Save The Date: The Gershman Y’s Latkepalooza Returns December 2 With A New Venue, Family Pre-Party And A Chef-Driven Grand Event With Wine Tastings And More

Get ready for a bigger and better all-you-can-eat latke extravaganza to celebrate Hanukkah with The Gershman Y. (Photo courtesy Gershman Y)

Celebrate Hanukkah — or just, you know, an opportunity to eat tasty fried potatoes — with The Gershman Y at the 11th annual Latkepalooza holiday food festival set for Monday, December 2.

With past events regularly selling out, this year the potato pancake feast moves from The Gershman Y’s home on the Avenue of the Arts to swanky event venue Vie on North Broad Street, expanding the event’s capacity to welcome as many as six hundred guests for the first time.

Plus, this year’s Latkepalooza features not one, but two tasting events: A family-friendly pre-party for kids from 4:30 to 6 p.m., followed by a grand tasting event geared towards the over 21 set from 7 to 9:30 p.m.

In the afternoon, families can scoop up tickets to enjoy traditional potato latkes with a toppings bar and a music performance by Mama Doni and Her Rockin’ Band.

After the sun goes down, a dozen Philadelphia chefs will whip up creative takes on the latke, serving everything from sweet potato to spinach and feta and everything in between. Participating restaurants include Miss Rachel’s Pantry, Jerry’s Bar, Frankford Hall, London Grill, Sabrina’s Cafe and more.

Also for the first time, guests can participate in a tasting of must-try wines under $10 a bottle with wine expert Brian Freedman and hear top picks from a panel of local judges.

Tickets for both the family party and grand event are available online. Note that the events are ticketed separately, so two purchases are required to attend both the pre-party and after-dark affair.

Remember, past events sold out in advance so snag tickets now for a taste of Hanukkah.

Latkepalooza 2013
When: Monday, December 2; Family Party, 4:30-6 p.m.; Grand Event, 7-9:30 p.m.
Where: Vie, 600 N. Broad Street
Cost: Family Party, $12, adults, $8, children, $40, family pass; Grand Event, $35
More info: www.gershmany.org

Participating Chefs
• Marshall Green of Jerry’s Bar
• Derek Davis of Derek’s
• Michael McNally of London Grill
• Alex Boonphaya of Circles
• Jason Goodman of Frankford Hall
• Andrew Wagner of Jones
• Jeffrey Power of Dettera
• Mirko Loeffler of Royal Cracovia
• Lance Silverman of Sabrina’s
• Oscar Chavez of Estia
• Rachel Klein of Miss Rachel’s Pantry
• Nick Farina of Verdad Restaurant & Tequila Bar and Union Taco

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