Caption Contest: Win Philly Cooks Tickets

Philly Cooks is happening on Wednesday night at the Marriott Downtown, and if you love to eat, you don’t want to miss it. Participating restaurants include everything from Stephen Starr’s The Dandelion and Marcie and Val’s Little Nonna’s to Circles Thai and Passyunk Avenue’s Laurel, owned by Top Chef Nick Elmi. See the complete list of participating restaurants here.

The catch, however, is that Philly Cooks is totally and utterly sold out. The good news: We have a pair of tickets for the person who gives us the best caption for this photo, taken on Tuesday morning on Broad Street near Packer Avenue. Submit your entry via the form below by 4 p.m on Tuesday. Entries left in the comments section or on social media will not be counted. We’ll notify the winner by email at 4:30 p.m. The winner must be 21 years of age and be able to show a valid ID at the event.

Thanks to South Philadelphia resident Bill Hebert for the fun photo.

And the winning caption is: Read more »

Philly Cooks May Be Your Only Chance At Tasting Nick Elmi’s Food Any Time Soon


So it’s not like Laurel was easy to get into before chef Nick Elmi was named Top Chef last week. With 22 seats, a five-night-a-week dinner schedule and an already well-known white jacket in the kitchen, it was never going to be a walk-in kind of joint.

But now, with the TV and the fame and everything else, it’s just bonkers. As I’m writing this, Laurel’s Open Table reservation system is down–I assume because it has just plain melted–but last I heard, you were looking at a wait of months for a prime table, and weeks for anything at all. But there is another way…

See, Laurel is one of the restaurants that’s going to be at Philly Cooks this year. And there are still a few tickets left for the big event, happening Wednesday the 19th. So if you’re interested in tasting the food that won Elmi the big prize, this might be your only chance for a good, long time.

Here’s hoping we see you all there.

Philly Cooks Tickets [The Big Event]

Discount Tickets For Philly Cooks 2014


Yes, folks, it’s that time again. Philly Cooks will be hitting the city on February 19, bringing food and chefs from over 40 of the city’s best restaurants together for one big event at the Marriott Downtown. There’s also going to be booze (of course), drinks being slung by bartenders from all over the city, a pop-up speakeasy and, like last year, two days of Tasting Tours leading up to the big event which will give you up-close-and-personal access to some of the chefs and restaurants coming to the big dance.

And all of that is good news, sure. But the best news is that, for a limited time, we’re offering discount tickets for those of you capable of making plans in advance. Between now and January 10, general admission tickets to the Big Event are just $75. After the 10th, they go up to $90, so get over to the Philly Cooks page and get those tickets while they’re cheap.

Sounds like a good deal, but who’s cooking at Philly Cooks?