PAFA Will Now Be Catered Exclusively By Stephen STARR Events

The grand staircase at PAFA. Photo by Laura Novak Photography.

The grand staircase at PAFA. Photo by Laura Novak Photography.

As of this month, Stephen STARR Events is now the exclusive caterer at Philadelphia’s iconic and amazingly gorgeous Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

This means that now, whether you’re looking to have your wedding in the historic PAFA building (that’s the side with the grand staircase, pictured above, where couples so often do their ceremonies) for a celebration of about 150 guests, or in the more contemporary Samuel M.V. Hamilton building (that’s the side that’s got more of a modern gallery feel, with a more blank palette; pictured below) for a bigger party—that side can do about 350—it’ll be the Starr peeps who you work with to put together your Big-Day menu, from the cocktail hour’s passed hors d’oeuvres to the sit-down meal, and of course, your bar situation.


Starr Events has done awesome things with other venues they run, from the art-deco ARTS Ballroom just off Broad Street to the Philadelphia Museum of Art—and what's extra fun, is that you can usually even work with them to bring in inspiration from any Starr restaurant, if there is a dish at one of them that you and your groom would just love to have at your wedding.

They're also going to be completely renovating and rebranding the little cafe that's on the bottom floor of the old museum side—a cafe that the PW crew here knows quite well, having sustained on it entirely while shooting our gowns feature for a past issue all throughout the gorgeous PAFA space—and plan to reopen in the spring of 2014 with a menu featuring gourmet sandwiches, made-to-order salads, yum desserts and La Columbe coffee, which is not only good news for couples checking out the space and museum-goers, but anyone who works right in that 'hood, we're guessing.

Cool! Can't wait to see what they do with the place.

The Hamilton building at PAFA. Photo by Echelon Photography.

The Hamilton building at PAFA. Photo by Echelon Photography.

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