Feast of the 7 Fishes sponsored by local radio show
Well, it's back again this year, this time at an event space, Vie, at 800 Broad Street. Both emails and letters went out to last year's attendees apologizing (again) for the 2012 fiasco, and offering a discount on tickets for this year's event. We decided to give it another try. I'll let you know how it was.
For something entirely different: Latkes, Vodka and Sushi at B'nai Abraham for $18.00 last Wednesday was a great Hanukkah gathering with plenty of food and drink. (The latkes were almost as good as my grandmother's!)
As this first foray into an adult Hanukkah party was so successful, l Iook forward it to returning next year even bigger and better.
Wow, it sounded like a total debacle! I saw this posted on the Facebook page of a person who I'm friends with who knows Dom G:
To all those who attended WPHT 1290's and Dom Giordano's normally OUTSTANDING Event, FEAST OF THE SEVEN FISHES, a public apology was made by Jim Loftus, Vice President of CBS radio for the extreme shortage of food at the event. As further consolation, they are issuing a $50 Gift Certificate for every ticket sold to Le Castagne Restaurant, 1920 Chestnut Street in Philadelphia. Excellent move by Jim Loftus and ALL the good people at WPHT. Perhaps the best news is that $17,000 was raised for The Archbishop Chaput's Christmas Benefit for Children, held on Tuesday 12/18/12.
Thank you for your support of Talk Radio 1210 WPHT's 4th Annual Feast of the Seven Fishes. This event was conceptualized for CBS Radio and hosted by Dom Giordano. After our third sold out event in 2011, we realized that the demand of both our family of advertisers and listeners was bigger than the venue we hosted it at in the past could accommodate. We have had several successful events at the beautiful Crystal Tea Room and decided that the larger event that was evolving would be well-served if we moved to that location.
With the new location, came a decision to utilize an outside PR firm that specialized in restaurant events to manage our restaurants for the evening. We successfully worked with this firm in the past in that same venue doing events built around our relationships with both the Phillies and the Eagles. Somehow, this time there was a communication disconnect resulting in an under delivery of the number of restaurants and a misunderstanding in the amount of food that they needed to prepare. We contracted for 500 people, and the amount of food available on 12/17 fell short of our expectations and most likely yours. Despite our efforts to work with the venue in the purchase and preparation of additional food as the evening progressed, the event did not meet our vision for the evening, and was quite different than we had presented in the past.
Because we value your involvement with WPHT, we have made an arrangement with Le Castagne Restaurant, 1920 Chestnut Street in Philadelphia to provide a $50 dollar gift certificate to this fine restaurant for every ticket purchased. While this cannot repair the evening which fell short of our standards, we hope it shows our appreciation for your attendance and that you enjoy a great meal at Le Castagne. One certificate for each ticket that you purchased will be going out in today's mail to your address that was a part of the purchase you made. They can be utilized one $50 dollar certificate per couple at anytime at Le Castagne. Please look for the letter from us in your mail.
We also are pleased that over $17,000 was raised for The Archbishop's Christmas Benefit for Children, held on Tuesday 12/18/12. It benefits over 16,000 deserving children and was a very successful event. Our collective donation went a long way towards funding this worthy cause, now in it's 56th year.
We are hopeful that you will again consider attending next year's 5th Annual Feast of the Seven Fishes. Like the first three years, we promise a "feast" next year, having learned from our logistical errors and having taken steps to correct them. We hope to again benefit Catholic Charities and will strive to present an even bigger event, fine tuned to properly address the issues that detracted from our success this year.
Thank you for listening to Talk Radio 1210 and for supporting our events.
My email address is Jim.email@example.com if you have any questions or comments, and my phone number and address are listed below.
Vice President/ CBS Radio
General Manager/ 98.1 WOGL
Director of Sales/ Philadelphia
KYW / WIP-AM & FM / WOGL / WPHT
Two Bala Plaza 400 Market Street
Suite 800 9th Floor
Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004 Philadelphia, PA 19106
Thanks! I got the same email. They are blaming it on the outside PR firm, but the blame really lies with the radio station for not having followed up more diligently during the planning.
My hubby thinks that next year they will out-do themselves to make up for this year's debacle. Still don't think we'd go back.
I don't know who screwed up but I find it hard to believe that an event called the FEAST of the 7 Fishes was not even a TASTING of the 7 Fishes. The one I went to at Varalli's 2-3 years ago was served waiter style and there were 7 courses of fish/seafood/shellfish and we all walked away stuffed. I'm going to go further and say that Dom G won't even do it anymore, I think the event got way too big for what it is.
UPDATE: What a tremendous rip off!! Lovely venue, but the "dinner" was a total bust. More like the Feast of the Seven Appetizers, two of which were two very similar versions of the same cold seafood salad. The guy from Liscio's Bakery had two tables full of bread, but no butter or olive oil! The line to get a miniscule bowl of clam chowder was over 20 minutes long. Totally disorganized. No pasta, nor anything else substantial to eat. We ended up stopping at a bar on the way home for a burger. Never again!!
I went to the second one in 2009 (?) at Varalli and was a little disappointed. The food was delicious and plentiful, but served waiter style and we were stuck in an upstairs room and could not hear one word from Dom G. He did come round with the Cardinal and said hello to everyone, but it was as if we had just gone out to dinner and not shelled out for a big event. I think they got lots of negative feedback from that year and changed it to a much larger place and made it buffet style. I'd love to go this year, but the tix are 70 bucks a pop and a little too much for me right now esp around the holiday shopping season.
Tix are $75, and with the "handling charge", more like $80 + change. It's really a birthday gift for my DH, who is a Dom Giordano fan as well as a seafoodaholic. He calls me every morning at work to let me know what additional celebrity is attending. This morning it was Bobby Rydell. I'm sure it will be an adventure, and as long as he enjoys it...