Thousands took advantage of summer temperatures to sip and dine along Exchange and Pleasant Streets during Saturday’s Phantom Gourmet Food Festival, which occurred – for the first time – in Malden. Phantom Gourmet host Dan Andelman was present. The television show profiles local restaurants that serve good food.
Shown from left to right: Renee Plaisival, Gerina Joyner, Phantom Gourmet host Dan Andelman and Sharrol Shirer enjoyed corned beef, pulled pork pizza and a whoopie pie from Game On!, Bleacher Bar and Back Bay Social during Saturday’s Phantom Gourmet Food Festival, which was held for the first time in Malden, on Exchange and Pleasant Streets.
Shown from left to right: State Rep. Steven Ultrino, retired Malden Fire Chief Jack Colangeli and former Malden High School Principal Dana Brown.
Shown from left to right: Ward 8 Councillor Jadeane Sica, John Bernbaum, Ward 7 Councillor Christopher Simonelli and Kelly Gibbs drank a coffee sample from Alltown, which has a Saugus location.
Shown from left to right: Jim Crowe, Ward 1 Councillor Peg Crowe, Everett resident Steven Jones, Malden resident Jamila Rogers, Ward 7 Councillor Christopher Simonelli and Kelly Gibbs enjoyed samples from Mike’s Hot Honey.
Bread of Life staffers, shown from left to right: Grocery Delivery Coordinator Tyrone Evans, Executive Director Gabriella Snyder Stelmack, Everett Mobile Market Coordinator Charlene Wilson and Volunteer Coordinator Eileen Mullen sold raffle tickets to win a $25 Phantom Gourmet gift card and a gift basket.
Phantom Gourmet Food Festival visitor Matthew Brew took a bread sample from Piantedosi Baking Company EVP/co-owner Joseph Piantedosi Jr.
Marie and Greg Lucey with Exchange Street Bistro co-owner Giovanni Longo, displaying short rib arancini, which are Italian rice balls.
Members of the crowd waited in line along Exchange Street to sample food and drink from Malden and other surrounding communities’ restaurants.
At 61 Exchange St., visitors took a break from food sampling to check out Project: PUTT! – a one-of-kind mad science meets mini golf entertainment – which opened recently.
Mayor Gary Christenson was happy to see the large crowds supporting Malden restaurants and organizations.