Halloween and Craft Spirits Week

Alla Spina moves its industry up a week to coincide with Halloween and Craft Spirits Week.

Alla Spina moves its industry up a week to coincide with Halloween and Craft Spirits Week.

It’s already day five of the inaugural Philly Craft Spirits Week and this evening, Craft Spirits Week runs straight into Halloween.

Martha, with its dozens of local spirits is the defacto home of PCSW and tonight they are hosting a Freaky Tiki Halloween Party with free rum. That beats the heck out of miniature Snickers bars. The fun kicks off at 5 p.m. but most assuredly goes all night long. The outdoors will feature a rum tasting tiki hut and inside there will be tiki-inspired exotica music and if you come in costume, you can also get half-off tiki beer from Terrapin and Avery Brewing.

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Slow Food Comes To Alla Spina

Photo by Michael Gruber

Photo by Michael Gruber

On Sunday October 23rd, Slow Food–the global, grassroots organization that links the pleasure of food with commitment to the community and environment–will pay a visit to Alla Spina. The event is a walk-around tasting featuring food grown and produced by local farms and food artisans. It will include food cooked by Vetri chefs and beverages from producers who use sustainable, biodynamic, or organic production methods.

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Iron Chef Throwback at Alla Spina

Photo by Michael Gruber

Alla Spina | Photo by Michael Gruber

Next Thursday, August 18th Alla Spina will be hosting an Iron Chef Throwback Thursday Party.

Marc Vetri, Brad Spence and Jeff Michaud will be recreating the recipes that landed them the Iron Chef win against Michael Symon in 2010. And don’t worry, the winning episode will be playing while they whip up their creations.

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Last Events of Philly Beer Week

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Deschutes Street Pub from Philly Beer Week 2015

 The end of Philly Beer Week is (sadly) almost upon us. So, if you’re still standing that means squeezing in as much as possible fun before it’s all over. We’ve rounded up some of the biggest events happening this weekend around the city to help you say good-bye. And once it’s all over you can start taking care of that hangover and preparing for next year.

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Our Favorite Philadelphia Soft Pretzels

Pretzels at Alla Spina | Photo by Arthur Etchells

Pretzels at Alla Spina | Photo by Arthur Etchells

As a lifetime Philadelphian I’ve consumed more than my fare share of pretzels. Even with the knowledge that Philadelphians eat more than 12 times as many pretzels as the average American, I feel I consume more than all but the most zealous Philadelphia pretzel eaters. And it has been that way for a long time. In Catholic grade school, the soft pretzel was as much a part of any school day as prayer. I’ve had a pretzel with mustard for breakfast more often than any bowl of cereal. I still don’t blink at the thought of ordering a pretzel from any street vendor, though I’ve become suspicious of the watered-down mustard coming out of the squirt bottles (that’s why there are always mustard packets in my desk drawer). And I believe a certain amount of Philadelphia’s culture vanished when Herb Denenberg aired his hidden camera report on pretzel vendors, but that was disgusting.

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Caviar Now Delivering Vetri Family Restaurants

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Vetri Family restaurants including Amis are now on Caviar.

Caviar, the restaurant delivery service that has been going gangbusters in Philadelphia announced today that they are now delivering food from Vetri Family restaurants including both Pizzeria Vetri locations, Amis, OsteriaLo Spiedo and Alla Spina. You can now get Amis’ pork chop parmesan or Alla Spina’s North Philly sausage cheesesteak when the furthest you can imagine traveling is to your front door.

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Video: 6 Of The Best Hot Dogs In Philly

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We’ve talked about this before–our picks for the best hot dogs in Philly and the places you should really get to while summer is still in full swing. And while today might not exactly feel like a tube-meat kind of day (what with the rain and everything), the good folks from FYI Philly thought you could do with a reminder about the kitchens who take their wieners seriously (you see what I did there?).

Check out the video after the jump. And since we’re sure that the sun will be out again sometime soon, maybe you can make some advance lunch plans for later in the week.

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