The Hammer Of Glory Goes On Tour

The Hammer of Glory...in all its glory.

The Hammer of Glory…in all its glory.

The Hammer of Glory, beloved symbol of Philadelphia Beer Week and known colloquially by its pet name “The HOG,” is setting off on a month of pub crawls (aka #HOGTours), all leading up to the PBW’s Opening Tap event on Friday, May 29.

The inaugural #HOGTour pub-crawl will be this Thursday, March 26th from 6-10pm, and will be led by Grand Marshal Tom Kehoe of Yards Brewing Company. The crawl will begin at London Grill and then stop at Urban Saloon, The Belgian Café, and Kite & Key.

If you can’t make it this time around, the HOG will be doing another pub crawl on Thursday, April 30 in South Philly and on Thursday, May 28 in Fishtown.

For up-to-the minute information about the pub crawl you can follow PBW on twitter @PhillyBeerWeek.

Marigold Kitchen Teases New Spring Menu

MarigoldHummusChefs Andrew Kochan and Tim Lanza generally like their tasting menus at Marigold Kitchen to be a surprise for diners. But what with spring coming and a new menu now taking shape in the kitchen, they’ve decided to give a little preview.

As they did with their secret New Year’s Eve menu, the crew at Marigold are now teasing a couple dishes from their new, 12-course spring menu. That one above? That’s edamame hummus with lemongrass, black sesame seeds, chile oil and a puffed rice cracker.

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More Wine Week Events: Wine Versus Beer Showdowns

Photo by Michael Gruber

Photo by Michael Gruber

Some of life’s questions are simply too great to ever be answered. Why are we here? What is the meaning of life? How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop? But this week, two different groups are tackling the age old question: does beer or wine pair better with food?

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A Final Four of Hoppy Pours at Kraftwork

kw_staffPicks_webTonight, Tuesday, March 24th,Kraftwork is hosting its monthly Staff Picks. This month’s theme is “The Final Four of Hoppy Beer.” The event is a blind tasting competition to decide which region of the United States produces the best hoppy beer.

Representing the East: Victory Dirt Wolf

Representing the West: Firestone Walker Union Jack

Representing the South: Terrapin Hopsecutioner

Representing the Midwest: Great Lakes Chillwave

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Tragic News From Alma de Cuba

On Sunday night, Alma de Cuba chef Scott McLeod collapsed at the restaurant. According to Michael Klein, McLeod was found unresponsive and taken to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead.

McLeod  worked previously at several Philadelphia restaurants including Azafran,Bridget Foy’s, Cuba Libre, Denim, Fresca Superior and Pasion.

McLeod was 41.

Chef had died of heart attack [Philly.com]

James Beard Award Finalists Announced

james-beard-semisThe 2015 James Beard Award Finalists were announced this morning. Philadelphia area chefs Marc Vetri, Joe Cicala (Le Virtu), Rich Landau (Vedge), Greg Vernick (Vernick Food + Drink) and Alex Bois (High Street on Market) all moved onto the final in their respective categories.

Vetri is a finalist for Outstanding Chef. He is joined in the category by Michael Anthony, Gramercy Tavern, NYC; Sean Brock, Husk, Charleston, SC; and Suzanne Goin, Lucques, Los Angeles.

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In Riva Has A New Spring Menu

in-riva-logoSpring is finally here, which means restaurants will be revamping their menus to feature bright fare and light cocktails.

And In Riva, at 4116 Ridge Avenue in East Falls, is one of the first to get a spring menu rolling. The new board offers pizzas like crab & chile and mushroom with zucchini, along with new cocktails like the Dinale (sparkling wine, basil, cucumber) and Savini (strawberry cider, elderflower).

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A Barcelona Cheesesteak On The Menu At Verdad

BarcelonaCheesesteak

In our continuing spring food coverage we came across this rather odd interpretation of a Philly favorite. Nick Farina of Verdad in Bryn Mawr is adding a Barcelona Cheesesteak to his spring menu.

The cheesesteak is offered tapas-style, in four bite-sized pieces. The Kobe beef is seared rare and topped with pickled onions served on a Manchego croquette, then drizzled with Gouda bechamel. And it can be yours for just $12.

Farina wanted to add flavors of Spanish cuisine to the iconic Philadelphia sandwich, and it’s on the menu right now..

Verdad [Official]

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