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Sunday
Apr102011

PIFA Chef Convention/Partner Launch

On Monday, April 11, 11 world renowned chefs from Paris (9 from Lyon, France and 2 from Paris, France) will be coming to the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts to meet their Philadelphia host chefs for a series of culinary events at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Comcast Lounge & Plaza.

From 5:30pm-7pm there will be a Chef's reception and at 7pm the Partner Launch will start at the Eiffel Tower Light Show!

The chefs from Paris will join forces with their Philadelphia host chef to create a special, inspired menu that they will help prepare during their stay and will be featured at the host restaurant throughout the festival. The special pairing menus for PIFA will be served from Wednesday through Friday, April 13 to 15.

In addition to the Chefs, PIFA will be highlighting the culinary talents of Wolfgang Puck Catering, whose Creperie Cart will be serving a feast of pastry and light fare offerings in the Kimmel Center Plaza throughout the festival, and the new, Le Pifa Bistro, which will be serving dinners Friday and Saturday nights and Sunday brunch during the festival. (click here for my posting on Wolfgang Puck's Catering)

Chef Pairings Include: 

Michael Abt Parc                                     with Frédéric Berthod 33 Cité 

Terence Feury Fork                                with Simon Lacassin Préfecture du Rhône   

Daniel Stern R2L                                    with Babette De Rozieres La Table de Babette 

Pierre Calmels Bibou                              with Olivier Paget Le Fleurie

Jon Cichon Lacroix                                  with Frédéric Côte  Restaurant au Colombier

Chris Scarduzio Table 31                        with Arnaud Languille Clostan Traiteur

Olivier Desaintmartin Caribou Café        with Jean-Paul Borgeot La Tassée

Dan Black Amuse (Le Méridien Phila)       with Eric Brujan L’Orénac Le Méridien Etoile

Peter Woolsey Bistrot La Minette            with Joseph Viola Daniel et Denise           

Georges Perrier Le Bec Fin                     with Mathieu Viannay La Mère Brazier

Michael Yeamans Rouge                        with Nasserdine Mendi  Chocolate Weiss

 

This article is brought to you with the support of PIFA (Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts). If you liked the article above and want to help ensure that PIFA becomes an annual event please Like their Facebook Page and Follow them on Twitter

Tuesday
Apr052011

iPhone PIFA App

If you are one of the many people attending the first annual Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA) from April 7-May 1, and own an iPhone (coming soon for Droid users), then you should take full advantage of the new PIFA iPhone App!

Designed by Flying Jalapeño Software with creative by Red Tettemer + Partners, the PIFA app enables the user to:

 

  • Search by date, genre, collaborator, or venue for all PIFA events
  • Search for events/venues near you using GPS capability
  • View @PIFAphilly’s latest tweets to stay up-to-date on PIFA news
  • Save events you plan on purchasing tickets to and add them to your calendar.
  • Plus, (starting the week of the festival opening), users will be able to take photos or videos of their own art and upload them straight from their phones using the PIFA app. PIFA, already broadcasting festival content on the PIFA video cube outside the Kimmel Center on the corner of Broad and Locust, will also be including approved content uploaded from the iPhone app for all to see.  

So get connected to PIFA with the touch of your finger! 

This article is brought to you with the support of PIFA (Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts). If you liked the article above and want to help ensure that PIFA becomes an annual event please Like their Facebook Page and Follow them on Twitter

Friday
Apr012011

Happy Hour at the Kimmel Center

While you are attending the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA), stop by the historic Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts (300 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102) and be enchanted, entertained, and filled-up as the Kimmel Center is transformed into your Happy Hour Hotspot for dinner, drinks, music, and more!

 

 

Beginning April 7, come dine with world-renowned chef Wolfgang Puck as he serves up some of his signature dishes in The Lounge of the historic Kimmel Center, Tier 2: Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 5:30pm-8:30pm and Sunday Brunch from 11:30am-2:30pm. Reservations are being accepted now by calling 215-670-2388. 

 

For the wine enthusiast in you, the Kimmel Center will also be home to Wine Tasting with the PA Wine & Spirits Store (April 8-May 1: Thurs-Sat 4pm-8pm, Sun 1pm-5pm) and French Wine & Spirits Tasting (April 9-May 1: Thurs-Sat 5pm-7pm, Sun 2pm-4pm). NO WINE TASTING  ON EASTER SUNDAY!

If you are looking for lighter fare, come enjoy the delightfulness of the French Crepe Cart where you can enjoy fresh crepes, pastires, coffee, and hot chocolate from a stylized Parisian food cart (April 8-May 1: 11am-3pm, 5pm-8pm). 

This article is brought to you with the support of PIFA (Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts). If you liked the article above and want to help ensure that PIFA becomes an annual event please Like their Facebook Page and Follow them on Twitter

Thursday
Mar312011

French In Ten Minutes

Have you ever wanted to go to Paris and speak French? From April 11-28 at the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA), you can learn key French words and phrases in a safe and fun group environment while experiencing the life and culture of Paris 1911 at "French In Ten Minutes.

This event is taught by Alliance Francasie and takes place at the historic Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts at Commonwealth Plaza (300 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102).

This article is brought to you with the support of PIFA (Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts). If you liked the article above and want to help ensure that PIFA becomes an annual event please Like their Facebook Page and Follow them on Twitter

Thursday
Mar312011

A Conversation: The Paris Cultural Scene 1910-1920

Get ready to be taken a journey back to Paris 1910-1920 on April 9 from 10:30am-12pm and 1pm-3pm with Alex Ross and Joan Acocella, music and dance critics for The New Yorker, Michael R. Taylor, Curator of Modern Art at The Philadelphia Museum of Art, and Jeffrey Jackson, historian and author, Paris Under Water, and moderated by Alasdair Nichol, Vice Chairman of Freeman's, and appraiser on the Antiques Roadshow in "A Conversation: The Paris Cultural Scene 1910-1920"

Why did artists from all over the world flock to the City of Lights? What was so world-changing about what they did? What was it like to live in Paris, for artists and everyday citizens alike? Prepare to be charmed, astonished, entertained, and totally immersed in this lively discussion...

This event will take place at Philadelphia's historic Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in the Rendell Room (300 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102).

Alex Ross is an award winning author who has been contributing to The New Yorker since 1993 and became the magazine’s music critic in 1996. Alex came to The New Yorker from the New York Times where he had been a music critic since 1992. His book "The Rest is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century," a cultural history of music since 1900 was published in 2007 and won the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Guardian First Book Award, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His second book, "Listen to This" was published in 2010. In 2008 Alex was named a MacArthur Fellow. To find out more about Alex visit: www.therestisnoise.com.

 

This article is brought to you with the support of PIFA (Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts). If you liked the article above and want to help ensure that PIFA becomes an annual event please Like their Facebook Page and Follow them on Twitter