Lowcountry Dinner with Hoppin’ John at Paris Wine Bar

On Monday, October 22, at 6 p.m. Paris Wine Bar is hosting famous author “Hoppin’” John Martin Taylor, author of “Hoppin’ John’s Lowcountry Cooking,” for dinner to celebrate the book’s twentieth anniversary. Hop on over to Paris Wine Bar and for $60 you’ll get a family-style meal, reception, and drink pairing hosted by Hoppin’ John himself and longtime friend Terry Berch McNally, co-owner of Paris.

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Jake’s and Cooper’s 25th Anniversary Celebration

Congratulations to Jake’s and Cooper’s Wine Bar in Manayunk! The restaurant is celebrating their 25th anniversary this month, and to honor the occasion chef Bruce Cooper will be presenting a special menu from October 21 to October 26. For just $25, guests receive a three course menu including an appetizer, a choice of entrée, and dessert.  Be sure to bring the restaurant something silver (or just your patronage) for their milestone anniversary!

Jake’s and Cooper’s
4365 Main Street, Manayunk


Six Pack: Veggie Burgers in Philadelphia

Travel + Leisure named Philadelphia the no. 2 burger city in all of America this year jumping up from last year’s paltry no. 22, and second only to Providence, Rhode Island, which, if we’re being honest, at less than 21 square miles barely counts as a city anyway.

So with that said, by my count that makes the City of Brotherly Love the best burger town in the US of A. So with cheesesteaks and burgers it looks like we’ve got the meat thing down. But what to do about our vegan brothers and sisters? Luckily, it looks like Philly is improving on this front as well, serving up killer veggie burgers at some of the same joints making our top meaty burgers. Even if you’re not a vegetarian, try one of these six options on for size. Who knows? Maybe you’ll convert. (But probably not.)

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Ride the Rails with Boxcar Brewing Co.

Choo choo! There’s a party train riding through West Chester. Boxcar Brewing Company is holding their Ride the Rails event on Saturday, October 27th from 5 to 9 p.m. For $40 revelers will be riding the old fashioned West Chester Railroad through Chester County all the way to Glen Mills picnic park where Boxcar will provide food, live music, and their best brews for all their guests. Bringing tables, chairs, and your best Halloween costume is encouraged. When the party ends you’ll head back on the rails to your starting point and if you need a designate driver DD tickets are just $25. Buy your tickets now, as they sell out fast.

Celebrate Frank Furness, a Philadelphia Legend, at Local Restaurants

With that mustache, he’d fit right in in Fishtown

This year marks 100 years since the death of famous Philadelphia architect Frank Furness. Furness’ designs were bold and eccentric during his life, and have since become revered not only in Philadelphia, but wherever his designs were produced. He was greatly influenced by the industrial designers of his day, often combining materials in new ways and designing on a scale meant to dazzle and break with the norm. Other famous architects like Louis Sullivan, who studied under Furness, and Frank Lloyd Wright were strongly influenced by his designs. Many of his important buildings, like the University of Pennsylvania Fisher Library and Drexel’s Paul Peck Center, still stand throughout Philadelphia–some housing popular restaurants.

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Ralph’s of South Philly Opens Today

Ralph’s of South Philly, the King of Prussia off-shoot of the country’s oldest Italian restaurant opens today, Thursday October 11, in the Sheraton Valley Forge. The brand new hotel, which opened in September, houses the Second Coming of one of Philadelphia’s most iconic restaurants. Ralph’s of South Philly will be a more modern, contemporary version of its predecessor, serving both Ralph’s classics and new dishes.

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Fro-Yo For a Cause: Yogorino Fundraises for Steppingstone Scholars

On October 6th from 11 a.m. to midnight Yogorino, at both their Philly locations at 233 S. 20th and 1205 Walnut, will be donating half of their profits and tips to Steppingstone Scholars. Steppingstone is an organization that helps educationally underserved students in the area by preparing them for admission to preparatory schools and creating opportunities for students to go to college.

If you needed an excuse to indulge in a little fro-yo, this would be a good time to gorge for a cause!

Yogorino [Official Site]

Chili Competition at Greensgrow’s 5th Annual Fall Festival

Greensgrow Farms will be holding their 5th Annual Subaru Fall Festival on October 6th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the day’s festivities include their yearly Chili Competition. Rain or shine contestants’ best secret chili recipes will go head-to-head during the tasting from 1-3 p.m. Entries can be beef, chicken, vegan, vegetarian, bean, no-bean – pretty much any way you want ‘em – and must be submitted (fully cooked) by 11 a.m. on the day of the festival. To enter you must register here by October 2.

This year the judges will be the festival public. Event attendees can pay $5 for a Subaru Fall Festival tasting mug and the chance to taste the competitors’ recipes. Ballots will be cast and the winner will be revealed at 3:45 p.m. The grand prize is a $200 Greensgrow gift card and the second prize will be The Rodale Whole Foods Cookbook and a year’s subscription to Organic Gardening Magazine. The third prize winner will receive a $50 gift card to a local restaurant.

Greensgrow’s Fall Festival will otherwise be filled with craft and harvesting demonstrations, cider pressing, face painting, craft vendors, and opportunities to visit the farm’s animals. Food vendors like Little Baby’s and Local 215 will be on hand and George Sabatino of Stateside will do a tasting and demonstration from 11:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Greensgrow Farm 5th Annual Subaru Fall Festival [Official Site]

David Ansill’s Tasting Menus Go Nose-to-Tail

The next set of David Ansill’s Chef Tasting Menus at Bar Ferdinand has been released. The three menus to come on October 4th, 11th, and 18th will center around a “Nose-To-Tail” theme: The Pig on the 4th, the Lamb on the 11th, and the Cow on the 18th. That’s right, for $40 a person each of the eight courses will focus on a different part of the animal. Sound interesting? Wait till you see the menus.

UPDATE: Menus through November 8th are now posted.

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30 Cent Drinks at McGillin’s … in 1933

If you’re looking for a cheap drink try McGillin’s Olde Ale House … circa 1933. A South Philadelphia resident recently found a bit of history from the tavern dating back almost 80 years. Eddie Stanten (with McGillin’s owner Chris Mullin’s Jr, above) found a few old books almost twenty years ago, including a very old scrapbook, being left out for trash. An avid reader, Eddie saved them but ended up accidentally leaving them at an old friend’s house. Just recently Eddie got those books back and within the old scrapbook found a menu from McGillin’s from 1933. When he found out McGillin’s was still around, Eddie dropped by to show current owners.

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