Last year’s jerky sales came as a surprise to us. We didn’t think you guys would be so into local, boutique jerky. But we sold a lot of it, in fact, we sold out of it within two weeks.
Ladies and gentlemen, the jerky is back. Side Project Jerky comes in two flavors this year: Southwestern and Mongolian, and you’ll only be able to find them in very select stores in Philly, and even fewer stores across the country.
Get it while you can, because if what happened last year happens again, they’ll be gone before you know it.
Take me to the jerky!
The wind in our sails is at full gale force! Philadelphia is riding high! Additional assorted sailing metaphors to describe Dr. Elmi’s momentum and our enthusiasm for his win last week! The other cheftestants? Whatevs.
But let’s not get ourselves too excited. Although Shirley has all but disappeared from the top and Nina stopped making gnocchi, there’s still a gauntlet of six capable and/or lucky cheftestants to get through before Padma announces Nick as the winner.
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This January Yards Brewing is launching a new seasonal beer. Yards Rye is is a boldly hopped amber-colored IPA that uses rye malt to give the beer a subtle spiciness.
The beer will be available through March on draft and in twelve-ounce bottles. Look for it where you typically find Yards beers.
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For those of you out there feeling a little bit nostalgic with the holiday season and all, tonight at 7pm First Person Arts and the National Museum of American Jewish History are having an event called “In My Grandmother’s Kitchen“–an interactive storytelling event “about kitchens and the food, family, love, and life that fill them.”
There’ll be stories of food and kitchens (and, ostensibly, grandmas) from author and illustrator Bryan Collier, poet and 2013 Women of the World Poetry Slam Champion Denice Frohman, celebrity chef and entrepreneur Delilah Winder, storytelling artist and First Person Arts Best Storyteller in Philadelphia 2012, Marjorie Winther, and me. I’ll be there to emcee the event, keep all the poets and storytellers in line, tell a few stories of my own, and generally just try not to say anything wildly inappropriate while in such esteemed company.
Tickets to tonight’s event are regularly $25 (for non-members), but because you’re reading about it here, I get to pass along a discount code that’ll get you in for just $12. Get your tickets at the link below and enter discount code “123″ (yes, that’s the real code) to cut the price in half.
In My Grandmother’s Kitchen [Get tickets here]
Photo via Percy Street Barbecue
Tonight, Thursday, December 12th, Percy Street Barbecue is hosting its annual beer can Christmas tree lighting. The festivities kick off at 5 p.m. with a special Troegs happy hour featuring half-priced Perpetual IPA and Mad Elf. The tree, decorated with 400 beer cans and topped with a steel bucket will be illuminated at 7 p.m. The holiday mood will be set by Matt and Chris of Coal Town Rounders.
So get there early for the happy hour and make sure you also order a fried chicken biscuit or two.
Percy Street Barbecue [Foobooz]
Viking Pastries in Ardmore is being redone inside and out as part of a TV show. The big reveal for the Cricket Avenue bakery is set for today at 5:30 p.m. Official word on what show it is has been mum, but The Main Line Times says it is for a Food Network show and spots Nancy Glass Productions on site. We’re going to guess it is an episode of Save My Bakery, which actually has been on the Cooking Channel, a subsidiary of the Food Network.
Food Network giving Viking Pastries a makeover; big reveal Thursday [Main Line Times]
Viking Pastries [Official]
Philadelphia’s Wit or Witout Cheesesteaks is promising to expand nationwide. The two-unit brand is opening soon in Hamilton, New Jersey with immediate plans to franchise the brand in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and New York.
Wit or Witout was recently purchased by Tony Altamore, owner of seven Tony Roni’s Italian restaurants. he has since brought on Jim Sahene, former TCBY president and current Bruster’s Real Ice Cream chief executive to help Altamore franchise the brand.
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This bacon stuff, it just never gets old.
Tomorrow night, Cedar Point Bar & Kitchen is doing a multi-course bacon dinner which will include vegan bacon with green tomato-jalepeno chutney, gumbo with pork belly (which totally counts as bacon) and shrimp, Texas Tommie sliders with bacon-wrapped pineapple, and Peanut Bacon Brittle for dessert.
Cedar Point does dinners like this every Thursday–choosing a single ingredient and building an entire menu around it. In the past, ingredients have included pumpkin, chestnuts, figs, apples, and squash. But this time around, they left the choosing up to their Facebook fans and when faced with a choice between onions, salt, garlic, jalapenos, chocolate, and bacon, the people, unsurprisingly, went with the delicious pig strips. Honestly, the options could’ve been hundred dollar bills, weed, foie gras, delicious tacos, uncut diamonds and bacon and most people still probably would’ve chosen bacon.
But hey, who are we to argue with the will of the people? The dinner is tomorrow night. Yes, there will be plenty of bacon. Make your plans now.
Cedar Point Bar & Kitchen [official]
Image via Google
Hidden City Philadelphia tells the history of McGlinchey’s. Did you know the duck mural is actually an old billboard for an ARCO gas station? It’s true. Check it out.
The Smoky Haze Of History At McGlinchey’s [Hidden City Philadelphia]
Photo by Suzanne Tenuto
Today, COOK is offering a very special takeout lunch. Chef Lou Boquila of Audrey Claire will be preparing Filipino ”silog”-style boxed lunches. The lunches will include your choice of beef, chicken, eggplant with eggs, fried rice, lumpia, flan and sago. The lunches are $12 and cash only. All proceeds will benefit Philippine typhoon relief efforts, with all the money going to the Gawad Kalinga Fund, a poverty empowerment organization.
Lunch kicks off at noon and goes till the food runs out.