Di Bruno Bros. Bottle Shop at the Franklin Gets Closer

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Photo by Suzanne Woods

The bottle shop at the Di Bruno Bros. location at 9th and Chestnut is getting close to opening. Groundswell Design (who you know from their work at Spruce Street Harbor Park and the PHS Pop-Up Beer Gardens) installed the tables and chairs last night and the beer is being ordered.

Once the license approvals are set, the Bottle Shop at the Franklin will softly launch with beer. Then expect a grand opening in mid to late June when the shop gets its own menu of cheese flights, charcuterie boards and more.

We can’t wait.

Di Bruno Bros. – The Franklin [Foobooz]

Celebrate National Grilled Cheese Day

A grilled cheese from Di Bruno Bros. | Photo via Di Bruno Bros.

A grilled cheese from Di Bruno Bros. | Photo via Di Bruno Bros.

It’s National Grilled Cheese Day because some people need a made up holiday to celebrate the grilled cheese. But not us at Foobooz World Headquarters. After all, I’ve called a grilled cheese by Bobby Flay “an explosion of taste in my mouth” and Jason Sheehan recently admitted that a grilled cheese matters to him more than a thick steak or even a lobster tail. As if today’s weather wasn’t enough of a reason to go for a grilled cheese at lunchtime, maybe this list will inspire you.

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Weckerly’s and Birchrun Hills Farms Offering Cheesy Ice Cream Sandwiches

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Ko Ko Blue and Fat Cat’s Creamsicle ice cream sandwiches. Only through the weekend.

Ice cream and cheese: both are tasty, but have you had them together? If not, now’s your chance— Best of Philly winning Weckerly’s Ice Cream and Birchrun Hills Farm have teamed up to create two limited run cheese ice cream sandwiches: Ko Ko Blue and Fat Cat’s Creamsicle. Available exclusively through Di Bruno Bros.

Ko Ko Blue is made of Dominican chocolate ice cream with Birchrun Hills blue cheese and candied walnuts in between two bourbon brown sugar cookies, and Fat Cat’s Creamsicle is a completely different taste with two layers of Birchrun Fat Cat cheese ice cream, an orange marmalade in the middle, and a shortbread cookie on the top and bottom.

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World Readies for La Colombe Draft Latte

Di Bruno Bros. Emilio Mignucci with a cup of La Colombe Draft Latte.

Di Bruno Bros. Emilio Mignucci with a cup of La Colombe Draft Latte.

Back in June, Todd Carmichael told Philadelphia magazine that he planned to revolutionize the world with his Starbucks killing canned draft latte. A bold statement for the founder of Philadelphia’s La Colombe but that’s the kind of guy he is.

Shortly after that statement, he rolled out draft latte at all his cafes in Philadelphia, New York, Chicago and Washington D.C. This week, Di Bruno Bros. Rittenhouse Square location at 18th and Chestnut Streets became the first external location to offer La Colombe Draft Latte on tap.

Draft Latte for the uninitiated is a frothy iced latte served from a tap system. The process allows La Colombe to pressurize the milk and give it a silky textured mouthfeel like a traditional latte.

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A Cheese Class to Yodel About

di-bruno-cheese-class-400All week, Di Bruno Bros. has been celebrating the cheese of the Alps. Each day a different cheese is being showcased at all Di Bruno Bros. stores. The cheese mongers, or sherpas will guide visitors through the high altitude cheeses of Germany, France and Switzerland.

And even if you’ve missed some of the cheeses so far this week, you can play catch up at Di Bruno’s Alpine Cheese Class on Sunday, November 15th upstairs at the Rittenhouse location (1730 Chestnut Street).

The BYOB class will feature all seven cheeses highlighted during the week plus sweet and savory accompaniments.

The class runs from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and tickets are available online.

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DiBruno Bros. Is Having A Cheese Crawl This Weekend

The cheese counter at the new Di Bruno Bros.

Some cheese to go with your cheese at Di Bruno Bros.

Hold on to your Swiss cheese hats and lace up your limburger shoes, because this Saturday, October 17th, DiBruno Brothers will host their second ever Cheese Crawl at their five area stores. The event, which debuted last December as a sort of scavenger hunt, was wildly popular, so they’ve further upped the ante for this, the second, adding a more focused progression that leads to a street festival at the end.

UPDATE: DiBruno is selling tickets for this year’s event in order to keep a handle on the crowds. They’ll run you $20. Get yours here.

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Work Out and Get Free Di Bruno Bros at This Boot Camp Series 

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If you’re more of a treat-driven fitness fanatic than an “I just genuinely love working out” workout person, take note: Starting this Saturday, October 3rd, the Market & Shops at Comcast Center (1701 JFK Boulevard) is hosting an eight-week-long flash boot camp series where you pay $10 per class to get your sweat on, then get a $10 gift card to use at the Market & Shops in return. So basically, you get free food from Di Bruno Bros (or Sook Hee’s Produce or, if you’re feeling indulgent, Termini Bros) just for working out. Ah-mazing, right?
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DiBruno Brothers Goes a Little Gay With Their Rittenhouse Sign

Let’s face it: If you’ve shopped at the DiBruno Brothers location on Chestnut Street near Rittenhouse Square, you’ve probably felt a wee bit gay rummaging through the cheese department. Long story short: They feel you.

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I spotted this very cheeky sign outside of the store today, promoting their Gruyère Alpage and Le Cret offerings: “We’re here. We’re Gruyère. Get on it.” Clearly, it’s a play on “We’re here. We’re queer. Get used to it!” (follow that link for a little LGBTQ history lesson).

For a little lesson on cheese, I suggest you head over to the DiBruno Brothers’ webpage, where you can find out just about anything about cheese that your heart would desire.

And to DiBruno Brothers: Well played!

 

Not One, Not Three, But Five Ways To Celebrate Belgian Independence

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The folks at Duvel Moortgat Brewing and Brewery Ommegang want you to celebrate Belgian Independence Day.

In honor of the holiday (which actually comes on July 21st), they’re hosting an outdoor party at the South Street PHS Beer Garden on Sunday July 19th, plus several beer and cheese tours throughout the weekend.

This Belgian beer bash runs from 12 noon to 10pm and features beer, live music and games. Duvel and Ommegang brewing both have beers on draught including Hennepin, Rare Vos, Gnomegang, La Chouffe, Liefmans Fruitesse, Fleur de Houblon and Duvel Single to name a few. Ommegang also brewed a special, limited release beer for the occasion. Ommegang Belgian Independence Day is a Belgian-style tripel, dry-hopped with Mandarina Bavaria hops.

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