Academy of Natural Sciences Offers Pay-What-You-Wish Admission Day

dinohall_WKlein-1534 (1)On Monday, the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University is hosting a pay-what-you-wish day in celebration of its founding.

As the Academy notes in a press release, “the official day the Academy was established by seven amateur naturalists was March 21, 1812. Initially meeting at one founder’s home, these men pulled together their specimen collections and other resources and created the Academy of Natural Sciences for ‘the encouragement and cultivation of the sciences and the advancement of useful learning.’”

The Academy offers a spot in the city to escape every day life to ponder life-size dinosaur replicas, learn about fossil preservation, and learn about animals that have roamed the Earth through its collection of countless species, living and dead.

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New Orleans’ Commander’s Palace Popping Up at Drexel

Photo via Wikimedia

Photo via Wikimedia

The Center for Hospitality and Sports Management at Drexel University is responsible for Philly Chef Conference but that is hardly the only cool event they host during the year.

On Friday, March 6th, Drexel’s hospitality program welcomes Tory McPhail, executive chef of Commander’s Palace in New Orleans to a pop-up dinner at the University’s Academic Bistro.

Commander’s Palace is a landmark among dining landmarks in New Orleans. Open since 1880 and now under the stewardship McPhail, a James Beard award winning chef, the restaurant is known for its haute Creole cuisine.

The four-course dinner costs $75 per person and includes complimentary drink pairings. Tickets to the event are available on Drexel’s web site.

UPDATE: The dinner is now sold out.

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Morning Headlines: What Will 30th Street Station Look Like in 2040?

30th st station

We already know that our beloved 30th Street Station–yes, we’re still calling it that–is one of the busiest hubs in the nation. But what will it be like in the year 2040? As Jim Saksa of PlanPhilly points out, that’s partially up to you, boss:

The district plan is a joint effort by Amtrak, Brandywine Realty Trust, Drexel University, SEPTA and other stakeholders to create an implementable vision for the 175-acre area surrounding the station.

In the coming months, the team will develop three different scenarios for the district come 2040. Following another round of public feedback and feasibility studies, those three scenarios will be synthesized into a single District Plan, which will be fully implementable the day it’s released (sometime around fall 2016).

So, do you really want to see the rail yards north of 30th Street Station capped and turned into a platform for the next office and residential towers in a confluence of transportation, residential and commercial activity? Then you kind of have to get involved.

In order for the rail yard cap to happen, that land (technically, the air rights above it) needs to be worth enough to justify the tremendous cost of covering it. Just as the development of Hudson Yards is covering the price of putting a lid on the West Side Yard, burying the rail yard would be effectively paid for with the rent from the skyscrapers built on top.

Here’s to get (and stay) involved in the process. You can also take this handy survey to help out even more!

Will plans for 30th St. Station District include capping rail yards? That’s up to you [PlanPhilly]

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Late February Demolition Anticipated for University City High School Building

After reaching out to a Drexel University’s Director of Media Relations, we’ve received word that the former University City High School building is facing a possible late February demolition.

The news comes after the above photo, which is that of the former Charles Drew Elementary School, surfaced on Instagram. Charles Drew, along with the now demolished Walnut Center, is on the 14-acre property comprising the UCHS site, which Drexel and Wexford Science & Technology purchased last year.

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Limited Tickets Remain to Philly Chef Conference

philly-chef-conference-sunday-940Drexel University’s second annual Philly Chef Conference takes place this Sunday and Monday. Monday’s chef-only sessions are already sold out but a limited number of tickets remain to Sunday, January 11th’s public event.

In addition to a keynote address by acclaimed baker and teacher, Peter Reinhart, Sunday’s schedule includes a panel on Pennsylvania liquor laws that will feature State Senator Chuck McIlhinneyJoseph Brion, head of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board and several hospitality industry pros.

A second panel focuses on Philly 2020, a look into the future of Philadelphia’s dining scene. The panel is moderated by Sam Katz and will include the conference’s chair Kevin Sbraga as well as Jeff Benjamin of Vetri Family, Joncarl Lachman of Noord, Marcie Turney of Barbuzzo, and Rob Keddie of Garces Group.

Sunday’s sessions runs from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Bossone Research Center, Mitchell Auditorium at 3201 Market Street. Tickets are $20 per person and available on the Drexel web site.

Philly Chef Conference [Official]

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]

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