PHOTOS: Wall to Wall Legends at Dining Out for Life Host Restaurant in Philadelphia

Last Thursday night, diners across the region headed out to their favorite restaurants for the 25th anniversary of Dining Out for Life (DOFL). ActionAIDS‘s annual event raises funds for local HIV charities by asking participating restaurants to donate 33 percent of that night’s ticket sales to the cause. As of publish date, ActionAIDS hadn’t had a chance to tally all the money raised this year, but a rep from the organization tells me that by all accounts, restaurants across the city were packed, and the event should be on track to meet or beat its yearly average of $250,000 for the region.

This year’s host restaurant was Frankford Hall in Fishtown, and, as my friend Tammy Faymous would say, the place was packed with wall-to-wall legends. There, local community leaders gathered to dine and schmooze with superstar DOFL spokespeople Mondo Guerra (Project Runway) and chef Daisy Martinez (Daisy Cooks!). Among the locals who showed up were Mayor Michael Nutter, outgoing Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) President Drew Becher, mayoral hopeful Jim Kenney and leaders of many of the city’s HIV/AIDS service organizations, like Christopher Bartlett (William Way Community Center) Ronda Goldfein (AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania) Robb Reichert (AIDS Fund) and Jane Shull (Philadelphia FIGHT). ActionAIDS sent some photographs from the restaurant. Check them out below:  

German Bierfest Set for Saturday


The German Society of Pennsylvania is hosting the fourth annual Bierfest this Saturday, February 21st. The event will take place from 2 pm to 5:30 pm, with early access available to any VIP ticket holders.

The women from Philly Roller Derby will also be hosting the event and will feature acts like Roller Derby Arm Wrestling and Berlin-style BEERlesque, as well as German and American themed live music.

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Visit Philly Kicks Off Beer Garden Series

Phillyosophy_Beer_Morgansv1000-680uwVisit Philadelphia is kicking off a summer beer garden happy hour series. The twelve week series will feature six beer gardens on Friday afternoons. Each pop-up happy hour will include specials on food and local craft beer, as well as games led by the Visit Philly team.

It all starts at 4 p.m. at Morgan’s Pier. Check out the full schedule on UWISHUNU.

Announcing The Visit Philly Beer Garden Series [UWISHUNU]

Why You Should Dine Out for Life: Jim King

Our annual series, “Dine Out for My Life,” features a different local who has been affected by HIV/AIDS. It’s been leading up to tonight’s Dining Out for Life (DOFL) event throughout the Philly region. .

JimMy name is … Jim King

What is your Philly connection?
I grew up in Wilmington, Del., and lived there until my late-’20s . I lived in Delaware County for about 25 years, and then two years ago I finally moved to 19th and Christian streets. I always wanted to live in Philly so I’m glad I made the move.

What do you do for work?
I worked as a union electrician in Delaware, but retired in 2009.

How has HIV/AIDS affected your life?
In a few ways: In the early-’80s I was using drugs intravenously and having lots of anonymous sex when I first heard of HIV/AIDS. I tried to educate myself on the virus and get the facts and not the myths. Over the years I lost some friends and family to HIV/AIDS. 

The biggest thing I have learned from my experience with HIV/AIDS is …
There are a lot of people who really care about people living with HIV/AIDS.

Any Dining Out for Life restaurant recommendations?
I personally will be at Frankford  Hall the night of DOFL.

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5 Things to Do in Philly This Week:
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Todd Carmichael’s Dangerous Grounds Returns Tonight


Season two of Dangerous Grounds premieres tonight. The show, which stars La Colombe’s Todd Carmichael, focuses on the adventurer and business owner’s trips to the far corners of the world in order to source coffee direct from the source.

Dangerous Grounds is on the Travel Channel and is shown every Tuesday at 9 p.m. In tonight’s episode, Carmichael heads to Mexico to find a coffee suitable for chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten.

Viewing party at Frankford Hall tonight » 

Philadelphia’s Top 50 Bars by the Numbers

We’ve posted the 2012 Best Bars in Philly list and now that we have had some time to let the list soak in, here are some interesting facts and figures about the Top Bars list.

  • 14 first time bars made the list.
  • Alla Spina had the highest ranked debut.
  • Welcome back to Doobies and McMenamin’s, neither had made the list since 2009.
  • Biggest jump, Frankford Hall jumped up from 41 to 10 in its first full year.
  • Farmers’ Cabinet saw the biggest drop falling from #9 to off the list.
  • Standard Tap, South Philadelphia Taproom and Pub on Passyunk East have been in the top 10 each year of the list.
  • Beer dominated the top ten spots but cocktails are a priority in at least seventeen of the establishments.

Calling All Manly Men

On Thursday, November 1, Frankford Hall will be holding a party to kick off the beginning of Movember.

But what is Movember you ask? Well, it’s only the manliest month of the year. An annual month-long charity event, Movember encourages men to grow fabulous mustaches during the month of November to raise funds and awareness for men’s health issues. And the party at Frankford Hall will be the ultimate man-bash, complete with free professional razor shaves for people interested in joining the movement, happy hour specials all night (like $5 1/2 Liter drafts, $10 Liter Drafts), and some deliciously–and surely meatyfood specials too. Frankford Hall will also hold a closing party to celebrate and reward those manly men who put forth an effort throughout the month.

So get ready…get set…grow.

Movember [Official website]

Storefront Challenge Acknowledges Streetscape Makeovers

Last Wednesday the Citywide Storefront Challenge acknowledged the best storefront makeovers from around the city. Many restaurant storefronts were included including:

  • Frankford Hall – Best Overall (pictured)
  • Little Baby’s Ice Cream – Bang for the Buck
  • Manakeesh – Honor the Past
  • Silk City – Protection to Perfection
  • American Sardine Bar – Creative Design
  • Magpie – Up Against the Wall
  • Tria Wine Room – Nightlife
  • Aksum – Extreme Makeover
  • Jet Wine Bar – Corridor Catalyst
  • Reed’s Coffee – Painted Ladies
  • Shake Shack – Pardon our Appearance

Storefront Challenge winners [Eyes on the Street via Curbed Philly]

Photo by Community Design Collaborative


Fall Festivals Galore

Fall is upon us and that means beer fests, pumpkin fests, and Oktoberfest fests that all roll up into one giant festival fest. Luckily for you, we have the best of the fests all sorted out for you, from fall harvests to beer-soaked extravaganzas and everything in between. Read more »

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