HughE Dillon: Feastival Kick-Off

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Last night at Percy Street Barbecue[1] on South Street, a sponsor party was held to announce the details of the Second Annual Feastival[2] on Wednesday, September 14th. On that night, Pier 9 will become an exciting performance space with delicious food, fun people, celebrity chefs and—most importantly—a venue in which to raise funds for the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival & Philly Fringe, which is September 2nd through 17th this year. Below: Feastival host Audrey Claire Taichman, with event co-chair Tony Forte, and Nick Stuccio, producing director of the festival. Also coming back this year to co-host is Stephen Starr and Michael Solomonov. Martha McGeary Snider joins Tony as co-chair of the event.
 
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This year Feastival will honor former governor Ed Rendell for his pivotal role in supporting the Philadelphia arts scene. Rendell arrived a little late to the party as he had been in NYC with Mayor Bloomberg promoting the need for government funding to repair the nation’s highways, rail lines, airports and ports.
 
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Below: Conrad Bender, the festival’s executive technical director; Bethany Formica, who describes herself as “a highly physical kinetic dancer/actress” (google her—I say real talent); and Derek Hachkowski, theater department production manager/shop foreman at Drexel.
 
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Below: Peter Breslow and mom, Tina Breslow.
 
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Below: Tom Corcoran, president of the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation, and Dr. Robin Lowey. Pier 9 is next to the recently completed Race Street Pier park. Corcoran says the Feastival event in September will be the “coming-out party” for Pier 9; earlier this year, the roof and windows of the long underused pier were replaced.
 
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Below: Sarah Rosenberg, Jane Pepper, Charisse R. Lillie, vice-president of community investment for Comcast, and Susan Sherman, president and CEO of the Independence Foundation.
 
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Below: Georges Perrier and Inga and Sal D’Angelo. Chef Perrier tells me Le Bec-Fin, which is undergoing a renovation, will open on August 20th. Sal tells me that a certain baseball player and his wife come in to D’Angelo’s off Rittenhouse Square all the time and no one bothers them.
 
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Below: Michael Schulson, of Sampan, Nina Tinari, Rouge owner Rob Wasserman (James Van Der Beek had lunch there again on Friday), and James Beard Award-winner Michael Solomonov, co-owner of Percy Street and Zahav. Congratulations to Michael and wife, Mary, on the birth of their son a few weeks ago.
 
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Below: Percy Street Barbecue co-owner Steve Cook and Peter Woolsey, executive chef of Bistrot La Minette. One of the big-ticket items in the Feastival auction will be six chefs preparing a meal for the winner and friends. The chefs are Michael Schulson, Michael Solomonov, Georges Perrier, Peter Woolsey, Osteria’s Jeff Michaud, and R2L’s Daniel Stern.
 
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Below: Nick Stuccio greets Suzanne Roberts and Penelope Reed to the party.
 
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Endnotes:
  1. Percy Street Barbecue: http://www.percystreet.com/
  2. Second Annual Feastival: http://www.phillyfeastival.com/
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