Lifestyle

Front & Palmer

An ideal party has an atmosphere in which guests can relax and have a good time, which is why it's counter-productive to throw one somewhere that breeds discomfort, like a strobing, booming cave, or your house. Providing full-service catering in a spacious urban setting, Front & Palmer

Towering over the El on Kensington's southern fringe, F&P's 18,500 sprawling square feet of rentable, rehabbed space spread throughout three floors of the former Pickle Plant/H. Siemon & Sons Barrel warehouse, now serving as offices and kitchen space for Feast Your Eyes Catering, who provide the full monty of party services for anything from wedding receptions to dinner/cocktail get-togethers in a massive loft with original steel beams rising from floors of reclaimed yellow pine, beneath a 32-foot ceiling hung with six huge chandeliers intricately constructed from recycled bedsprings, recalling a time when a sugar high and footie pjs were all you needed for a party. F&P can accommodate full sit-down meals for up to 150 with dance floor to spare or cocktail parties for 200+ (as well as strategically placed curtain options for more intimate affairs), offering infinite combinations of plans & menu packages, from gourmet BBQ fests of Texas-style smoked brisket and cherrywood smoked salmon, to lobster/corn/poblano quesadillas and Tuscan hanger steak, to miniature cheesesteaks and Chinatown's Vietnamese hoagies for "PhillyFun" parties, which you always thought meant swilling Schuylkill punch while firing rocks at Escalades on South Street. Niceties-wise, along with providing customized decorating & lighting options, F&P's also wired with a precision-calibrated 12-speaker 120-watt SPE sound system, complete w/ programmable music options including an Onkyo remote interactive iPod transmitter and a Sony CD changer, terrible news for Rush tapes

Although lacking a liquor license, F&P'll let you BYOwhatever, and provides mixers, glassware, and experienced bartenders, so you get up enough courage to approach girls, and suggest the two of you breed discomfort.