The Fest at the beautiful Cescaphe Ballroom in Philly's hip Northern Liberties neighborhood featured food from many of our town's best chef's including one of our favorites, Pippo Lamberti of Positano Coast. Also on hand were Matthew Levin of Lacroix, Todd Fuller of Tangerine, Don Mercantuno of Brasserie Perrier, David Wiederholt of Oceanaire, Brian Duffy of Kildare's, Cary Neff of Coquette Bistro, David Zuckerman of Philadelphia Park Casino, Scott Dubbs of Lucky Strike Lanes and Steve Linneman of the Cescaphe Ballroom.
Food stations served wonderful goodies such as tomato soup and grilled cheese, chili, tuna melt, waffles 'n chicken, crispy pizza squares, pad Thai with shrimp and even that old reliable Spam. The drinks of choice were Bluecoat gin and Fiji water.
John DeBella is one of Philadelphia's favorite (and funniest) radio personalities and last night he presented his First Annual John DeBella Golden Spoon Award.
On a personal note, it's wonderful to see Positano Coast and all the Lamberti restaurants prospering. We've been visiting Aldo Lamberti's original South Jersey restaurant (Tutti Toscani) on Brace Road in Cherry Hill since it first opened in 1985. There are now nine Lamberti restaurants in the region with more than 300 employees company-wide serving more than 18,000 guests every week.
Kudos once again to the folks at Cashman and Associates for putting together a spectacular evening at the Comfort Food fest.