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August 29, 2014, 6:00 am

Restaurants partner with Art Museum

A lifelong devotee of music and pop culture, Stephen Starr began his career at the age of 21 with “Grandmom Minnie’s,” a converted Old City diner serving food by day and comedy by night. Today, Starr has “Restaurateur of the Year” accolades from both Bon Appétit and Zagat. Travel + Leisure and is the owner of several restaurants in Philadelphia, New York City, Fort Lauderdale and Atlantic City, that are under the umbrella of the Starr Restaurant Group. This holiday season marks the second anniversary of the Starr partnership the Philadelphia Museum of Art. To celebrate, the PMA held a private reception recently to showcase the group’s inspired culinary creations.

“When we undertook a review of our catering services a couple of years ago, my first criteria was that I wanted the presentation to be as aesthetic, as appealing, as wonderful as experience as the museum is for many of our visitors,” said Tim Rub. “How things looked, how they were presented and what we made of that experience counted more so than any other place that I know of in town, and we found our ideal partner in Starr Restaurants.”

Beginning today, Stephen STARR Events will transform the balcony café into a holiday sweets wonderland. Bitter chocolate, eggnog and pumpkin truffles, gingerbread men and snow cookies will accompany pumpkin tarts and ginger spice cake in a festive display.

“To be a part of the Museum of Art is like us coming of age,” said Starr. “I’ve had many successes with restaurants, and like I said tonight, I’ve promoted rock concerts and opened martini bars, but this is sort of, ‘I’m respectable now.’

 

Contact Tribune staff writer Bobbi Booker at (215) 893-5749 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .