The Dirt: What To Get At The Farmers Market This Weekend

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The April showers have arrived a little behind schedule this year, unfortunately. But despite the drizzle, another seasonal farmer’s market is coming back on line each week. This weekend the Swarthmore Farmer’s Market opens back up, as does the Dickinson Square Farmer’s Market on Sunday. Next Wednesday is the return of the small but mighty Fountain Farmer’s Market on East Passyunk, and Roxborough welcomes the return of the Gorgas Park Market a week from today. Ramps are almost done for the year, but rhubarb is going strong and you’re sure to find these and lots of other spring favorites no matter which market you frequent.

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Now Hiring: Bakeries, Bars and BYOBs

Want a job as a baker, barback, back server or other profession that doesn’t start with the letter “B?” Then check out Foobooz Jobs where Kermit’s Bake Shoppe, Schenk’s Family Bakery, Philly Bread, Philly Style Bagels and many more are looking to fill job openings.

Foobooz Jobs, the better and cheaper alternative to Craigslist, where candidates are legitimately energized by Philadelphia’s food scene.

Restaurant Jobs in Philadelphia [Foobooz]

La Colombe Adds Weekend Night Menu

Hummus with wood-fired pita bread

Hummus with wood-fired pita bread

Starting this Friday, La Colombe’s Fishtown flagship is kicking off a night menu of pizzas, hummus and a selection of desserts. The menu takes full advantage of the cafe’s baking operation and wood-fired oven. The pita, made by head baker John McGrath is finished in the wood-fired oven and makes a perfect vehicle for scooping up the hummus and accompanying pickled vegetables.

There is no such thing as too many good pizza options and on weekends, La Colombe will now offer its own Neapolitan pizzas. In addition to a 10″ Margherita pizza, there will be rotating red and white pies.

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Getting to the Roxborough Night Market

night market roxborough 940The first Night Market of the 2016 season is upon us and it is happening this evening in Roxborough. Ridge Avenue will be closed off from Fountain Street to Monastery Avenue as dozens of food trucks, beer vendors and musicians descend on the area.

And with this Nigh Market, the Food Trust is going all out to make it as easy as possible to get there. There will be valet parking at Roxborough Hospital, shuttle buses from Wissahickon and Ivy Ridge train stations and five bus lines getting people close to the action.

The fun kicks off at 6 p.m. with new vendors like Bombay Local PizzaMy Four Suns Korean Fusion and
Viva Empanada. The next two Night Markets have also been announced. On Thursday, June 23 the roving market will be in the Callowhill neighborhood and on September 1st will head to West Philadelphia.

Roxborough Night Market Program (PDF)
Night Market [Food Trust]

Chef Bobby Saritsoglou Rolls Out New Menus At Opa And Drury Beer Garden

Peinirli from Opa

Peinirli from Opa

It’s been just about a year since chef Bobby Saritsoglou took over the kitchen at Opa. And now, he’s making some changes to the original menu he rolled out, and adding a few things to the board at Drury Beer Garden as well.

One of the biggest things he’s trying? Making peinirli, which is being described as, essentially, Greek stromboli.

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Tunnel of Love and Dumplings: Tom’s Dim Sum Reviewed

The Scallion Pancakes at Tom's Dim Sum | Photo by Claudia Gavin

The Scallion Pancakes at Tom’s Dim Sum | Photo by Claudia Gavin

There are a lot of restaurants in this town that I go to because it’s my job. There are some I find myself in because life is strange and sometimes the lesser of many evils is a plate of greasy mozzarella sticks and a hip flask of Jim Beam and Coke at 3 a.m. Others I go to because I get caught up in the excitement just like everyone else—the frenzy of the new—and want to be there to see what all the fuss is about. To weigh this particular fuss against the fuss of last week and whatever fuss might be coming along next.

And then there are places I go to because I simply can’t not go. Because something in them draws me like gravity—a comfort beyond simple sustenance, strong drinks or good company. The bar at Bud & Marilyn’s is like that. Ting Wong in Chinatown. El Rincon Criollo. This little sushi place in Suburban Station that I love just because all the sushi is made by robots and I love robots. Stargazy, which I sometimes dream about because the banoffee tart blew my mind once and I can’t ever get there often enough.

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Third Time’s A Charm: Garces Is Headed Back To Atlantic City

Tropicana Casino in Atlantic City

Photo | Dan McQuade

So, I’m guessing no one has told the Iron Chef that Atlantic City is going through a bit of a rough patch, huh?

Or maybe Jose Garces just doesn’t care. Maybe he knows something we don’t. Maybe, at the tail-end of a $40 million renovation, the Tropicana in Atlantic City just looked like too good of a bet not to take (see what I did there?).

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Video: The Best Meatballs In Philly

Duck meatball sandwich at High Street on Market | Photo by Caviar

Duck meatball sandwich at High Street on Market | Photo by Caviar

A while back, we put together a list of some of the best meatballs in Philly. Apparently, our friends over at 6ABC liked it enough that they decided to put it on TV. Ot, more to the point, decided to put me on TV (which is rarely a good idea) to talk about some of the best meatballs in this meatball-loving town.

I went on and on and on. I also managed to wear almost exactly the same color outfit as Alicia Vitarelli. Neither of those things was on purpose.

You can check out the results after the jump.

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Volver To Host Summer School This June and July

volver summer classes 400This June and July, Jose Garces’ Volver is hosting hands-on cooking classes on Wednesday and Thursday events. Each class is taught by Garces Group chefs and beverage experts and are aimed for all culinary skill levels.

The series kicks off on Wednesday, June 1st with Jose Garces leading a class to prepare a menu of recipes selected by Garces himself. The hands-on class will feature tips, techniques and tools from the Iron Chef. Tickets to the Garces led kickoff are $225 per person. Other tickets range from $100 for cocktail classes to $185 for a pasta class with Amada New York’s chef de cuisine, Justin Bogle.

Classes begin at 6:30 p.m. and last two to three hours.

Volver [Foobooz]
Volver Summer School
 [Official]

The Triangle Tavern Celebrates Its 83rd Birthday

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The disco ball will be spinning as the Triangle celebrates its 83rd birthday.

On Friday, May 6th the new Triangle Tavern turned one. And today, the original Triangle Tavern is celebrating its 83rd birthday. In honor of the day, all 83-year olds eat free all day. But even if you aren’t an octogenarian, there are deals to be had.

There will be $8 cocktails, $3 rum punches, a whole roast pig and DJ Kevin Kong playing a little something for everyone, even your 83-year old grandmother.

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