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January 26, 2015

Fishtown Restaurant And Butcher Shop Kensington Quarters Launches Chef Dinners, Drink Deals And Butcher Shop Discounts

Kensington Quarters

Kensington Quarters, a recently opened restaurant in Fishtown, ups its offerings with happy hour and chef dinners. (Photo by Ryan Scott)

This past fall, Kensington Quarters set up shop in an expansive industrial space right on busy Frankford Avenue in Fishtown.

The newest sister in the Pasquarello Restaurant Group family — which also includes Bufad, Prohibition Taproom and Café Lift — this four-in-one destination holds a dining room, bar, butcher shop and a classroom.

Earlier this winter, Kensington Quarters kicked off a brand-new series of hands-on classes, regularly scheduled on Wednesdays and Sundays through March.

Now, the multifaceted spot has added two more elements to its offerings: weekday happy hour and monthly chef dinners.

The happy hour runs Monday through Friday, 5 to 7 p.m., and includes deals on beer, wine and cocktails. Every Tuesday through Friday, happy hour extends to the butcher shop, too, with $1 off ground meat and $2 off a rotating selection.

The chef dinner — the first a monthly themed dinner series — happens this Tuesday, January 27 at 7 p.m., and features chef Damon Menapace, a veteran of Pasquarello restaurants, cooking in the open kitchen for a small group in the second-floor space.

This Tuesday’s dinner focuses on offal, like liver, kidney or other organ meats, and runs five courses with wine pairings for $75 per person.

To reserve a seat at the table for the chef dinner, make a reservation with the restaurant via email.

For more information on the rotating happy hour specials and education series, check right here.

Kensington Quarters Happy Hour and Chef Dinner
When: Happy hour, Monday-Friday, 5-7 p.m.; Chef Dinner, Tuesday, January 27, 7 p.m.
Where: Kensington Quarters, 1310 Frankford Avenue
Cost: Happy hour, pay as you go; Chef Dinner, $75 per person
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January 26, 2015

The Philadelphia 76ers Offer Student Rush Tickets For Home Games On Friday And Saturday Nights For The Remainder Of The Season

Wells Fargo Center

To close out its season, the Philadelphia 76ers are offering student rush tickets to home games on Friday and Saturday nights for the remainder of the season. (Photo courtesy Wells Fargo Center)

For the remainder of the Philadelphia 76ers home games on Friday and Saturday nights, students are invited to catch the action on the cheap thanks to a new Student Rush ticket program.

The deal is available for all students during home games on both Friday and Saturday nights, which run on select days through Friday, March 27.

Students can watch teams like the Minnestota Timberwolves, Brooklyn Nets, Los Angeles Clippers, New York Knicks and more.

Tickets cost just $25 for lower level seats, and $15 for upper level seats. Discounted tickets are available online with the code SIXERSU. Students must present their student ID when picking up their tickets.

Bonus: Student rush nights include $1 pretzel night and $1 hot dog night.

The full schedule of upcoming Friday and Saturday night games is available below.

Student Rush Tickets To Philadelphia 76ers Home Games
When: Select Friday and Saturday Nights Through March 27
Where: Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad Street
Cost: $25 for lower level seats, $15 for upper level seats
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January 26, 2015

First Person Arts’ Ex-Files StorySlam At Underground Arts Provides Valentine’s Day Comic Relief, Saturday, February 14

FirstPerson Arts

Share your own story of heartache with a crowd this Valentine’s Day with First Person Arts at Underground Arts in Callowhill.
(Photo by Jen Cleary for First Person Arts)

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, but if candlelit dinners and mushy sentiments don’t appeal, try snagging a ticket for the annual First Person Arts StorySlam: The Ex-Files, on Saturday, February 14 at Underground Arts.

In what promises to be a hilarious night of self-deprecating humor, the annual anti-Valentine’s Day storytelling competition asks audience members to step up and share real-life tales of breakups, heartaches and heartbreaks.

Competitors are drawn right from the event’s audience, and folks can enter to participate in the show by leaving a name at the door.

Ten storytellers are picked at random from everyone who signs up, and each contestant has five minutes that night to tell a story of heartbreak or heartache.

The judges, by the way, are audience members, too, who score performances on a 10-point scale. The highest-scoring participant of the night wins $100 and a coveted “golden ticket,” which entitles the bearer to take part in First Person Arts’ annual Grand Slam in May.

Tickets are available online, and are $14 for those who buy before February 7. After February 7, if there are still tickets (this show has a history of selling out), the price goes up to $18.

Scoop up your ticket online now, before the show sells out.

Now that would be heartbreaking.

First Person Arts StorySlam: The Ex-Files
When: Saturday, February 14, 7 p.m., doors, 8 p.m., show
Where: Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill Street
Cost: Before February 7, $14 ($11 for FPA members); After February 7, $18 ($14 FPA members)
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January 26, 2015

A.Kitchen Introduces A New Chef’s Counter Complete With 12 Seats And A Multiple Course Tasting Menu

a. Kitchen

Dine in the thick of things at a.Kitchen’s new Chef’s Counter, a 12-seat marble counter. (Photo courtesy

It’s personal this time with a.Kitchen’s new Chef’s Counter Menu. So personal that only 12 people a night can secure a spot at the marble counter overlooking the restaurant’s charcoal grill.

For $60, that seat guarantees a many-course tasting menu that showcases the wondrous creations out of the grill. A joint collaboration between Chef Eli Kulp and Chef de Cuisine Jon Nodler, the Counter Menu is inspired by Japanese omakase — a seasonal improvisation that puts all the decision making in the cook’s hands.

The lineup will change by the night, but some examples of potential dishes include ash-baked potato with smoked crème fraîche, American caviar and buckwheat; surf clam with persimmon buttermilk, Meyer lemon and poppy seeds; sunchoke porridge with bacon fat, almonds, grilled sunchoke and scallop; and the unbelievably exotic-sounding hopped yogurt sorbet with sunflower seed cream, smoked malt cereal and dried apple.

Diners can also splash out on an optional beverage pairing prepared by Sommelier Mariel Wega, which covers not just rare and unusual wines but specialty cocktails and artisanal teas. Make a reservation for one of these super-exclusive seats.

Chef’s Counter Menu at a.Kitchen
When: Daily
Where:, 135 S. 18th Street
Cost: $60
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January 23, 2015

Valentine’s Day In Philadelphia 2015: A Guide To Valentine’s Day Dinners At Restaurants In Neighborhoods Across Philly


Love is in the air! Take your Valentine to a special dinner at any one of a number of restaurants throughout Philadelphia. (Photo by E. Mencher for Visit Philadelphia)

Wine and dine on Valentine’s Day at any one of more than 50 restaurants serving up romantic meals.

Treat your sweetheart to a tantalizing meal of everything from French fare and Mexican food to Italian eats and Spanish tapas.

We’ve noted whether dinners are prix-fixe or à la carte and whether the Valentine’s Day special is available on just February 14, or the days surrounding it, too.

Read on for our guide to Valentine’s Day dinners in Philadelphia.



Rittenhouse, 300 S. Broad Street, 215-670-2303. Dine in the thick of the performance world at Volver, Jose Garces’ dining experience inside of the Kimmel Center. À la carte | MORE INFO


Rittenhouse, 50 S. 16th Street, 37th Floor, 215-564-5337. Enjoy sweeping city views from 37 floors up at R2L’s Valentine’s Day celebration complete with three different seatings and a three-course meal for $80 per person. Prix-fixe | MORE INFO

Lacroix at the Rittenhouse Hotel

Rittenhouse, 210 W. Rittenhouse Square, 215-790-2533. The beautiful Lacroix at the Rittenhouse Hotel is offering a five-course dinner for $125 per person. Prix-fixe | | February 13-16 | MORE INFO

Square 1682 at the Hotel Palomar

Rittenhouse, 121 S. 17th Street, 215-563-5008. Square 1682 is plating its regular offerings and a special shared Valentine’s dinner menu. À la carte | MORE INFO

10 Arts at The Ritz-Carlton

Rittenhouse, 10 Avenue of the Arts, 215-523-8273. Visit 10 Arts at The Ritz-Carlton for a decadent tasting dinner, which costs $195 per couple or $250 per couple with an optional wine pairing. Prix-fixe | MORE INFO


Take in city views from 37 floors up while feasting on a tasty Valentine’s Day meal at R2L. (Photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia)

Tequila’s Restaurant

Rittenhouse, 1602 Locust Street, 215-546-0181. For a Mexican feast, head to Tequila’s, which is serving a three-course dinner for all to enjoy this Valentine’s Day. Prix-fixe | MORE INFO

a.Kitchen and a.Bar

Rittenhouse Square’s will offer a special Valentine’s Day prix-fixe menu of four courses, including a choice of two starters, one entrée and a dessert, for $75. A supplemental menu with shareable entrees for two will also be available. Prix-fixe | MORE INFO

Twenty Manning Grill

Rittenhouse, 261 S. 20th Street, 215-731-0900. Stroll your way through romantic Rittenhouse Square to Twenty Manning Grill for a four-course dinner for $70 per person with an optional wine pairing for an additional $30. Prix-fixe | MORE INFO


Rittenhouse, 1405-07 Locust Street, 215-735-7700. For $140 per couple, feast on a Mediterranean meal at Estia as the eatery plates a multi-course dinner on February 14. Prix-fixe | MORE INFO

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January 23, 2015

The Kimmel Center Hosts Two Days Of Free Kid-Centric Performances, Today, January 23 And Tomorrow, January 24

Today and tomorrow, The Kimmel Center hosts a series of free kid-centric performances presented by the International Performing Arts for Youth. (Photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia)

Today and tomorrow, The Kimmel Center hosts a series of free kid-centric performances presented by the International Performing Arts for Youth. (Photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia)

Free music and performances of all sort will fill the Kimmel Center this weekend as the International Performing Arts for Youth (IPAY), an international group of performance groups, treats audiences to everything from song and dance to puppetry and theater. IPAY is made up a variety of talented troupes from countries including Belgium, Canada and Australia.

This weekend’s performances are specifically designed for children ages two to 13 in hopes of opening their eyes to unique performance art.

The free performances kick off today, January 23, with a performance of Afro-pop-inspired music by H’SAO from 3 to 3:30 p.m. The performances continue tonight at 4:45 p.m. with an interactive submarine-themed performance by Recess Monkey.

On Saturday, January 24, Polygot Theatre will perform Ants, a show featuring human-sized ants, at 10:30 and 11:45 a.m.

Arrive early: seats for all shows are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. All performances are completely free and will take place inside of Commonwealth Plaza.

IPAY at The Kimmel Center
When: January 23-24
Where: The Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad Street
Cost: Free
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January 23, 2015

Weekend Picks: Winterfest Brewfest At Penn’s Landing, Center City Restaurant Week, Clover Market, Philadelphia Home Show And More


This weekend, RiverRink Winterfest host its first-ever Brewfest, a weekend-long celebration of local beer. Plus, the weather forecast is predicting snow on Saturday, which makes for an even prettier setting on the river. (Photo courtesy DRWC)

With the weather forecast calling for the potential of snow on Saturday and again on Sunday evening, this is the weekend to embrace winter by taking advantage of cold weather happenings around town.

Timed perfectly, Penn’s Landing is host the first-ever Winterfest Brewfest Friday through Sunday, toasting the local beer scene with a three-day event featuring free beer samples, beer talks, quizzo and more — in addition to RiverRink’s regular offerings.

Clover Market makes a grand return for winter as it fills the 23rd Street Armory with more than 60 high-end vendors on both Saturday and Sunday.

And Center City Restaurant Week – as popular as ever – is available tonight and Sunday night at more than 100 restaurants across Center City.

And if you’re looking for things to do on Saturday and Sunday afternoons, look no further than some of the city’s top museums and their special exhibitions, including Represent at the PMA, Glackens at the Barnes, Body Worlds at the Franklin, and Chocolate at the Academy – plus free concerts at the Kimmel

Read on for our complete guide to this weekend.

Friday, January 23

Top Pick: Winterfest Brewfest at Penn’s Landing (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Top Pick: Art After 5 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Top Pick: Ice Rink at Dilworth Park (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Jamie Wyeth at the Brandywine River Museum of Art

Pizza Week at Pizzeria Stella (Fri, Sun)

Body Worlds: Animal Inside Out at the Franklin Institute (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition at the Wistar Institute

HAHAxParadigm: Class of 2013-14 Exhibition — Opening Day!

IPAY at The Kimmel Center (Fri, Sat)

Wine- and Beer-Making Classes at Keystone Home Brew

Beauty and the Beast at the Arden Theatre (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Pig Iron Theatre’s Annual Benefit Cabaret: Pigonometry at The Trocadero

Laurel Hill: The Hot Spots and Storied Plots

Food-Fitness-FreshAir and Food Underground at Garage

Girls Rock Philly

Blowout Sale at ellelauri at the Shops at Liberty Place (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Inked Release Party at Tattooed Mom

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This weekend, the City of Brotherly Love welcomes a variety of fun events including the Radio 104.5 Winter Jam, Clover Market, Philadelphia Home Show and more.

Saturday, January 24

Top Pick: Clover Market Winter Market at 23rd Street Armory (Sat, Sun)

Top Pick: Radio 104.5 Winter Jam

Top Pick: Chocolate: The Exhibition at The Academy Of Natural Sciences (Fri, Sat) — Closing Day!

Ultimate Recycled Maze at Linvilla Orchards (Fri, Sat, Sun)

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January 23, 2015

Stay On Top Of Your Fitness Resolutions During Resolution Rx At The Hotel Monaco, This Sunday, January 25

Hotel Monaco Philadelphia

This Sunday, January 25, the Hotel Monaco hosts a day of free fitness for those looking to kick their New Year’s resolutions into high gear. (Photo courtesy Hotel Monaco Philadelphia)

Having trouble sticking to your fitness resolutions? Or maybe you haven’t even made any yet? Let the Hotel Monaco help you get on track during its first-ever Resolution Rx event.

Between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Sunday, January 25, the Old City hotel will offer tons of special classes, speakers and other tools to help you stay in shape. Hotel guests and locals alike can work their muscles with free fitness classes from Dig Yoga, Pure Barre and TKO with T.

Flywheel Sports will be on hand to see who has the best spin technique. Jessica Procini of Laugh Yourself Skinny will also be on hand with inspiration and tips on how to lose weight. The hotel will offer raffles, and on-site restaurant Red Owl Tavern will serve up healthy snacks.

The event is completely free, but attendees are encouraged to register in advance to secure a spot in their class of choice.

Proceeds from the raffle and any donations will benefit Back On My Feet, an organization that uses running to empower homeless people to improve their lives.

Here’s to a happy and healthy 2015!

Resolution Rx
When: Sunday, January 25, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: Hotel Monaco Philadelphia, 433 Chestnut Street
Cost: Free
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January 23, 2015

Reminder: The Winter Clover Market Brings More Than 60 High-End Vendors To The 23rd Street Armory This Weekend, January 24-25

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The Clover Market will bring more than 60 vendors, food trucks and a cocktail area to the 23rd Street Armory this weekend, January 24-25.

Shopaholics, take note.

The winter edition of Clover Market, a recurring pop-up shopping event featuring excellent high-end vendors, will fill the 23rd Street Armory for two days this weekend — January 24 and 25.

The indoor shopping paradise promises items from more than 60 vendors. Guests can browse a carefully juried selection of antique vendors, emerging and experienced artists, designers and craftspeople selling everything from jewelry and clothing to home decor and vintage items.

The full list of participating vendors is available right here.

For sustenance while shopping, look to a rotating roster of food trucks parked outside of the 23rd Street Armory on both days of the shopping extravaganza. The lineup includes the likes of Foolish Waffles, Mac Mart Cart, Reanimator Coffee, Surf and Turf Truck, The Cow and the Curd and Weckerly’s Ice Cream.

And for drinks, look to the new Lucky Lounge, which promises brunch cocktails, beer and wine for the 21-plus set.

For those who want to shop early and score the best goods, VIP tickets are now available, too. VIP tickets are $20 each and allow guests entry to the market at 9 a.m., an hour before the general public, and swag bags full of goodies and vendor discounts.

General admission tickets are $5 for two in advance, and $5 cash at the door on the day of the market. Advance two-for-one tickets are available right here.

Take note: Clover Market is snow or shine. Only in the case of a severe snowstorm will the market be canceled. Check here for the latest updates.

Clover Market Winter Market
When: January 24-25, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: 23rd Street Armory, 22 S. 23rd Street
Cost: $5 for two tickets in advance; $20 VIP advance tickets; $5 cash per person at the door
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January 23, 2015

Bardot Introduces Monday Night Chef’s Tastings And A New Weekend Brunch Menu


Bardot, one of Northern Liberties’ newest restaurants ,is now serving up weekend brunch and and a Monday night chef tasting.
(Photo courtesy Bardot)

There’s a new New Wave at Dennis Hewlett’s French film-inspired Northern Liberties boîte Bardot.

Chef Rhett Vellner is pulling out all the stops and welcoming newcomers on a traditionally non-restaurant friendly night with a Monday Chef’s Tasting. The weekly changing menu features four courses for $45 per person and an experimental twist on the restaurant’s usual modern French fare.

On the brunch side, diners can now expect to sashay in on Saturday and Sunday mornings, beginning at 11 a.m.

On the menu: pork belly biscuit with Anson Mills grits, pickled onions and fried egg; frittata with duck confit, baby kale and Toulouse sausage; ricotta crepes, French toast made with cinnamon raisin bread and more.

Also available are some fun morning cocktails (which, like all of Bardot’s bar products are evocatively named for film titles), such as the King Lear (housemade Irish cream, Counter Culture coffee and whiskey); Day for Night (Hendrick’s gin, cucumber syrup and prosecco); and Lion’s Love (Tito’s vodka, Aperol and blood orange juice).

Bonus: There’s a brunch happy hour from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

A million times, oui.

Chef Tasting And Brunch at Bardot
When: Chef Tasting, Monday; Brunch, Saturdays and Sundays
Where: 477 Poplar Street
Cost: Tasting Menu, $45 per person; brunch, pay as you go
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