Philly pols stump for their favorite restaurants ahead of #PHLDNC2016 [video]

We’ve solicited the help of our locally elected leaders for a new video series, (and WHYY event on July 12!) called Dishing DNC. Here’s just a taste of what’s to come!

As the nation’s attention turns toward Philadelphia ahead of the 2016 Democratic National Convention, we here at Plated thought it would be fitting to take a look at one of our most prized attributes – the Philly food scene – through the eyes of our elected officials.

There’s something to be said about sitting in your favorite restaurant, turning around, and seeing the mayor, your councilperson, or maybe even the governor at the next table.

There’s this moment of awe, maybe followed by a smile. And if only for a moment, you realize that no matter how powerful they are, for all the politics and banter, politicians are people, too. And some of them have pretty great taste!

We caught up with a handful of our local leaders and asked them about their favorite places, and how they’re feeling as the DNC approaches. Watch our teaser video above, featuring Gov. Tom Wolf, Mayor Jim Kenney, Councilwoman Blondelle Reynolds Brown, Councilwoman Marie Quinonez Sanchez, Councilman Derek Green, State Rep. Brian Sims, former Mayor Michael Nutter, and former governor, and head of the DNC host comittee, Ed Rendell.

Next week we plan to release the full Dishing DNC video series. This is all leading up to the Dishing DNC event at WHYY on July 12. (Tickets are available here.) Many of the local political leaders featured in the videos will be in attendance, in addition to others who have agreed to let us grill them about their favorite Philly foods.

It’s a chance to connect on another level with those who we choose to represent us – and maybe an opportunity to open up a conversation about greater topics, over a good meal, and with good company. 

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