Operators Announced for PHS Pop-Up Gardens

The PHS Pop Up Garden will return to the 1400 block of South Street | Photo via PHS

The PHS Pop Up Garden will return to the 1400 block of South Street | Photo via PHS

The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society has announced its designers and culinary teams for its two PHS Pop Up Gardens this summer. PHS returns to 15th and South for a third year on June 1st. The garden is being designed by Karen Regan of Tallulah & Bird. Regan created last year’s garden and this year is planning aged woods, inventive planters, antiques, flea market finds and curiosities to conjure a magical retreat. Plantings will include roses, fragrant herbs, cocktail cucumbers, a canopy of pink crape myrtles, climbing vines of hops, wisteria and clematis. As a centerpiece, there will be an illuminated, towering mulberry tree.

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Whiskey For Breakfast: Sunday Brunch At Ela With Scott Schroeder

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UPDATE: We’ve got the full menu now, so check it out after the jump.

Granted, it’s going to be a little late for the official festivities, but if Sunday comes and you still haven’t gotten all the St. Patrick’s Day out of your system, there’s this: A brunch, being organized and prepared by BFFs Scott Schroeder (Hungry Pigeon, etc.) and Jason Cichonski at Cichonski’s restaurant Ela. It’s happening on Sunday from 10:30am until 2:30pm, and they’re calling it the “St. Patrick’s Day Whiskey And Waffles Brunch” so there will presumably be both whiskey and waffles.

Also, this is like the third time the duo have done an event like this together, and yeah. There was plenty of whiskey before. And waffles.

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What To Look For At Tonight’s Grand Re-Opening Of XFINITY Live

1100 SocialTonight, Friday October 2nd, Philadelphia’s XFINITY Live! is having its grand opening featuring numerous changes and improvements to the popular dining and entertainment destination.

Plus Jason Cichonski.

Located in the heart of South Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Sports Complex, a venue featuring dozens of restaurants and entertainment options, XFINITY Live! introduces their new expansion with 52,000 sq. ft. of outdoor space added (just in time for this beautiful weather), along with improvements and visual enhancements to the concert and event stage.

Wanna know exactly what they’ve done with the place? Of course you do. So here’s what’s new at Xfinity Live this season.

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Taste Of The Nation Is Back On May 3: Tonight, Chefs Behind Bars

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Philadelphia’s Taste of the Nation, sponsored by No Kid Hungry, is back this year at the Loews Hotel on May 3. The huge event will feature over 40 different restaurants whipping up some food and drinks for the attendees.

Tickets to the event are $95 per person and $145 for VIP, which includes an extra hour prior to the event for tastings. The event starts at 6 p.m. (5 p.m. for VIP holders) and ends at 8 p.m.

Restaurants attending include Townsend, Vernick Food + Drink and Helm, along with a.kitchen, Olde Bar and Brick & Mortar mixing up specialty cocktails.

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The Gaslight Is Taking A Do-Over

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Things did not go well for Jason Cichonski when he debuted his Old City bro-haven and drink-a-teria, The Gaslight. He got kicked around pretty good by our own Trey Popp, who handed down one lonely star (“The Ela chef’s sophomore effort feels like an Old City boite for singles who’ve almost outgrown them, but who aren’t quite ready to choose between Manayunk and Cougar Town.”) and given a single mercy bell by Craig LaBan in a review most notable for the fact that the chef himself knew an ass-kicking was forthcoming.

Still, he kept things going–serving crowds who didn’t seem dissuaded at all by the bad press. Right up until February 28 when a burst pipe upstairs forced a “temporary” shutdown (which has now lasted nearly a month) and Cichonski decided to use the time to re-do, well, pretty much everything.

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Get Drunk for Puppies

Wouldn't you drink for this guy?

Wouldn’t you drink for this guy?

Finally, this is your chance to use that drinking problem of yours for good.

Tomorrow night (Wednesday, February 18), Old City’s The Gaslight is hosting a happy hour event to benefit The Morris Animal Refuge (America’s first animal shelter).

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The Gaslight Pairs Up with Franklin Fountain and Dad’s Hat

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It’s an Old City collaboration with the Gaslight’s Jason Cichonski and The Franklin Fountain’s Eric and Ryan Berley. The four-course dinner will pair Cichonski’s food with the hot drinking chocolates developed by the Berley brothers. The dinner takes place on Thursday, December 18th and costs $45 per person. A Dad’s Hat cocktail pairing will be available for an additional $25.

Though Cichonski has taken a critical beating recently at the Gaslight, $45 is a reasonable price for the dinner and if you’ve had a Franklin Fountain drinking chocolate, you’ve wanted to have a reason to have several. So here’s your chance.

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Ela Offering Special Monday Night Prix Fixe

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Jason Cichonski’s Ela is offering a special $30 prix fixe on Monday nights. The three-course dinner options for each course, if we were ordering, that would mean:

  • Melon Gazpacho
    mango, hibiscus
  • Pennsylvania trout
    pumpernickle orecchiette, horseradish, mustard chips
  • Cookie Dough
    vanilla-bay ice cream, warm cookie dough

To further sweeten the deal, select bottles of wine are half-price on Mondays.

Ela Monday Prix Fixe Menu (PDF)

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