Eat Your Face Off on Chocolates or at the Reading Terminal Market

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On Wednesday, July 24th Philly Chocolate Tours founder Valerie Beck is coming out of “tourguide retirement” to lead a special Best of Philly Chocolate tour for Philadelphia magazine readers. The tour will go behind the scenes at some Best of Philly winning chocolate shops from over the 40 years that the magazine has been doing Best of Philly.

The tour costs $40 and includes samples at each stop, plus a Philadelphia Chocolate Tours goody bag. Purchase tickets online and enter “PhillyMag40” at checkout, or phone Philly Chocolate Tours at 215-833-0044.

And on Saturday, July 27th and Wednesday, July 31st take a Best of Philly Tour at the Reading Terminal Market.  The two-hour events will cover the fascinating history and culture of Reading Terminal (a Best of Philly winner for Best Market) aand enjoy bite-size tastes of winning foods at eight Best of Philly-winning Market merchants before retreating to the Market’s Rick Nichols Room for sampling of additional Best of Philly award-winning dishes. Tickets are just $19 online.

For the 40th anniversary of Best of Philly, Philadelphia magazine is arranging forty evnets and promotions around the region. Check out our list of all the food and drink related events and promotions. And also check out the full list for non-food and drink related events.

Ongoing 40th Anniversary Best of Philly Food Events [f8b8z]
40 Years of Best of Philly [Philadelphia Magazine]

Philadelphia Magazine Kicks Off 40 Years of Best of Philly

Best of Philly 2013As pioneers of the “best of” issue, Philadelphia magazine is excited to be celebrating 40 years of this tradition. Starting today and running through the Best of Philly Bash on August 20th (for the first time in decades, the party will be open to the public), 40 events and promotions will be celebrated by former Best of Philly winners around the city and region.

And among those 40 events, many have to do with food and drink.

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Sneak Preview: COOK’s July Schedule

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As we do every month, we’re giving you, the wise Foobooz reader, a chance to get ahead of the curve and take an early look at the schedule of upcoming classes at COOK. Like always, we’re showing this to you today in advance of the schedule being released to the public tomorrow and tickets for classes going on sale at 2pm. Like always, there are a bunch of really interesting classes coming up that a lot of you are no doubt interested in.

But this time around, we also have something special. Something REALLY special. It’s a Foobooz Open Stove night that we organized as part of the 40 public events Philadelphia magazine is doing to celebrate the 40th anniversary of our Best of Philly issue. And it truly will be a night you don’t want to miss.

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Here’s What Happens When You Offer People Free Cookies

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So it doesn’t take much–a warm day, some sunshine, hundreds of free cookies–to get the people of Philadelphia to stand in line.

We were down in Rittenhouse Square this afternoon for the second of our 2013 Best of Philly public tastings (the last one–an Italian hoagie tasting, is happening this Sunday, June 9, at the KOP Mall), and the turnout was huge. In less than 45 minutes, we’d given away every cookie we had, collected hundreds of votes on whose was the best, and will be revealing the winners in August’s Best of Philly issue.

In the meantime, we also took a bunch of pretty pictures. So, if you weren’t there, now you’ll know what you missed.

Show me the cookies

Today: Free Cookies In Rittenhouse Square

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Yeah, that’s right. It’s time for another Best Of Philly public taste test, and this time we are asking you, the good people of Philadelphia, to help us decide who has the best cookies in Philadelphia.

How can you help? By showing up in Rittenhouse Square at noon today,  eating a bunch of free cookies and telling us what you think. Here’s who’ll be there and what they’ll be feeding the masses:

Belle Cakery — Double Chocolate Chunk Cookies
Famous 4th Street Cookies — Double Chocolate Chip Cookie
Isgro Pastries — Butter Sponge Ricotta Cookie with Lemon Zest Icing
Insomnia Cookies — Chocolate Chunk Cookies
Hope’s Cookies — Hope’s Royale: Hawaiian macadamia nut, fresh coconut and semisweet chocolate

The event starts at noon, but yes, there’s going to be a line. Probably a long one. Plan accordingly. And we’ll keep handing out cookies until they’re gone, but that likely won’t take all that long so, again, plan accordingly. And when you’re all done eating, all we’re going to ask is that you fill out a ballot naming your favorite. The winner will be revealed in this year’s Best of Philly issue, which will be hitting the stands in August.

 

Polls Are Now Open for The Best of Philly (Plus: Win Tickets to Our BOP Party!)

Come August 1st, our annual Best of Philly issue will be upon you. For this year’s edition, we’re putting a lot of power in our readers’ hands, thanks to our Great Best of Philly Poll, which lets you decide everything from Best Pizza to Best Milkshake to Best Tourist Attraction. Plus: If you answer a little BOP trivia correctly, you’ll be entered to win two tickets to our 40th Anniversary Best of Philly Bash. Click HERE for all that goodness.

Hey, You Wanna See What Hundreds Of People Eating Free Chocolate Looks Like?

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It looks a lot like this–on a perfectly warm and sunny day in Rittenhouse Square, for the first of our Best Of Philly public tastings.

We had several hundred people show up. The line stretched long but moved fast. And while we obviously can’t tell you yet who the people picked as the winner (you’ll have to wait for August’s Best of Philly issue for the final reveal), I can say that I snuck a look inside the bag full of completed ballots and saw votes for all five nominated chocolatiers–Eclat Chocolate, Chocolates By Mueller, Marcie Blaine Artisinal Chocolates, Lore’s Chocolates and Shane Confectionery–who made the trek today.

For those of you who couldn’t make it–or who didn’t heed our warnings and showed up a little too late–we have the next best thing to eating chocolate: Pictures of chocolate. Check out the photo spread after the jump.

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