event in the past and am looking forward to another year! With each year bringing an abundance of new experiences, great cuisine, and long-lasting memories. For those who are attending Audi Feastival for the first time, and are looking how to make the most out of the evening - I have a few quick tips to keep in your pocket!

Featured dishes from the Feastival Preview Party (L to R): Blue Crab - La Croix Restaurant; Whole Roasted Pig - Townsend; Salmon Poké - Poi Dog | Photos by Bari of @baris_belly .

First-timers Guide to Audi Feastival

  1. Check out the list of restaurants before the event. The restaurants participating have been released, and I’m pleased to say a few heavy hitters and newcomers have made the list. My suggestion: Take a gander before the big night. Is there a restaurant you’ve been dying to try? Or a new place that has been the latest buzz? This is your chance to get a taste of what it has to offer. Giving yourself a little preview lets you plan where to set your sights first before you embark on the night.

  2. Dress like your fun, free and best self. The first time I attended Audi Feastival, I was overly concerned about picking the “right outfit” for the “Cocktail Chic” dress code. Although the guest attire will vary greatly that evening, take this as your opportunity to shine. With many photo ops to be had, dress your best in the way you know how! That means, take a chance and throw on that glittery heel, or break out that velvet dinner jacket you’ve been dying to wear. I promise that you won’t be disappointed.

  3. Leverage all of your senses. While many people focus on the epic spread of fine fare, I have found that Feastival is a full sensory experience. From flying acrobats and music to vibrant art, there are so many things to see, to listen to and to touch. One of my favorite moments from “Feastivals past” included a live band singing funky theme songs from my favorite 90s shows. This is what makes this event a one-of-a-kind experience.

  4. Pace yourself. There is a lot to do see, drink, and eat, so make sure to take your time. I suggest making a round to all restaurants before going back for seconds. This gives you an opportunity to determine the cuisine and cocktails you love the most, and will help you make a more well rounded decision, when you tackle round two!

  5. Mingle, mingle, mingle! You will quickly find that Feastival is a gathering of all your local celebrities and influencers. It is a great opportunity to strike up a conversation with the executive chefs from your favorites restaurants, snag a shot with a local television personality, or just network and make a new friend!

If you’d like to grab a ticket to this epic event, there’s still time! Visit phillyFeastival.com and use code GEO19 for a 20% off discount!

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Diner en Blanc Philadelphia 2019

Many of the photos featured in this post were captured by the wonderful Joe of  Joe Mac Creative .

Many of the photos featured in this post were captured by the wonderful Joe of Joe Mac Creative.

It’s hard to believe that another year of Diner en Blanc has commenced and this year festivities did not disappoint! The annual all white soirée took place at one of Philadelphia’s most beloved sights Boathouse Row. Yours truly, got to cover this memorable affair, getting the opportunity to witness, first hand, the abundance of sights and sounds with this historic landmark as backdrop! Many of the moments featured here were captured by the amazing photographer Joe of Joe Mac Creative ! Be sure to check him out as he does phenomenal work!

About Diner en Blanc

For those who have not had the opportunity to attend Diner en Blanc in the past - here’s a little bit of history on this annual affair. Launched over 30 years ago in Paris, France, Diner en Blanc is now an international event, hosting tens of thousands attendees each year, in major cities across the world. In the United States alone, nearly 30 cities host this extravagant soirée, with each location following the same general recipe: A secret location which is unannounced until attendees arrive and uninterrupted, elegant white attire. With tables and chairs, white table cloths and champagne in tow - guests are led to a “surprise location” where the festivities take place!

About Boathouse Row

As mentioned before, this year’s secret location was the infamous Boathouse Row. With structures dating back to the 19th century, this historic site is home to a small line of boathouses nestled against Kelly Drive. Outlined with string lights providing quite the evening view, you may have caught a glimpse of these infamous boathouses from I-76 as you make your way into Center City. Today, the boathouses are home to a number of Philadelphia-based rowing clubs ,who are able to take advantage of the landmark’s position alongside the Schuylkill river.

The Food

Leading up to the big night, I offered a few quick tips to attendees via my instagram feed to ensure they were prepared to make the most of the big night. Which is often true of Geo’s Table, the tips regarding food were the most popular. Having some fun engaging my followers, I was able to get some awesome recommendations for pastry shops and bakery. Feast Your Eyes catering provided some delicious catered bites for some attendees, and the pictures below highlight some of my personal faves from the event.

The Sights & Sounds

From bocce to a 360 degree photo booth, this year’s event was packed with festivities to keep guests entertained and spirits high! Performers for this years event included: Originaire, Melissa Dunphy, Etta's Baby Boy - Project Philly and Justin The Magician- followed by the Dewdrop Society Band, DJ Mar, Great on Skates, and DJ Sean Smoove, The Event Poet, Rev Michael Alan Portraits, Dandy Wellington & Gin Minsky and, event favorite, Mad Beatz.

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With a third year of attendance under my belt - I am excited to see what the future has in store for Diner en Blanc in Philadelphia and beyond. A special thanks to the team at Philly PR Girl for having me!

For more information regarding Diner en Blanc Philadelphia and how to snag an invite to next year’s event, please visit: philadelphia.dinerenblanc.com

Around Town: The Indian Grill

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Just a few weeks ago, The Indian Grill made its debut in Old City, Philadelphia and I got the opportunity to get up close and personal with several of their delectable dishes. The restaurant, which is a BYOB, specializes in North Indian cuisine as well as a collection of Indo-Chinese dining options.

Stop by to check out some of their daily specials and most popular items including Tandoori Chicken, Seekh Kabab, and Chicken Makhani. They also have a sizable list of options for vegetarians including Malai Kofta, Navratan Korma, and Palak Panir. My favorite, the Chicken Tikka Masala was spiced just right, leaving a lasting impression. In addition to this, I got to indulge most delicious Mango Lassi I’ve ever tasted. In addition to the food, the contemporary decor mixed with the sensational aromas make dining a fantastic experience! 

Visit The Indian Grill at 114 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia PA, 19106, or call (267) 519-8499 to make a reservation. For more information about The IndianGrill, visit their website and follow them on Facebook or Instagram.

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Brunch Style for Fall

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Over the years, I have met some pretty awesome people through various food events and gatherings. If you follow me on Instagram (where I got my humble beginnings) you have probably noticed my right hand woman, Bari, in a few of my photos

Bari and I started on the food and Instagram scene around the same time and became quick friends. Nearly four years later, we are a bit of a dynamic duo pretty hard. She is a fantastic food photographer and influencer covering food from “street to elite” in Philadelphia and beyond. You can follow her adventures via her instagram: @baris_belly

Growing out of our mutual love for food, fashion and photography, we organically formed our own past-time we call Sunday Funday. A form of soul therapy, the recipe for Sunday Funday is simple. We plan brunch in an area of the city we would like to explore, don our Sunday’s best (or whatever fashion mood strikes us) and spend the day together eating, partaking in libations and snapping photos of street art (and of each other). 

For our first Sunday Funday of the Fall season, we coincidentally arrived at brunch twinning in oversized scarves and capes.

A timeless trend that is probably my favorite staple of fall fashion is the art of layering. Bari has always been the Queen of Layers and showing up in an off the shoulder sweater, black skinny jeans and an over-sized scarf. This year, I’ve been particularly inspired by turtlenecks and capes, which have been making a strong appearance in my favorite stores this season. My favorite combination of the moment is pairing turtlenecks with a button-up shirt and slacks.  We both completed our looks with Chelsea boots and hats.


We dined at W.M. Muhlherin’s Sons a former whiskey blending and bottling company turned modern Italian Restaurant and Boutique Hotel, which is always a stellar dining experience. Following we explored some of the great murals along Front Street including a few the Honeygrow headquarters completed as part of their Front Street Walls project. As an added bonus, it’s Mural Arts Month here in Philadelphia, so be sure to learn more about some of the artists and the abundance of murals we have in the city.

Artists featured in this post:

Molly Crabapple

Lemon Sparkle Fantasy

Amberella

Mural Arts - Philadelphia

GT Picks: Outdoor Fun for Early Fall

GT PICKS will be a recurring feature that will provide insight on a collection of restaurants, bars or food-themed events that I feel are worth giving a try. The places included in each collection will be tied to a common theme or category. My first GT PICKS features my recommendations on outdoor spaces you should visit during the early part of Fall. Enjoy! 

With the last days of warmer weather quickly slipping from our grasp,  I encourage all of you to enjoy the longer days, radiant sun and lightweight attire.  To make these days and nights a little more bittersweet, here are my picks for outdoors spaces (with food and beverage, of course) you must take some time to enjoy before the weather grows cold OR the venues close for the season!

Independence Beer Hall - Located right across the street from Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell, Independence Beer Garden is a must-see for tourists and Philly natives alike. An open and airy venue serving a sizable list of beers on tap, and a decent selection of food, you won't be disappointed spending your last nights of warmer weather here.

PHS Pop-Up Beer Garden - Each year the Philadelphia Horticultural Society renovates an empty lot (or two!) turning the open space into a seasons beer garden. This year PHS gifted us with TWO spaces (one at 15th and South Streets and the other at 9th and Wharton). Enjoy a carefully curated draft lists as well as food trucks and food options at each location!

Spruce Street Harbor  A newer Philadelphia attraction that welcomes visitors of all ages. Complete with an eclectic mix of stands serving a variety of carnivalesque fare (including Waffle Ice Cream Sandwiches, Funnel Cake and, of course, BEER! ). If the food isn't enough to entice you, lounging in one of the spaces many hammocks, playing a game life-sized JENGA or looking out onto the Delaware River may be just enough to hold your attention! 

Silk City Diner Bar & Lounge - Nestled on the corner of 4th and Spring Garden Street, Silk City is a restaurant that is close to my heart boasting a menu of hearty comfort food and new-takes on old favorites. Warmer weather makes this spot even more delightful, as patrons have the opportunity to partake in their libations and cuisine in an outdoor patio and bar. 

The Continental Mid-Town - This list would not be complete without a rooftop deck! The Continental Mid-Town ( a Stephen Starr favorite!) has a beautiful sky lounge and rooftop patio complete with a mix of futuristic and Mid-Century decor. It also serves a list of out-of-this-world cocktails and appetizers. As an added bonus, heat lamps scattered across the outdoor patio make this place enjoyable well into Fall.

Do you have any other recommendations of places we must get to before the weather breaks? Leave a comment below!