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Get to know Audi FEASTIVAL’s participating chefs a little better before the big day!  Today, Jennifer Carroll, the Executive Chef behind modern-Meditterenean gem Spice Finch and Top Chef alumna, sits down with Audi FEASTIVAL.

FEASTIVAL: As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Chef Jennifer Carroll: A veterinarian.

Best pre-theater dinner spot in Philadelphia?

Vedge and of course Spice Finch 🙂

Best post-theater drink spot in Philadelphia?

Bud & Marilyns

What’s the biggest change you’ve noticed in Philadelphia or the food scene over the last


Diversity in cuisine, chefs, types of restaurants, and neighborhoods. Huge growth that has proven to make Philly one of the best cities to both live and eat in!

What was the first play or concert you ever saw? 

I’m not sure if it was the first concert, but it was the one that I remember most as a kid: Amnesty International at JFK Stadium. Tracy Chapman, Sting, Bruce Springstein, and the E Street Band, plus more!!!

What’s the best meal you’ve ever had? 

I was on a safari in Kenya with my best friend back in 2002. We set up camp next to a cliff overlooking a river filled with hippopotamus, while the Masi we were traveling with set up a kitchen. They noticed how interested I was and invited me to help them cook over open fire fresh chapati bread, barbequed goat curry, fragrant rice, mashed bananas, stewed greens, and roast whole fish caught from the river. Even though we all didn’t speak the same language, we could feel the transformative, nurturing power that cooking and eating together has on the soul. It is truly a meal I will never forget.

Thank you Jennifer and Spice Finch for your time!

The innovative modern-Mediterranean restaurant and bar, Spice Finch, is located at 220 S 17th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103.


Philadelphia’s performing and culinary arts scenes unite once again for the 2019 Audi FEASTIVAL benefitting FringeArts. On Thursday, September 26th, 70 of Philadelphia’s top restaurants and bars join the city’s most breathtaking artists to create a unique experience for guests and celebrate the event’s tenth anniversary! Get your tickets today at