It’s 2039. Here’s How Philly’s Food Scene Became the Envy of the World.

At this year's ThinkFest, chefs Camille Cogswell, Joe Beddia, Jose Garces, and Philly Mag food editor Alex Tewfik will discuss how Philadelphia became the food city we've always wanted it to be.

Camille Cogswell, Joe Beddia and Jose Garces will discuss how Philly’s food scene became the envy of the world at this year’s ThinkFest event.

We should already have a restaurant scene that’s the envy of the world, but we don’t. For reasons obvious and not, we’re still a food city that lives under the radar — a pleasant surprise to our visitors who come here expecting so little of us and our foodways.

Yet we have all the right pieces: the vision, the talent, the aspirations. We are a city built upon a foundation of deeply held food traditions, a city of immigrants, a city that really and truly values good food and good drink. Besides professional sports, there is not a more hotly debated topic in town than our restaurants and bars. So what is it that’s holding us back? What will it take to get us there?

That’s exactly what we’re going to find out at this year’s ThinkFest, held at Penn’s Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on November 14th.

This year’s ThinkFest will go a bit differently than the ThinkFests of years prior. Because this year, we’re pretending that it’s the year 2039. This year, James Beard award-winning pastry chef and executive chef at K’Far Cafe Camille Cogswell, prolific restaurateur Jose Garces, Pizzeria Beddia’s Joe Beddia, and I will be on stage talking shop. This year, we’ll be discussing our immense success as a food city in retrospect.

Get your tickets to ThinkFest 2019 here.