Cheese Flash Mob Takes Over Martha This Thursday

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Madame Fromage, a.k.a. Tenaya Darlington, is Philadelphia’s resident cheese blogger. (Yes, Philadelphia has a resident cheese blogger.) Every few years, she gets the cheese community together for her Cheese Ball, a lavish celebration at the Ruba Club featuring a giant cheese board populated with wedges brought by attendees.

This Thursday, she’s taking the concept on tour with a Cheese Flash Mob at Martha.

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Eat All the (Spring) Things at Martha This Sunday

Ramps on the grill at Martha/Facebook

Ramps on the grill at Martha/Facebook

The team at Kensington’s Martha is known for their far-out fermentation projects — but their strong relationships with local farmers and food artisans are nearly as foundational to their casual yet crafty concept. On May 7th, one of those food producers, Ian Brendle of Green Meadow Farm, will join chef Tim Kirkland in the usually sandwich-centric kitchen to prepare a peak-spring haul of foraged and cultivated produce from Brendle’s land in Lancaster County.

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Breweries and Bars Are Officially Yoga Destinations

Yoga at Martha in Kensington

Yoga at Martha in Kensington | Image via Instagram 

Guys, let’s hope this isn’t a passing trend because I think the folks at Wissahickon Brewing Company, Martha and Federal Distilling are truly on to something. These three gems of local institutions are offering on-site yoga classes (some recurring!) followed by the chance to rehydrate with their specialties. Now, that’s a reward system I can get on board with. Who’s with me?

Check out this crop of yoga sessions, all followed by drink or two, below. Read more »

Where to Eat and Drink Outside Right Now

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Philadelphia ain’t exactly Miami Beach, but when the sun comes out, we’ve got no shortage of places to eat (and drink) outdoors. As a matter of fact, with the city’s recent beer garden obsession (like a million of them have opened in the past couple years) and projects like Morgan’s Pier (which opens for the season this week), there are now places where the ability to have a snack and a cold beer outside are the primary reason for them existing.

So with so many options available to you, how can you possibly choose? Don’t worry. We’ve assembled a list of new places and old favorites which have never let us down once the sun starts shining.

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James Beard Finally Acknowledges Philly’s Little Guys (and Gals) for its 2017 Semifinalists List

Essen Bakery (Oustanding Baker semifinalist) - Facebook

Essen Bakery (Outstanding Baker semifinalist) – Facebook

This story has been updated.

The almighty James Beard Awards Committee rarely ever left its comfort-zone when it came down to Philadelphia restaurants. Year after year, it was always Philly’s ultra-notable restaurants and chef names that made the cut — Zahav, Vedge, Vernick, Fork; Vetri, Starr, Solomonov — with the occasional nod to any Philly talent considered under-the-radar on the national scale, e.g. Joe CicalaKonstantinos PitsillidesAndre Chin and Amanda Eap (Artisan Boulanger Patissier). That’s not to say those big-name nominations weren’t deserved — they absolutely were — it’s just that there’s so much more to this city than Zahav and Marc Vetri. The rest of the country just isn’t aware.

But for whatever reason, this year, Philly-area chefs and restaurants, both big and small, caught the committee’s attention. Check out who’s repping Philly in 2017:

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Looking Back: The Best (and Worst) Restaurants of 2016, Part 1

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2016 was a big year in Philly’s restaurant community. We saw the openings of some of the best restaurants in the city–and a couple of the worst. We saw a continued revision of the city’s signature style–this kind of casual-local, over-educated, multiply-influenced neighborhood-level version of new New American that is unique to Philadelphia–and saw a kind of ennui settling into the heart of its cuisine. Fine dining took a few more body blows. Fast-casual continued to boom in a huge way. Our chefs expanded outside the bounds of the city and suburbs as Philly became a national force in cuisine, and we saw some big time national restaurateurs looking at Philly with hungry eyes and wondering what THEY could do here.

So yeah, it was an important year. A formative one. And Foobooz and Philadelphia magazine were there for all of it. This week, we’re looking back at some of the biggest names and biggest moments of the year gone by, and where better to begin than with the most important restaurants of the year?

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Sunday: Apple Dinner at Martha

wenk apples martha 940This Sunday, November 20th, Martha in Kensington is throwing an apple-themed dinner to highlight the many varietals of apples you’ll find in the Philadelphia region. There will be 14 apple varietals featured in the $35 per person, vegan dinner.

Martha’s Jon Medlinsky will be joined by Ben Wenk of Three Springs Fruit Farms and Vincent Finazzo of Riverwards Produce. Wenk and Finazzo will share their knowledge about apples for the assembled.

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Halloween and Craft Spirits Week

Alla Spina moves its industry up a week to coincide with Halloween and Craft Spirits Week.

Alla Spina moves its industry up a week to coincide with Halloween and Craft Spirits Week.

It’s already day five of the inaugural Philly Craft Spirits Week and this evening, Craft Spirits Week runs straight into Halloween.

Martha, with its dozens of local spirits is the defacto home of PCSW and tonight they are hosting a Freaky Tiki Halloween Party with free rum. That beats the heck out of miniature Snickers bars. The fun kicks off at 5 p.m. but most assuredly goes all night long. The outdoors will feature a rum tasting tiki hut and inside there will be tiki-inspired exotica music and if you come in costume, you can also get half-off tiki beer from Terrapin and Avery Brewing.

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Philly Craft Spirits Week Kicks Off Thursday

Philly Craft Spirits Week promises 9 days of events.

Philly Craft Spirits Week promises 9 days of events.


Philly Craft Spirits Week
kicks off this Thursday at Philadelphia magazine’s Whiskey and Fine Spirits Festival. The fest will feature a local spirits sectin with tables and bars representing the 11 participating distilleries in Philly Craft Spirits Week.

Beyond Whiskey Fest, each participating distillery is setting up a bevy of exciting events where you may tipple between Thursday, October 27 and Friday, October 4.

Among the Highlights:

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A Happy Hour Where You Might Learn Something

Martha | Photo by Ted Nghiem

Martha | Photo by Ted Nghiem

Martha Mondays is the alliterative title to the educational happy hour that happens at Kensington’s Martha (#14 on this year’s 50 Best Bars list). Starting at 5 p.m., these happy hours typically showcase a local, beer, wine, spirit or artisan producer that shows up elsewhere on Martha’s menu.

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