Marc Vetri Hosts Annual Great Chefs Event at Navy Yard

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More than 1,200 guests attended the 10th annual Great Chefs Event on Tuesday, June 9th. The yearly eating party thrown by Philadelphia super-chef Marc Vetri was held at Urban Outfitters in the Navy Yard, with proceeds going to help Alex’s Lemonade Stand fight childhood cancer, and to the Vetri Foundation for Children. Neuroblastoma took Alex Scott’s life when she was eight, and her parents, Jay and Liz Scott, carry on her goal of helping doctors find a cure for the disease.

The event attracts four dozen top chefs from the U.S. and Italy who created delicious dishes and desserts, and features both a live and a silent auction — which included clothing, lavish trips, sports tickets and experiences — that raises nearly $100,000 every year.

This year the after-party was held just a few blocks away, under a white tent in front of Vetri’s restaurant Lo Spiedo, with Questlove spinning at the bash again. 

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Opening Soon: Mercer Cafe In The Navy Yard

First Tacconelli's pizza out of the Navy Yard pizza oven.

First Tacconelli’s pizza out of the Navy Yard pizza oven.

Mercer Cafe, the small, beloved Port Richmond eatery, is expanding to the Navy Yard at 15th Street and Kitty Hawk.

The new location will have its grand opening on May 1, offering their breakfast and lunch menu, along with La Colombe Coffee, a grab-and-go market and lunch delivery.

What’s even more exciting is co-owner Dina Woltjen and her brother Vincent Tacconelli have decided to merge their businesses under one roof. The new Mercer Cafe will serve the famous Tacconelli’s pies, with their own brick oven in the cafe.

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Restaurant Review: Lo Spiedo

Photo by Steve Legato

Photo by Steve Legato

It was no surprise that the Navy Yard’s Saturday-night gate guard greeted my car with wry amusement. Given all the restaurants in all the neighborhoods of Philly, who picks one in a deserted office park half a forlorn mile from the nearest SEPTA station? I wish I could have seen him later when a sleek SUV limo rolled up, blinker flashing for Lo Spiedo.

The Vetri Family’s latest restaurant may profit most from its location at lunch, when this resurgent hub teems with some 11,500 workers. But it can also thank Uber, which no doubt delivered many of the customers who filled this stately brick building in after-dark Nowheresville with Center City-level weekend energy. Read more »

Five Developments We’re Tracking in 2015

Photo credit: Ethan Schwartz via Flickr.

Photo credit: Ethan Schwartz via Flickr.

Here on Property we’ve been covering an assorted number of new projects poised to transform Philadelphia’s cityscape. As the new year approaches, that number will only continue to grow, and you can be sure we’ll be following all of them.

However, of those that have been announced for 2015, there have been some which have struck us as being potential game-changers. Below you will find five areas in Philadelphia development that we will keep a special eye on in the coming year.

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VIDEO: The Rebirth of the Navy Yard

Rendering of the Navy Yard Master Plan. By PIDC via Technically Philly.

Rendering of the Navy Yard Master Plan. By PIDC via Technically Philly.

Mayoral would-be Terry Gillen gave a TEDxPhiladelphia lecture earlier this year in which she discussed the revival and ever-evolving transformation of what was once an abandoned military base in South Philadelphia: the Navy Yard, now a “vibrant urban business park” that is only just getting started on its new life.

Check it out:

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The Navy Yard Could Get a Manufacturing Facility

Nothing is set in stone just yet, but Axalta Coating Systems Ltd. is looking to get state and city money to help construct a 200,000-square-foot manufacturing facility at the Navy Yard.

Here’s more from the Philadelphia Business Journal:

The project would cost tens of millions of dollars to build and the Philadelphia-based company is seeking state and city funds to help finance it. How many people Axalta would employ at the facility couldn’t be determined nor could the time frame the company is working under. An Axalta spokesman couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.

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Tale of the Tape: Lo Spiedo

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Marc Vetri’s seventh restaurant, Lo Spiedo officially opens today. Located just inside the gates at the Navy Yard in South Philadelphia, Lo Spiedo aims to be a lunch option for the Navy Yard’s 11,000 plus employees as well as a dinner destination for Philadelphia diners.

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This Weekend: Hard Cider Festival at the Navy Yard

pour-the-core-festNow that it’s officially fall and everyone is being blasted with pumpkin in beer, cheesecake, lattes and anything else that is drinkable or edible, take a moment this weekend to remember the original fall food: the apple.

This Saturday at the Navy Yard will be the 2nd annual Pour the Core Festival, the hard cider festival of Philly’s fall. The Festival runs from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m.–hours filled with locally-produced and internationally-sourced ciders, more than 75 in total. The event will feature local favorites like the artfully crafted Frecon’s Cidery Crabby Granny, best-selling US brands like event sponsor Woodchuck Hard Cider, and a variety of imported ciders from Spain, England and elsewhere.

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Foobooz Jobs: Lo Spiedo Job Fair

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Lo Spiedo – Italian for “the spit.”

Whether you’re looking to host, cook, serve or bartend, Foobooz’s Job Board has got you covered. This week’s restaurant jobs are especially intriguing, with the opening of Vetri Family’s seventh restaurant, Lo Spiedo, located at the Navy Yard. On September 3rd-5th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the family will be hosting an all-positions job fair at Alla Spina for their new restaurant. Italian for “the spit,” Lo Spiedo will mainly feature Italian, grill-centric dishes and will serve lunch and dinner seven days a week.

Vetri Family is seeking out passionate and talented individuals for hire, and requests that all candidates bring a resume to the fair for consideration. Alla Spina is located at 1410 Mt. Vernon Street, off the corner of Mt. Vernon and Broad.

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