The Garces Foundation is hosting its quarterly Community Health Day this Saturday, October 26th. The goal of the day is to provide free medical and dental care for Philadelphia’s uninsured and underserved immigrant community. Blood pressure, diabetes and cholesterol screenings will be available as well as flu shots and a host of dental procedure.
Staff at the Community Health Day will all be able to speak Spanish. The event will be held at the Garces Dental Group, 212 Race Street from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Appointments are required by calling, 215-923-1233.
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The city of Philadelphia is working with Chinese take0ut restaurants to reduce the amount of salt added to dishes. The city is providing cooking lessons, tips and suppliers that sell low-sodium ingredients.
A recent series of tests found a 20% reduction of sodium used at takeout restaurants.
Philly helps Chinese takeouts take out some of the salt [NewsWorks]
The Restaurant Opportunities Center is joining up with Thomas Jefferson University to provide free flu shots to restaurant workers. The vaccinations will take place on Tuesday, January 22nd from noon to 4 p.m. at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Center for Urban Health. 211 South 9th St, Suite 313.
To sign up for a flu shot, fill out this online form, call 215-867-9747 or email email@example.com.
This season’s flu season is being called the worst in a decade and Philadelphia has been particularly hard hit.
Well, I was planning to scarf down a $2.50 egg-and-cheese sandwich (ketchup and pepper) from a street vendor near Foobooz World Headquarters. But once I spied these clear-as-day rodent droppings sitting atop a long roll on the counter inside the cart, I decided to skip breakfast altogether. (See, I knew I should have gone with the English muffin.) Read more »
Goodbye, rubbery nuggets, plastic trays and long cafeteria lines. The city’s top chef and his team want to turn the midday meal on its head. Marc Vetri, Jeff Benjamin and Jeff Michaud aim to remake school lunch. And not just the food but the social setting as well.
The Vetri team plans to revolutionize America’s school cafeterias »
UPDATE: Today was Vetri’s first day providing lunch at People for People Charter School and he tweeted the work. Vetri’s Eatiquette program provided roast turkey, mushroom risotto, Swiss chard and a fresh pear for $1.82 per child. [Twitter]
Drawing for Food visited the Pub in Pennsauken a bit back, a retro experience in and of itself but they also did some research on the history of the Pub that we found fascinating.
- There were once 5 Pub locations
- Founded by Morris “Duffy”J. Shoyer (1914-1995)
Here are some fun facts we found about Pub Tiki:
Are we ready for a Tiki renaissance?
The Pub [Drawing for Food]
We were tipped off to this web site by a reader yesterday. It focuses on some Philadelphia Department of Health/Office of Food Protection violations that Ekta has received.
The site is owned by someone identified as Patel who extols Ekta owner and chef Raju Bhattara to wash his hands. It’s an odd site as Patel seems genuinely freaked by the sanitary conditions but also praises the “unity of spices” at Ekta.
Ironically we received this email as we were polishing off some Ekta leftovers. We’re happy to report that we’re feeling fine and Ekta was as tasty as ever.
Ekta Indian Cuisine – Raju Bhattarai Wash Your Damn Hands [Certainly not the Official Site]
Ekta Restaurant [Official Site]
Fresh Grocer at 40th and Walnut was closed Wednesday afternoon until Thursday due to a court order following multiple failed health inspections. The violations found included mouse infestation and improper storage.Â [Daily Pennsylvanian]
The Philadelphia Inquirer looks at Old City at 2am when drinkers become fighters. [Philadelphia Inquirer]
Is this some sort of Flying Fish promotion? Late last month the Cherry Hill brewer announces that its Exit 4 American Trippel will be available year-round in 12-ounce bottles and today a traffic plane lands on the New Jersey Turnpike near Exit 4. Hmmmmm. [Myfoxphilly.com]
Today the city will begin enforcing its menu labeling law where restaurants with more than 15 locations will be required to post calorie information on the menu. Chains that fail to comply will be fined $150 per day. That Five Guys cheeseburger, 840 calories. [NBC Philadelphia]
Early this morning a SEPTA bus crashed into the corner wall of Del Frisco’s steakhouse. [Myfoxphilly.com]
Philadelphia is changing its process when it comes to restaurant inspections. Although it stops short of the “scarlet letter” approaches of Los Angeles and Toronto, it does promise more inspections and a more scientific approach.
Joining a national movement for food safety, restaurant inspectors in Philadelphia have abandoned the “floors, walls, ceilings” focus that experts say catches chipped paint but often misses real public health threats such as undercooked food and chefs’ unwashed hands.
Instead, the city is phasing in a more scientific, “risk-based” approach that emphasizes food workers’ knowledge and behavior – do they know how contamination is spread and how to prevent it? – and calls for more frequent inspections of eateries that pose greater risks.
Turning up the heat on Phila. food-safety inspection [Philadelphia Inquirer]