The Feds Think Bob Brady’s Email Likely Contains “Evidence of Crimes”
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.
Bob Brady might be in trouble.
Last Friday, while nobody was paying attention, a federal judge in Philadelphia unsealed documents in a criminal matter that had been filed back on November 1st. The filing was an application for a search warrant for BOBCONGRESS@AOL.com, an AOL email account belonging to the 10-term Philly congressman.
In the application, the FBI stated that it has probable cause to believe that Brady has committed crimes related to conspiracy, wire fraud, and campaign contribution violations, among other alleged offenses. And the FBI wanted to see all of the emails connected to his AOL account, because the agency believes that the account will bear evidence of said crimes. Judge Carol Wells approved the warrant and it was executed the same day. It is unknown what evidence was found during the search, if any. (See embedded documents below.)
This summer, federal prosecutors claimed that the Brady campaign bought off his 2012 political opponent, former municipal judge Jimmie Moore. Moore has since pleaded guilty to filing a false campaign finance report, and said that the campaign gave him $90,000 to drop out of the election. Carolyn Cavaness, a past aide to Brady’s rival, also admitted that she was involved in the payoff and pleaded guilty to making false statements.
And then last month, two of Brady’s strategists were charged with conspiracy and other offenses in connection with the alleged scheme. Federal prosecutors accused Ken Smukler and Donald “D.A.” Jones of paying Moore to stop his bid and then hiding it in finance reports. They both pleaded not guilty.
Brady, 72, has been the boss of the Philadelphia Democratic Party for more than 30 years. He has forged such close relationships with party members that no Democrat has announced yet that they will launch a primary challenge against him in 2018.
Brady is also the ranking Democrat on the Committee on House Administration, which oversees federal elections, among other things.
Brady lawyer Jim Eisenhower told Philadelphia magazine that “the congressman is not a target of this investigation and he has not been charged with anything.” He added that “there’s nothing new here.”
Comcast Rejoices as FCC Moves to Ditch Net Neutrality Rules
It looks like Comcast’s net neutrality Twitter campaign and stream of blog posts on the controversial topic will actually pay off. On Tuesday, Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai announced his plan to repeal net neutrality protections, queuing the chagrin of broadband advocates and concerned consumers across the country.
The net neutrality regulations were created in 2015 under the Obama administration to ensure that Internet service providers (ISPs) like Comcast, AT&T and Verizon treat all companies equally online. The rules specifically helped to maintain an open Internet by preventing providers from blocking or slowing content online, for example.
In a news release, Pai said his proposal, which goes up for an official FCC vote on December 14, would allow the federal government to “stop micromanaging the internet.” Instead of “heavy-handed, utility-style” regulations, Pai says, the FCC would “simply require Internet service providers to be transparent about their practices so that consumers can buy the service plan that’s best for them.” So if Comcast, for example, chooses to block a website online for whatever reason, it simply needs to inform consumers of its practices.
On Tuesday, Comcast swiftly threw its support behind Pai’s announcement. In two blog posts — one written by Comcast Senior VP and Chief Diversity Officer David L. Cohen and the other by Comcast Cable president and CEO Dave Watson — the executives say they commend Pai’s efforts to repeal the regulations. According to Cohen, the rules, specifically Title II classification, have harmed broadband investment and innovation.
In an enthusiastic tone, Cohen applauded the idea that ISPs would remain transparent about their net neutrality practices, though the Obama-era rules would be lifted. “It is paramount that consumers know what their ISPs are doing,” he said. And Watson emphasized that the proposal to change the rules will not change Comcast’s customer protections. “The FCC proposes to require us to continue to keep customers clearly informed on our net neutrality practices,” he wrote. Comcast maintains that it does not and will not block, throttle, or discriminate against lawful content.
Pai’s proposal also moves some regulatory power to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which has the ability to take legal action against companies that breach commitments they’ve made to the public. Cohen welcomed the restoration of the FTC’s role in overseeing information services. “The [FFC and FTC] together will have the authority to take action against any ISP which does not make its open internet practices clearly known to consumers, and id needed enforce against any anti-competitive or deceptive practices,” he wrote.
Many people are unhappy with the Pai’s proposal and aren’t buying statements from Comcast and other ISPs.
Former FCC chairman Tom Wheeler who created the 2015 rules called Pai’s decision “tragic” and “only for the benefit of the largely monopoly services that deliver the Internet to the consumer.”
One FTC Commissioner Terrell McSweeny said on Twitter that the FCC is “upending the Internet as we know it, not saving it.”
— Terrell McSweeny (@TMcSweenyFTC) November 21, 2017
This won’t hurt tech titans w deep pockets. They can afford to pay all the trolls under the bridge. But the entrepreneurs & innovators who truly make the Internet great won’t be so lucky. It will be harder for them to compete. https://t.co/8k65AVdZ2b
— Terrell McSweeny (@TMcSweenyFTC) November 21, 2017
Companies like Google and Netflix came forward on Tuesday to denounce the proposal.
Netflix supports strong #NetNeutrality. We oppose the FCC's proposal to roll back these core protections.
— Netflix US (@netflix) November 21, 2017
In July, broadband advocates and web giants like Facebook and Amazon, rallied together on the Internet’s Net Neutrality “Day of Action.” Some organizers are now rallying for countrywide protests on December 7 outside of Verizon stores and lawmakers’ district offices.
The official December 14 FCC vote will likely repeal current net neutrality rules as the five-member agency has a Republican majority, including Pai. A draft of the chairman’s plan titled Restoring Internet Freedom Order will be released to the public on Wednesday, November 22.
Check Out the Thanksgiving Eve Jive Turkey Dance Party at the Trestle Inn
Thanksgiving Eve is the drinkiest day of the year. It’s when everyone comes back into town to visit family, when everyone already in town goes out with their friends, and when everyone, no matter their location, starts drinking to get themselves psychologically ready for Turkey Day.
And while this festival of booze can happen anywhere, you know where it should happen? At the Trestle Inn, where they really know how to throw down for made-up holidays.
How to Stay Calm When Your Family’s Driving You Nuts, According to Philly Meditation Pros
With the holidays comes a whole slew of baggage (pun intended, obviously). And, while the food is DOPE, the seemingly never-ending family time can be a lot to handle. The kids high on sugar, the moody teenagers, and the meddling aunts are enough to make you want to freak out — but we can’t because 1) that would really upset Mom and Dad, and 2) we’re grown-ups now.
So, to help you stay calm and centered this holiday season, we asked two of Philly’s top meditation gurus, Ali Tomlinson of In-Power Performance Coaching and Kilkenny Tremblay of Sanctuary Yoga and Mindfulness, to share their top tips for keeping calm (if not downright peaceful) when family time becomes overwhelming. Take notes, friends — your mental health is worth it!
Dance It Out. (No, Seriously!)
I bet even the most meditation-phobic folks in the room can get down with this calm-inducing trick: “When my to-do list gets crazy-long and I have a million places to be, I make sure I have music with me — it makes the hours of shopping, cooking or wrapping SO much easier when you have some good jams to rock out to while you work. But when things get particularly stressful, a 30-second dance party solves everything. (Yes, I have done this in the mall, and yes, you have to try it.). Plus, when your family is driving you bonkers, get them in on the dance party-action and enjoy the energy shift.” —Ali Tomlinson
Practice Your ABCs
No, not those ABCs. Utilize the meditation ABCs to work through stressful family time situations. Questions about what you’re doing with your life? Certainly. Political conversations? Definitely. “A is for arrest — simply stop doing whatever you are doing; stop directing your attention outward and redirect it inward, to yourself. B is for breathe — take three deep breaths. C for connect — connect to your roots, as in whatever is supporting your lower body. If you are standing, it’s your legs and if you’re seated, your hips — noticing the sensations of that which is holding you up. This technique will help you find strength, lower reactivity and calm your nervous system.” —Kilkenny Tremblay.
Snag Alone Time Whenever Possible
“Take a sacred pause in the form of a self-induced time out. Often when we spend time with family, we feel that we are perceived in ways that aren’t really who we are as our fully-fledged adult and autonomous selves. Understandably, this can leave us feeling unsettled and agitated. Try planning short pockets of time when you can be completely by yourself. Perhaps a solo walk around the block, a superfluous excursion to the grocery store or Wawa, or even some extra trips to the bathroom where you can simply take some deep breaths and reconnect to the entirety of who you are — not just exclusively in relationship to your family. This will help you recenter and locate your peace and power.” —Kilkenny Tremblay.
Pick Up a Calming Mantra
“Try using the ancient technology of a mind tool — which in the meditation tradition is called a mantra — by repeating silently ‘Shanti.’ Separate this mantra into two syllables as you coordinate it with your breath: Repeat shan on your inhalation and ti on the exhalation with each ensuing breath. When we hone the power of our minds with a mantra and then coordinate our thoughts with our breath, our nervous system calms and, in turn, we locate more peace — the literal meaning of this mantra.” — Kilkenny Tremblay.
Use the Age-Old Trick of Counting It Out
“Silently counting backward from 10 is an ancient technique that can give your mind a steady focal point which helps calm a stressed and jumbled head.”— Kilkenny Tremblay.
Make Room for an Intention
“Close your eyes and take a deep breath in through your nose for a count of four. As you exhale, repeat to yourself ‘release.’ Complete this process just a few times and when you have cleared some of your physical and mental tension, direct your mental energy toward setting an intention. An intention is a your mind’s roadmap. Perhaps you want to set the intention of shopping with patience and kindness, regardless of the crowds. Perhaps your intention is to focus on bringing laughter into every room. Whatever it is, set your intention and commit to following through!” — Ali Tomlinson.
When All Else Fails, Love Them Anyway
“Families can be a handful. They can be chaotic, rambunctious, offensive, late, early, over the top or MIA. Family time can be tough. But whether they are your chosen family or family by blood, family is family. And while they may know just how to push your buttons, we can choose to love them anyway. We can make the brave choice to love them as they are, every quirk, and let them love us back. This holiday season you can choose to see, speak and live from a place of relentless love and allow that to bring a sense of ease and peace to every interaction.” — Ali Tomlinson.
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16 Philly Exercise Studios Open on Thanksgiving Day
The most gluttonous day of the year is just days away. While we might be filling our plates high with healthy-ish foods like antioxidant-rich cranberries, protein-packed turkey, and nutrient-dense Brussels sprouts, we’ll undoubtedly be noshing on pie and mashed potatoes as well. To help you — and us — feel better about the piled-high plates in our future, we rounded up some Philly-area studios that offer Thanksgiving Day classes. From yoga to spinning, there’s a workout here to make everyone feel a lot better about that second helping.
Where: 1625 Walnut Street, Rittenhouse
When: 8:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.
SLT is offering two classes Thanksgiving morning so you can head into your feast feeling strong.
Sculpt Fitness Studio
Where: 777 South Broad Street, Center City
When: 8:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 10:30a.m., 11:30 a.m.
Sculpt has four different times for you to choose from, so there’s literally no excuse for you to miss out on a serious sweat sesh.
Where: 532 West Lancaster Avenue, Wayne
When: 8:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.
Throw on your leggings and fire up your core at Plank before you succumb to elastic waistband pants before the big dinner.
Where: Multiple locations
When: 7 a.m. and 8 a.m.
Solidcore has two early-morning classes available so you can get your workout in before you even start cooking.
Golden Buddha Yoga
Where: 814 West Lancaster Avenue, Bryn Mawr
When: 8 a.m. and 8:45 a.m.
Not a city dweller? No worries — Golden Buddha has you covered so you can decompress and prepare for your day without a commute.
Amrita Yoga & Wellness
Where: 1204 Frankford Avenue, Fishtown
When: 9:30 to 11 a.m.
Amrita is hosting one class that will leave you feeling refreshed and ready to tackle whatever controversial dinnertime conversations are thrown your way.
Sanctuary Yoga and Mindfulness
Where: 1233 Locust Street, Washington Square West
When: 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 4 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 7 p.m.
Sanctuary has classes all day long.
Where: 1640 Fairmount Avenue, Fairmount
When: 9 a.m.
Yoga Habit is hosting a “Thanks and Giving” community flow so you can remember the true meaning of the holiday.
Where: 113 South 16th Street, Rittenhouse
When: 6:30 a.m., 7:30 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
SoulCycle is offering a mix of classic rides and Thanksgiving-themed rides throughout the morning. No matter what you choose, we know you’ll get a good sweat.
Where: 1923 Chestnut Street, Rittenhouse
When: 8 a.m., 9:15 a.m., 10:30 a.m.
BodyCycle has classes all morning that are sure to be both energizing and exhausting. Sounds a lot like your family, right?
Where: 1460 Bethlehem Pike East, North Wales
When: 7 a.m. and 8:45 a.m.
Cyclebar has two morning workouts for all of our cycling fiends in the ‘burbs.
Where: 1500 Sansom Street, Rittenhouse
When: 8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m.
Barre3 knows the barre addiction is a hard one to break, so they’re offering two pre-feast classes.
Focus Barre and Yoga
Where: 1923 Chestnut Street, Rittenhouse
When: 9:30 a.m.
Focus Barre & Yoga is hosting one class on Thursday morning, so reserve your spot before it fills up!
Where: 1700 Walnut Street, Rittenhouse
When: 8 a.m., 9 a.m., and 10 a.m.
Pure Barre has classes throughout the morning, so there are plenty of spaces for you to bring friends and relatives along.
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I Love My Job: Wanamaker Organ Master Peter Conte
On Friday, the Macy’s light show returns to the department store’s four-story-high Grand Court atrium, with each show (there are six daily through the end of the year) being followed by a live performance on the majestic Wanamaker Organ. Here, an interview with principal organist Peter Conte, who has been playing the iconic instrument there for 30 years.
My full name is… Peter Richard Conte. It is commonly misspelled with an “i”.
I grew up in… Garden City, Long Island, New York.
I came to Philly… in 1984 after graduating from Indiana University. I came here for a job at All Saints’ Church in Wynnewood.
These days I live in… Center City, which is close to all of my jobs.
My job is… playing the Wanamaker Grand Court organ. That is my dearest job. I’ve been there since 1989 as the titular organist and two years as assistant before that. So I’ve been playing the organ there for 30 years, which I never really thought about until now. I’ve been the organist for the wonderful church St. Clement’s since 1991, and we have a 16 voice all professional choir there, which is a pretty rare thing these days. And I’m the principal organist at Longwood Gardens, where I do live demonstrations for guests at least once a month and a couple of concerts a year. And I play for the Philly Pops at Christmastime for their grand Christmas show, a ten-run show at the Kimmel. And I play with the Philadelphia Orchestra at times. I have a lot of irons in the fire.
When I was a kid, I wanted to grow up to be… exactly what I am today. When I was six, my family took a trip — in hindsight, perhaps not the best idea. Four kids in a station wagon, driving across the country. But that’s what we did, and all I remember from that trip was going into the Mormon Tabernacle and saying, “Dad, I want to play that.” About ten years ago, I did.
My dad wanted me to grow up to be… a dentist. That’s what he did.
My best subject in high school was… math. My worst was gymnastics. And history.
If I had to pick one song to perform again and again… it would probably be the suite from Der Rosenkavalier by Richard Strauss.
The Wanamaker Organ is… arguably the most amazing musical instrument in the world. And the largest fully functioning musical instrument in the world. No argument there. It is an international treasure and one of the last remaining American symphonic instruments that were produced in this country’s prime period of organ building in the 1920s and the early 1930s, a time when the organs emulated symphonic sounds literally. This organ represents three symphonic orchestras. Most of these organs were sadly altered or altogether destroyed in the 50s and 60s thanks to fads.
The origin story of the Wanamaker Organ is… that it was built in Los Angeles for the St. Louis World’s Fair in 1904. It was only a third of its current size at that time, about 10,000 pipes. When the fair closed, John Wanamaker bought it and hauled it to Philly in thirteen freight cars. And then once he got it to the store, he tripled its size because it was deemed not large enough for the grandeur of the space.
Other notable organs in the area include… the organ at Longwood Gardens, the organ at Irvine Auditorium on Penn’s campus, and the organ at Girard College, where they are now actively on a restoration campaign. This area is actually quite wealthy with organs from that period relative to what’s still in existence in the rest of the country.
The best part of my job is… getting to make music in a place where folks don’t necessarily expect to hear live music. They come in to buy a pair of shoes or a handbag and then they are transformed and transfixed by this incredible sound. It literally engulfs the listener. It’s not like muzak. Its a very three-dimensional thing. The organ actually moves a lot of air. You feel its presence. You’re not just hearing a speaker in the ceiling. It is literally moving you. People come up to you in tears. I love getting to make their day special.
The most difficult part of my job is… performing in an environment that’s so unique. This is a department store, which involves a whole set of criteria most performers don’t deal with. The vacuuming, the endless extraneous noises you don’t encounter in a church or concert hall. It takes a lot of getting used to.
If you want me to play your wedding… I will probably send my assistant. When I was working out at Valley Forge Chapel for eight years, I did three to four weddings a weekend. I played more weddings than I ever thought I would play. I’m also just too busy to deal with it, but I will do them for very close friends.
If you want to see me play the Wanamaker Organ… there are twelve concerts each week all year long. Folks don’t realize that. It’s not just at Christmastime. Every day, there are two 45-minute concerts, and I do the majority of those. Christmastime is actually the least advantageous time to hear the organ, because the pipes are actually behind the Christmas show. The Macy’s light show inhibits the organ’s egress into the room, though it still sounds beautiful.
One organ I’d love to play but never have is… the symphonic organ at Sydney Town Hall in Australia or Melbourne Town Hall. Australia has these big, big instruments. And the one at Royal Albert Hall in London. These are incredible iconic instruments that I have not played.
If you’re buying me a Christmas present, please get me… anything with penguins. I collect penguins. Well, not live ones. But all manner of inanimate penguins, I collect. When I was a kid, I was one of four siblings and all of us had animal pseudonyms. When they saw me get dressed in my first tuxedo, I was named The Penguin, and it stuck. Penguins are amazing animals. They are survivors.
For a complete schedule of the Macy’s light show and Wanamaker Organ performances, visit Friends of the Wanamaker Organ.
Pa. Legislators Want to Declare Pornography a Public Health Crisis
Pennsylvania legislators want to declare pornography a public health crisis.
On Monday, the Pennsylvania House Health Committee voted 19-5 to approve a resolution that calls for “efforts to prevent pornography exposure and addiction … in order to counter the sexual toxic environment it perpetuates.”
The resolution is sponsored by committee majority chairman Matt Baker, a Republican from Tioga County. Baker claims porn is harmful for the following reasons:
- It contributes “to the hypersexualization of teenagers and prepubescent children in our society.”
- It “treats women as objects and commodities for the viewer’s use, teaching girls that they are objects to be used and teaching boys that this is acceptable behavior.”
- It “equates torment and violence against women and children with pleasure, increasing the demand for sex trafficking, prostitution, child sexual abuse images and child pornography.”
- It’s biologically addictive, per recent research, which means that “the user requires more novelty, which is often more shocking material.”
- It has a “detrimental effect on the family as it is linked to the lessening desire in young men to marry, dissatisfaction in marriage and infidelity.”
If the resolution were to pass in Pennsylvania, it would have little effect, if any, on the porn industry. It’s simply a call for legislators to “acknowledge the need for education, prevention, research and policy change … in order to address the epidemic that is harming the people of our State and our country as a whole.”
Some legislators who criticize the resolution claim it infringes on First Amendment rights, while others claim the resolution barely scratches the surface of an extremely relevant issue: sexual harassment and abuse of women.
State Rep. Kevin Boyle told City & State PA that both the committee and the Pennsylvania House have failed to talk about sexual harassment, which he called “the biggest cultural issue” in the last month.
“The focus should really be on something that women feel every day, not just in this country, but in the western world,” Boyle told the publication.
Others agreed on social media.
This is so extremely misguided. The pornographic film industry will always exist, sex workers will always exist. Repubs will pass shit like this blaming porn for sex crimes rather than the men who commit them. I wonder if he's spoken out about Roy Moore?? https://t.co/RHEQBac95m
— Nat Sowinski (@natsowinski) November 21, 2017
The resolution now heads to the full Pennsylvania House.
With Charlie Rose Out, Here’s How HR Departments Must Step Up
Though too many CEOs have cast off the Human Resources Department as a “cost center” or the “department of feelings,” there’s clearly an urgent need for industry. CBS News fired journalist Charlie Rose on Tuesday over multiple allegations of sexual harassment. Many of the women who came forward unfortunately had no human resources department to turn to. Moving ahead, CBS News president David Rhodes told his staff, “we will have human resource support going forward today and every day, and we are organizing more personal and direct training which you will hear about from senior management shortly.”
HR leaders are becoming more strategic, tech savvy, and data-driven to address these big problems and push back on ridiculous stereotypes about their futility. As the co-founder and CEO of the Philly-based HR metrics dashboard Employee Cycle, I get a front row seat to the bad and the ugly that HR leaders face nationwide, and I’ve also witnessed the solutions that these forward-thinking professionals are implementing to push the boundaries of their roles. Below are just a few ways local HR leaders are redefining the sector. And for those companies with departments that are far behind or even non-existent, take notes.
Disrupting Their Own Function
There’s a long history behind the idea of “human resources.” Before this title even came about, workers dealing with “employee stuff,” were lumped into departments called Personnel Administration. And now, the idea of “HR” is evolving into “People Operations.” The industry has historically been siloed but innovation-focused events like Philly’s DisruptHR, which gathers professionals in the field for lightning talks about how to advance the industry with data and tech, speaks volumes to how much HR professionals want to redefine their roles as true business partners.
Putting Their Employees First
For too long, many organizations have been putting their “profit-at-all-cost” mentality over the well-being of their employees, causing loss in revenue, lawsuits, and sometimes forcing them out-of-business. I’ve come across many HR leaders that are taking this problem head on by making sure they’re not only providing a safe, engaging, and productive environment, but also strategically thinking about the financial and physical well-being of their employees. They’re now testing innovative ideas such as unlimited PTO (paid time off), working with organizations like PeopleJoy to make sure employees can pay off their student loans in a timely fashion, or On The Goga to provide yoga and mindfulness sessions to reduce employee stress and fatigue. The current HR leaders understand that keeping employees happy, healthy, and fulfilled is not only the right thing to do, but actually increases performance and revenue.
Building a Digital and Data-Driven HR Function
Providing companies with a centralized and real-time HR dashboard has given our team at Employee Cycle a unique perspective on how hungry HR is for data. Like their generally more data-driven peers in the marketing and sales departments, HR is now equally as interested in using data to tell a better story to their CEO, identify workforce trends faster, proactively solve workforce problems, better support HR budget requests, and ultimately better measure the ROI of their efforts. This disruption has not only driven HR leaders to purchase many best-in-breed solutions to manage core HR functions (recruiting, performance, etc) that provide extensive reporting, but also work with companies like Employee Cycle to aggregate all of that data in an at-a-glance dashboard to stay updated with all of their most important metrics from their disconnected systems and spreadsheets.
Solving Real-Time Business Problems
Deloitte’s survey-based Reinventing HR report found that only five percent of the participating CEOs rated their organization’s HR performance as excellent. That’s absolutely terrible. But many HR leaders are not standing for that rating and are working to show how their strategy can positively affect all aspects of the business. I’ve seen this in many forms. Some have reshaped team dynamics to break down communication barriers and drive innovation, and others have created more flexible and remote work policies to attract the best talent. And some are creating more personalized learning and development plans (based on role, department, etc) to increase performance.
These are just a few ways HR is changing the perception of their department from “cost center” to “success center.” Let’s just hope HR continues to be as fearless about disrupting their role, department, and organization since employee well-being depends on it.
Bruce Marable is Co-Founder and CEO of Employee Cycle, the goal-oriented and centralized HR dashboard providing HR leaders an at-a-glance view of their most important workforce metrics from all their disconnected HR systems and spreadsheets.
Eat This Now: A Fermentery Form Collaboration Cheese at Di Bruno Bros.
Remember a couple weeks ago when we told you about Fermentery Form, that tiny, hidden sour beer Nirvana in Kensington? Yeah, well here’s a little something that Form’s Ethan Tripp neglected to tell me.
Form recently did a collaboration cheese with Vermont’s Jasper Hill Farm–one of the best cheesemakers around. And it is for sale right now at Di Bruno Bros.
Here Comes La Panarda, One of Philly’s Strangest, Most Extreme Food Experiences
For six years now, Le Virtu has been throwing one of the most unusual dinner parties of the year. It’s called “La Panarda” (which I believe is Italian for sweatpants) and features a 40-course, wine-paired meal that goes on for 9 hours.
It is a marathon. It is amazing. There is nothing else quite like it in the city. And if you’re interested, you should buy in now, because even though the dinner isn’t happening until January, there are only 35 seats available and they will sell out.
But first, you should probably know what you’re getting into.