Starting this Wednesday, July 17th, Pod will be launching Sushi School. Sushi tutorials will be available to eight students for $35 per person. The class, offered at Pod’s conveyor belt sushi bar, is tought by in-house sushi chefs, Tomoyuki Takasu and Mr. Kim. Students will learn to make various types of sushi, observe butchering techniques and learn how to prepare and use ingredients that go into Pod’s signature sushi dishes.
Additionally, students will be offered a menu of miso soup, California roll, tuna hand roll, sorbet, plus a glass of wine. Guests will also receive a mini-sushi kit to take home with them.
Only eight seats will be available per session. Sushi School will be offered Sunday through Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. and from 7:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. for the next several weeks.
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Stephen Starr’s modern Japanese restaurant, POD is keeping things fresh this summer by cooking up a brand-new menu, which features new lunch and dinner options, seasonal desserts and, best of all, cocktails.
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University City’s Pod gives itself an update, adding new cooked items and with the help of chef Makoto, chef and partner of Stephen Starr’s Makoto in Miami, a refresh on the sushi menu as well.
Each piece of sushi is now topped with a garnish to complement the texture and flavor of the fish. There are now also specialty nigiri rolls, including the “Vegan Stephen,” made with tempura zucchini, avocado, kanpyo squash, eggplant and roasted pepper.
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To celebrate the start of the school year some Starr Restaurants have added student specials to their menus. With student ID the specials range from free snacks and discounts off your check to a $29 three-course dinner at Pod. Read more on this menu, more specials, and how to win a dinner for two after the jump. Read more »
This year’s Stephen Starr-Garry Maddox BBQ Challenge returns to Citizens Bank Park on Saturday August 11th. For the eleventh year Philly’s biggest restaurateur and Phillies legend, Garry Maddox team up for the ultimate grill-off. Restaurant teams from Starr’s line up and other local venues will compete against each other, and in the pit master division BBQ enthusiasts will face off, all for bragging rights to the best barbecue. This day of friendly competition ends in the winner-takes-all Garry’s Rib Challenge, where the prize is tickets to the 2012 World Series.
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Free stuff alert: During the 31 Days of Summer Love (which began on July 16th and ends August 15th) the With Love, Philadelphia campaign will be giving away prizes every day. To enter, click the daily link on the Visit Philly Facebook page, then follow the instructions via the Visit Philly Facebook app and you’ll be entered to win that day’s prize and the grand prize at the end of the campaign: two bikes from Philly-based Fuji Bikes.
The remaining daily giveaways include some fun food prizes too…
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For the 7th year in a row University City area restaurants are gearing up for University City Dining Days two-weeks full of dining deals from July 12th to 26th. The event is meant to bring traffic to the area during its slow months. This year a record 34 restaurants are participating in the prix-fixe specials which offer three courses for $15, $25, or $30.
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This month Starr Restaurants Group is offering several back to school deals for college students. Tonight from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m at Frankford Hall it is $5 half-liters of beer and food specials. You also get a free SEPTA token when you present your student ID.
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It’s the last night of Pod’s all-you-can-eat sushi deal for $25. So when it’s gone, don’t say we didn’t tell you.
Pod expands beyond sushi and also offers more for vegetarians. Among the highlights:
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