Photo by HughE Dillon
Thanks to that giant rubber duck, the Tall Ships Festival is one of the most-hyped events of summer. It officially kicked off Thursday, with more than a dozen mega vessels from around the globe on the Delaware River between Philadelphia and Camden.
The duck actually looks surprisingly small in the photos HughE Dillon captured at the kickoff, and he apparently had a little trouble making it to the party: “The duck couldn’t fight the wind to make it up the Delaware,” HughE says. “It got stuck on one of those barges that has been anchored in the Delaware for the past year. Tug boats and the Water Board had to go over and dislodge it. It tried to continue its journey, but the organizers realized it just wasn’t going to make it. They towed it to an area near the aquarium, where it was being docked.”
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With outdoor dining and drinking season clearly upon us, La Peg has announced its patio menu for the season. The patio is serving up a menu of grilled items like pork chops, salmon and burgers, as well as chilled soups, salads and desserts.
The patio also serves up great views of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, the Race Street Pier and $3 beers.
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Spruce Street Harbor Park Presented by Univest/Valley Green Bank and Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest have announced their food partners and the ante has been upped. Franklin Fountain, Shane Confectionery, Federal Donuts, and the revival of Chifa will all go a long way towards making 2015 a year to head to the Delaware River.
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David Gilberg has had the job. So have George Sabatino and David Katz. And now, in what’s becoming a rite of spring, Morgan’s Pier has announced its 2015 chef in residence, and it’s none other than our own Top Chef champion, Nick Elmi.
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The Lodge at Winterfest is throwing a Winterfest Brewfest this weekend. The event runs from Friday January 23rd to Sunday January 25th on Penns Landing, at 101 South Columbus Boulevard.
The Friday festivities will run from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. and will feature Sly Fox and Weyerbacher as the featured breweries. All you need is a free wristband and proper ID to attend. There will also be Beer Quizzo and a Brewer talk from Sly Fox’s Brian O’Reilley.
Saturday’s festivities run from 12 to 8 p.m., serving beers from Yuengling, Twin Lakes, Evil Genius, and Cape May Brewery. Live music will also be on hand. Sunday’s events will be from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., with brews from Dock Street and wine from Hauser Estate Winery. A home brewing demonstration will also be part of the day.
The events are completely free, and attendees can have up to six two-ounce samples per person.
Find more information on the Delaware Waterfront’s web site.
The Lodge at Winterfest [Foobooz]
With the holidays behind us, The Lodge at Winterfest has adjusted its hours and added happy hour. Happy Hour runs Monday through Friday, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and features half-off seasonal drafts and $5 shorty fries.
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El Poquito on Germantown Avenue in Chestnut Hill
This week we’ve seen two sets of Garces alums open new restaurants. Former Garces director of operations, George Atterbury has opened El Poquito in Chestnut Hill. The Mexican restaurant takes over the Chestnut 7 property ad Atterbury has hired former JG Domestic chef de cuisine, Andrew Sabin as executive chef. El Poquito is open for dinner seven days a week. Michael Klein reports that Atterbury already has a deal in place for a second location in a new development by the Christina River in Wilmington. Check out El Poquito’s menu here.
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La Peg is starting to serve weekend brunch, starting this weekend.
The French brasserie’s brunch menu will be served on Saturdays and Sunday from 11 a.m to 2 p.m. and includes an array of breakfast foods, along with more lunch plates.
Breakfast dishes offered include Eggs Florentine; Omelette with bacon and caramelized onion, gruyere, potatoes, salad; crepes with sweet mascarpone and fresh fruit; and biscuits and gravy.
Chef Peter Woolsey brags, he knows brunch, it’s the only meal he and his family get to eat out during the week.
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Blue Cross RiverRink | Photo via Delaware Riverfront
Approaching winter isn’t all that bad, because that means that Blue Cross Riverrink is about to open. And if you miss Spruce Street’s Harbor Park, this is its winter alternative. The regulation-sized skating rink offers public skating sessions, season-long special events, parties, private functions, as well as skate rentals and sharpening. But the skating rink isn’t the only attraction.
The rink has announced the opening day of its seasonal celebration Winterfest as November 28th.
The ice skating rink will feature thousands of lights, great food and drinks, comfy rockers and couches, and most importantly, fire pits, fireplaces, and heat lamps.
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La Peg at FringeArts | Photo by Kevin Monko
Rick Nichols checks in at La Peg, Peter Woolsey’s two month old French brasserie at the once-upon-a-time pump house that is now the home of FringeArts. Nichols finds that the transition from early 20th century high-pressure water station to present day restaurant has been difficult.
That its menu takes liberties with disciplined bistro classics doesn’t help matters. My bowl of Vietnamese beef-noodle pho consomme was cloyingly sweet. And while my wife was happy with her steak-frite, as was I with a small plate of roasted striped bass, my choucroute garnie – so wonderful when the sauerkraut is cooked long and slow enough to soak up the flavors of the sausage – tasted as if a bag of crunchy, coarse-cut kraut had been warmed up at the last minute, then layered with grilled sausage, entirely missing the point of the dish.
Reinventing pump house as eatery proves daunting [Philadelphia Inquirer]
La Peg [Foobooz]