Spend the Day with Ela’s Jason Cichonski at “Shopping with the Chef”

Headhouse Square Farmers Market for The Food Trust September 7, 2014

Headhouse Square Farmers Market | The Food Trust

Headhouse Farmers Market is entering its tenth season since opening in 2007. It is Philly’s largest open-air market and each year over 40,000 Philadelphians flock to it.

On Sunday, June 5th The Food Trust and the owner and chef of Ela, Jason Cichonski, are partnering to host Shopping with the Chef at the market as part of the year long celebration of Headhouse’s ten seasons.

Shopping with the Chef will offer a behind the scenes look at how local chefs, like Cichonski, approach their seasonal menus.

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How to Tour Urban Farms for Free Every Weekend

Cloud 9 Rooftop Farm

Cloud 9 Rooftop Farm

We hope you’ve been taking advantage of The Food Trust’s Farmers Market Tours we told you about a few weeks ago. And now, the nonprofit is taking you beyond where the food is sold to where it’s grown, and I don’t mean countryside in the middle of nowhere. Every Sunday starting this week, July 12th, you can tour an urban farm right here in Philly, free of charge.

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Urban Land Institute Honors Five Amazing Philly Projects with Willard G. Rouse Awards

FringeArts project by Wallace, Roberts & Todd | Photo credit: Halkin Mason Photography

FringeArts project by Wallace, Roberts & Todd | Photo credit: Halkin Mason Photography

Back in 2014, the Urban Land Institute in Philadelphia had its first Willard G. “Bill” Rouse III Awards for Excellence, a prize ceremony intent on recognizing the area’s best real estate projects within the last five years. This week, the organization held its second annual award ceremony, which resulted in wins for five Philadelphia applicants and two from Allentown and Norristown. They are as follows, per the press release:

  • 3737 Science Center (Philadelphia) — $119 million venture between the University City Science Center and Wexford Science + Technology. 13-story, 334,000-square-foot facility for clinical, research, and office programs on a former brownfields site. Supports STEM/STEAM initiatives for low-income secondary school students. (They seem to make a good team, don’t they?)
  • Allentown Arena Complex (Allentown) — Multipurpose arena and entertainment complex with mixed-use commercial development and within “a pedestrian-oriented infill site incorporating two historic buildings.” The development has served as a catalyst for adjacent new residential and commercial redevelopment and has enhanced Allentown’s image.
  • Chestnut Square (Philadelphia) — $100.7 million mixed-use development at Drexel University. Two 8-story buildings with attached 19-story residential tower with luxury amenities. Creative partnership allowed developer “to achieve the University’s mission while limiting its balance sheet exposure, and the use of efficient building systems and materials is significant.”
  • FringeArts (Philadelphia) — Semi-abandoned historic pumping station near the Ben Franklin Bridge adaptively reused into a premier venue for the Fringe Festival. Includes 15,500-square-foot performance space, 225-square-foot black-box theater, rehearsal studio, office, gastro-pub, and outdoor plaza with picnic-style outdoor dining. Pictured above.
  • The View at Montgomery (Philadelphia) — 14-story student housing building at Temple University’s main campus. Designed by Wallace, Roberts and Todd, it features 238 units, street-level retail, and sustainable storm water management and immersive recycling. Student amenities include study and computer lounges, fitness pavilion, two acres of green space, and street-level restaurant sourcing environmentally-friendly ingredients.

As for the the two other 2015 winners, we had the opportunity to speak with them and got a first-hand look at how their respective projects were shaped and the subsequent effects on their neighborhoods.

“We approached it from three different directions,” says Stacey Humphreys Blankin, an Associate at Strada Architecture, the firm recruited by the Food Trust to help with their Fresh Corner Store Showcase Conversions pilot project. The program had for its goal the conversion of five corner stores in challenged neighborhoods throughout Philadelphia into safe, accessible, and health-promoting spaces.

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Your Guide To The Callowhill Night Market

Night Market hits Callowhill with about 70 food and drink vendors, including newbies like the Rio Brazilian Steak Truck, Roe Thai and Japanese and Sweet Nectar Delights. Nearby PhilaMOCA has curated an evening of local tunes, Dance Philadelphia will be performing, and suds will be available via the Underground Arts beer garden and Penn Distributors. Thursday, June 18th, 6-10 pm, free, 13th and Callowhill streets.

So here we are–mere hours away from the start of the Callowhill Night Market which will bring together 70-some food trucks and vendors (plus beer and live music and tee shirts and all the usual weirdness that comes when you pack tens of thousands of Philadelphians together in one place and make them stand in line for tacos) for a one-night party unrivaled by any other food event in the city.

Whether this is your first Night Market or your tenth, whether you’re comfortable hanging out with 20,000 of your closest friends or nervous about the mob scene, whether you’re laser-focused on just ONE THING YOU MUST EAT BEFORE THE END OF THE NIGHT or (like us) planning on trying everything on offer (and the good stuff twice), we’re here to help you get the most out of your Night Market experience. Check out our battle-tested advice below, and make note of the picks we’ve made for the must-hit trucks of tonight’s event.

Ready? As always, let’s start with…

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EATS Philly: A Huge Street Food Festival Coming May 5

Food Truck Series at The Oval

We’re in that beautiful stretch of time where it’s warm enough to stroll around outside, but not a brutal 95 degrees with humidity that makes your hair look like you were recently electrocuted. And while short, this is certainly a time to cherish.

So what better way to celebrate than with a huge street festival?

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Night Market 2015 Schedule Announced


Photo courtesy Tug Haines for The Food Trust

One of the best things about summer (and fall) in Philly? Night Market–those massive, one-night-only neighborhood food truck festivals that have been known to attract tens of thousands of people. So you can imagine how happy we were to see the official 2015 Night Market schedule come down this morning.

There are going to be four this year–three brand new locations and one old favorite (that isn’t Chinatown).

So you wanna know where they’re going to be?

The Food Trust Gets $5 Million to Help Philly Youth Be Healthy

Photo via Facebook | Norris Square Neighborhood Project

Photo via Facebook | Norris Square Neighborhood Project

Philly is no stranger to the term food desert, but, as of this morning, The Food Trust is one step closer to making healthy food accessible to everyone in the city: This morning, Get HYPE Philly!, a collective of 10 non-profits led by The Food Trust, was granted $5 million by GSK to kick off a handful of initiatives all aimed at giving 50,000 Philly kids, particularly middle schoolers and high schoolers in North Philly, better access to healthy food and exercise.
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