If you’re the type who needs some serious incentive to strap on your running shoes, boy, have we got some for you: Folks who get their sweat on with Philadelphia Runner tonight will get free donuts and fried chicken, courtesy of the oh-so-delicious Federal Donuts. How’s that for motivation?
The work of filmmaker and artist David Lynch is being shown at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Lynch, who is known for films like Blue Velvet, Eraserhead, Mulholland Drive and the TV show “Twin Peaks,” studied painting at PAFA in the late sixties and once said, “I had my first thrilling thought in Philadelphia.” Which we take as a compliment, even if it is a twisted one.
As part of the PAFA’s Lynch retrospective, “The Unified Field” which begins Saturday, September 13th, the academy asked Federal Donuts to create donuts for the opening reception. Not only has FedNuts done that, but they will also offer the donuts at their storefronts starting on the 13th.
The original Federal Donuts in Pennsport reopened this morning after a couple week break for cleaning and repairs. But since this is Federal Donuts we’re talking about, you just knew it wouldn’t just be business as usual. Tomorrow, August 29th, the 2nd Street shop will be offering complimentary mini-donuts with jimmies.
Get there early if you want them.
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On Saturday afternoon South Street hosted its third annual Dog Days of Summer Cook-Off, an afternoon of hot dog-eating and beer drinking under the historic Headhouse Market building. By all accounts it was the best-attended Dog Days of Summer event so far. Folks were standing in lines 20- to 30-deep to munch on wieners served up by local joints like Hot Diggity, Brauhaus Schmitz, Serrano, and more.
At the same time, there were a few contests going on—one for the local restaurants serving hot dogs that afternoon, and a topping contest for Philly amateur cooks. Here’s the list of wieners, I mean winners:
1st Place: Chef Michael Stollenwerk of Headhouse Crab & Oyster
Hot Dog: “The Sea Dog” with Sabrett’s hot dog, spicy pepper relish, crab salad, split-top bun, and a splash of Old Bay.
2nd Place: Chef Nick Mezzina of Misconduct Tavern
Hot Dog: “Sriracha Pork Dog” with sweet Sichuan chilli.
3rd Place: Chef Keith Garabedien of Hot Diggity
Hot Dog: “Corn Salsa Dog” with fire-roasted corn, 1732 meats, paprika-bacon salsa, radish tortillas and cilantro.
Amateur Toppings Winners
1st Place: Lily Vamberi
Hot Dog: “Dickmom Dog” with Elixr Coffee BBQ sauce, Kenzinger battered onion strings, roasted long hot relish.
2nd Place: Brant Williams
Hot Dog: “Pho-natic Dog” with pho beef bullion paste, mung bean sprouts, cilantro, Thai basil, thinly sliced jalapenos, lime hoisin.
3rd Place: Gabrierl Raab
Hot Dog: “Tova Dog” with amba Sauce, pickled vegetables, falafel crunch
Chefs Ricardo Rodriguez & Anthony Santiti Jr of Bistro Romano
Hot Dog: “Scala Duck Ragu” with grilled romaine, shaved parmigiano-reggiano, pancetta.
On Tuesday, July 1st all four Federal Donuts stores will debut Ed Rendell’s Ed-ible Donut, a red velvet Fancy with cream cheese frosting. The donut will be available through Saturday, July 26th. Proceeds from the donuts sale will benefit Rooster Soup Co., the Federal Donuts/Broad Street Hospitality collaborative that is currently looking to raise $150,000 via a Kickstarter campaign.
Okay, so Federal Donuts is celebrating National Fried Chicken Day on Sunday, July 6 with a one-day-only offering of “FedNuggets”–FedNuts-style chicken nuggets, made from skin-on chicken thighs, cured and double-fried, served with Coffee BBQ, Honey Mustard and Pineapple Polynesian dipping sauces. They’ll come four nuggets to an order, for $6, and while that is all well and good (and more than a little bit awesome), July 6 is still a little ways off and we wouldn’t normally be warning you so far in advance to cancel all your plans for the day. But then there’s this, too.
Free fried chicken. For life.
If you needed one more reason to love Federal Donuts, here it is: Federal Donuts is collaborating with Broad Street Ministry (BSM), a non-profit, to launch a Kickstarter campaign. The campaign will fund Rooster Soup Company, a gourmet soup restaurant where 100% of the profits will go to the Broad Street Ministry’s Hospitality Collaborative. BSM has been providing social services and meals (over 60,000 a year to be exact) to those in need in Philadelphia. Bill Golderer, founder and convening minister of BSM, spoke on the team up saying, “when unlikely collaborators like Broad Street Ministry and Federal Donuts join forces – new possibilities emerge. Getting in the game together leads us past helplessness, and allows us to envision radical new solutions.”
Old-Fashioned Chocolate and Salted Tehina are two of the new flavors now available at all Federal Donuts locations. The Old-Fashioned Chocolate is the shop’s first and only chocolate cake batter donut, so if you know what’s good for you, you should be running out the door now to get your fair share. Federal Donut has shops located in Pennsport, Center City, University City and West Poplar.
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