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July 09, 2018

FEASTIVAL, annual culinary and live arts party, is changing things up for 2018

New concept created by Michael Solomonov and Nick Elmi was announced

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A photo taken from the 2016 FEASTIVAL.

Audi FEASTIVAL, an annual culinary and live arts party that benefits FringeArts, has announced it's changing things up for 2018 with a new concept, thought up by co-hosts Michael Solomonov and Nick Elmi.

At this year's FEASTIVAL, 60 of the city's top chefs will collaborate in pairs to create exclusive, one-night-only dishes representative of one of five Philadelphia neighborhoods: West Philly, South Philly, Chinatown, Kensingon/Fishtown or Northeast Philly.

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Chefs will be challenged to cook outside of their comfort zones and create dishes that are truly collaborative. Teammates and neighborhoods will be assigned, with FEASTIVAL organizers aiming to pair chefs who haven't collaborated before for the event.

"For the ninth year, my co-host, Nick Elmi, and I wanted to push the creative envelope ... and to use this as an opportunity to give guests an experience they won’t find anywhere else in Philly," Solomonov stated.

The 2018 Audi FEASTIVAL will take place Thursday, Sept. 27. Tickets are now available, as of July 9.

Below are the FEASTIVAL pairings:

West Philadelphia

Aaron Bennawit (The Good King Tavern) & Scott Schroeder (Hungry Pigeon)
Eli Collins ( & Adan Trinidad (Sancho Pistola’s)
Nick Elmi (Laurel) & Nick Macri (La Divisa Meats)
Matt Fein (Federal Donuts) & Jon Rodriquez (Mission Taqueria)
Nate Horwitz (Morimoto) & Todd Lean (Pod)
Armando Jimenez (Harp & Crown) & Charlie Schmidt (Philadelphia OIC)

South Philadelphia

Chris Baretta (Continental Midtown) & Abigail Dahan (Parc)
Jezabel Careaga (Jezabel's) & Clark Gilbert (Louie Louie)
Jason Cichonski (Ela) & Andrew Farley (High Street on Market)
Joncarl Lachman (Noord) & Ben Puchowitz (Bing Bing Dim Sum and Cheu Noodle Bar)
Richard Pepino (Drexel University's Center for Hospitality) & Michael Yeamans (Audrey Claire)
Seth Petitt (Urban Farmer) & Rakesh Ramola (Indeblue)


Nich Bazik (Kensington Quarters) & Aaron Gottesman (Oyster House)
Camille Cogswell (Zahav) & Manny Perez (Walnut Street Café)
William Kells (Capofitto) & Peter Woolsey (La Peg)
Michael Loughlin (Scarpetta) & Jeremy Nolen (West Reading Motor Club)
Michael Strauss (Mike's BBQ) & Michael Sultan (Revolution Taco)


Kenneth Bush (Bistrot La Minette) & Richard Landau (V Street and Vedge)
Jonathan Cichon (Lacroix) & Ari Miller (Lost Bread Co.)
Christopher Curtin (Eclat Chocolate) & Ari Miller (1732 Meats)
Chris Kearse (Will BYOB) & Joe Thomas Jr. (Bank & Bourbon)
Francisco Ramirez (Tredici and Zavino) & Greg Vernick (Vernick Food & Drink)

Northeast Philadelphia

Kiki Aranita and Chris Vacca (Poi Dog) & Marc Vetri (Vetri Cucina)
Michael Brenfleck (La Calaca Feliz) & Doreen DeMarco (American Sardine Bar)
Rob Cottman (World Cafe Live) & Andrew Wood (Russet)
Jesse Ito (Royal Izakaya) & Townsend Wentz (Townsend, A Mano and Oloroso)
Samuel Kennedy and Matthew Hettlinger (The Farm at Doe Run) & John Patterson (Fork)


Thursday, Sept. 27
7-10 p.m. | $300-$450 per person
140 N. Christopher Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19106