Federal Donuts and its automated donut-making “robot” was easily one of the biggest hits at last night’s FEASTIVAL, the second annual Philadelphia Live Arts Festival and Philly Fringe fundraiser co-hosted by Stephen Starr, Michael Solomonov and Audrey Claire Taichman. Which is something, considering that everything from stilt-walkers, dancers perched atop sky-high poles and a red-gingham-aproned Marc Vetri competed for the attention of attendees. And that was just on the red carpet outside Pier 9. Inside well-heeled arts patrons, who shelled out $250 or more to get in, hob-noshed their way through the spread put out by more than 75 participating local restaurants, of which only, like, 10 were from FEASTIVAL co-host Stephen Starr.
Trapeze artists dangled from above pouring champagne for guests, while underneath restaurants from Amis to Zama turned out bite-sized tastes from their menus. Some highlights included foie gras “cherries,” a small foie orb formed inside cherry gelee and served with a “pistachio gravy” from Marigold Kitchen; mini cheddar burgers on pretzel rolls from P.Y.T.; and crispy-fried chicken drumsticks from Roots drummer Ahmir ?uestlove Thompson’s ?uest Loves Food venture. Former Governor Ed Rendell, who was in the house, was rumored to have eaten five of them!
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