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October 31, 2014

Now Open: Restauranteurs Michael And Jeniphur Pasquarello Are Now Cooking At Kensington Quarters In Fishtown

Kensington Quarters

Good news, Fishtown. The new restaurant, bar, butcher shop and classroom Kensington Quarters is now open on Frankford Avenue.
(Photo by Ryan Scott)

Cool is the rule in Fishtown, and one of the city’s truest port of intrepid artistic, culinary and musical locals has truly become one of the hippest sections of Philadelphia thanks to an influx of quality restaurants, inventive bars, impressive music venues and forward-thinking art galleries.

Now, the neighborhood has yet one more eminently appealing destination: Kensington Quarters, the hotly anticipated fourth venture from Michael and Jeniphur Pasquarello, is open.

The Pasquarello Restaurant Group — which also includes Bufad, Prohibition Taproom and Café Lift — continues to break new ground with this multifaceted project that is a four-in-one destination with a restaurant, bar, butcher shop and classroom.

The Layout

The Pasquarello’s first eatery outside of the Callowhill neighborhood, Kensington Quarters has set up shop in an expansive industrial space right on busy Frankford Avenue in Fishtown.

A bilevel space, the first floor includes the butcher shop, a 15-seat bar and 80-seat dining area, with another bar, communal seating and the classroom space on the second story.

Apropos for the overarching industrial vibe in Fishtown, the whole space is decked out with reclaimed woods, custom cedar beams, whitewashed exposed brick, custom cabinetry, vaulted ceilings and a good amount of soapstone, a material traditionally used in butcher shops.

At the heart of the restaurant is a wide open kitchen, with an impressive wood-burning grill and oven, but perhaps the most striking feature is the peek-a-boo meat locker. Several windows along a handful of high-top tables allow for a direct view of the meaty goods in stock.

Kensington Quarters

Chef Damon Menapace dishes out meaty composed plates from the open kitchen at Kensington Quarters. (Photo by Ryan Scott)

The Food and Drink

With expert butcher Bryan Mayer onboard to curate the butcher shop and chef Damon Menapace, a veteran of Pasquarello restaurants, at the helm of the kitchen, the eats play to the strength of the concept’s meat-driven setup.

The entire menu of small plates and entrees emphasizes local, sustainable beef, pork and more — all free of antibiotics, hormones and GMO feed, and cooked in many cases over open flame. With that in-house butcher shop, the menu highlights whole-animal cookery, too, with sausages, terrines and the like featured prominently.

But lest diners think the menu is all meat and no veg, the sustainable proteins are complemented on plates by grains and vegetables sourced from area farms and regional suppliers. A flavorful thick-cut bacon is paired with spelt, a poached egg and root vegetables, for instance, and the pork shoulder comes with a potato torta and mustard greens. The meats may play the starring role, but no ingredient is neglected.

On the drinkable front, the bar turns out beverages as thoughtful as the food. Diners can expect a dozen beers and eight, mostly organic and biodynamic wines on tap, as well as bottled wines and beers and craft cocktails.

But one need not stay to dinner to enjoy the quality of Kensington Quarters. The butcher shop sells sausages, pre-cut steaks and chops, and offers a cut-to-order selection. Mayer aims to be an educational resource, too, so customers can learn more about the way animals are raised and slaughtered for food.

Still to come? A schedule of classes on the second floor of the space, including butchering classes with Mayer, guest chef lectures and cooking demos.

We think Kensington Quarters is going to kill on the Philadelphia restaurant scene.

Now Open: Kensington Quarters
When: Dinner daily, 5 p.m.-close; Butcher, Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: 1310 Frankford Avenue
Cost: Pay as you go
More info: www.kensingtonquarters.com

Kensington Quarters

Both a restaurant and butcher shop, Kensington Quarters offers a selection fine meats in its butcher shop and excellent dinner and drinks in the restaurant. (Photo by Ryan Scott)

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October 31, 2014

Now Open: Roost Philadelphia Offers Hip Apartment-Style Living In A New Extended-Stay Hotel

(Photo courtesy Roost Apartment Hotel)

Seeking a home away from home? Roost Apartment Hotel is now open with fully furnished and completely equipped apartments for extended stays in Philadelphia. (Photo courtesy ROOST)

Travelers seeking to rest their heads in Philadelphia for more than a brief stay now have a brand new option: Roost Apartment Hotel is now open in the historic Packard Building on 15th and Walnut streets.

The contemporary extended-stay property makes for a great alternative home base for visitors with a longer trip, offering nicely appointed studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments.

Each apartment has been renovated and designed to include very cool features like embellished plaster ceilings, factory-style windows, hardwood floors, modern electronics, full-size modern kitchens and marble bathrooms. Beyond the bones of the hotel, all of the furnishings are hand-selected and predominately custom-made.

In addition to the luxe design, stays at Roost include all the services of a boutique hotel: a 24-hour front desk, housekeeping, free Wi-Fi, a fitness center and more.

Designed with visitors staying for 30 days or longer in mind, the apartment-style hotel does accommodate stays as short as seven to 10 days, too, depending upon on availability.

With the recent influx of new residents and new businesses to Philadelphia, we imagine there must be a bunch of transplants without a permanent abode.

Thanks to its super central location and boutique-hotel amenities, Roost could make for great digs while settling in to make Philadelphia home.

Now Open: Roost Apartment Hotel
When: Now accepting reservations
Where: 111 S. 15th Street
Cost: Rooms from $132 per night, 7-10 night minimum
More info: www.myroost.com

(Photo courtesy ROOST)

Of all the amenities in the extended-stay Roost apartments, the full-size modern kitchens might be one of the best. (Photo courtesy ROOST)

(Photo courtesy Roost Apartment Hotel)

Roost offers all of the ease of having your own apartment, along with all of the luxuries of staying in a hotel. (Photo courtesy ROOST)

Photo Courtesy Roost Apartment Hotel

Staying in Philly for more than a week? Check out brand-new extended-stay hotel Roost. (Photo courtesy ROOST)

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October 31, 2014

The Kimmel Center Brings International Phenomenon The It Gets Better Project To Philadelphia For Residency Events And A Live Stage Show, November 4-8

See the It Gets Better Project live on stage in Philadelphia on Saturday, November 8. (Photo courtesy the Kimmel Center)

See the It Gets Better Project live on stage in Philadelphia on Saturday, November 8, with residency events leading up to the culminating show. (Photo courtesy the Kimmel Center)

Launched in 2010 with a single inspirational YouTube video by syndicated columnist Dan Savage and his partner Terry Miller, the It Gets Better Project has grown into an international phenomenon that’s inspired people from all walks of life to create more than 50,000 videos supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth who have experienced and survived bullying.

The initiative has gone viral, with a staggering more 50 million combined views of the tens of thousands of videos from contributors including everyone from President Barak Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to Adam Lambert and Ke$sha.

Now, the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts brings the It Gets Better Project to Philadelphia for a series of uplifting events to draw attention to the issue of adolescent LGBT bullying and spread a positive message that “it gets better.”

Audiences have multiple opportunities to join in the Philadelphia edition of the Kimmel Center’s It Gets Better Project, which includes two days of residency events and a vocal performance and show.

The residency events are free and open to the public, with a youth-led panel discussion and spoken word show on Tuesday, November 4, at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. respectively. On Wednesday, November 5 at 6 p.m., an open house offers up the chance for the public to interact with local organizations, LGBT heath services, meet-up groups and more.

On Saturday, November 8, the weeklong series culminates with a Philadelphia-specific edition of the Speak Theater Arts and Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles’ touring production of the It Gets Better stage show. The show incorporates dialogue and musical performances, with the participation of Philadelphia groups like Philadelphia Gay Man’s Choir, Sister Cities and Voices of Pride.

Tickets for the performance are $21 and available online.

The Kimmel Center’s It Gets Better Project
When: Tuesday, November 4, 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Wednesday, November 5, 6 p.m.; Saturday, November 8, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Broad and Spruce streets
Cost: Residency events, free; Performance, $21
More info: www.kimmelcenter.org

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October 31, 2014

The Walnut Street Theatre Opens A Delightful Family-Friendly Production Of Mary Poppins, Starting Tuesday, November 4

Mary Poppins

Mary Poppins comes to the Walnut Street Theatre this holiday season. Shown here, Lindsey Bliven and David Elder in Disney’s and Cameron Mackintosh’s production. (Photo by Squid Ink Creative, courtesy of Music Theatre Wichita)

Colorful characters and catchy songs abound when Mary Poppins whisks her way into Walnut Street Theatre, beginning this Tuesday, November 4 and continuing all the way through January 4, 2015.

Based on the popular Walt Disney film, Mary Poppins tells the tale of a nanny who magically appears at a household on Cherry Tree Lane in England to care for two children, Jane and Michael Banks.

We all know the story: the children, who are spoiled and unruly, are taken under the spell of Poppins and her sidekick, Bert, a man of varied talents, including chimney sweep.

Poppins takes her charges on fanciful adventures and she entertains them with irresistible songs such as “A Spoonful of Sugar,” “Feed the Birds,” “Step in Time,” and “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.”

The Walnut Street Theatre’s audience, too, will certainly be entertained since this production offers all the fun, drama and thrills of the original story, plus great choreography and excellent stagecraft.

A surefire hit with the kids, the show is a spectacle that will get toes tapping and make for a great family-friendly holiday outing.

Tickets, starting at $24.50, are available online.

Mary Poppins
When: November 4-January 4
Where: Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut Street
Cost: $24.50-$82
More info: www.walnutstreettheatre.org

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October 31, 2014

Weekend Picks, Halloween Edition: Halloween Parties Across The City, Trick-Or-Treating Events, Day Of The Dead Celebrations, Peddler’s Village Apple Festival, Closing Weekend For Independence Beer Garden, Clover Market And More

Halloween is here, and since the holiday is on a Friday night, the city is abuzz with Halloween happenings — and Day of the Dead happenings — all weekend long. (Photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia)

Halloween is here, and since the holiday is on a Friday night, the city is abuzz with Halloween happenings — and Day of the Dead happenings — all weekend long. (Photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia)

Halloween is here and Philadelphia marks the holiday in a major way with killer celebrations all weekend long.

Tonight, Friday, October 31 is Halloween and tomorrow, November 1 is the Day of the Dead, which means spooky celebrations are in high supply.

Eastern State Penitentiary continues its super scary Terror Behind the Walls — the number one haunted house in the country! — with tours available all weekend.

Tons and tons of bars and attractions turn up the fun with Halloween parties this weekend, too. Arrive in costume for the chance to take home a prize and dance until the wee hours of the night.

Read on for our guide to a hauntingly good weekend.

Friday, October 31 — Happy Halloween!

Top Pick: Halloween In Philadelphia 2014 — Our Guide to Celebrations on Friday, October 31

Top Pick: Our Guide to Halloween Weekend in Philadelphia (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Top Pick: Closing Weekend for Independence Beer Garden

Top Pick: Terror Behind the Walls (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Top Pick: Trick-or-Treating Parties in Neighborhoods

Top Pick: Final-ly Friday Monster Mash in Mt. Airy

Henri David Halloween Ball

Halloween at the Haunted Hotel Monaco

Art After 5: Halloween Edition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Spruce Hill Halloween Parade

Halloween Dance Party at The Trestle Inn

Sherlock Holmes Dinner at The Treemont

Night of the Philly Dead: Brews and Brains at International House

Halloween at Silk City

Universal Cave Halloween at Johnny Brenda’s

Halloween at the Bellevue

Making Time at Union Transfer

Philadelphia Orchestra’s Halloween Organ Extravaganza

Pumpkin Playground at Longwood Gardens — Closing Day!

Candy Volcano at FringeArts

Seven Deadly Sins at Yakitori Boy

Paul Strand: Master of Modern Photography at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Pumpkin Fest at Devil’s Den (Fri, Sat)

Halloween at Pinot Boutique

Prohibition Era All Hallows Bash at P.S. & Co.

Wicked at Xfinity Live

Halloween at McGillin’s Olde Ale House

Red Speedo at Studio X (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Mall-O-Ween at Oxford Valley Mall

Patrick Kelly: Runway of Love and Gerlan Jeans ♥ Patrick Kelly at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (Fri, Sat, Sun)

The Trocadero

Halloween parties are filling bars, restaurants, concert halls and attractions across the city all weekend long.
(Photo courtesy The Troacero Theatre)

Saturday, November 1 — Day of the Dead

Top Pick: Day of the Dead Celebrations in Philadelphia

Top Pick: Peddler’s Village Apple Festival (Sat, Sun)

Top Pick: Day of the Dead Celebration at The Penn Museum

Top Pick: Our Guide to Brunch in Philadelphia

Sinister Cinema: Halloween at the PFS Roxy

Weeki Wachee Mermaids at Adventure Aquarium (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Philadelphia Tweed Ride

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October 31, 2014

A Guide To The 13th Annual First Person Arts Festival, Returning November 4-15 With Storytelling, Panels And A Food Event With Chefs Marcus Samuelsson And Jennifer Carroll

First Person Arts

The 13th annual First Person Arts Festival hits Philadelphia this November with more than 15 events, including the First Person Grand Slam, celebrating the spoken word. (Photo by Darragh Dandurand for First Person Arts)

Now in its 13th year, the First Person Arts Festival continues its unique celebration of documenting real life through storytelling.

Internationally renowned artists join everyday people from both Philadelphia and across the country to take part in the annual event, sharing their tall tales and personal experiences on stages around town from November 4 to 15.

Over 12 days at multiple venues, the festival includes live performances, foodie events, workshops with artists, author readings, art exhibits and many special celebrations.

Read on for our guide to the venues and not-to-miss shows of the 2014 First Person Arts Festival.

FESTIVAL OVERVIEW

Guided by the belief that everyone has a story to tell and telling our stories connects us with each other, First Person Arts aims to empower the storyteller in each of us by hosting workshops and producing interactive arts programs all year long, including monthly StorySlams and regularly held workshops.

The annual First Person Arts Festival, the flagship festival of memoir and documentary art, showcases the organization’s mission in a grand celebration that’s said to be only festival of its kind in the world.

With more than 15 events over the course of 12 days, the festival includes a nice range of memoir-driven affairs fit for many audiences, both young and old.

This year’s festival takes places at six venues around Philadelphia. Report to Christ Church Neighborhood House in Old City or Underground Arts in Callowhill for the majority of events, but other venues range from the First Person Arts offices to Le Méridien Philadelphia hotel.

Check here for more, and read on for our picks of festival events.

 First Person Arts StorySlam. (Photo by Erika Vonie for First Person Arts)

Storyteller Kevin Lee spins his tale during a First Person Arts StorySlam. The First Person Arts Festival celebrates the spoken and written word through such performances, storytelling discussions and much more. (Photo by Erika Vonie for First Person Arts)

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October 31, 2014

Free First Sunday Returns To The Barnes Foundation This Sunday, November 2, With Performances And Talks From Local Organizations

This Sunday, November 2, The Barnes Foundation opens its doors to visitors for free, courtesy of PECO. (Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)

This Sunday, November 2, The Barnes Foundation opens its doors to visitors for free, courtesy of PECO.
(Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)

Every first Sunday of the month — including this Sunday, November 2 — guests are invited to stroll the galleries of the Barnes for no cost at all.

The museum promises visitors a look at Dr. Barnes permanent collection which consists of hundreds of works by Renoir, Cézanne, Matisse, Picasso and many other renowned artists.

This Sunday, The Barnes Foundation celebrates first Sunday under the theme of In Service of Others. Throughout the day, local organizations and musicians that aim to better the lives of and inspire those around them will present creative works and discussions.

Guests of free first Sunday can expect a talk from the folks behind Broad Street Ministry, a local organization that aims to make life more fair for the underserved, a performance from musicians from Rock to the Future, which provides music education for those who do not have regular access to it, a talk with the artists in residence at the Asian Arts Initiative, a live performance by the Liberian Women’s Chorus for Change and much more.

Also learn about the affect the World Wars had on artists whose work is part of Dr. Barnes’ collection.

The full rundown of events is available right here.

Tickets for free first Sunday are available on a first-come, first-serve basis beginning at 9 a.m. on Sunday.

Free First Sundays at The Barnes Foundation
When: Sunday, November 2, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and First Sunday of every month
Where: The Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost: Free
More info: www.barnesfoundation.org

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October 30, 2014

Tonight Picks, Night-Before-Halloween Edition: Terror Behind The Walls, Ghost Tours And A Cemetery Flashlight Tour, Halloween Parties At Alla Spina, Silk City And Cantina, A Zombie Bar Crawl And More

Terror Behind the Walls

Halloween is almost here and the city is abuzz with after-dark happenings to celebrate the ghoulish day.
(Photo by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia)

It’s here, Philly. The weekend-long celebration of All Hallow’s Eve can officially commence. Start your Halloween weekend early with Halloween eve festivities taking place across the city.

Zombies take over Northern Liberties at the annual Zombie Bar Crawl. Crawlers are asked to come in their spookiest zombie makeup and apparel and crawl from bar to bar in search of brains… or, beer.

All over town, bars including Alla Spina, Silk City and Cantina Los Caballitos host costume bashes, dance parties and more. Laurel Hill Cemetery turns up the scare factor with a flashlight tour of its creepy grounds and much more.

Eastern State Penitentiary continues to add some spook to your step — seriously — at its Terror Behind the Walls haunted house, and ghost tours fill Old City with spooky stories and tales of the undead.

Bonus: Philadelphia was recently declared the best city to be a vampire thanks? — all the more reason to get out there and celebrate Halloween.

Our top picks for tonight, below.

Terror Behind the Walls

Spend the eve before Halloween at Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary as the haunted attraction scares up some fun at its annual haunted house. Be warned, Terror Behind the Walls is scarier and more interactive than ever before — making for the perfect night-before-Halloween activity. Save $3 when you purchase tickets to Terror Behind the Walls online using discount code VISITPHILLY31.

When: Thursday, October 30, 7-11 p.m.
Where: Eastern State Penitentiary, 2027 Fairmount Avenue
Cost: $19 in advance, $25 at the door

Spirits of ’76 Ghost Tour

Tiptoe carefully through cobblestone streets as the Spirits of 76 Ghost Tour guides tell tales of history and hauntings, stopping at 20 scary sites in some of Philadelphia’s most historic neighborhoods

When: Thursday, October 30, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Leaves from Mrs. K’s Koffee Shop, 325 Chestnut Street
Cost: $17.50 for adults, $12.50 for children

Ghost Tours of Philadelphia

Discover what may be lurking behind the shadows throughout some of the oldest sections of Philadelphia. Ghost Tours of Philadelphia uncover haunted spots throughout Society Hill, Independence Mall and Washington Square, telling chilling tales of Benedict Arnold and Founding Fathers along the way.

When: Thursday, October 30, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Tours leave from Signers Garden at 5th and Chestnut streets
Cost: $15 for adults, $10 for children

Zombie Bar Crawl in Northern Liberties

Brains! The neighborhood of Northern Liberties welcomes zombies for the annual Zombie Crawl. From 6 p.m. to 2 a.m., guests are encouraged to dress in their best zombie apparel and head out to bars throughout the neighborhood for specials on Magic Hat beer and Jägermeister. The bash will start at North Bowl with zombie makeup consultations and drink specials. From there, zombies will crawl to six bars in the area. Tickets are $10 at the door and $5 in advance.

When: Thursday, October 30, 6 p.m.-2 a.m.
Where: Starts at North Bowl, 909 N. 2nd Street
Cost: $5 in advance, $10 at the door; Pay as you go food and drinks

’90s Halloween Bash at Alla Spina

Alla Spina, Marc Vetri’s Italian gastropub, celebrates Mischief Night with a ’90s party complete with free food, drink specials and hits from the ’90s. Guests are encouraged to dress in their best ’90s apparel for the chance to take home a prize from the costume contest. The party runs from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.

When: Thursday, October 30, 9 p.m.-2 a.m.
Where: Alla Spina, 1410 Mt. Vernon Street
Cost: Pay as you go

Local Legends Flashlight Tour at Laurel Hill Cemetery

Pack a flashlight and prepare for an evening of bone-shivering, spine-tingling eerie tales when storytellers gather around campfires at the historic Laurel Hill Cemetery and regale visitors with Ghost Tales and Goosebumps: Local Legends by Firelight, followed by palpitation-calming hot cider and snacks.

When: Thursday, October 30, 7-9 p.m.
Where: Laurel Hill Cemetery, 3822 Ridge Avenue
Cost: $20

Costume Party at Silk City

Costume contests and prizes make for a Halloween-inspired Thursday at Silk City. Dutty Chutney and DJ Sega are the evening’s entertainment. Cover is free before 10 p.m., $5 from 10 p.m. to midnight and $7 after midnight.

When: Thursday, October 30, 9 p.m.-2 a.m.
Where: Silk City, 435 Spring Garden Street
Cost: Pay as you go

(Photo by Anthony Finan courtesy R'lyeh Imaging)

Embark on a flashlight tour of Laurel Hill Cemetery, led by scary storytellers. (Photo by Anthony Finan courtesy R’lyeh Imaging)

Halloween Party at Cantina Los Caballitos

Seasonal food specials, pumpkin margaritas, prizes for best costumes and more await patrons at South Philly’s Cantina Los Caballitos on October 30. Dancing, a DJ and drink specials top off a fun night on East Passyunk Avenue.

When: Thursday, October 30, 9 p.m.
Where: Cantina Los Caballitos, 1651 E. Passyunk Avenue
Cost: Pay as you go

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October 30, 2014

Now Open: Chef George Sabatino And His Wife Jennifer Debut Aldine Restaurant In Rittenhouse Square

Aldine

The window-filled dining room at Aldine is now open for business. Get there soon to try the latest from Philadelphia chef George Sabatino and his wife Jennifer. (Photo courtesy Aldine)

Chef George Sabatino has been a key fixture in acclaimed kitchens all around the city, working at such hot spots as Fork and Barbuzzo before helming his own kitchen at Stateside.

Since his Stateside departure, Sabatino’s projects have been numerous, including seasonal eateries Morgan’s Pier and The Lodge at Waterfront Winterfest, as well as menu design for South Philly’s Boot & Saddle bar.

Now, he takes a great big leap with the opening of Aldine, a new restaurant at 19th and Chestnut streets now serving in a second-floor space near Rittenhouse Square.

For the talented chef’s first solo venture as a chef-owner, Sabatino kept his team close and partnered with his wife, Jennifer, who’s also a veteran of the Philadelphia dining scene, having manned top bar programs.

In the second-story space that was once Noche, the Sabatinos, with the help of Philadelphia-based Boxwood Architects, have created a welcoming 70-seat restaurant and eight-seat bar with an open floor plan anchored by lots of window and an exhibition kitchen.

Aldine’s menu draws on Sabatino’s experience cooking with seasonal flavors, the best ingredients and — above all — interesting pairings.

Among the dozen or so dishes currently on the menu are inventive combinations of cauliflower with orange rind, hazelnut and black truffle; crab with red chili and lime juice; halibut with beet root, house-made yogurt and trout roe; and a hanger steak with broccoli, egg yolk and pressed beef tendon.

From the bar, Jennifer Sabatino has crafted a no-less-interesting menu of creative cocktails (go for the fall-appropriate bourbon with apple quince cordial and ginger ale), boutique wines, craft beer and housemade sodas.

After dinner and drinks, guests should save room for desserts, too. Pastry chef Sara May formerly of The Franklin Fountain, is onboard to turn out such sweet plates as ginger cake with blackstrap molasses and fennel fritters with something dubbed “maple snow.”

To start, service will be a la carte, but expect tasting menus to come by mid-November. For the complete opening menus, see below.

Dinner is served Tuesday through Sunday starting at 4 p.m., and the bar hours extend past the kitchen’s close — 1 a.m. Tuesday through Saturday and midnight on Sunday.

Make your reservations soon — we’re betting the Sabatinos’ first venture will soon join the ranks of its chef’s former kitchens as one of Philadelphia’s top spots.

Now Open: Aldine
When: Tuesday-Saturday, 4 p.m.-1 a.m.; Sunday, 4 p.m.-midnight
Where: 1901 Chestnut Street
Cost: Pay as you go
More info: www.aldinerestaurant.com
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October 30, 2014

Love Your Park Fall Service Day Returns With Opportunities To Clean Up And Prepare More Than 70 City Park For Winter On Saturday, November 15

Penn Treaty Park

Celebrate Philly’s parks by helping to get them in tip-top shape for winter by participating in Love Your Park Fall Service Day on November 15. (Photo by M. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)

Celebrate Philadelphia’s expansive park system by doing your part to keep the city parks clean by participating in Love Your Park Fall Service Day, which hits more than 70 parks across the city on Saturday, November 15.

Register online now to get involved and help some of the city’s most popular parks get in tip-top shape.

The day-long service event gets parks from West Philly to Fishtown and Graduate Hospital to South Philly ready for winter by sweeping, raking and planting trees and bulbs.

Participating parks include Cedar Park, Dickinson Square Park, Rittenhouse Square, Schuylkill River Park, Starr Garden, Penn Treaty Park, Belmont Plateau and Hawthorne Park.

The full list of participating parks is available right here.

Remember, no experience is necessary and signing up is easy.

Show your love for Philly parks!

Love Your Park Fall Service Day
When: Saturday, November 15
Where: Participating Parks
Cost: Free
More info: www.loveyourpark.org

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