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A Sinful Feast

March 15, 2015

In the late 1700s, Elizabeth Willing Powel — wife of Samuel Powel, Philadelphia’s first post-Revolutionary mayor — was considered Philadelphia’s premier social figure, known for entertaining the city’s elite in her luxurious home on Third Street. John Adams called Elizabeth Powel’s gathering of food and merriment “a most sinful feast,” featuring “every thing which could delight the eye or allure the taste.”

I had the pleasure of attending a collaborative dinner in the historic Powel House here in Philadelphia this past Thursday. The first of many dinners inspired by the above quote by John Adams, “A Sinful Feast” was quite the break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Twenty of us gathered around a beautifully decorated table (props to Petals Lane for the florals) as we all enjoyed four courses of amazing farm-to-table dishes from Chef Alex Garfinkel and cocktails from Art in the Age and Strippd Juice. The four courses included haddock, venison, guinea hen, and then a lemon ginger cake for dessert. #nom

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