While a zoning meeting may not grab your attention at first, when there’s the possibility of a brewery involved it just might.
Tonight, Tuesday, June 24th, the Pennsport Civic Association is holding a zoning hearing for the space that Mellody Brewing Company has been keeping an eye on for their new brewery. Sean Mellody, owner of the company, will hear concerns from the locals as well as present the plan for his brewery and the other businesses that will hold the spot. The space is located at 1800 Moyamensing Avenue.
Mellody Brewing has been on the drawing boards for more than three years and Mellody hopes to focus on cask conditioned beers that will be distributed locally to bars and restaurants.
The hearing is open to anyone, so if you want to help, stop by and show your support. The hearing will be held at 138 Moore Street at 7 p.m.
Mellody Brewing [Facebook]
And now for another edition of Drunk, Out of Control Philadelphia Teenagers!
Last month at a Radio 104.5 block party show at the Piazza, some of the teenagers got rowdy! A neighbor saw drunk teens urinated all over her “entire” house; another said he filmed teens having sex out in the open. One person went to NBC 10, which filed a typical local news-style report.
If you ever need to know the difference between the people who live in Northern Liberties and the people who live in Pennsport, please refer to this story: When a parent in Pennsport saw a group of “between 100 and 150″ teens drinking on one of the piers south of the Walmart in Pennsport, he didn’t go to NBC 10. No, his story ended up on PlanPhilly, where Kellie Patrick Gates filed a decidedly un-local news-like report. And look how reasonable people in South Philly are!
“These kids aren’t doing anything that you or I didn’t do, or anybody else,” said Pennsport Civic Association President Jim Moylan. But, he said, they are doing it in a much more dangerous area than dark areas beneath I-95. And if someone got hurt, they are “thousands of yards away from civilization.”
This is about as nice as you can be when tattling on teenagers for, essentially, drinking in the woods.
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According to the trusty Queen Village Neighborhood Association, per the trusty Pennsport Civic Association, there are fake Benjamins circulating in Philadelphia right now. They look like this, according to the (!) Secret Service.
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Saturday, July 6th is National Fried Chicken Day and Federal Donuts is celebrating. Its Center City and Pennsport stores will be giving away ten golden tickets to chicken buyers. The tickets will entitle bearers to a prizes like t-shirts, complimentary coffee beans and for one very lucky person, free fried chicken for life (one complimentary order of fried chicken weekly for the remainder of their life).
So get to either location this Saturday at 11 a.m. and hope that your order of fried chicken will be accompanied by a golden ticket.
Federal Donuts [Official Site]
Photo by Mike Persico
Yet another house of worship goes the way of all Philly churches: this time, it’s St. John the Evangelist at Third and Reed, which cannot withstand the power of the wrecking ball. Hidden City Daily broke the story that a developer purchased it quickly after closure to demolish it and use the land for town homes. When Naked Philly wrote about the demolition, a commenter bemoaned the church’s fate:
I had my first communion, confirmation and first wedding in this church. My family was a active member for years. I remember holiday shows, Bingos, Easter services, the Christmas Bazaar, fundraising shows that I participated in, my grandparents funerals……all of the truly important events in my life happened at this church. I wish I had known it was coming down, I would have asked to maybe take some of the glassware or stained glass windows. My father served on the alter and I was in the children’s chior. I loved this church….I am truly saddened to see it go.
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The Industry has updated its menu for spring and is including my potato skins from their Food Writers menu. Art’s Potato Skins are Idaho potatoes topped with Brooklyn Lager and cheddar cheese sauce, bacon bits and crème fraiche. An order is $8 and I of course, highly recommend them. Also appearing on chef Pat Szoke’s spring menu:
- Salt and Vinegar Chicharrones; Clams and Sausage, with Linguica sausage, fingerlings, tomato, scallion, shallots and a grilled baguette
- Sweet Corn Arepas, with mole, asparagus, snap peas, radish, and cotija cheese
- Mediterranean Salad made with watercress, Napa cabbage, radicchio, arugula, feta, cherry tomatoes, kalamata olives, crispy chickpeas and served with a red wine vinaigrette
The beverage list has also been enhanced for spring »
“Hipsterish fried chicken” – The New York Times’ description of Federal Donuts in the article, The Transformational Power of the Right Spice (a good read about “spice therapist,” Lior Lev Sercarz)
Photo by Danya Heninger | Zagat
The Industry in Pennsport has unveiled a new food writers’ menu of dishes designed with the help of local food writers. Yours truly was among those asked to participate and after much consternation, I suggested beery potato skins. Potato skins have been a crusade for me for some time and chef Pat Szoke has created the spud that will bring potato skins back to the forefront. These beauties are baked with beer-and-cheddar sauce, bacon bits, house-made bacon powder and topped with creme fraiche. The potato skins along with the other writers’ items will only be available for a limited time, though the most popular will get a permanent spot on the restaurant’s menu.
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The Ugly American, which opened in November 2007 has closed. Last night was the the final one for the Pennsport bar that once boasted white table cloths and Koo Zee Doo’s David Gilberg and Carla Goncalves in the kitchen. In recent years it has been much more the neighborhood bar with Thursday night quizzo being one of the big nights for the bar.
What’s next remains to be seen.
Ugly American [Official Site]
Photo by Ryan Charles
Tasting menus with beverage pairings are popping up all over the place. They pose as creative outlets for awesome chefs trying to add some pizazz to their routine lives of menu classics. They provide insight into the chef’s mind and palate, and at the same time, create a unique dining experience for the customer enjoying them. It’s tug-o-war, a mini game of cat and mouse, encompassed by a coursed out menu of food and drink, and we’ve all come to love it.
There have been Thai tasting menus, and high-end collaborative tasting menus, but I’ve never seen a tasting menu/beverage pairing come out before 5 p.m. That is, until Sunday, March 3rd, at the James Beard House in New York, where Pat Szoke will be cooking up a mighty fine brunch, beverage pairings included.
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