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Another month, another great lineup of classes at COOK. If you want a nice afternoon tea, a lesson on empanada making, or to take your dad for some Father’s Day drinks, COOK has you covered. Check out next month’s class schedule before tickets go on sale tomorrow, May 7, at 2 p.m.
Founding Farmers Restaurant Group, owned by and partnering directly with the North Dakota Farmers Union (NDFU), is bringing their next family farm-driven restaurant to the King of Prussia Town Center.
Founding Farmers will be a 14,000 square foot restaurant with two levels—the in-house bakery on the first floor, and the dining room and bar on the second. But this isn’t just any restaurant. There’s a good story behind Founding Farmers, and it starts with the NDFU.
Have a hankering for a sticky bun? How about one made from 100% natural ingredients, with over six flavor options? Well today, a new family-owned bakery—Barry’s Buns— has opened at Market at the Fareway (formerly the Chestnut Hill Farmers’ Market) in Chestnut Hill, and you can head over there right now to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Owners Joel and Jen Singer are offering six sticky bun flavors, with an additional seasonal flavor, “made to order” liege waffles with Belgian pearl sugar and a choice of toppings, plus cinnamon buns. Also on the menu is crumb cake and butter cake (are you hungry yet?) All of the baked goods are made with natural ingredients and have no artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives.
Chef Luke Palladino is changing things up at his restaurant with some new dining options–one of them being two different four-course tasting menus. The first is the Tuscan Steak Dinner with assorted antipasti, steak, an Italian vegetable stew, and affogato for dessert. The second tasting menu, Tour of Italy, includes antipasto, the chef’s choice of pasta or focaccia, and either chicken, fish, or braciole, plus a scoop of gelato.
About a month ago, we wrote about Saint Benjamin Brewing Company’s expansion, including a new taproom in the works. Well, that taproom is finished up, and the St. Ben’s team is softly opened this week for Craft Brewers Conference—and it’s pretty sweet.
This past Saturday, I was lucky enough to stop in to check out the taproom at 1710 North 5th Street, while on a Liberty Brew Tour as the finishing touches were being done. Quite possibly the coolest feature of the taproom is the retouched exposed brick and plaster walls, a labor of love by co-owner Christina Burris. She wanted the walls to be as close to the state as they were originally back in the 1800s when the three story building was built.
As if there aren’t enough things going on this week for the Craft Brewers Conference, we can’t forget about Cinco de Mayo—so we pulled together a list of places to celebrate, plus the food and drink specials they’re offering.
- El Rey Cinco de Mayo Block Party: From 12 p.m. to 10 p.m., there will be plenty of tacos, quesadillas, corn on the cob, churros, and of course—beers, margaritas, and Mexican sodas. The event is family-friendly from 12 p.m.-4 p.m. with activities, music, and a special kid’s menu.
- Morgan’s Pier: $7 Margaritas, $6 21st Amendment El Scully, $5.50 Coronas, $4.50 Tecates
- Distrito Philadelphia: $2 Tecates, $2 pollo and carnitas tacos,$3 salsa roja, $5 guac, $5 Feliz margaritas, $5 Mexican city wides. There will also be a DJ from 5-9 p.m. and raffle prizes from Corona and El Jimador.
Here in the city, we are lucky to have a handful of breweries that make really great beer, but do we have a place that produces wine, cider, perries (pear wine), and mead? Not yet, but in a few months we will. Original 13 Ciderworks is opening on 1526 North American Street in Kensington and by late summer, you’ll be able to stop by their tasting room to try their fruity creations.
Like a lot of hobbies, president of Original 13, John Kowchak, picked up hard cider making from a family tradition. His grandfather, Charles, grew up in the mountains of Northeastern Pennsylvania and brewed hard cider for his family and neighbors. Years later, John picked up the hobby and grew to love it. After earning an MBA in Entrepreneurship at Drexel University and graduating from the Cider and Perry Academy in the UK, Kowchak founded Original 13. Also on the Original 13 team is Kowchak’s business partner, vice president of operations, and “mechanical genius” Travis Frehafer, and Franco Fusaro, Consigliere and events manager.
The Craft Brewers Conference, a week-long education and networking event for those in the craft brewing industry, is happening this year in Philadelphia at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, from Tuesday, May 3rd through Friday, May 6th.
While the industry peeps will be attending seminars all day during the week, the real fun is happening in the evening when we the public can all celebrate craft beer together with all the industry types who will be in town.
With that in mind, there’s a lot going on—way more than we could list—so we picked some of our favorites each day for you to check out. If you want to see everything else that’s going on, Bryan Kolesar is putting together a completely insane comprehensive list of every event he can find. Also keep an eye on the Events page over at PhillyTapFinder, where they’re compiling draft beer lists for many of the events.
Saturday afternoon, Manayunk Brewery is hosting their 18th annual Manayunk BBQ, Bourbon & Blues Craft Beer Fest. From 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., not only can you taste over 70 craft beers, but also multiple bourbon samples, plus munch on some BBQ and other food items. Of course, there will be live music throughout the day including blues and classic rock by The Fermentors.
Tickets are $50 for general admission, which include unlimited craft beer samples in a souvenir tasting glass, multiple bourbon samples, and an event program listing all of the beers. Designated driver tickets are $25 and include one complimentary BBQ food item and free soft drinks.
Get your tickets here.
BBQ, Bourbon and Blues Craft Beer Fest [Official]