Lots of new names will be a part of the 2017 Feastival, the annual food event that benefits Fringearts.
It’s also dubbed Year of the Beard, as three chef-restaurateurs — Michael Solomonov, Stephen Starr, and Greg Vernick — won major James Beard Foundation awards in May. Feastival cofounder Audrey Claire Taichman also is a host, as is Nicholas Elmi, owner of Laurel and In The Valley.
Among new participating restaurants are A Mano, Townsend Wentz’s Italian BYOB in Fairmount, as well as his Spanish restaurant Oloroso; Autograph Brasserie, in Wayne; Bar Amis, Marc Vetri’s Italian bar at the Navy Yard; Double Knot, Michael Schulson’s Japanese restaurant in Center City; Fond, an American restaurant on East Passyunk Avenue; Friday Saturday Sunday, chef Chad Williams’ destination in Rittenhouse; In the Valley (ITV), Nick Elmi’s bistro next to Laurel; Kanella South, the rustic-style Greek-Cypriot restaurant by chef-owner Konstantinos Pitsillides; Mission Taqueria, the Mexican restaurant over Oyster House; Poi Dog Snack Shop, the Hawaiian street-food restaurant; Royal Izakaya, the Japanese pub/sushi bar by James Beard semifinalist, Jesse Ito; and Walnut Street Café, the all-day restaurant at FMC Tower in Cira Centre South.
Tickets are $300 per person (7-10 p.m.), $450 for the extra hour (6-10 p.m.).