Bud & Marilyn’s Celebrates Christmas in July with a Smörgåsbord

It's Christmas in July at Bud & Marilyn's

It’s Christmas in July at Bud & Marilyn’s

When I hosted our Christmas in July Open Stove competition at Cook a couple of weeks ago, one of the most pleasant things about it was how relaxing it was to enjoy the Christmas carols without the looming stress of the holidays. It’s the kind of thing that makes a Christmas in July special fun.

And that’s the spirit behind Bud & Marilyn’s Christmas in July Smörgåsbord complete with Christmas beers. Available today, Monday, July 18th and Tuesday, July 19th, the retro restaurant of Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran are turning out of meatballs, cheese and crackers, crab croquettes, clam canapes and deviled eggs. The smörgåsbord is $25 and as the photo above shows, contains a menagerie of food.

In addition to those throwback holiday dishes, Bud & Marilyn’s will also be pouring Great Lakes Christmas Ale and Tröegs Mad Elf.

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DNC Late Bar Hours Application Is Now Live

iStock/Adam Petto

iStock/Adam Petto

The link for bars, restaurants, hotels and caterers to apply to serve alcohol beyond 2 a.m. during the Democratic National Convention is now live.

The application can be found on the Philadelphia Democratic National Committee’s web site. The site also includes a FAQ that explains how the permit works.   

The state legislature approved a measure on Wednesday paving the way for establishments to extend their hours during the Convention.

For more on the legislation, read here.

National Event Permit [PHL DNC]

Butcher Bar Is Coming To Chestnut Street


If you’re a vegetarian or a vegan living around Rittenhouse Square, times are pretty good. You’ve got V Street and HipCityVeg, Bar BomBon, Govinda’s and Agno Grill. Options abound, and just about every restaurant that isn’t a straight-up temple to vegetables and the creative use of soy offers brilliant, well-considered vegetarian dishes all over their menus.

So you know what this neighborhood needs? A butcher shop.

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Speakeasy Style Bar Opens in Doylestown

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A Mechanic Street Mule at the Still in Doylestown

Out in Bucks County, just above the Doylestown Brewing Co. (52 East State Street, Doylestown), a speakeasy has been operating almost unnoticed for almost a month.

Run by Chris Hall, The Still is self-proclaimed Prohibition-style cocktail bar that is apparently still a pretty well kept secret.

The bar only uses spirits from local PA distilleries and have nine homemade infusions made with all local ingredients. The cocktail list covers the basics and includes some historically accurate drinks as well (which come with a lengthy explanation of their origins).

And while it’s no Hop Sing, this is definitely a cool addition to ‘burbs.

The Still is open Thursday through Saturday from 4 p.m. to midnight.

The Still Menu (PDF)

Early Bird Tickets Just Went On Sale For This Year’s Feastival

It is the best of both worlds: Food and the performing arts. This year's Philly Feastival is Thursday at FringeArts, and features dozens of the city's most esteemed restaurateurs, including Stephen Starr, Michael Solomonov, and Audrey Claire. You'll also be amazed by a variety of artists who perform throughout the venue. Thursday, September 17th, 7 pm, $300, FringeArts, 140 North Columbus Boulevard

So we have a date: Thursday, September 29

We have a location: The FringeArts complex at 140 North Columbus Boulevard, just like last year.

We have a list of all the participating restaurants: Bing Bing, Vernick, Zahav, Fork, Laurel, Wm. Mulherin’s Sons and about a zillion others (check out the full list after the jump).

Most important of all, we have an early-bird ticket discount happening right now (and through August 18) for this year’s Feastival event that’ll allow you to knock 25% off the ticket price and get you a year-long FringeArts membership good for 30% off all tickets for the 2016-17 season.

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Stephen Starr To Take Over Serafina Spot

Serafina location at 18th and Sansom will become a Stephen Starr restaurant.

Serafina location at 18th and Sansom will become a Stephen Starr restaurant.

Serafina is going to be taken over by Stephen Starr. The Italian restaurant from New York landed with significant fanfare in 2011. It was immediately the place to see and be seen but its bloom faded quickly with lackluster and comically bad reviews. Then there was the Cliff Lee incident. And since then, the restaurant has gotten by on tourists, Rittenhouse Square lifers and its location on bustling 18th Street. According to Michael Klein, Serafina will remain open through November before Starr moves in.

Starr has not settled on a concept for the 160-seat restaurant and the Bunker LLC on the liquor license doesn’t give too much away. We’re guessing it isn’t a golf or World War I themed restaurant.

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Philly Bars Can Stay Open Much, Much Later Than Usual During the DNC — but There’s a Catch

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iStockphoto.com | bogdanhoda

This story has been updated to clarify the application process for a permit to extend alcohol service.

Your late nights could now go a little later – during the Democratic National Convention, at least — provided  your favorite bar is holding an event connected to the DNC.

A budget bill passed by the legislature yesterday includes a provision that could allow certain Philly bars to stay open past the usual 2 a.m. last call during the Democratic National Convention this month.

The state fiscal code will allow for bars holding events directly connected to the convention to apply for special events permits to stay open later than usual. The DNC will have to pay a one-time $5,000 fee to the Liquor Control Board for this exemption. The only catch? Events seeking to extend hours of alcohol service beyond 2 a.m. will need to complete an application from the DNC, which will submit them to the PLCB. There is no fee associated with individual event applications, and the PLCB is expected to issue DNC-approved permits within a couple of days of receipt.

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The Craft Distilling Boom Is Here

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Local spirits are pouring out all over the region | La Colombe’s rum distillery in Fishtown

Just a year ago, we wrote a guide to local distilling that talked about eight local distilleries. In updating that list we came up with 24 distilleries within 100 miles of City Hall that are worth a trip.

These distilleries, some no bigger than a garage (actually at least a couple are in old garages) to several that are designed with room to really grow are proof that craft distilling is here in a big way. And what we found is that these distilleries are putting out really good stuff. In fact, Dad’s Hat Rye was named Whisky Advocate’s Whisky of the Year for 2015. So we’re not talking good for a local distillery, we’re talking about world class stuff.

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Three Nights Of James Beard Preview Dinners At Marigold


On July 26, the team from Marigold Kitchen is headed to New York City to cook a dinner at the James Beard House–one of those nights that’s among the highlights of any chef’s career.

But in order to get ready for the big night, the team will also be cooking their way through the entire dinner for three nights in Philly, on July 19th through the 21st, as part of their Test Kitchen Series.

And yeah, we’ve got the menu

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