Today, I chatted with Morgan Berman while she waited to hear whether or not her company, Philly-based sustainability app MilkCrate, will win the Forbes’ 30 under 30 Pressure-Cooker contest—the company was one in five chosen from all over the country to pitch their idea in a Shark Tank-like setting, with the hopes of winning a $400,000 prize. Sounds stressful, right?
Tis the season for hayrides, corn mazes, and picking the perfect pumpkin. But for all of us city slickers for whom South Jersey’s farmland is a major excursion, Reading Terminal is taking care of things.
This Saturday, October 18th from 10:00 until 4:00, the Market is shutting down Filbert Street between 11th and 12th and jamming it full of hay bales, corn stalks, and as much seasonal goodness as possible. For the past 14 years, the Reading Terminal Market Harvest Festival has meant games and a pumpkin patch for kids, but this year they’re upping the ante a bit. Sure, there will be savory edibles like barbecued ribs, turkey legs, pot roast sammies, and various pumpkin and butternut squash dishes. And naturally, there will be sweets like candied apples, sweet potato pie, pumpkin cheesecake, and sundaes loaded with fall flavors. But just for you food people for whom nothing is ever quite enough, this year chef Nick Macri will also be roasting a whole Border Springs Farm lamb. And if that’s still not exciting enough, here’s the real game changer: For the first time ever the Harvest Festival will also have a beer garden. Hosted by market vendor Molly Malloy’s, this weekend you’ll be able to wash down your pumpkin fondue with Victory’s Festbier, Hopdevil, and Lager or – why not – a Pumpkin Ale by Starr Hill.
Keep an eye on Reading Terminal’s Twitter feed for further updates: @RdgTerminalMkt
The American Planning Association is not generally one of the groups we keep our eye on over here at Foobooz World HQ. But thankfully, the team over at the Philly mag Property blog do, and they just let everyone know that the APA has picked the Reading Terminal Market as one of the “10 Great Public Spaces In America.”
This, of course, is something we already knew (that Reading Terminal Market is awesome, I mean, not that it’d been picked for a major national award), but now it’s official.
You can check out the full story over at Property. Or, you know, you could just head down there yourself for lunch and see how excellent it is in person.
Morning Headlines: Reading Terminal Market Included in Top 10 List of Great Public Spaces in America
Today the American Planning Association announces their selections for their annual “10 Great Public Spaces in America” list. As the title suggests, the catalog includes places from all corners of the country that “represent the gold standard” when it comes to having “a true sense of place, cultural and historical interest, community involvement, and a vision for tomorrow.”
This year, Reading Terminal Market was included in the list.
According to Philly.com’s Bob Fernandez, the market’s general manager said APA picked the market because of “its history and function in Philadelphia, and the diversity of its food stores and customer base.”
Reading Terminal Market is a Top 10 public space [Philly.com]
In other news…
George and Kim Mickel, owners of By George and Mezze in the Reading Terminal are opening a specialty burger stand facing the center court of the Market in the former home of Tokyo Sushi Bar (across from The Original Turkey). The new stand, which
doesn’t have a name yet will be called Hunger Burger, will also offer shakes, fries, onion rings and other sides.
A portion of each sale will be donated to support hunger relief agencies locally and around the world. Look for the new burger stand at the Reading Terminal to open this fall.
Reading Terminal [Foobooz]
Our neighbors, the Pennsylvania Dutch, are bringing it to the big city for a three day festival starting today. And by “it” we mean Amish-style pork sausage sandwiches, apple dumplings, donuts, funnel cake, hand-churned ice cream and basically all of your favorite Lancaster County culinary delights.
The festivities take place at Reading Terminal Market and continue into the weekend until Saturday, August 9th when the celebration moves outside to Arch Street in true county fair style. The outdoor portion of the festival will include horse drawn carriage rides, a farm animal petting zoo and live bluegrass music. When you’re stuffed with fudge and nut brittle you can browse the crafts section for wooden toys and homemade quilts.
Who says you can’t pet your pig and eat it too?
Pennsylvania Dutch Festival [Reading Terminal Market]
If you’re a loyal observer of National Ice Cream Month (seriously, it’s a real thing, the Internet says so) or you’re just looking for another excuse to indulge, you can’t miss the return of Reading Terminal Market’s Sidewalk Sizzle & Ice Cream Freeze. The festivities take place along Filbert street Saturday July 19th at 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. 13 of the terminal’s merchants will be set up selling basically everything you could possibly be craving and the Blackbird Society Orchestra will be playing for your listening pleasure. But back to the food. You can expect; ribs, turkey legs, chicken and lamb kabobs (will there be mint ice cream on the side?), cajun burgers, grilled bratwurst, and grilled bologna sandwiches (woah, isn’t January national meat month?) as well as shrimp tacos and shrimp kabobs. Since this is a celebration of all things frozen there will be plenty of ice cream. On the menu are classic ice creams, grilled fruit sundaes and grilled gelato sandwiches. There’s also an ice cream eating contest and ice cream shuffle board if you’re in the mood to add a little friendly competition to your celebration. Chances are there’s more ice cream involved so really everyone’s a winner.
Sidewalk Sizzle & Ice Cream Freeze [Reading Terminal Market]
Restaurants and bars are working hard to open this summer. And we’ve pulled together some photos that we’ve spotted that document that progress.
Passyunk Post snapped a shot of the upcoming Pub on Wolf. The bar at Front and Wolf has received a large handpainted sign that lends some character to the corner location.
Over at Robert’s Market Report, Bob Lipkind snapped a shot of the just redone 12th Street Cantina in the Reading Terminal Market. It’s a big improvement from the prior look.
Think you can run Reading Terminal Market’s demo kitchen? Then management wants to hear from you.
Seeking to change operators after a six-year stint by Anna Maria Florio and her culinary education company, La Cucina, RTM’s head honchos are asking the public for proposals for Kitchen @ The Market. They’re not sure if they want to stick with the current model under which the operator leases the space and independently runs its classes and private parties or if they want to bring the operation in-house to be run by a staffer or a consultant. So they’re asking qualified individuals and companies to submit proposals by May 16.
NBC 10 reports: “The website for the popular Reading Terminal Market in downtown Philadelphia has been hacked at the apparent fingertips of a teenager. Those who visit ReadingTerminalMarket.org on Friday morning were greeted by a black screen with a spinning logo for the hacker 1337MiR.”
And really, what budding hacker could resist the thrill of breaching the online security of a place people go to buy their turnips! Perhaps next, the hacker 1337MiR will summon up the knowledge, skills, and fortitude to conduct a denial-of-service attack on a nursing home.