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

Drake on Cake Demo with Joy the Baker

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Two weeks ago, I attended a Black Food Bloggers Retreat in New Orleans that still has me in awe. Everything from the fine cuisine, eclectic decor, and vibrant fashion has kept my creative drive in overload since I left. Recording my epic weekend has proven difficult because it’s so hard to put the experience into words, but a post is coming soon that will truly do the trip justice in my eyes.

During the education sessions for the retreat, our small but mighty group spent time in ideation sessions around our blog strategy, learning tips and tools to help us expand our brands, and getting to discuss all of the kick ass and groundbreaking work we are doing in our respective communities. Outside of the sessions, our lovely host and leader, Jasmine Lukuku (The Blenderist) planned some phenomenal food-centered experiences that I truly enjoyed. Of all of the events throughout the weekend, my favorite was time spent with the infamous Joy the Baker.

Joy is a legend in the blogging world, who has been chronicling her adventures in baking and cooking for nearly a decade. Welcoming us into her home (a meticulous marvel of interior artistry), she shared a little bit about her trials and tribulations as she built her career as a blogger.

From self-taught baker to the author of multiple cookbooks, Joy bestowed infinite wisdom about how we needed to trust in our talents, identify the things we truly care about, and how the best tools are the ones we have right at our fingertips. Charming and witty, with a great sense of humor, she achieved all of this while putting her foot in some savory beignets.

In the grand finale of our time together, Joy let us get up close and personal with one of her passion projects, Drake on Cake. The gallery of cakes with Drake lyrics is one of my guilty pleasures of instagram, and the experience of watching her take a blank cake and create whimsy and wonder was second to none. We watched as she took the cake from simple to stunning, adding notes of confetti, candles, and mini champagne bottles.

Following the cake decoration, we watched her build the photo scene for her final shot. Using a photo-board placed in front of her patio door for perfect lighting, she scoured her home for props that represented the essence of the Drake lyric. As we watched her add paper flowers, rosary beads, and fresh cut slices of cake for depth, she shared that her end goal is to create a story centered around the cake.

Reflecting on my time there, the lyric, “I’m blessed, I just checked,” is the embodiment of our time together in NoLa, and is now a mainstay mantra as I look toward the future of Geo’s Table.

To follow Joy, her awesomeness, and to view the latest photoshoots from Drake on Cake check out her instagram accounts and websites:

Website: joythebaker.com

Instagram Accounts: @joythebaker | @drakeoncake | @thebakehousenola

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Dîner en Blanc 2018

Photo by   Joe McFetridge at  Joe Mac Creative

Photo by Joe McFetridge at Joe Mac Creative

Thursday, August 16th, Philadelphia’s 7th Dîner en Blanc commenced with fashion and flare. This year’s surprise location Dilworth Park, created a vibrant and chic scene as over 5000 guests donned in their white outfits to dine in the heart of the city.

This being my second time in attendance I became more enthralled as the evening unraveled. Boasting an international theme, the event featured a variety of world's fare and decor and offered performances from over 75 entertainers, truly showcasing the diversity of talent our city offers.

Some of my top moments included dancing to throwback tunes  and salsa music, partaking in macaroons and champagne courtesy of Delice et Chocolat and witnessing the artistic talents of Alloyius Mcilwaine, who painted a mural that will be displayed at Broad Street Ministry!

Although the night flew by, I am happy to have another year of this amazing event under my belt and look forward to attending another in the future. Check out some of my favorite moments from Dîner en Blanc below!

Special thanks to Philly PR Girl for having me!

Dîner en Blanc 2018 - Philadelphia



2016 Bucket List!

Welcome to 2016! I am delighted to embrace this new year with new adventures in cooking, eating and leading a more healthier and fulfilling life. In the last part of 2015, I took a chance and launched the Geo's Table blog as a creative outlet for myself. During this "soft launch" period, I have expanded my horizons tremendously, and have learned a great deal about blogging as well as food photography and writing.

Now that 2016 has graced us with her presence, I am ready to take Geo's Table to the next level. Honoring my philosophy of: "Eat well. Share experiences. Cultivate Community." this year I seek to fold a more personal touch into my posts. This will include features on the people, places and cuisine that influence and uplift this philosophy and whom make up my personal community.

To kick-start this new adventure, I've developed a bucket-list as my guide. Follow me as I chronicle my quests in conquering each items on this short (but possibly growing) list! If you have items on your bucket list that you want to accomplish leave them in the comments below!

The 2016 Bucket List

#2

Get my passport and finally travel and EAT abroad

#3

Launch the "Instagrammer of the Week" feature

#4

Complete the  Couch to 5K Program  and eat healthier

#5

Get my food writing featured in more magazines

#6

Host my first "Geo's Table" pop-up dinner party!