Pumpkin Restaurant at 1713 South Street is doing a “just for the fun of it” three-course dinner for $35 tonight.
Ian Moroney and Hillary Bor are South Street West pioneers. The couple opened Pumpkin Restaurant in 2004, next came Pumpkin Cafe and then Pumpkin Market in 2008. The Cafe and Market merged in 2011. And now comes word that Pumpkin Market will be closing. On Facebook, the reason given is that the landlord is asking for a 65% increase in rent.
Pumpkin Restaurant will remain open.
There’s the glitz and the glam, and then there’s the humble and the honest-to-goodness, the unaffected and the unassuming. To each his own, but I prefer the latter.
I get a kick out of the quirky buildings’ awkward seating arrangements and tiny menus—menus that need not say much, and food that says all too much; the chef-driven and food-focused holes, often orienting themselves in such a way that the preparer and prepared are shown off, experienced only through an intimate three-part channel between the chef, his food, and his guest. When done well, the following few weeks (or longer) will pale in comparison. That’s why the tasting menu is so important; it’s a facilitation of exchange between the hand of the cook and the consumed palate it feeds.
Some tasting menus you’ll find in places that don’t deserve them, and others are just a second menu to the main. Some are only available on weekdays, but there are those you can only take part in on a single day: Sunday, perhaps.
Be Well Philly asked a dietician for advice on eating healthy during Restaurant Week. She’s got five tips to live by and also suggests what to order at seven participating restaurants including a.kitchen, Butcher & Singer and Lacroix.
Cheat Sheet: A Dietician’s Guide to Philadelphia Restaurant Week [Be Well Philly]
Restaurant Week Guide [f8b8z]
Tonight, ten local pumpkin beers will be pouring at the Standard Tap. But what makes the event especially fun, for $10 you can drink from a small carved out pumpkin. Refills are just $2. Get there when the fun begins at 4 p.m. because pumpkin quantities are limited.
Pumpkin Head at Standard Tap [Facebook]
This weekend is jam packed with fall festivals, cheesteaky goodness and brunches on brunches, one of which you can share with your pooch. Whether you choose to chow down on some Pepperoni Pizza Soup at Royal Tavern or try one of Shake Shack’s Shacktoberfest additions like the Cheddar Brat Burger, make it a weekend full of three of our favorite F words: fun, food, and fall.
Chef Ian Moroney of Pumpkin will be at Headhouse Farmers Market every second Sunday of the month starting this Sunday, June 10th. Pumpkin fans and patrons are welcome to join him at the Food Trust stand, right in the center of the market, as he shops for the restaurant throughout the farmers market at his favorite vendors from 10:30 to 11 a.m.
Anyone who loves the farm-to-table trend will enjoy this outing as they get to see how chef Moroney makes his choices for the week throughout the market at 2nd and Lombard. The free event will include mingling with the chef, vendors, farmers, and the community at large as well as vendor samples throughout the market.
Metropolis, a Philadelphia regional news site, recently profiled David Siller in a piece called “The Urban Forager.”
Before you start thinking this is some creepy trash-digger, you’re wrong. Siller actually forages edible plants out of the forest (in super-secret locations) that he then sells to farmers markets, pubs, and high-end restaurants.
Enough chefs at spots like Russet and Pumpkin buy Siller’s finds — everything from cattails and chives to edible flowers and gargantuan mushrooms — that he makes most of his income off of local foraged plants.
The Urban Forager [Metropolis]