Affordable Housing Complex for Artists Breaks Ground in West Philly

4050 Haverford Avenue } Rendering: PEC

4050 Haverford Avenue | Rendering: PEC

West Philly is about to get another apartment complex, but this time it’s not geared toward student foodies or young professionals with money to burn.

The People’s Emergency Center (PEC) broke ground on a new building today that will bring 20 units of affordable housing for artists and people in need. The site at 4050 Haverford Avenue is currently a vacant lot.

The project will cost $7.2 million, and PEC said they will begin work at the site on Wednesday in the hopes to having it completed by December of this year.

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A Peek at Marigold Kitchen’s January Menu

Photo by Michael Persico

Photo by Michael Persico

Marigold Kitchen still doesn’t have a menu but they do offer a peek at some of the 13-15 courses that co-owners and chefs Andrew Kochan and Tim Lanza are preparing alongside chef Keith Krajewski.

This month, the $90 per person feast will include:

  • Leek Ash Raviolo: butter-basted hen of the woods mushroom and black ravioli, filled with liquified parmesan, ramp pesto
  • Australian Beef: seared tenderloin with foie gras butter and chocolate-braised crimini mushroom, puree of smoked potato and leek and Malbec jus;
  • Cheese & Pears: Korean pears macerated in bleu cheese, dipped in salted almond crumbs and paired with an apple cider churro.

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Clarkville Swings Open the Doors Tonight

clarkville-pizza-940Leigh Maida, Brendan Hartranft and Brendan Kelly keep cranking out the openings. Just a couple of months after Coeur opened in Bella Vista, Clarkville is opening this evening at 4301 Baltimore Avenue, across from Clark Park.

Clarkville is about “slinging homespun comfort food out of a giant double decker pizza relic and guzzling craft beer and wine seven days a week.” The menu includes five pizzas, three sandwiches and other small and shareable plates. As always, the Maida, Hartranft and Kelly (MH+K) team have plenty of options for vegetarians and vegans.

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Glam It Up: Makeover of 40th Street Trolley Portal to Start in 2016

Rendering by Andropogon Associates via University City District website

Rendering by Andropogon Associates via University City District website

In case you missed it, the University City District has published its latest State of University City report, an annually-released compendium of the developments bubbling up in University City. The guide spotlights several sectors in U.C., among them academic, commercial, and residential, as well as the impact UCD itself has on this section of the city.

With relation to the latter, the release of the report came with the announcement that the 40th Street Trolley Portal transformation would be seeing its groundbreaking take place next year.

We previously reported the makeover project, spearheaded by UCD in partnership with SEPTA, the city, and neighborhood leaders, came with the aim of turning the bleak station into a lively social space with greenery and stormwater infrastructure, movable furniture, and arts and cultural programming.

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West Philly Rising

A rendering of the under construction FMC tower and the growing West Philly skyline. | Pelli Clarke Pelli/Brandywine Realty Trust.

A rendering of the under construction FMC tower and the growing West Philly skyline. | Pelli Clarke Pelli/Brandywine Realty Trust.

Each year, the University City District compiles, in a glossy report, the vital signs for the eastern half of West Philly. For a while now, the trend lines have been strong. But this year, the numbers are truly staggering. Read more »

Dock Street’s Wu Tang Beer Release Will Feature Inspectah Deck

Dock Street’s Beer Ain’t Nuthin’ to Funk With gets tapped on Wednesday.

Dock Street’s Beer Ain’t Nuthin’ to Funk With gets tapped on Wednesday.

Wu Tang Clan’s own Inspectah Deck will be on hand at Dock Street Brewery this Wednesday, November 4th as the West Philadelphia brewery releases Beer Ain’t Nothing To Funk With. This is the first beer in brewer Vince Desrosiers’ series of beers inspired by music he likes. The Wu Tang inspired brew has been aging for six months in wine barrels while Wu Tang Clan has been playing 24-hours a day next to the cask.

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Dock Street Celebrates Its 8th Anniversary in West Philly

Photo by Jeff Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

It has been eight years in the firehouse for Dock Street Brewing | Photo by Jeff Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

Today, Tuesday, August 25th, Dock Street Brewery is celebrating its 8th anniversary in the firehouse at 50th and Baltimore Avenue. And in honor of the event, the almost 30-year old brewery will be serving up eight beers to toast to the neighborhood.

The bar opens today at 3 p.m., the kitchen gets cooking at 4 p.m.

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Marigold Kitchen Shows Off Some Late Summer Dishes

marigold-kitchen-banh-mi-940West Philadelphia’s Marigold Kitchen has made it a bit of a tradition to tease out some of their seasonally changing menu items. And for late summer, co-chef/owners Andrew Kochan and Tim Lanza, along with chef Keith Krajewski are offering their take on the summer barbecue, among other theatrical plates.

Among the 13-15 plates that make $90 menu-free feast include an American backyard barbecue in the form of frozen dots, and a Red Snapper Calçotada, a Spanish barbecue dish with charred baby leeks and hazelnut romesco.

According to Kochan, Marigold will also be taking their service presentation to another level. “Now, our guests will even see some of our secret techniques done tableside.”

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Honest Tom’s Launches Taco Sauce Line

honest toms taco sauceIn Honest Tom’s owner Tom McCusker is nothing if not honest. In a post to Instagram, McCusker states: “In a last ditch effort to make more money without the living Hell that would be a second location…I present to you: Honest Tom’s Taco Sauce.” How honest.

Honest Tom’s is offering four sauces: Mild; Hot; Special and Halloween. Halloween is described as a spicy jalapeno and garlic sauce created by an employee three Halloweens ago. The Special sauce is their take on a classic red hot sauce.

The sauces are currently available at Honest Tom’s storefront, 261 S 44th Street, for $5 per bottle. But McCusker tells us he’d love to get in the wholesale business.

Honest Tom’s Taco Shop [Foobooz]

Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll Update

Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll.

Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll.

Tonight is the first of two Baltimore Avenue Dollar Strolls for this summer (the next is September 24th). We told you the details on vendors and attractions last week, but here’s an update on what exactly will be offered to eat tonight as you stroll west on Baltimore Avenue.

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