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.
With Cinco de Mayo just a week away, we over at Foobooz Headquarters decided we could no longer put off going through the folder we had marked, “Cinco de Mayo: Deal With Later,” in our emails. So here it is you tequila and guacamole guzzling heathens: your guide to Philly’s Cinco de Mayo.
Cinco de Mayo Street Festival at El Rey: The Stephen Starr restaurant is hosting its first ever, all-day (5/5, 2pm-10pm) street festival, featuring Mexican street food (think tacos, quesadillas, nachos, corn, margaritas and agua fresca), live mariachi music, piñatas and giveaways. The festival will be on the 2000 block of Ranstead Street.
Yesterday, at Industree’s food and beverage tech panel, Scott Steenrod, Vice President, Restaurant Operations for the Garces Group dropped a very interesting nugget. Since instituting their “Blue Demon Express Lunch Club” at Distrito in March, they’ve seen lunch business double.
And as a reminder, that deal is after five $15, two-course lunches, your sixth one is free.
So for some of those other loyalty programs around town that give you 10% off your 11th meal, this is what a working loyalty program looks like.
Distrito Wants Your Lunch Loyalty [Foobooz]
Along with the endless supply of uncapped pens and and receipts swimming around at the bottom of my purse, I seem to always have an incredible number of punch cards with a single stamp on them. They beckon to me with their promises. Only 8 more coffees and then I get a free one! Just four more frozen yogurts away from a complimentary 4 oz!
But I can never seem to get it together enough to go back to places as frequently as is required to make good on the offers. Luckily (unluckily?) for me, I have a new punch card now to add to my collection, and it even has a sweet name: the Distrito Blue Demon Express Lunch Club.
Editor’s Note: Whenever we get a fresh body added to the team here at Foobooz World HQ, the first thing we ask them to do is create a six-pack for us. It can be about something you like to eat, we say. About something you like to cook. New Foob-tern Regan Abato went another way. She wanted to talk about what she likes to drink.
I think Regan is going to fit in here just fine…
Lately, Philadelphians seem to be obsessed with cocktails. And not just any cocktails, but drinks with outlandish infusions, unusual flavors and ingredients someone who was never a bartender probably never heard of. With these crazy concoctions popping up at almost every bar in town, I started thinking about something a little simpler. While a margarita’s endless options can be dizzying, it is also a totally approachable drink that can be great in any form.
So with so many drinks and so few happy hours, here’s a six pack of some of the best margaritas in Philadelphia you need to try right now.
Sometimes cooking at home just isn’t an option, and what you need is a restaurant equipped to handle large parties with some degree of privacy. Lucky for you, we’ve got a list …
17 Things to Do in Philly On Halloween Weekend: Rocky Horror Live with Mimi Imfurst, Ghost Stories in Laurel Hill, Dia De Los Muertos Festivals, and More
Thursday, October 30th
Peek-A-Boooooo Halloween Revue
Get spooked (in a good way) by this burlesque show full of tricks and treats. The ladies of The Boo, with Joey Martini and Count Scotchula, host an evening of adults-only fun with dancing Martians, a corpse bride, a GLAMpire Queen tribute, and tunes from The Striptease Orchestra. If you’re feeling especially spirited, get dressed up in your own costume – you could win a prize! Tickets can be purchased online.
When: 7:00 p.m.
Where: Trocadero Theatre, 1003 Arch Street.
Ghost Tales and Goosebumps: Local Legends by Firelight at Laurel Hill Cemetery
Gather around the campfire at the Laurel Hill Cemetery for a spooky night of storytelling! Tour guides will show you around, all while telling only the creepiest of ghost stories. Tours depart every half hour to tour the grounds and mausoleums. Enjoy hot cider and cookies afterward. This event is BYOF: bring your own flashlight! Tickets can be purchased online.
When: 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Where: Laurel Hill Cemetery, 3822 Ridge Avenue
The news came down today: Atlantic City’s Revel Resort is shutting down next month.
Oh, sure. They’re still trying to sell the place. But they’ve been trying to sell it pretty much since the day it opened. Or at least since the first bankruptcy filing, which happened just a little over a year after it opened. As things stand now, the resort has never made a dime in profit, and the current owners are admitting that even if a buyer is found, Revel will still close before anyone can come in to save the day.
Marc Vetri‘s singular hold on the Moorestown Mall is about to end. Come July 8, Jose Garces will become his new neighbor with the opening of his third Distrito location.
So what can we (and the good people of New Jersey) expect from this new Distrito? Mexican wrestlers, a floating fireplace, pork belly tamales and lots and lots of tequila.
Michael Klein follows Jose Garces around town, checking in on the Iron Chef’s empire and reaffirming that being a big-shot restaurateur is big business.
Garces has five projects ranging from a branch of Distrito in Moorestown, NJ to Rural Society, an Argentinian steakhouse that he’s opening in Washington DC.
There’s even some talk about exit strategies.
Where’s Jose Garces going? [Philly.com]