ThinkFest Will Feature Marc Vetri, Aimee Olexy and Others

Marc Vetri

ThinkFest is Philadelphia magazine’s week-long series of events featuring smart conversations about the city, education, the arts, entrepreneurship, the food scene, tech and creative culture.

Chris Matthews is the keynote speaker at Thursday night’s event and Saturday’s Main Event will feature M. Night ShyamalanAimee Olexy and Marc Vetri among others.

Vetri’s talk, “Cultivating the Creative Connection” is one of 17 idea-sparking sessions that will take place during the main event at the Kimmel Center.

Aimee Olexy will be participating in a panel looking at how are food scene is expanding way beyond the restaurant. Also participating in the panel is Dan Pennachietti of Lil Dan’s Food Truck and April White of The Food Trust.

Learn more about ThinkFest (featuring keynote speaker Chris Matthews) and buy your tickets now.

So What Is a Southwest Philly Floater


Until Sunday  evening the best definition of a Southwest Philly Floater might have been comedian Chip Chantry’s. But when La Salle’s Tyrone Garland teardropped in his game-winning shot against Ole Miss and propelled his school into the Sweet Sixteen, a name was coined. And at least a couple of locals have already named sandwiches after the winning basket.

At Lil Dan’s food truck, the Southwest Philly Floater is a sour cream and onion chicken wrap. Down on West Passyunk Avenue, La Salle alum and owner of the recently opened Cousin’s Grubhouse, Jim Lord has given a breakfast sandwich of scrapple, pork roll and egg the Southwest Philly Floater monicker.

We’re still waiting for Southwest Philly Floater, the cocktail.

UPDATE: We’ve got cocktails.

Watch the winning shot »

Holiday Food Truck Round Up

Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone and December is peeking around the corner, it is acceptable to start getting into the holiday spirit. Crank up the Michael Buble Christmas album, break out the strands of lights and pull out your favorite latke recipes. Along with these classic preparations, also head to the Piazza at Schmidts for the Holiday Food Truck Round Up.

This Saturday, December 1st, food trucks are gathering at the Piazza to kick of the holiday season, but not just the upcoming holidays. Rather, they are celebrating all the holidays, from Independence Day to Cinco de Mayo. Each truck will have their own holiday theme with dishes to match. The day will also mark the beginning of Philly Mobile Food Association’s month long partnership with Philabundance. The trucks will be collecting canned goods, so come ready to give and ready to eat.

It will be the perfect end to a day of shopping at the Northern Liberties Shopping Spree.

The Food Truck Lineup »

Philadelphia Is Witnessing an Oreo Invasion

I’m sure you’ve all seen (or eaten your way through) the recent explosion of Oreo’s different flavors and varietals. Shapes went from the Double-Stuffed, to the Triple-Double, to the Neopolitan Triple Double. Flavors went from the regular cream filling, to a candy corn filling. Watching Oreo create these new and inventive flavor-shape combinations is disgustingly awesome, and often becomes a tantalizing metaphor for American culture—but we freakin’ love it.

So to honor our hilariously glutinous ways, here’s a roundup of three local hot-spots that are partaking in the Oreo Renaissance of late:

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Early Warning: Welcome America! and Taste of Philadelphia

Last week details of the Wawa Welcome America festivities were announced. Each year the events like Taste of Philadelphia bring thousands of visitors from the greater Philly area to celebrate July 4th.

This year, from June 29-July 1, Taste of Philadelphia returns to Penn’s Landing bringing with it restaurants and a special section for food trucks along the Chestnut St. Bridge. The event is free and vendors will be serving up small plates for just a few bucks.

Taste of Philadelphia Vendors Include »

PhillyMFA Pop-Ups This Weekend

The Philly Mobile Food Association is at it again. The PMFA announced three pop-up events for this weekend on their website today.

A “Re-Up” Pop-Up has the PMFA returning with the Lutheran Settlement House on June 1st from 6 to 10 p.m. to at 1390 Frankford Avenue. Philly’s favorite food trucks have decided to make another stop at this Fishtown locale after the success of their first pop-up there. Lutheran Settlement House will be providing beer and requests donations, while Lil’ Dan’s, the Smoke Truck, Sweet Box Cupcakes, and Delicias will serve food. Click here for more info.

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Lovely Day for Love Park Food Trucks

Lil Dan’s Godfather Sandwich

It’s a great March day and an outdoor lunch seems like a must. Love Park has Lil Dan’s Gourmet and Lucky Old Souls are holding down the fort at Love Park. Lil Dan’s is offering a dollar off to anyone who sings a line from “You are my sunshine” and Lucky Old Souls has a special grass-fed beef burger with Hillacres Pride habanero cheddar, house-cured bacon, fried egg and roasted garlic mayo.

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