August 7, 2016 |
By this time, the Democrats have long come and gone, but Simon Powles, 51, chief executive of the Starr Catering Group, is still marveling at the sheer size and scope of the work his company handled for the Democratic National Convention. "This is the first time we've done something like this on this level," Powles said, sitting at a table at the CNN Grill during the convention. CNN rented the Victory Beer Hall within the Wells Fargo arena security area, rebranded it as the CNN Grill, and turned it into a pop-up restaurant and broadcast studio serving 800 meals a day, with catering and menu planning run by Starr Catering Group.
May 2, 2016 |
NEW YORK - Just a few years ago, Philadelphia came into its own as a magnet for ambitious young chefs from around the country who sought their culinary fortunes in a city rich with restaurant opportunity. But the story line has now reversed, as Philadelphia's restaurant stars have begun exporting their brands, especially, at the moment, to Manhattan. These days, New Yorkers can find spicy dandan heaven at a Han Dynasty in the East Village. Or a Hickory Town breakfast sandwich at the new High Street on Hudson in the West Village.
October 29, 2014 |
TOTAL HUNK Jake Gyllenhaal surprised moviegoers at the Rave Cinemas University City 6 (4012 Walnut St.) on Saturday during a screening of his new thriller, "Nightcrawler. " College students at the screening expected to see the movie (which is winning fab reviews across the board) but not the movie star, who lost 20 pounds off his already-fit frame to play Louis Bloom, an obsessive man who finds himself in the world of freelance Los Angeles crime journalism. Everyone at the screening freaked upon Gyllenhaal's arrival.
June 12, 2014 |
Three months ago, Stephen Starr gave patrons at 21 of his Philadelphia eateries the option of adding something extra to their bills to support one high school and two elementaries. Those tips amounted to more than $100,000. Tuesday, students and principals who will benefit from the public's largesse gathered at Jones, one of Starr's Center City restaurants, to thank him and his team for exceeding the campaign's goal and helping the schools afford multimedia labs, playground programs, and summer internships.
April 10, 2014 |
BLAME Stephen Starr for Bob Saget 's comedy career. Abington High grad Saget yesterday released his autobiography, Dirty Daddy: The Chronicles of a Family Man Turned Filthy Comedian , including remembrances about his time living in Philadelphia. Saget was born here, moved to Norfolk, Va., then Encino, Calif., before returning to the Philly suburbs for high school and then college at Temple University. In the book, Saget says he didn't start thinking about becoming a comic until he moved back to Philly.
March 6, 2014 |
ONE OF Philadelphia's top restaurateurs is serving up aid for the financially distressed public schools. Stephen Starr and Superintendent William Hite yesterday announced a monthlong initiative at all 22 of Starr's Philly restaurants, hoping to raise $100,000. "It should not be in a major city that our children [who] go to public school do not have the tools to actually have a chance," Starr said during a news conference at Parc, his Parisian-style brasserie on Rittenhouse Square.
March 6, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA The situation struck the restaurateur Stephen Starr as "sad" - a big-city public school system where teachers had to go begging for basic supplies for their classrooms. So Starr, who started paying attention after Mayor Nutter recently implored businesses to come to the beleaguered Philadelphia School District's aid, jumped in. Those who dine in the next month at any of Starr's 21 restaurants in the city should be prepared for an up-sell - not to a pricier bottle of wine, but to donate to the district.
January 10, 2014 |
Stephen Starr and Aimee Olexy, partners at Talula's Garden and Talula's Daily on Washington Square, are setting their next project in Fishtown. They are taking over a former warehouse at 1526-30 Frankford Ave., a few blocks north of his Frankford Hall and Fette Sau . The name and concept are not final, though Starr said it will have a garden and should open in the spring. Bagels, 'round here The Philadelphia area has two new bagel shops opened by out-of-towners re-creating their hometown styles.
October 25, 2010 |
CONGRATULATIONS to restaurateur Stephen Starr and wife January Bartle , owner of the Third Street Habit (153 N. 3rd) boutique, on the birth of their son, Julian , last week. It's the first child for Bartle, 34; Starr, 56, has children from a previous marriage. Starr and Bartle were married last November at his Barclay Prime restaurant. "Jersey Shore" hellcat Jenni "JWoww" Farley hosts a Halloween-costume contest party Saturday night at Dusk at Caesars Atlantic City. JWoww, who likes to wear nearly nothing when she goes to the club, will help judge the contest, which will feature cash prizes totaling $5,000.
September 23, 2010
I'M KICKING myself because I messed around and didn't purchase tickets for this year's Epicurean Palette at the Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, N.J. It's a dang shame, since this is an orgy of food and wine the likes of which we don't see all that often around here. This would have been the year to go, too, since Kevin Sbraga will be finishing up his last weekend there as executive chef of Rat's Restaurant, which is a participant. Sbraga, who last week won Bravo's "Top Chef," is leaving Rat's Sunday to realize his dream of opening his own restaurant.