Fyre Festival’s Food Fiasco Is Not Stephen Starr’s Fault

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At this point, you’re probably well aware of the Fyre Festival disaster unfolding in the Bahamas. The short and sweet of it: rapper Ja Rule and tech tycoon Billy McFarland set out to host an ultra-high-end, VIPs-only music festival on the Islands of the Exumas. It came with its own video starring Kendall Jenner and Emily Ratajkowski. People who bought tickets to the festival were promised “first-class culinary experiences and a luxury atmosphere”, which meant everything from chartered yachts to morning yoga to food catering by Starr Events. But when guests arrived on Thursday, they were met with, as the New York Times put it, “soggy tents, bad food, and general disappointment verging on panic”. Obviously, the festival’s been postponed until further notice.

The “bad food”, by the way, was a styrofoam take-out box filled with sliced bread, cheese (not grilled cheese), and salad.
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Where To Eat This Weekend: On the Street

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You made it through another week. Now it’s time to celebrate. Whether you’re looking for Italian, French, burgers or beer this weekend, we’ve got you covered with a few solid suggestions — including a one-night only party for one of the best breweries in the region and the food event that basically kicks off street festival season every year.

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Go Eat Lunch Outside Today

R. Kennedy / Visit Philadelphia™

R. Kennedy / Visit Philadelphia™

After days of gray, rainy weather, the weather is warm and sunny — and it’s Friday. Sounds like the perfect excuse to treat yourself to al fresco lunch — without having to wait for a sidewalk table.

We have a list of quick, affordable, and delicious spots to grab a bite, coupled with the closest park, plaza or grreen space where you can get away from your desk, stake out a patch of grass, and soak up the spring weather.

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Drink This Now: Tehina Milkshakes at Goldie

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Look, I know what you’re thinking because I was thinking the same thing. A tehina milkshake? That sounds…weird. Like drinking creamy peanut butter maybe. Or somehow worse. Like sipping cold, deconstructed hummus. Like somehow turning sesame seeds into a liquid dessert.

I get it. I do. I was suspicious at first, too. People kept telling me that I had to go to Goldie to try it. That no matter what I thought it was going to taste like, I was wrong. And I wasn’t interested at all until I went to Goldie — until I had to stand in line with what I assume was every single person in Center City and wait while the line shuffled slowly forward. By the time I got close to the counter and the guy working the shake machine asked me if I wanted anything, I just said, “Sure.” At that point, I was hungry enough and bored enough that I would’ve been happy with just an empty cup to play with. But then he handed me my chocolate tehina shake and I tasted it.

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Nectar Hosts Award-Winning Brewer and Cheesemakers for Beer Dinner

Bullfrog brewer Nate Saar, Nectar chef Patrick Feury, Bullfrog owner Steve Koch

Bullfrog brewer Nate Saar, Nectar chef Patrick Feury, Bullfrog owner Steve Koch

Berwyn’s Nectar is known for its chef Patrick Feury’s signature Asian-French treatment of sustainable, locally sourced ingredients — and for his collaborations with top brewers and winemakers. On May 8th, he’s teaming up with award-winning Bullfrog Brewery and cheesemaker Yellow Springs Farm for a decadent three-course beer dinner, complete with ice sculptures made by the chef.

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Vote Now for Best of Philly: What’s Your Favorite Beer Bar?

It’s tough for a beer bar to stand out in a place like Philly, which is fiercely loyal to an ever-growing scene of local and regional craft brewers fermenting more exciting and new brews every day. You’ve got to maintain a selection of standards while rotating in exotic styles and fresh selections, balancing local and national craft brands (if you even serve beers made by the big guys — or anyone besides yourself), making sure the food menu is developed and executed with the same care and passion as the beers on the list.

It’s time for us to choose the best beer bar in the city for our annual Best of Philly issue. This year, we’re letting you make this very, very important call.

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Feed the Hungry Like You Would Yourself With Broad Street Ministry’s Pasture to Plate Campaign

Jason Varney / Primal Supply Meats

Jason Varney / Primal Supply Meats

Heather Thomason, former head butcher at Kensington Quarters, struck out on her own last year with Primal Supply Meats. The whole-animal butchery service provides pastured, Pennsylvania-raised fresh meats and eggs to top restaurants like Aldine and Tired Hands Fermentaria and direct to consumers through a CSA-style “butcher’s club.”

Now, she’s working with Broad Street Ministry — the “radical hospitality” group that provides essential services to those most in need — to get more grass-fed goodness on the plates of the city’s hungry and homeless.

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