February 27, 2014
Sip for a good cause as The Trestle Inn hosts its second annual Bourbon Battle, a fundraiser for the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society (PAWS).
On Wednesday, March 26, enjoy four bourbon cocktails made by four of the best bartenders in the city.
Sample beverages prepared by Michelle Curtis of Lemon Hill, George Reilly of The Twisted Tail and Katie Loeb of The Trestle Inn and last year’s reigning champion, Johnny Sherlock of The Industry.
Watch (and drink!) as each bartender creates an original cocktail using Woodford Reserve Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey, and then, drink one of each cocktail and vote for your favorite.
In addition to plenty of dark liquor, look forward to a raffle, complimentary light bites, an opportunity to adopt dogs and information regarding PAWS support efforts throughout the year.
Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. Tickets are available online, and $15 of each ticket goes to PAWS and its efforts.
Snag tickets early for this great event for a great cause.
Bourbon Battle at The Trestle Inn
When: Wednesday, March 26, 6-9 p.m.
Where: The Trestle Inn, 339 N. 11th Street
Cost: $30 in advance, $35 at the door
More info: www.thetrestleinn.com
February 27, 2014
For 185 years, the PHS Philadelphia Flower Show has captivated visitors from around the globe with stunning displays celebrating the beauty of plants and the art of gardening.
An annual Philadelphia marquee event, the Flower Show draws thousands to Center City Philadelphia to take in spectacular horticultural exhibits and take advantage of all the floral action in our fair city, which is considerable.
This year, the show centers around the theme of ARTiculture, a beautiful union of art and horticulture drawing inspiration from works of art from art museums around the world and right here in Philadelphia, including the Barnes Foundation, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Los Angeles’ Getty Museum, and New York City’s Guggenheim Museum.
With the annual show comes a slew of related programs, parties, exhibitions and specials, and this year is no exception. We’ve compiled a guide of the can’t miss events, key show highlights and top deals.
Our guide to the 2014 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show, below.
For the 2014 Flower Show, PHS is collaborating with 18 of the world’s greatest art museums for an incredible experience at the Convention Center.
Using the Convention Center as a 10-acre canvas, exhibitors from across the globe are slated to display floral arrangements, landscape design and educational displays inspired by world-class museums and interpreting great works of art.
Look for the centerpiece entrance garden, conceptualized by Flower Show designer Sam Lemheney, to play off of the works of Alexander Calder, a contemporary American sculptor known for popularizing the mobile and a member of the family of artists whose historic works are found throughout Philadelphia.
The flowers, grasses and accessories of the entrance garden will not only be a draw, but the garden will also feature the vertical dance troupe BANDALOOP, who will perform above and within the multi-dimensional display.
Beyond the centerpiece, the always-dramatic showcase exhibitors are set to draw from major shows and collections, including the upcoming Philadelphia Museum of Art exhibit Treasures from Korea: Arts and Culture of the Joseon Dynasty, the Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery’s display Dancing the Dream, and the Brandywine River Museum of Art’s renowned Wyeth family collection.
With each Flower Show exhibitor incorporating the art-filled theme, this year’s flower show ought to delight both horticulture and fine art lovers alike.
In addition to the fresh flowers, look forward to new attractions, including rarely-seen works by Andy Warhol and an interactive butterfly garden.
• The Butterfly Experience: In a brand-new Flower Show feature, visitors will be able to walk through an interactive and educational butterfly-filled exhibit. An array of 20 species and more than 1,000 butterflies will fill a heated simulated habitat room in the Convention Center’s Grand Concourse. Note that admission to The Butterfly Experience costs $3 per person, and hours differ from general show hours.
• A Q&A with Rachael Ray: On Friday, March 7 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., none other than cheerful Food Network television personality Rachael Ray will make an appearance for a live Q&A at the PHS Philadelphia Flower Show.
• Andy Warhol Flowers Series from the Bank of America Collection: In conjunction with the fine art theme, this year’s Flower Show debuts a collaboration with art museums and handful of special fine art exhibitions. In addition to work by Bucks County sculptor Steve Tobin and selections from the West Collection, guests will be able to take in rarely seen prints from the Andy Warhol Flowers series from the Bank of America Collection, one of the largest art collections in the world.
• The Green Room: For the first time, the Flower Show will be equipped with a social media station, dubbed The Green Room. Located right on the Flower Show floor in the center of the action, check out the real-time social media stream, interactive photo booth and more.
For Flower Show events, ticket information and more, see below. (more…)
February 26, 2014
We’re huge proponents of the whole concept of eating and drinking outdoors, and know alfresco options are a key element to Philadelphia’s food and drink scene during the spring, summer and fall.
So we were beyond thrilled to hear about a new beer garden planned for Independence Mall, one of the most popular areas of the city come summertime.
That’s right, folks. This summer, the 30,000 square-foot outdoor area of One South Independence Mall West will be home to a spot dubbed Independence Beer Garden, reports Philly.com.
Spearheaded by celebrated chef Michael Schulson — also of Sampan in Midtown Village, The Saint James at Suburban Square and Izakaya in Atlantic City — the new beer garden is slated to open, appropriately, on the Fourth of July and is sure to become an Old City destination, situated on the ground floor of the building just across the street from the Liberty Bell Center at Sixth and Market streets, which is currently home to Dow Chemical.
With layouts from Groundswell Design Group, the folks responsible for such awesome alfresco spots as the PHS Pop-Up Gardens and Waterfront Winterfest at the Blue Cross RiverRink, expect the space to be well-planned, lushly landscaped and very cool.
As for the eats, Top Chef alum chef Travis Masar will be handling the food, and outlines plans for American fare that will prepared and served outside.
The upcoming restaurant will add to the handful of alfresco eating and drinking options already on the mall, including the Independence Visitor Center’s seasonal outdoor cafe and the Red Owl Tavern at the Hotel Monaco’s sidewalk patio seating.
Stay tuned for more details on what’s sure to be an excellent new Old City destination.
Beer garden for Independence Mall [Philly.com]
February 26, 2014
Tonight, East Passyunk Restaurant Week continues to satisfy appetites all around with brunch, lunch and dinner deals at 24 of the neighborhood’s restaurants. Choose from contemporary fare at Will BYOB, Italian plates at Le Virtù, Scandinavian food and Noord and much more. Make your reservations ASAP, many top spots are already booked.
North Bowl continues to reign as a Northern Liberties favorite with its super popular $2 night featuring $2 shoe rental, $2 games, $2 tots and $2 featured beer. Stop by at 9 p.m. or after to get your (discounted!) bowl on.
Speaking of discounted, it’s also pay-what-you-wish Wednesday at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Explore the galleries housed within the main building of the museum at whatever price you’d like to pay and take part in free yoga, crafts, themed tours and more.
Our top picks for tonight, below.
• East Passyunk Avenue Restaurant Week: We’re in the thick of East Passyunk Avenue Restaurant Week. Score major deals at some of the avenue’s most popular restaurants through Saturday, March 1. Dinners ring in at $15, $25 and $35 for a three-course meal, depending on the restaurant. Click here for our guide to the foodie frenzy.
When: Wednesday, February 26
Where: Participating Restaurants
Cost: $15, $25 or $35; Plus tax, beverages and gratuity
• $2 Night at North Bowl: Put on your bowling shoes, North Bowl invites guests to bowl on the cheap at its Wednesday night $2 happy hour. Beginning at 9 p.m., take advantage of $2 shoe rental, $2 games, $2 tots and $2 Blue Moon winter wheat beer.
When: Wednesday, February 26, 9 p.m.-close
Where: North Bowl, 909 N. 2nd Street
Cost: Pay as you go
• Pay-What-You-Wish Wednesday at the Philadelphia Museum of Art: Stroll the galleries of the main building at the Philadelphia Museum of Art at a discounted price at the PMA’s weekly pay-what-you-wish Wednesday event. Every Wednesday evening, a variety of programming takes the stage — themed tours, crafts, yoga, art films and more. Explore the museum, and take part in the activities, at whatever price you choose from 5 to 8:45 p.m.
When: Wednesday, February 26, 5-8:45 p.m.
Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost: Pay what you wish
• Bubby’s Cook-Off: A kosher cook-off takes over tonight as Bubby’s Cook-Off returns for its second year. Ticket-holders judge the best creations from area chefs including Laura Frangiosa of The Avenue Delicatessen, Karen Nicholas of Citron & Rose, Sonny Pache of Ocean Prime, Pat Szoke of Alla Spina and Julia Deppe of Pure Sweets & Co. Proceeds benefit Lubavitch of Bucks County’s Friendship Circle. Tickets are available online.
When: Wednesday, February 26, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Where: Vie, 600 N. Broad Street
• Bell’s Tap Takeover at The Cambridge: The Cambridge presents its patrons with an evening tap takeover featuring Michigan’s Bell’s Brewery. Beginning at 4 p.m., sip 24 Bells draughts — including the ones that are hard to come by. Cheers to hump day at The Cambridge.
When: Wednesday, February 26, 4 p.m.
Where: The Cambridge, 1508 South Street
Cost: Pay as you go
• Broadway Philadelphia Presents Mamma Mia at The Academy of Music: Sing and dance along to ABBA’s, the ’70s Swedish pop group, greatest hits at Mamma Mia at The Academy of Music, presented by Broadway Philadelphia. Tonight at 7:30 p.m., welcome the musical to the City of Brotherly Love as cast members perform well-loved hits like Dancing Queen, Super Trouper and S.O.S. Tickets start at just $20, making for an affordable night at the theater.
When: Wednesday, February 26, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad Street
• Martha Graham Cracker Cabaret at L’Etage: Watch the Martha Graham Cracker Cabaret, Philadelphia’s premier drag divas, take the stage at L’Etage this evening for a show featuring live music, new songs and lots of laughs. The show is slated to begin at 8 p.m., but doors open at 7 p.m, for advance ticket holders. Tickets are available online. Remaining tickets will be available at the door, too.
When: Wednesday, February 26, 8 p.m.
• Whiskey Wednesday at The Mildred: Every Wednesday night, The Mildred dishes out whiskey flights and appropriate food pairings in the bar and dining room. The recurring event is still in its first month, so head out and support the new pairing.
When: Wednesday, February 26
Where: The Mildred, 824 S. 8th Street
Cost: Pay as you go
February 26, 2014
For those looking for cakes, puddings and pies served in a seriously Instagram-worthy way, look no further than The Baker’s Jar, Graduate Hospital’s newest bakery.
The 16th and Bainbridge street spot serves all of its desserts in mason jars for a mess-free, and perfectly portioned, indulgence.
Upon arrival to the cozy bakery, guests find an artfully designed wall of mason jar-clad desserts, a fridge full of refrigerated mason jar sweets, scones and cookies on the counter and La Colombe coffee.
Indulge in flavors like birthday cake, lemon pie (topped with a blueberry compote!), ooey gooey chocolate cake and apple cake. The complete rundown of flavors is available right here.
Desserts are available in two different sized mason jars — mini-jars for $3.50 and standard jars for $5.
Plus, those who bring their mason jars back to The Baker’s Jar receive .50 cents off their purchase.
For those looking for more, The Baker’s Jar also provides patrons with the option to order an entire cake, too… served without the mason jar, of course.
The Baker’s Jar is open Tuesday through Sunday to satisfy your sweet tooth.
The Baker’s Jar
When: Tuesday-Sunday; Closed on Mondays
Where: The Baker’s Jar, 625 S. 16th Street
Cost: Pay as you go
More info: www.bakersjarphilly.com
February 26, 2014
The 2014 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show is quickly approaching and Philadelphia is ready to host the throngs of horticulture lovers set to visit the City of Brotherly Love between March 1 and 9.
We’re excited for this year’s Flower Show, which spans two full weekends for the second year in a row, and makes for an excellent occasion to stay overnight in town during one (or both!) of the show’s weekends.
The entire city of Philadelphia goes on display during the annual Flower Show, with hotels getting in on the action with excellent packages and lovely floral lobby displays.
The PHS Flower Show has partnered with a number of Philadelphia hotels to offer special accomodation and ticket packages to visitors. Book your stay online with the Flower Show and any overnight accommodation includes a ticket to the Philadelphia Flower Show (all rates are per person based on double occupancy and don’t include tax or gratuity).
Nearly a dozen hotels have partnered with PHS to offer these room-plus-ticket deals, including a number of hotels neighboring the Convention Center like Loews Philadelphia Hotel, Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Courtyard Marriott Philadelphia Downtown, Hampton Inn Center City Philadelphia, The Hilton Garden Inn and Home2 Suites by Hilton Philadelphia Convention Center.
Additional hotels available via the Flower Show ticket package include Sofitel Philadelphia, Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia, Embassy Suites Center City Philadelphia and the Holiday Inn Express Midtown.
Plus, this year the Flower Show offers a few super ticket packages to the show itself, too. Only available online, the new VIP All-Access package includes a single day adult general admission Flower Show ticket and benefits like early morning entry, discounted parking, entry to a theme night party, access to the Butterfly Experience, a VIP lounge and more. Check here for more information and to book tickets now.
If you already have tickets to the show, or are looking for free parking and a two-night stay, Visitphilly.com offers the super Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package, a two-night package including free hotel parking so you can drive into town and not have to worry about finding and paying for parking.
Note that all Flower Show hotel packages should be booked online right here.
See you at the show!
2014 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show
When: March 1-9
Where: Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch Street
Cost: Adults, $27; students, $20; children, $15 in advance; adults, $32; students, $22; children, $17 at the box office; Free for children under 2
More info: www.theflowershow.com
February 26, 2014
Raise a glass to Mardi Gras and say “Happy Birthday” to Cedar Point Bar and Kitchen as the Fishtown pub celebrates its first birthday and Mardi Gras this Saturday, March 1.
A Southern comfort-style foodery, Cedar Point opened last year with a relaxed brunch-through-late-night concept from food scene alums Shannon Dougherty and Liz Petersen.
The team celebrates a year of success on Saturday from 2 to 6 p.m. with performances from Mummers groups, live music and a menu fit for a Bourbon Street Mardi Gras party.
Sample New Orleans street food and a plethora of accompanying beverages at the afternoon affair.
Look forward to a menu of Southern-inspired eats including alligator on a stick, okra hush puppies, catfish po’ boys, mac and cheese, gumbo and beignets.
The full food menu is available right here.
Also, groove to live music performed by local bands during the duration of the fete.
Don your Mardi Gras beads — and your birthday hat — and head to Fishtown for the twofer block party.
Mardi Gras and 1st Birthday Party at Cedar Point Bar and Kitchen
When: Saturday, March 1, 2-6 p.m.
Where: Cedar Point Bar and Kitchen, 2370 E. Norris Street
Cost: Pay as you go
More info: www.cedarpointbarandkitchen.com
February 26, 2014
The 86th annual Academy Awards, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, will fill television screens across the nation on Sunday, March 2 at 7 p.m.
Watch the awards handed out for best actor, best actress, best picture, best documentary and more at Oscar-ready parties in the region.
Dress in your most celebrity-worthy attire for parties at places including 10 Arts at The Ritz-Carlton for the chance to win a prize as the best dressed guest and Square 1682 for the chance to be snapped by on-site paparazzi.
Soirées across the city offer Oscar-viewing guests promotions including drink specials (even some free drinks!), light bites, a raffle and the chance to mix and mingle with fellow movie buffs.
Our picks for Academy Awards viewing parties, below.
• 10 Arts Lounge at The Ritz-Carlton: Tune in to the Academy Awards among the glitz and glamour of 10 Arts Lounge at The Ritz-Carlton at its third year of the Philadelphia Red Carpet Party. Put on your most Oscar-ready outfits for an evening of complimentary snacks, a dessert bar, complimentary drinks from 6 to 7 p.m. and a cash bar after 7 p.m. Prizes will be awarded to the best dressed folks, as judged by Philadelphia Style magazine’s Kristin Detterline and PhillyStreetStyle.com’s Jimmy Contreras. And at 7 p.m., the TVs will turn to the 86th annual Academy Awards. Access to the event is free, but reservations are required. Email or call 267-687-0224 to add your name to the list.
• Square 1682 at the Hotel Palomar: Square 1682 at the Hotel Palomar rolls out the red carpet for an Oscars party full of libations, complimentary truffle popcorn and a spot to catch the Academy Award action. Beginning at 6 p.m., visit the Hotel Palomar’s restaurant for a live stream of the show and a visit from an in-house paparazzi. Also look forward to a menu of cocktails named for each of the nominated Best Pictures and $6 champagne cocktails all night.
• Philadelphia Film Society Theater at the Roxy: The Philadelphia Film Society ushers guests in to its relatively new Roxy Theater for an Academy Awards viewing party and reception. The reception is slated to begin at 6:30 p.m. and includes complimentary food and drinks, quizzo during commercial breaks and an Oscar Pool. PFS member tickets are $35 per person and non-member tickets are $40 per head. Tickets are available at the box office and online. The Academy Awards live stream is slated for 7 p.m.
• Shake Shack University City: From 7 p.m. to midnight, Shake Shack University City, the chain’s latest Philadelphia outpost, provides guests with three screens to watch the Oscars results unfold along with free fries and Shake Shack swag. Plus, the eatery is slated to host an awards bracket contest — the guest that guesses the most correct movie results wins dinner and a movie.
• Philadelphia Flower Show LGBT Night Out and Pennsylvania 6: This year, the Philadelphia Flower Show presents its annual LGBT themed night with an Oscars twist. From 4 to 6 p.m., take in the sights of the flower show while enjoying light bites and drinks. After the LGBT party, head to Pennsylvania 6 for an after party and live stream of the show.
• The Ambler Theater: Celebrate the Ambler Theater’s 11th birthday and the 86th Academy Awards at its annual Hollywood Awards Party. Watch the Academy Awards action unfold on three HD televisions throughout the theater while enjoying drinks, food, music and the chance to win big through the theater’s raffle. Tickets are $45 for general admission and $70 for a red carpet pass. Those who purchase the red carpet pass receive early access to the reception at 6 p.m., champagne, dessert and first-dibs on seating. Doors open for general admission guests at 6:45 p.m.
• Oscar Night in Media at Sligo Irish Pub: Help raise funds for the Media Film Festival at the Media Arts Council’s Academy Awards screening party. Beginning at 7 p.m., head to Sligo Irish Pub for a late-night happy hour from 9 to 11 p.m., a raffle, games and a clear view of the Oscars. Tickets are $25 per person and also include one ticket to the Media Film Festival which is slated for April 4 and 5.
February 26, 2014
In case you haven’t heard, the restaurant scene on East Passyunk Avenue has never been better.
The stretch of East Passyunk Avenue between Mifflin and Dickinson streets has long been known for Italian fare, but these days top chefs and of-the-moment restaurants are cooking on the avenue and the street was recently named on Food and Wine magazine’s list of the 10 Best Foodie Streets in America.
This week, East Passyunk Restaurant Week makes the perfect occasion to head to South Philly to dine at one of 24 participating restaurants on this restaurant row.
But, make your reservations now, this dining-out deal only lasts through Saturday, March 1.
Depending on the restaurant, the tab for a three-course brunch, lunch or dinner rings in at $15, $25 or $35. Mix and match price points to take full advantage of the eclectic East Passyunk dining scene. The complete breakdown by price and restaurant is available right here, with menus, participating days and reservations just a click or two away.
Enter the contest by submitting the best photos of the East Passyunk neighborhood right here. Just upload through Facebook or use the hashtag #EastPassyunk on Twitter or Instagram. One grand-prize winner will receive a one-night hotel stay at the Radisson Blu Warwick, along with gift cards to various restaurants and shops in the East Passyunk neighborhood.
Make a reservation for East Passyunk Restaurant Week soon — top spots have already booked! — and follow #EPRW on Twitter for last-minute and hard-to-get reservations.
East Passyunk Restaurant Week
When: Through March 1
Where: Participating East Passyunk restaurants
Cost: Brunch, $15; Lunch, $25; Dinner, $35; Plus tax, beverages and gratuity
More info: www.eastpassyunkrestaurantweek.com
February 25, 2014
Winter weather may be persisting, but Philadelphia’s annual signs of spring are thankfully at hand.
Historic Philadelphia’s family-friendly favorite Franklin Square plans to reopen for the 2014 season this Saturday, March 1.
Weather permitting, one and all are invited to come out to one of the city’s top play places and enjoy its awesome attractions, despite Old Man Winter. As long as additional snow doesn’t cause delay, Saturday will bring the first opportunity since the park went dark for winter to play a round of Philly Mini Golf, take a ride aboard the Liberty Carousel or just enjoy the sight of the vintage marble fountain.
Franklin Square’s SquareBurger — Stephen Starr’s popular burger, hot dog and milkshake joint — is set to open a little later than the park’s other attractions, on Saturday, March 22.
In the meantime, pack a picnic or visit a nearby restaurants if you plan on visiting the park between March 1 and 21.
Franklin Square will open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily in March, including opening day, so arrive early and get ready for a day of great family fun.
Stay tuned for more on Franklin Square’s seasonal special events as the spring season begins in earnest.
Franklin Square Opening Day 2014
When: Saturday, March 1
Where: 6th and Race streets
More info: www.historicphiladelphia.org