Drexel’s Philly Chef Conference Has Something for Everyone

philly chef conference drexelDrexel University’s Center for Hospitality and Sports Management is putting on its second Philly Chef Conference on Sunday, January 11th and Monday, January 12th. Though Monday’s sessions are for Philadelphia hospitality professionals, Sunday’s sessions have something for the general public as well.

For just $20, the public is invited to attend Sunday’s opening sessions. There are two panels and a keynote address by acclaimed baker and teacher, Peter Reinhart. The event runs from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Bossone Research Center, Mitchell Auditorium at 3201 Market Street.

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A Look at What SPOT Burger Might Look Like

Conceptual rendering by Ambit Architecture and Design

Conceptual rendering by Ambit Architecture and Design

SPOT Burger is raising money for a brick-and-mortar location of the popular food truck near or on Drexel’s campus. This weekend, owner Joshua Kim teased what the non-wheeled version of SPOT might look like.

Kim’s GoFundMe campaign continues and for every dollar you donate, you can redeem it in free food once the new SPOT opens.

SPOT Burger [Foobooz]

Drexel Gets State Grant to Develop Video Games

Tetris on the side of the Cira Center. Drexel's Entrepreneurial Game Studio is getting a state grant to help grow Pennsylvania's digital gaming industry.

Tetris on the side of the Cira Center. Drexel’s Entrepreneurial Game Studio is getting a state grant to help grow Pennsylvania’s digital gaming industry.

Technically Philly reports that Drexel University is one of three schools to receive state grants to help develop a video game industry in the state. Drexel will receive $200,000 for its Entrepreneurial Game Studio, which aims to serve helps students start their own game companies in Philadelphia.

Carnegie Mellon University and Harrisburg University of Science and Technology are also receiving grants. The three schools will also share an additional $150,000 for collaborative efforts, like a statewide gaming conference.
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Spot Burger Looks to Put Down Roots

spot-burger-cart-940.jpg-spot-burgersThe highly praised Spot Burger cart by Josh Kim has launched a $75,000 GoFundMe campaign in order to raise money for a brick-and-mortar location for the cart that normally hangs out around Drexel’s campus.

According to Kim, Spot Burger has “caught the attention of a retail developer, and we have been given the opportunity of a full restaurant in the Drexel Campus/Mantua area.”

Since coming on the scene in early 2012, Kim has received lots of praise including a 2014 Best of Philly award for Best Cheesesteak.

GoFundMe is a bit different than the better known Kickstarter, all GoFundMe campaigns have no deadlines or goal requirements and no penalties for missing your goal. So all donations are received by the person offering the fundraising campaign.


SPOT Gourmet Burgers, Steaks & Pork [Foobooz]

Drexel to Host Second Philly Chef Conference


Drexel University’s Center for Hospitality and Sports Management is hosting its second Philly Chef Conference. The two-day event takes place on Sunday and Monday, January 11th and 12th and will bring renowned chefs, restaurateurs, purveyors and food writers from across the city and region to come together to discuss issues facing the restaurant industry as well as new food trends, products and techniques.

The first day of the conference is open to the public and will feature two panel discussions and a keynote. Tickets are just $20 per person. Fine Wine & Good Spirits – Doing Business with the PA Liquor Control Board will feature a panel of industry experts including Jason Malumed (Chalkboard Wine & Spirits), Melissa Bova (Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Association), State Senator Chuck McIlhinney (Chairman of the Senate Law and Justice Committee, responsible for reviewing legislation and policies related to the PLCB) and Steve Wildy (Vetri Family).

Philly 2020–The Future of Dining in Philadelphia will include a panel of chefs including chef chair of the conference, Kevin Sbraga, Jeff Benjamin (Vetri Family), Joncarl Lachman (Noord), Marcie Turney (Barbuzzo) and Rob Keddie (Garces Group) gazing into their crystal balls to discuss what Philadelphia’s dining scene will look like in 2020.

The keynote will be delivered by James Beard Award winning author and internationally known expert on bread and baking, Peter Reinhart.

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New Monthly Science Cafe Kicks Off at National Mechanics

The Academy of Natural Sciences' Carol Collier will lead the first Tapping Our Watershed happy hour. | Photo via Drexel University.

The Academy of Natural Sciences’ Carol Collier will lead the first Tapping Our Watershed happy hour. | Photo via Drexel University.

The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University is introducing a new, monthly science cafe called Tapping Our Watershed. The happy hour lectures will bring together students, citizens, and experts on the third Monday of each month to discuss the Delaware River watershed and aquatic ecology. The first installment will be Monday, November 17th at 6 p.m. at National Mechanics in Old City.

Carol Collier, the Academy’s senior advisor for watershed management and policy, will start off the cafe series with a presentation called “The Future of the Delaware River Basin: Why We Need to Think Holistically.” Her lecture will talk about problems and changes to the region’s water sources, and potential solutions to those problems.

Series attendees must be over 21 (it is at a bar, after all) but if you’re not of age, you can attend with a buddy that’s at least 25. Click here or follow the Academy at @ANSStreamTeam for updates and info.

IN THE WINGS: A Conversation with Blood Wedding Star Judith Lightfoot Clarke

JudithLightfootClarkeMy name is … as you might suspect, a family name, coming from Francis Lightfoot Lee, a signer of the Declaration of Independence.  Although when asked by a prospective landlord in NYC if I was related to Gordon, I didn’t deny it …

I am … blessed to work in the theatre, where talent, values, politics, vision and humanity all serve at the pleasure of bringing the written word off the page and into a room with people breathing the same air.  Turn off your cell phones and be present with us …

On opening night I … will be grateful that my husband, Dean Harrison, and sons, Owen and Beckett, are in the house (theatre house, that is … )

If I had to describe Blood Wedding in one sentence, I’d say … a wrenching poetic saga about forces, seen and unseen, that lead men to violence in the name of love while the women watch, written as only the genius Lorca can. (I’ve made it sound so upbeat! Truly, though, there is much music, love and laughter in the mix.)

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Drexel’s New Solution to Stress: An On-Staff Therapy Dog Named Jersey

Jersey, Drexel University's resident therapy dog.

Jersey, Drexel University’s resident therapy dog.

It’s not every day that I have an interview with a dog on my calendar. But a few weeks back, I found myself in an office at the Drexel University Recreation Center asking questions. To a dog.

Well, to be fair, the dog’s owner, Kathryn Formica, the center’s coordinator for student fitness and wellness, was supplying the answers, but the interview itself was all about Jersey, the Carolina blend therapy dog, adopted from the Delaware County SPCA, who’s now a permanent fixture at the university.

“He helps create a sense of community, give that sense of home to students who might be missing their families, or family dogs, or who may be dealing with other stressors of academic life,” says Formica. “He’s a great conversation starter, a great outlet.”

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Academy of Natural Sciences to Host First-Ever All-Nighter for Adults

Guests will sleep in Dinosaur Hall during the Academy of Natural Sciences first Overnight for Adults.

Guests will sleep in Dinosaur Hall during the Academy of Natural Sciences first Overnight for Adults.

The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University (ANSP) just announced it will host its very first adult overnighter next spring—a chance to slip on your favorite PJs (okay, you might want to buy a fresh pair) and frolic around the Academy with other kids-at-heart.

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