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]