Friday, September 19, 2014

The 5th Anniversary Audi Feastival in Photos

For the first time in 5 years I wasn't able to make it to Audi Feastival event on Penns Landing; so I'm featuring the best instagram photos of the night to tell us the story. This year Feastival headed to Penns Landing parking lot and pitched a few tents to host their gala. The views were magnificent. Hopefully they'll be in the same spot next year. I'm sorry I missed it, it looks spectacular!!

Richard Vague, Mike Solomonov, Audrey Taichman, Stephen Starr and David Lipson at #PhillyFEASTIVAL #AUDIFEASTIVAL

@twistedtailphl is whipping up some sick cocktails...shown here is the fig #bramble #phillyFEASTival #cheersto5years @thetowndish

Keving Yanga from Izakaya at the Borgata and Travis Masar chef at Sampan and the PHL Beer Garden

Looks cool, They held it the the spot where in the winter the ice skating rink sits

With #TopChef winner Nick Elmi at #Feastival!

The spectacular end.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

La Viola asked if I would publish their official statement

I was more than happy to publish the

La Viola asked if I would publish their statement

"We are pleased that suspects in the vicious assault last Thursday have been questioned by the Philadelphia Police Department. We were horrified to learn any of our patrons could have been involved in such a crime. Our thoughts are with the victims and we wish the gentlemen a speedy recovery. La Viola is committed to cooperating  with authorities in any investigation."

Thank you.

La Viola is a family owned Italian BYOB restaurant located in the heart of Center City Philadelphia.
253 S 16th St, Philadelphia, PA 19102

Tuesday, September 16, 2014


A  21 year old man on the way to his job in 2012 was involved in a car accident that left him paralyzed from the chest down.
The accident changed his life forever, but he says that he plans on overcoming the challenges that he now faces.


On Saturday a fundraiser at Geno's Cheese Steaks was held for Kirk with DJ Perry Angelozzi spinning.

and a whole bunch of people who came out to eat cheese steaks with wiz for a good cause.

Kirk has fought hard to regain movement in his limbs, and despite what the doctors have said, he's able to move his arms now.

Geno Vento and Kirk's mom Shawn Reyolds.

Geno Vento and Kirk met at Magee Rehabilitation. Geno had had knee surgery and was in rehab to get back in shape. Here they are with some of their occupational therapists.

Geno Vento surprised Kirk by adding $50,000 to the money raised to help him with his rehabilitation.

For more information on how to donate to Kirk, please visit

Monday, September 15, 2014

Pixs: Who won Philadelphia magazine 2nd annual Battle of the Burger presented by Amstel® Light

Philadelphia magazine is hosted the 2nd annual Battle of the Burger presented by Amstel® Light and the readers of the magazine helped choose which burgers would be in competition by voting online, and then in person at the event.
 I arrived about 730PM and there was already a healthy crowd filling the Piazza. It wasn't much of a windy night so the smell of delicious burgers floated just above our heads.

 Christina and Ron Chang
 Roberta Pipito, Homemade Delish (next on her plate, hitting up Feastival on Thursday.) and Jennifer Aughey
 Gabriel Cabezas, Brian Santero, Alyssa Weinberg and Alex Radcliffe. Alyssa's favorite burger was 
The Valanni Lamb Burger by Chef John Strain
Lamb, feta, shaved red onion, housemade tzatziki, fresh oregano on a toasted brioche bun
 Michael Antinori and Craig Johnston who thought
Davio's River Rock Burger by Chef Chris Tavares -  Davio's River Rock Burger, Cheddar Cheese, Onion Rings, Pickles and Davio's Steak Sauce,  Should have been the winner.
 Jamy Franco and Lorelei Larkin dug into the Rex 1516
Pimento Cheeseburger by Chef Justin Swain. Made of a House blend burger topped with pimento cheese, bacon, crispy red onions atop bibb lettuce on a brioche bun.
 In the middle of the burger fest there was a ping pong table where guests stopped for a game or two.
 Julia Lopez, Mary O'Brien, Mercy Oyana and Jemma Pinkerton enjoying girls night out.
 BFF girls reunited: Christie Honigman and Katie English.

Cattle and Clover Steakhouse Burger by Chef James Waz
Handcrafted burger topped with frizzled onions, fried pickle spear, house made boursin cheese

Nick's Roast Beef in Old City

Southwest Burger by Chef Rick Wilson
Ground beef and ground bacon hand mixed. Topped with pepper jack cheese, jalapenos, fried pickles and homemade salsa.

The EU Burger by Chef Steph Gray of Kildaire's
House Blend Ground Beef, Rasher, Cheddar, Swiss, Fried Egg, Lettuce, Tomato, Onion, on an Onion Roll

Fat Jack's had the longest line of the night. Everyone seemed to enjoy their burger, and it seemed like they were a shoe in, but did they win or were their customers in a food coma afterwards?
Ultimate Memphis Mauler by Chef Glenn Gross
2013 Philly Burger Brawl Judges Choice Winner and 3rd overall Word Food Championship Custom blended burger patty, BBQ sauce, Carolina pork, Texas brisket, cheddar jack cheese, fried onions and dry rub topped with slaw on a buttered toasted LeBus Onion Poppy Seed Roll topped with a pickle slice.
Keg and Kitchen
The Breaking Bad Burger by Chef Philip Man
Iceberg lettuce, yellow american, raw onion, jalapeno, bbq sauce, mayo, tomato, sesame seed bun

 Mercy Oyana and Jemma Pinkerton check out which burgers they should try next.
 I hope this guy is giving the peace sign cause that other sign is over and out.

Jim Lyman, Mike Messink, Liz Sepinski and Carol Lyman enjoy Fat Jacks.
 Clay Sears, guitarist for mega-stars Jay Z and Janet Jackson, Derrida MacFarlane, Adrienne Walls and James McFarlane of DreamQuest Records

 Angela Perfetto and Osayi Osunde, fitness trainer who does boot camp at the Philadelphia Art Museum Steps in the evening.

WMMR's Marisa Magnatta holds the trophy which will be given to the winner of the 2nd annual Battle of the Burger which Ashley Patterson, publisher of Philadelphia Magazine is about to announce.