On Thursday, September 12th, Pier 9 on the Delaware River waterfront will be transformed into a bastion of food, drink, music and art, all in the name of fundraising for Fringe Arts, a Philadelphia cultural institution. In the shadow of the iconic Ben Franklin bridge, chefs from across the city will serve up signature bites, and rockstar bartenders will shake up fabulous cocktails and pop the tops of countless bottles of craft beer, while bass-heavy music thumps through the space. This event, hosted by culinary leaders Stephen Starr, Audrey Claire Taichman and Michael Solomonov and sponsored by Audi, has a decidely more bizarre flair compared to other food events around town. This is surely due to the Fringe performers who infuse the party with movement and color: lithe acrobats float above guests' heads, suspended from the ceiling by long silks, modern dancers undulate fluidly on platforms along the walls, and nude performers wearing full body paint cavort at the entrance like mystical creatures.
The food this year will not be outdone by the sights and sounds - a huge variety of local favorites will be dishing up the stuff we crave: Federal Donuts, Capogiro Gelato, and Éclat Chocolates bringing the best of the sweets, and Morimoto, Sbraga, Talula's Garden, Percy Street BBQ and dozens of other restaurants doing the savory thing. The beverages will be flowing and a lively auction will help generate even more funds for the cause. Tickets for this wild night run at $250 for general admission and $350 for VIP and can be purchased here.