Playwright and stand-up dramedian, R. Eric Thomas, shares a life-changing moment of creative enlightenment through meeting his personal idol, Patti LaBelle.
Living in Baltimore and considering himself “creatively bankrupt,” he went against his better judgement and moved to Philadelphia, even though his preconceived notions of Philadelphia were entirely based off of the opening rap montage of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air as well as the positively apocalyptic Avenue of the Arts shown in the movie Philadelphia. The city he now calls home is responsible for “waking him up” to a creative side he considered long gone until he found the innovative community he longed for through the nonprofit organization, First Person Arts.
The First Taste Fundaiser, a dinner that helps fund First Person Arts, has just announced a special guest for the event: Eric Asimov, chief wine critic for the New York Times. The event, which includes a silent auction, will be held on October 24th from 7-10pm at the Omni Hotel in Independence Park. Asimov will be reading from his upcoming book How to Love Wine: A Memoir and Manifesto as well as consulting with the executive chef of Omni Hotel on the night’s wine list.
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The 10th annual First Person Arts Festival is set for November 10th to 20th. This year the festival is expanding to 11 days featuring local and nationally known artists in theater, film, literature, visual art, and storytelling — all inspired by real life experience. As always there are a number of worthwhile food events including a nightly happy hour at Khyber Pass Pub.
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Yesterday Gabrielle Hamilton, author of Blood, Bones & Butter and owner of New York’s Prune restaurant appeared as a guest of First Person Arts’ Edible World series at Pumpkin for brunch. There, she enthralled the brunch crowd telling stories of her life, her restaurant and how the book came to be.
Tonight she’s a guest of Marc Vetri at Amis’ Industry Night where Hamilton, a 2011 James Beard Award nominee will be recreating her childhood tradition of a spring lamb roast.
The first 150 hospitality pros who enter after 10pm will receive a copy of the book.
As always Amis requires a recent pay stub for entry. Doors open at 10 p.m.
Amis [Official Site]
Blood, Bones & Butter [Amazon]
Tickets are on sale right this very minute for First Person Arts’ Edible World: An Intimate Brunch with Chef Gabrielle Hamilton, which will take place at Pumpkin Restaurant on April 3 from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. UPDATE: A second seating has been added 1:30 to 3 p.m. Hamilton, for the uninitiated, is a Lambertville native, the chef of Prune restaurant in New York, a fan of George’s tripe sandwich and the author of the upcoming memoir Blood, Bones and Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef, which was recently excerpted in the New Yorker (if the whole book is half as good as the excerpt, it will kick ass).
Rick Nichols will host the brunch, which will be prepared by Pumpkin chef Ian Moroney. Here’s how to get your tickets.
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Last year we had a blast leading a burger tour on behalf of First Person Arts. This year the First Person Arts Festival provides several other food related events that you should consider.
On Saturday, November 13th cook book author Joan Nathan will be will be discussing her latest book, Quiches, Kugels and Couscous at the Painted Bride Art Center from noon to 2pm. The $35 ($28 for First Arts members) gets you the talk as well as Jewish and Moroccan delicacies from Argan Moroccan Cuisine, Hershelâ€™s East Side Deli and Zahav.
But the tickets online at http://quiches.eventbrite.com/ or call 267-402-2055.
Another food event is the First Taste Dinner and Silent Auction with Soledad Oâ€™Brien, held over a three-course dinner by Alma de Cubaâ€™s Executive Chef, Douglas Rodriguez.
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