This year’s PHeaSt promises to be filled with surprises, both culinary and musical, set in a whimsical apple orchard at the PHS Pop Up Garden at uCity Square on Friday, October 12. Surrounded by apple trees, guests can indulge in the moonlight underneath the sweet scent of several varieties including Stayman Winesap, Red Delicious, Granny Smith, Pink Lady and Honeycrisp.
The incredible culinary talent from Philadelphia’s impressive restaurant scene will be in force for the evening with more than a dozen chefs providing a spectacular fall menu. Executive Chef Adan Trinidad, of Jose Pistola’s, Sancho Pistola’s and Pistola’s Del Sur, will be preparing new delicacies created solely for the evening during the VIP hour, including grilled oysters with chipotle butter and grilled avocado with a togarashi aioli and cilantro. An oyster shucking station with tender oysters from the Delaware Bay will be served with cocktail sauce, mignonette, and fresh lemons. After the VIP hour, guests will be wowed as they experience the art of ceviche -- raw fish marinated in lemon, lime or orange juices at the ceviche bar. The evening’s ceviche will be a flavorful and refreshing dish of shrimp marinated and dressed with a combination of the citrus juices and garnished with avocado and fire-roasted tomatoes.
“The Pistola’s crew is so excited to be part of such an incredible showcase,” says Casey Parker, co-owner of The Pistola’s Group, along with Adan Trinidad and Joe Gunn. “Chef Adan will also showcase some of our house favorites like the tuna tartar tostada with ginger, shallots, yuzu crema and tobiko, and beef skewers with a chimichurri marinade, onions and bell peppers.”
Featured Culinary Partners will include the Jose Pistola’s Group, Townsend, Oloroso, A Mano, Square 1682, Red Owl Tavern, Goldie’s, Eatable Delights Catering, Blackfish, Royal Boucherie, The Triangle Tavern, and CO-OP Restaurant and Lounge.
Sounds of Parker’s jazz trio, The Nero Catalano Trio, as well as his band, The Philly Special, will provide the musical backdrop for the event. “It’s my honor and privilege to be performing at PHeaSt,” says Parker. “With such an incredible cause, we were inspired to pull from a few different Philly bands that we’ve been involved with to create a new tour de force called the The Philly Special.” A surprise musical treat at the end of the evening will delight guests as they head home for the night.