Name a Sandwich (and do other cool food things) for Charity!

passyunk-ave-manhole-cover-jeff-fusco-940The East Passyunk Crossing Civic Organization, which manages zoning for EPX and sponsors neighborhood cleanups and other good neighborly things, is auctioning off sweet Philly food experiences. Now through Sunday, March 1st you can bid your heart out (and outbid everyone else’s hearts out) for a good cause.

Some of the cooler auction items include a bread making class followed by a private dinner for 8 at Noord; a pasta making lesson from Lynn Rinaldi (of Paradiso); designing and naming your own sandwich at American Sardine Bar (we are particularly partial to this idea); and an ice cream making experience at Little Baby’s.

For more information on the auction, or to actually bid on stuff, click here.

About Last Night: I Heart You THIS Much…


Ladies and gentlemen, welcome once again to the drama, the suspense, the creativity (and the aftermath) of Philadelphia’s own cutthroat culinary competition! February 4th brought the 34th edition of Open Stove to COOK, this time a head-to-head fight to the death* between Geno Betz of Paradiso and Dominic Santora of Kanella.

There was laughter. There were tears. There were chicken hearts and candy. And luckily, I was there to document it all. So here’s how the night played out.

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Paradiso Celebrates 10 Years with All-Star Chef Dinner


East Passyunk Avenue’s Paradiso Restaurant and Wine Bar is turning ten and they’re going all out. To celebrate, the restaurant will be hosting a 10-course dinner with the top chefs of East Passyunk working alongside Paradiso’s Lynn Rinaldi.

The dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. on December 1st and is priced at $125 per person – a really crazy deal when you realize that Lynn Rinaldi, Will BYOB‘s Chris Kearse, Laurel‘s Nicholas Elmi, Palladino‘s Luke Palladino, Tre Scalini‘s Franca DiRenzi, Noord’s Joncarl Lachman, Townsend‘s Townsend Wentz, Fond’s Lee Styer, Izumi‘s Corey Baver, and Belle Cakery‘s Jesse Prawlucki-Styer will all be cooking for you in one place, on one awesome night.

Oh, and we have the full menu, too

Honey Themed Dinner at Paradiso


Don Shump Rooftop copy

Paradiso’s rooftop garden is home to vegetables, herbs, and honeybees. 200,000 in fact. And on Wednesday, July 23rd, Chef Lynn Rinaldi, bee expert Don Shump, and the 200,000 buzzing bees will all come together to create a one-time only dinner event. The Bee Dinner will feature a multi-course prix fixe honey-infused dinner for guests to enjoy.

The event starts at 7 p.m. with honey-glazed Heirloom Carrots and house-made Ricotta. Next up on the menu is the Hotaki Crudo with a shishito marmalade; Stuffed Zucchini Blossoms with an anchovy and lemon-honey aioli; Mushroom Fettuccine with wild mushrooms, pancetta, bee pollen, and toasted bread crumbs; New Jersey Fluke Milanese with baby kale, charred corn, jalapeño, honey-melon vinaigrette; and Goat Cheese Panna Cotta with a berry compote and honey-sesame brittle.

And while you enjoy the sweet offerings, be on the lookout for Rinaldi and Shump as they’ll come around to talk to guests about sustainability, local honey production, bee keeping, and concerns with the recent decline in global bee populations. Rinaldi spoke of the event saying, “I’ve always been as interested in the ecology as I am in making excellent food and serving our guests. This dinner brings several of my passions together for an exciting event that will be a lot of fun for all involved.”

The event is $65 per person. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 215-271-2066.

Paradiso [Official]

Paradiso Celebrates Ten Years


paradiso-dining-room-940Paradiso was one of the pioneers on East Passyunk that launched the stretch into the dining destination that it is today. And the Italian restaurant and wine bar is celebrating a decade in existence with ten events throughout the year.

It all starts tonight with Drinking Italy: Wines of Piedmont. Chef/Restaurateur and soon-to-be sommelier Lynn Rinaldi will be joined by Artisan Wine reps and will be pouring three wines from Piedmont. The three full pours will be complemented by three house-cured meats and artisan cheeses. The combination is just $20.10 and kicks off at 6:30 p.m.

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PHOTOS: QOTA Fifth Anniversary Party on East Passyunk Avenue

QOTA — the monthly queer party on East Passyunk Avenue — turned five this weekend. The occasion was fittingly celebrated at Paradiso, where the first QOTA party kicked off in 2009. Here are some snaps of the event, from event spearhead Kory Aversa.

Looking for more events? Check out our Philadelphia Event Listings page for a rundown of local goings-on through May.

Around the Web: On and Near South Street

Veggicurious checks out the vegetarian options on the new happy hour menu at Adsum. [Veggicurious]

Foodzings tries out the the Doner Kabob at Brauhaus Schmitz. Biggest complaint, too much meat! [Foodzings]

Penn Appetit visits Supper and declares the environment and service are what make the South Street restaurant a winner. [Penn Appetit]

Just a bit further south of South, The Feeding Tube tries dinner at Paradiso. Service was a bit of an issue but the food was tasty and the ambiance made up for it. [The Feeding Tube]

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