Audi FEASTIVAL cohost Nick Elmi has had a front-row seat to the rise of the Philadelphia food scene over the last decade. He cooked under the tutelage of master chef Georges Perrier at the famed Le Bec Fin, and after being crowned Top Chef, Nick returned to Philly and carved his own place in the city’s restaurant history with Laurel, his modern, French-influenced American restaurant, its next-door neighbor ITV (In the Valley), and Royal Boucherie, his lively American brasserie in Old City.
Chef sits down with us to give us a sneak peek at his brand new cookbook inspired by Laurel, Audi FEASTIVAL 2019, and more!
Philadelphia’s forever been described as a big city with a small town feel, and that sentiment feels especially true of its restaurant industry.
This class of young and talented restaurateurs and chefs have cultivated a strong sense of camaraderie and community, and many are leveraging their strong bonds to raise awareness and funds for a variety of worthy organizations and causes.
Poi Dog Philly, the Hawaiian fast-casual restaurant located in Rittenhouse, and its co-owners Kiki Aranita and Chris Vacca can often be found cooking at charitable events around the city, and today Kiki sat down with FEASTIVAL to discuss how food can be used for good, the many organizations she has worked with, and how Philadelphia’s food scene still has room to grow.
Jezabel Careaga brings the rich flavors and traditions of her northwest Argentinian home to West Philadelphia. Drawing on memories from her childhood for inspiration, Jezabel is building an empire that includes her Café, Jezabel’s Café; her boutique/tea house/demonstration kitchen, Jezabel’s Studio; cooking classes, and dinner series. Sabrina Carter from FEASTIVAL had the opportunity to join the chef, furniture maker, and owner of Jezabel’s Café and Jezabel’s Studio and her friend and colleague, Gabriel Machado for lunch to discuss her journey.
Chris Kearse’s reputation proceeds him.
And I’m not even referencing his undeniable culinary talent or his success as the owner-chef of Will BYOB, one of the city’s most loved restaurants, oft profiled in local and national food media. In article after article, quote after quote, Chris’ friends, colleagues, and family constantly point to his deep well of kindness as a source of inspiration in their lives.
After sitting with the chef at Rittenhouse’s Rival Brothers, each of us nursing a cup of coffee, I understand why.
Can I nominate Irene Levy Baker for Philadelphia’s official ambassador?
I’m going to do it anyway because the PR professional and certified foodie knows her way around Philly. Over twenty years living in the city of brotherly love has given Irene an insider knowledge that rivals natives’, and she shares her most clutch secrets, tips, and advice to exploring the city in her books, Unique Eats and Eateries of Philadelphia and 100 Things to do in Philadelphia. Readers are taking notice.Read More
Craig LaBan has described the Rittenhouse gem, a.kitchen, as “overlooked… underappreciated” and deserving of three bells in The Inquirer’s yearly round up of the top 25 restaurants in Philadelphia. Eli Collins, the executive chef for the French-influenced restaurant, has had a lot to do with the establishment’s position as a culinary destination in the city. Chef Collins sits down with us during a.kitchen’s sleepy late afternoon lull between lunch and dinner service to chat about a.kitchen, a.bar and a career that he loves.Read More