March 15, 2013
Mark Bittman likes Philadelphia. (Photo courtesy The New York Times)
Mark Bittman, the award-winning food columnist for The New York Times, has been showing love for Philadelphia of late.
In an article this week about grand food markets, he proclaimed to New Yorkers that, “well, the grandest market ‘we’ have is 80 miles away, in Philadelphia.” Referring of course to our beloved Reading Terminal Market.
And we’re certainly not going to argue with his assessment.
But that was only part one.
Bittman was also in town this week for a free lecture on “The Future of Food.”
During the talk at Rodeph Shalom, among the many complementary things Mark had to say was this gem: “Philadelphia is the most underrated city in the world.”
Thanks Mark! It’s always nice to hear from a visitor that loves us back.
Mark Bittman, Award-Winning New York Times Food Writer, Is Coming To Rodeph Shalom For A Free Lecture On March 13
January 30, 2013
New York Times food writer Mark Bittman is coming to Congregation Rodeph Shalom on March 13 at 7:30 p.m. as part of the What Is Your Food Worth? series, a conversation about food, ethics, sustainability and eating Jewish. Bittman will be on hand to talk about “The Future of Food” and how eating a healthier and more socially conscious diet is better for the planet, your body, animal welfare and more. The program is free and open to the public; however, RSVP is required. Visit whatisyourfoodworth.com for more info and to RSVP. [What Is Your Food Worth]
March 27, 2012
The Academy of Natural Sciences celebrated its 200th birthday this past weekend with a laser light show, interactive events and a new commemorative exhibition and book. The New York Times heralds the momentous anniversary with a feature that documents the academy’s history and speaks glowingly of the new publication, “A Glorious Enterprise: The Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia and the Making of American Science.” Pick one up for yourself, and check out the exhibit, in support of the nation’s oldest natural history museum right here in Philadelphia. [New York Times]
March 7, 2012
The New York Times Dining section published a feature today on Chef Georges Perrier’s retirement. The piece reflects on how Le Bec-Fin, the kitchen of which Perrier presided over for 42 years, has been a cornerstone of the Philly food community. Which isn’t to say that there isn’t an equally bright future here. As the Times puts it, “[In Philadelphia] there are much-praised, chef-driven magnets like Mica, Zahav and Barbuzzo. There are ambitious, ante-raising chefs like Marc Vetri and Jose Garces. There’s the vibrant energy of Mr. Starr’s restaurants, and a boom in beer-centered gastropubs and B.Y.O.B. spots.” It’s the end of an era, but also the beginning of one. [New York Times]