With FringeArts’ theater fest fast approaching, its culinary enterprises are falling into place. Twenty Manning hosted a pre-party for the Sept. 19 fundraiser Feastival, and over at Cook big-name chefs gave a sneak peek of what Feastival-goers can expect to be eating. Jason Cichonski of Ela and Gaslight reflected on why he’s enjoyed the annual event from the start — “a dude performed in my face in a silver thong” — before presenting a dish reflecting his Polish heritage: kielbasa meatballs with homemade pretzels. “Top Chef” Nick Elmi went with a dessert from Laurel (dried strawberries, pureed wild rice chocolate cake), praising Feastival’s art fest/food fest duality.
FringeArt’s Nick Stuccio hinted at Feastival surprises in store — “one could get me arrested,” he said — and confirmed the opening date for the new restaurant in FringeArts’ new waterfront space. La Peg, helmed by Peter Woolsey, opens Aug 25.
Alex Giannascoli is having the best summer break from Temple University. As Alex G, the 21-year-old son of Philly realtor Steve Giannascoli dropped his emotional, electro-folk debut album “DSU” and got a top rating from Pitchfork and two mentions in Rolling Stone: a review in the Lana Del Rey issue and a feature in this week’s Willie Nelson cover.
Just days after street artist Shepard Fairey painted his mural on 1228 Frankford, the site ofdeveloper Roland Kassis’ upcoming boutique hotel, taggers spray-painted the black/red/gold facade. Irony? Meanwhile, Kassis’ hotel gained an architect (Morris Adjmi) but lost a major collaborator (Stephen Starr is no longer part of the deal, claims Kassis).
“After seven surgeries and one year of rehab to my hand and arm, I'm back from the dead,” says Nick Sanfratello of the now-closed Nick's Vegan Cafe across from Fairmount Park, referring to recovery from a motorcycle injury. But he's back in the game: “I designed everything during that hell,” he says of his new brunch spot, the kitschy, non-vegan Bruncheria, opening early September at 1507 N. 33rd St.
Seen on the scene
97.5 the Fanatic DJ Matt Lombardo was spied at Old City’s Old St. Joseph Catholic Church with Stephanie Paine, getting married no less. Scandalous. Congrats.
During one of Stratus Rooftop Lounge’s events for the Democratic National Committee, local diva Patti LaBelle showed up to help Mayor Nutter and ex-Governor Rendell show off what Philly has to offer DMC 2016.
Philly’s ALS ice bucket challenge started Saturday when Hard Rock Philadelphia management participated on Market Street and called out the Philadelphia Eagles. Donations are $9.5 million and counting.