July 21, 2014
Get your chopsticks ready.
Slurp up one-of-a-kind ramen from two renowned chefs and vote for your favorite while enjoying beer from the bar, too.
Guests are invited to simply show up at 6 p.m. tonight, Monday, July 21, and check out A Ramen Rumble between chef Eli Collins of Pub & Kitchen and chef Justin Petruce of Petruce et al.
For a prix-fixe price of $25, attendees will score a mini bowl of ramen from each chef, plus one beer and a voter’s card — to vote for your favorite bowl of ramen.
Tip: Arrive early, the sure-to-be-tasty ramen may run out.
A Ramen Rumble
When: Monday, July 21, 6 p.m.
Where: Cheu Noodle Bar, 255 S. 10th Street
More info: www.cheunoodlebar.com
July 21, 2014
This week, Philadelphia’s own Koresh Dance Company celebrates 24 of the area’s diverse dance companies with a five-day dance festival at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre.
From July 23 through 27, the Come Together Dance Festival spotlights dance of all sort at the Avenue of the Arts stage.
No two shows are alike, as performances each night vary, but guests can expect a lineup of tap, ballet, hip hop, modern dance and much more.
Participating groups include an awesome array of the who’s who on the regional dance scene, such as Koresh Dance Company, Brian Sanders’ JUNK, Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers, The Rock School, The Lady Hoofers Tap Ensemble and BalletFleming.
The full list of participating groups, and the full schedule of performances, is available right here.
Tickets for individual shows, which are $35 for general admission, are available online. Tickets for multiple performances (three performances and an all access festival pass) range in price and are available online, too.
Koresh Dance Festival
When: July 23-27
Where: Suzanne Roberts Theatre, 480 S. Broad Street
Cost: General Admission, $35; Seniors, $30; Students, $25; Festival Pass, $100; 342 Pass (3 shows), $70
More info: www.koreshdance.org
July 21, 2014
Looking for a hot festival to get you through the dog days of summer? Save the date for Thursday, August 14 when Night Market Lancaster Avenue hits the streets of West Philly.
The sensational Night Market Philadelphia is midway through its fourth year of recurring street food festivals, and has already hosted blowout events in Old City and West Oak Lane, each of which brought out tens of thousands of attendees and dozens of vendors dishing excellent edibles.
The event does an incredible job of showcasing up-and-coming neighborhoods and brilliant food by partnering with local restaurants and food trucks, regional musicians, dynamic artists — all in all, creating plenty of good times.
Hungry for more? You’re in luck.
This August, the market travels to the Lancaster Avenue neighborhood with a troupe of food trucks and restaurants to set up shop for one night only on Thursday, August 14 from 6 to 10 p.m.
Originally schedule for August 21, note that the date of Night Market Lancaster Avenue was recently changed to Thursday, August 14. Don’t miss out!
This stop on the Night Market circuit — the 15th! — invites food lovers to explore the burgeoning Lower Lancaster Avenue, a corridor that connects such smaller communities as Mantua (recently deemed a Promise Zone by President Obama), Powelton Village and University City.
Plus, this street food fest will also include rocking live music on two stages from a multitude of artists, including West Philly’s very own Chill Moody.
If the upcoming events are even half as well attended as Old City and West Oak Lane, the Night Market will continue its run as an awesome, not-to-be-missed bash.
Come hungry, folks.
Night Market Philadelphia: Lancaster Avenue
When: Thursday, August 14 (previously scheduled for August 21)
Where: Lancaster Avenue at 35th Street
Cost: Pay as you go
More info: www.thefoodtrust.org
July 21, 2014
File under the heading “kosher deliciousness”: The group behind the Main Line’s upscale Jewish dining phenom Citron+Rose and Six Points Catering has openedSix Points Bakery on Montgomery Avenue in Bala Cynwyd.
The completely kashrut operation, named after the star of David, and run by owner David Magerman, is technically a makeshift solution for the catering company to retail baked goods until Six Points’ long-awaited casual restaurant The Dairy opens later this year in Narberth.
In the meantime, it seems to have all the makings of a permanent neighborhood fixture: The cozy storefront proffers coffee from local roaster One Village, tea and espresso drinks alongside doughy marvels like bagels, muffins, breads and rolls, cookies, Danish and scones.
Among the fresh daily changing selections from executive pastry chef George Fritzsche might be any of the following: rosemary olive scones, peach bourbon turnovers, carrot raisin and lemon poppyseed muffins, chocolate cherry bomb cookies and, naturally, challahs to make a bubbe weep.
The babkes, rugelach and strudels can’t be far behind.
Even better: The bakery is conveniently located next to Murray’s Deli, in case one might need a little lox or whitefish salad for that bagel.
Now Open: Six Points Bakery
When: Sunday through Thursday, 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
Where: 289 Montgomery Avenue, Bala Cynwyd
Cost: Pay as you go
More info: www.sixpointsbakery.com
July 18, 2014
As the birthplace of America, Philadelphia has a long history of embracing residents and visitors with a strong independent streak.
It’s appropriate, then, that a freewheeling concept like a beer garden encircling an office building should be such a bona fide hit in this town.
That’s right, folks. The 20,000 square-foot outdoor area of 100 South Independence Mall West, right across 6th Street from Independence Mall, is now home to the full-service restaurant and bar Independence Beer Garden.
Now open daily at 11 a.m., Independence Beer Garden supplies America’s most historic square mile with a much-needed fresh destination for casual all-day alfresco eating, drinking and playing.
Read on for an overview of what to expect when you visit Independence Beer Garden.
Though the enticement of alfresco seating right across from the Liberty Bell may be enough to draw patrons, the all-American food and drink on offer adds considerable appeal.
A new venture from celebrated chef and restauranteur Michael Schulson of Sampan in Midtown Village, the mobile IBG Truck and Izakaya in Atlantic City, Independence Beer Garden’s culinary offerings are made all the more solid by Top Chef alum chef Travis Masar, who will helm the new kitchen.
Chef Masar’s all-day menu consists of casual and affordable American eats with appealing touches. Upgraded snacks like cheese curds with tomato jam or corn on the cob with chili butter make great starters. Follow small bites with the likes of a classic wedge salad, an Italian sausage with long hots, a green-tomato BLT, a grilled hot dog, or larger plates like steaks and fries, brick-roasted chicken or mahi-mahi fish and chips.
For the complete food menu check here or see below.
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July 18, 2014
Get ready to start your engines, Philadelphia, next Sunday, July 27, more than 140 classic cars, motorcycles and trucks are making their annual pit stop at the ninth-annual East Passyunk Car Show and Street Festival, a fun summer festival for all.
Stroll the avenue as some of the most impressive cars on the road line East Passyunk Avenue. Look forward to a solid showing of custom cars, show cars, trucks, muscle cars, motorcycles and more. Participants arrive in style in hopes of taking home one of the sought-after prizes awarded at the festival. Prize categories include best ’50s custom, best low rider, best of show car and a people’s choice award.
Beyond vehicular-centric festivities, family fun fills the avenue, too. Look forward live music throughout the neighborhood corridor, a tightrope demonstrations, stiltwalkers, face painting, crafts and shows from circus performers.
The Avenue’s Singing Fountain hosts the Bang! Boom! CRAFT! Show, an alfresco craft market featuring a variety of handmade items from local vendors. Shop jewelry, art, Philly maps, ceramics, soaps, bags, home accessories and more.
Many of the restaurants of East Passyunk celebrate the festival by taking it outside and serving up alfresco food and drinks for festival-goers. Head to Cantina los Caballitos for a fully stocked outdoor bar (margaritas!), Le Virtu for bites in the backyard garden, Stogie Joe’s for an outdoor beer bar and more.
Also fill up on pizza slices from Birra, tacos al pastor from El Zarape, Italian sandwiches from Marra’s and more.
Some of the city’s favorite food trucks make their way to the avenue to provide mobile eats for the crowd. Guest can expect visits from Cow and the Curd, Little Baby’s Ice Cream, The Tot Cart and Hot Diggity.
Entry for festival attendees is completely free, and for those looking to show off their car, truck or motorcycle, entry is $15 per vehicle.
In the case of rain, the Car Show and Street Festival will be moved to Sunday, August 3.
The East Passyunk Car Show and Street Festival is a great excuse to explore the hip neighborhood.
After you check out the car show, be sure to stroll East Passyunk and the surrounding area for cool food and drinks. Check out our guide to easting and drinking along East Passyunk.
East Passyunk Car Show and Street Festival
When: Sunday, July 27, noon-5 p.m.
Where: East Passyunk Avenue from Broad to Dickinson Streets
More info: www.visiteastpassyunk.com
July 18, 2014
As the workweek winds to an end, a ton of events take center stage at locations all throughout Philadelphia.
Tonight, the Visit Philly Beer Garden Series takes over a new space, the beer garden at The Oval, for a night of alfresco drinks, food, lawn games and more. Also tonight, the highly-anticipated Pizza Party at The Oval fills the space — nosh on pizza while listening to a number of live bands including The Pizza Underground — Macaulay Culkin’s band — and watching a free outdoor screening of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
On Saturday, Franklin Flea heats things up with an outdoor market complete with a lineup of super high-quality vendors peddling a finely tuned selection of fine antiques and vintage clothing to handmade decorative arts and up-cycled furniture.
Restaurant Weeks fill dining establishments all over town as University City Dining Days continues all weekend long and the first-ever Old City Restaurant Week kicks off on Sunday. Dinner plans, check!
Our guide to this weekend, below.
Top Pick: Philly’s Beer Garden Greatness Grows:
• Visit Philly Beer Garden Series at The Oval – Starts at 4 p.m. Full details here.
• Independence Beer Garden – Just opened this week. A pop-up beer garden and restaurant on Independence Mall.
• PHS Pop Up Garden. Just opened last week. A tropical oasis on South Street West.
• Spruce Street Harbor Park. Still brand new on the waterfront. Check out our photo tour.
Top Pick: Pizza Party at The Oval — Featuring a free screening of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Top Pick: University City Dining Days (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Independence Beer Garden (Fri, Sat, Sun)
The Bearded Ladies and Opera Philadelphia present ANDY: A Popera (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Barclay Prime Summer of Rosé (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Fitler Dining Room’s New Happy Hour (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Top Pick: Franklin Flea: Summer Market
Top Pick: Ambler Restaurant Week (Fri, Sat, Sun)
17th Annual Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam (Fri, Sat) — Closing Day!
Beer Garden at Fergie’s Pub (Fri, Sat)
More happenings, below. (more…)
July 18, 2014
This weekend, visitors to food mecca Reading Terminal Market should bring their sweet tooth.
The annual Sidewalk Sizzle And Ice Cream Freeze returns to the market this Saturday, July 19, bringing the culinary delights of the indoor bazaar outside to Filbert Street for an alfresco event brimming with freshly grilled eats and frozen treats.
The budget-friendly block-party-style celebration promises turkey legs, shrimp skewers, kabobs, hamburgers, Amish sausages, Bavarian pork sandwiches and even $1 hot dogs — all fresh off the grill!
Wursthaus Schmitz, Beck’s Cajun Cafe, Pearls Oyster Bar, Hatville Deli are just a few of the spots providing bites all day. Plus, there will be tons of frozen treats including ice cream from Bassett’s Ice Cream and Miller’s Twist.
Local band Blackbird Society Orchestra will provide tunes to make for the perfect outdoor summer celebration, and kid-friendly games and arts and crafts will entertain youngsters.
A full afternoon of ice cream-themed games run from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and include ice cream shuffleboard, ice cream eating contests and ice cream bean bag toss. For the complete schedule of events, check here.
The event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and takes place outside of Reading Terminal Market on Filbert Street.
Access to the festival is totally free, but all food is pay as you go.
Sidewalk Sizzle and Ice Cream Freeze
When: Saturday, July 19, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Reading Terminal Market, 51 N. 12th Street
More info: www.readingterminalmarket.org
July 18, 2014
Who’s ready to start another sweet summer weekend at a brilliant beer garden? With the turnout at the past five Visit Philly Beer Garden Series happy hours and the cheerful crowds hopping from one outdoor bar to another, we know that means a lot of you…and that’s excellent.
Today, Friday, July 18, it’s time to celebrate this week’s opening of The Oval and it’s spacious beer garden.
Starting at 4 p.m., the Visit Philly Beer Garden Series returns for a happy hour at the beer garden at The Oval, helping to kick off the first weekend of the new public space’s summer 2014 season.
After an awesome run in 2013, the open-air public space at Eakins Oval has once again transformed an island of asphalt and surrounding lawns at 24th Street and the Parkway into The Oval, an eight-acre public space devoted to summertime fun — this year with a brand-new theme and even more programming.
Today,Visit Philly Beer Garden Happy Hour Series arrives at The Oval’s magical beer garden from 4 to 7 p.m. to help kick off another summer weekend, as well as The Oval’s 2014 summer season.
As first Friday evening of The Oval’s summer season, tonight’s festivities promise to be borderline epic. You’re looking at a gorgeous weather report, the cool new space, a launch party for Yards Brewing Company’s signature brew for The Oval, Fairmount Park Ale and an appearance by Macaulay Culkin’s band, The Pizza Underground.
For the launch party and the Visit Philly happy hour today, 4-7 p.m., score $4 pints of Fairmount Park Ale. Plus, Yards’ Brawler will be just $5.
Looking for a bite to go with that brew? A trio of food trucks will be on hand all evening, including Whirly Pig, Luscious Bakery and Undrgrnd Donuts.
Plus, the Smak Parlour Fashion Truck will set up shop right outside the pop-up park, too. A tricked-out 18-foot truck, the mobile boutique holds a full stock of women’s apparel, movable accessory displays and a dressing room. Ladies can step in to stock up on tons of summertime fashion.
Remember, access to the beer garden at The Oval is totally free, but all guests must sign up for a free membership to the Fairmount Park Conservancy to enter.
Note that today’s sun-and-beer soaked good times start at 4 p.m., but The Oval is open all day starting at 11 a.m.And, of course, tonight’s happy hour is just one opportunity to take advantage of the alfresco space. The Beer Garden at The Oval pours local brews in a shady grove Wednesday through Saturday.
And give a heads up that you’re coming by RSVPing via Facebook right here.
For more on the happenings at The Oval tonight, see below. (more…)
July 18, 2014
Mark your calendars, Philadelphia! The first-ever Night Out Restaurant Week, organized by SugarHouse Casino, brings lunch and dinner deals to more than a dozen restaurants along Penn’s Landing, in Fishtown and Northern Liberties.
Depending on the restaurant, fill up on $10 or $20 lunches and $25 or $35 dinners.
Visit Bar Ferdinand for a $35 three-course dinner of plates including roasted mussels, pork belly, fried manchengo cheese and seared scallops. Click here for Bar Ferdinand’s full Night Out Restaurant Week menu.
Head to Jerry’s Bar for a $35 three-course meal featuring plates like ricotta gnocchi, meatballs and toast, steak frites, pierogis, churros and more. The full menu is available right here.
The Moshulu serves up a $35 seafood feast for dinner and a $20 feast for lunch. Choose from menu items like calamari, salmon, mahi mahi, lemon ricotta cheesecake and more. The full menu is available here.
Additional participating restaurants include Circles Thai, El Camino Real and The Chart House. The full list of participating restaurants is available right here.
Bring your Night Out Restaurant Week receipt to SugarHouse Casino and receive $10 of free play in addition to live music.
Note that not all participating restaurants are serving both lunch and dinner, so be sure to check with your desired restaurant regarding the menu.
Night Out Restaurant Week
When: August 1-10
Where: Participating Restaurants
Cost: Lunch, $10 or $20; Dinner, $25 or $35; Depending on the restaurant
More info: www.nightoutrestaurantweek.com