Philly’s summer has just become a little more delicious and a little less expensive with all of the upcoming restaurant weeks. But with as many as there are, it can be hard to keep track of the whens and wheres, so here’s a guide to the deals happening in Philadelphia.
The Illuminati have declared today to be National Pina Colada Day (at least that’s who we assume control the designation of ridiculous things like National Pina Colada Day) and Emmanuelle is offering a pina colada and some tiki drinks that will be on the menu at Tommy Up’s upcoming tiki bar, the Yachtsman.
Emmanuelle opens at 8 p.m. and the pina colada and other tiki drinks are $8 while they last.
Put down the Natty Light because Silk City is bringing you a Pilsner Urquell Unfiltered Tasting with the help of Beer Master Robert Lobovsky. And the first 50 RSVPs to email@example.com get in for free.
Not only will attendees have the chance to learn about three distinct Czech pours, they will also get to try them. Lobovsky will be pouring Na Dvakrát, Hladinka and Mlíko for guests to enjoy – an opportunity that doesn’t happen everyday seeing as the unpasteurized, barrel-fresh beer has only made it to US soil a few times in the last 170 years. So now’s your chance to get a taste of world class beer… and then sadly return to that 30-rack of yours.
The event will be held this Thursday, July 10th from 7 – 9:30 p.m.
Residents of Northern Liberties are angry, and this time it isn’t just about teen public urination. No, the targets of community ire this time are constantly-overflowing dumpsters. (Note: They may not be Dumpster™ brand dumpsters.) Neighbors say they’re unsightly, and they smell.
The trash stench is coming from the parking lot of Liberties Walk, the Tower Investments-built, Westminster Management-owned complex across 2nd Street from the Piazza. Westminster has been fined 15 times in the last eight months for their overflowing garbage bins. Except for two recent ones, they’ve been paid.
It doesn’t take much to realize that Philly loves its beer gardens. From Fishtown to the Art Museum, beer gardens are popping up everywhere. And Joe Sixpack took notice; today he wrote an article on the phenomena. “Beer gardens are suddenly so popular, the city’s tourism marketing agency is promoting a series of visits on Friday afternoons this summer.”
Join Bar Ferdinand as they host Al Fresco Paella Cooking Classes on Saturday, June 28th, July 26th and August 23rd. The classes begins at 7 p.m. and will include cooking, tasting and learning about Spain’s most famous dish with the help of chef David Ansill. Chef Ansill will demonstrate the traditional ways of cooking the dish for participants to learn.
Tapas appetizers will be served and if your dish doesn’t turn out too good, don’t worry because Bar Ferdinand’s signature dish, Paella Valenciana, will be served as well.
Tickets are $40 per person (plus tax and gratuity) and include a starter paella kit with calasparra rice, chorizo and paella stock.
To learn more about the event, visit barferdinand.com. And if you’re interested in taking the class, call 215-923-1313 to make your reservations.
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Want to show off your tots? Well here’s your chance. North Bowl is holding their first ever Tot Chef competition on July 20th, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and they’re looking for 10 competitors to enter. As long as you bring your own recipe and necessary ingredients, North Bowl will provide the tots. And if you’re more interested in eating the tots than making them, stop by the free event to try all the recipes and pick your favorite. For more information or to enter, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Philadelphia-based Barzilay Development has converted a former iron works in Northern Liberties into 12 lofts with ceilings rising to 22 feet. The project is called Iron Mill Lofts and is located at 1156 North Third Street. Rents start at $1,750 for a one-bedroom, one-bath unit with private entryway.
The building was originally constructed in 1871 as Eagle Iron Works, which manufactured steam engines, castings, boilers, and similar products. One of its founders patented the hollow pressure point. Today, the lofts retain industrial details like exposed brick, ductwork and wood ceilings.
Members of the Zoning Committee of the Northern Liberties Neighbors Association, who met on May 19th, liked the tweaks that developer Greg Hill made to his proposed development at 420-42 Fairmount Avenue and 613-31 N. 5th Street. But many would rather there be a parking space for every dwelling in the 25 town homes and 41 (down from 48) apartments.
“Nobody has just one car any more; they all have two cars,” said one neighbor at the meeting. “When this [project] happens, and it’s gonna be overrun with cars, there’s no plan for dealing with them and it’ll destroy the character of the community.”
The listing for 999 N. Sixth Street makes mention of at least three different properties. There is a “celebrity mansion,” a carriage house and a two-bedroom apartment. Also included: 1010 N. Randolph Street, directly behind the main house, and a garage. That’s a lot of property, which accounts for the massive, 6,600 square footage.
According to public record, the home is being sold by Elizabeth DePeters and husband David, a Curtis graduate who is known locally for appearing often with the Philadelphia Orchestra and for his executive directorship of the IRIS Orchestra in Memphis. (For a delightful trip back in time, check out this decade-old Inquirer article where DePeters talks about moving into new hot neighborhood, Northern Liberties.)