For lovers of great food and memorable adventures, Anthony Bourdain left behind a legacy that lives on in the Garden Staten. New Jersey could get an official Bourdain food trail and my colleague Tom Gralish couldn't wait to check it out. Last year, a chorus of fans sang the praises of Opera Philadelphia's O17 festival. A new partnership and infusion of cash could make O18 even better. It was roughly a year ago that a debate erupted over whether or not Philadelphia should move the statue of late Philadelphia Mayor Frank Rizzo. According to the city, it's moving. But it could take a while.
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Tom Gralish, a Pulitzer prize winning Inquirer photographer, visited some culinary stops that held a special place in the chef's heart. Bourdain visited Hiram's Roadstand in Fort Lee many times to enjoy the deep-fried hot dogs. "I come here to feed my soul," he once said.
Opera Philadelphia's O17 festival gained national acclaim and produced many new opera fans. This year's O18 should reach a new level thanks to a partnership between Opera Philadelphia and the Kimmel Center.
After O17, Opera Philadelphia owed rental fees to the Kimmel Center — a debt that is forgiven with this deal. The Kimmel Center, acting as a copresenter for this year's festival, has given a vote of confidence to Opera Philadelphia's new vision for its festival format.
Kimmel Center president and CEO Anne Ewers believes the festival approach will "transform the opera industry." The O18 festival kicks off next month.
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