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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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]
The Restaurant at Granite Hill at the Philadelphia Museum of Art is becoming a Korean pop-up restaurant in celebration of the museum’s Treasures from Korea: Arts and Culture of the Joseon Dynasty exhibit.
The Stephen STARR Events restaurant will be hosting the pop-up today through Sunday, offering a special menu of fifteen Korean dishes.
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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]
Jim Burke, ex-chef/owner of James (now The Mildred), left for New York to work at Stephen Starr’s Caffe Storico. He’s recently been picked up by Daniel Boulud to be the executive chef of Boulud’s refresh of Bistro Moderne. New York can’t deny talent—even if it’s from Philadelphia.
The New York Times today has a big article on Stephen Starr and his ability to land big catering contracts at several of New York’s cultural institutions including Carnegie Hall. The article is quite complimentary of Starr’s ability to survive in New York, even as an outsider.
A Philadelphian Restaurateur Flourishes in New York [New York Times]