Opening gala is part of the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts

Chef Chris Stevens (above) makes crepes on a dessert cart full of French-inspired desserts (right) to be served at the PIFA.
Chef Chris Stevens (above) makes crepes on a dessert cart full of French-inspired desserts (right) to be served at the PIFA.
Posted: April 07, 2011

Tonight's opening gala celebrating local chef Georges Perrier is just the start of the foodie cavalcade that's part of the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts, which starts tomorrow and runs through May 1.

The festival will feature a wealth of music, dance and other cultural events. On the culinary side, PIFA has invited 11 chefs from Paris and from Perrier's native Lyon, France, to pair with local restaurants and create menus reflective of the PIFA theme: Paris from 1910-1920. The chefs will be here Sunday through April 17, but their signature dishes will be available through April at their respective host restaurants:

Le Bec-Fin (1523 Walnut St., 215-567-1000), Bibou (1009 S. 8th St., 215-965-8290), Bistrot La Minette (623 S. 6th St., 215-925-8000), Caribou Cafe (1126 Walnut St., 215-625-9535), Fork (306 Market St., 215-625-9425), Lacroix (210 W. Rittenhouse Square, 215-790-2533).

Also, Parc (227 S. 18th St., 215-545-2262), Rouge (205 S. 18th St., 215-732-6622), R2L (50 S. 16th St., 215-564-5337), Table 31 (1701 John F Kennedy Blvd. No. 100, 215-567-7111), and Amuse at Le Méridien Philadelphia (1421 Arch St., 215-422-8222).

Meet ya at the Plaza!

If you're attending a PIFA event at the Kimmel Center (Broad and Spruce streets), or just checking out that awe-inspiring, 81-foot Eiffel Tower sculpture in Commonwealth Plaza, you might want to stop by Le PIFA Bistro, the pop-up restaurant Wolfgang Puck Catering will have in the Lounge on Tier 2 (215-670-2388 or

PIFA@wolfgangpuck.com). It will be open for dinner ($38 a person) 5:30-8:30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, plus brunch ($24) from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Sundays.

Puck also will offer French-inspired fare in Commonwealth Plaza during PIFA. The PECO Bar, open around performances and events at the Kimmel, will feature Parisian-style street food, including frog legs! Sample the Creperie Cart from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5-8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The plaza has free Wi-fi, too. Other PIFA freebies there include wine tastings and nightly performances. Plaza hours are 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sundays through Tuesdays, and 10 a.m.-midnight Wednesdays-Saturdays. Details at PIFA.org.

Vive la World Cafe

World Cafe Live (3025 Walnut St., 215-222-1400) will host several PIFA events, starting with a wine-pairing dinner at 6 p.m. April 12 ($50); Champagne Cocktails, 6 p.m. April 19 ($35); and a Fromage Grille et Biere April 26 that is sold out.

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