Stephen Starr Sells Catering Arm

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Starr Catering at the Philadelphia Museum of Art | Photo by Steve Legato

Stephen Starr has sold his Starr Events catering division – a $40 million business – to TrustHouse Services.

The deal gives TrustHouse, a top-six contract food service company in the United States, a firm foothold in Philadelphia, New York and Miami.

Starr Restaurant Catering Group will continue operating under the Starr Catering banner and will be continue to be led by Simon Powles, who was a co-founder in Starr’s catering arm back in 2007.

Starr Catering is the exclusive catering partner of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, New York’s Carnegie Hall and a host of other venues in New York, Philadelphia and Miami.

For more on the business end of the deal, check out our sister site, BizPhilly.

Stephen Starr Sells Catering Group [Biz Philly]

Union Trust to Become a Catering Hall


Union Trust made a splashy debut just as the economy went to hell back in February, 2009. By April, 2011 the locally owned steakhouse was in bankruptcy. The $12 million dollar project was closed in November of 2012.

Now comes word from HughE Dillon that the building was sold to the Parkway Corporation for $4.2 million and will be turned into a catering facility for Finley Catering.

Finley Catering manages the catering at the Crystal Tea Room, Ballroom at the Ben and the Clothier Room in Wynnewood.

Union Trust Bought by the Parkway Corporation [Philly Chit Chat]

Starr Events Opening Cafe at Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts

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

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

Stephen Starr’s Starr Events is now the exclusive catering provider to North Broad Street’s Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. In addition to the providing food and service for weddings and other events, Starr Events will be refreshing PAFA’s cafe.

The cafe will undergo a complete renovation and rebranding this spring. Look for made-to-order salads, gourmet sandwiches, desserts and La Colombe coffee.

PAFA Will Now Be Catered Exclusively By Stephen STARR Events [Philadelphia Wedding]

Vegan Catering Now Available from HipCityVeg

Best Health Food goes to Rittenhouse to-go joint HipCityVeg. Nicole Marquis’ HipCityVeg has recently rolled out catering. Now you can get everyone’s favorite quick-serve vegan fare at your location. HipCityVeg is offering miniature versions of its menu for groups from 8 to 10, as well as for large groups of more than 25.

Check out more of the catering details over at Be Well Philly.

HipCityVeg Now Offers Catering [Be Well Philly]
HipCityVeg [Foobooz]

More on Jose Garces and Bookbinders


Last week’s report that Jose Garces had signed a lease to the original Bookbinders space at 2nd and Walnut created more questions than it answered. Today we have an official statement from the restaurant group that at least sets the context.

Official statement » 

Quick Bites

Meal Ticket has some details on the type of food that will be offered at Hoof+Fin, the casual BYOB aiming to take over the former Gayle spot on South 3rd. [Meal Ticket]

Thoreau will be a vegetarian restaurant opening February 2nd at 1033 Spring Garden Street. The couple, Mike and Lisa Jackson also own Blue Sage in Bucks County. [Meal Ticket & Restaurant Club]

A.D. Amorosi has smidge more on Stephen Starr and Bart Blatstein flirting, the concept would be “more casual than formal. ” [City Paper]

Keith Taylor is out at Holy Smoke in Roxborough but will resurface in Bellmawr come March. [The Insider]

The new Wit or Witout at 9970 Roosevelt Boulevard is offering $3 cheesesteaks in January, $4 steaks in February and $5 steaks in March. [Meal Ticket]

1st & Fresh Catering is partnering with Marc Vetri to offer sandwiches from Osteria. Get Vetri’s take on roasted pork, sliced brisket and eggplant Parmesan delivered to your next event. [1st & Fresh Catering]

More Vietnamese for 11th and Washington. The latest will be Le Viet, the specialty is to be crab noodle soup. [The Insider]