The extremely nasty weather didn’t stop hundreds (literally, hundreds … it was packed) of gay Philly’s finest from taking the Bellevue elevators all the way up nineteen floors for an evening of cocktails, mingling, and holiday cheer. The Delaware Valley Legacy Fund‘s popular Our Night Out happy hour and networking event was co-sponsored this month by the HRC Philadelphia Steering Committee, who showed up with plenty of equality stickers and paraphernalia for guests.
The views, even in the cold rain and wind, were stunning: Several of XIX’s signature bay windows were opened so guests could take a peek at the City of Brotherly Love (if they didn’t mind getting a little wet in the process). We were there to capture some of the fabulous fun and excellent outfits that graced the evening.
P.S. Kudos are in high order for the folks at DVLF for throwing another great event so quickly after their annual TOY fundraiser, which was this past Saturday evening. Now, that’s some great party planning!
The crew of HRC Philadelphia show us some alternative ways to use those equal sign stickers.
XIX has a whole new menu for fall and that’s not all, brunch is back as well. Running fromÂ 11am-2pm every Sunday it is $46 for adults, $23 for children 5-12 (children under 5 are free). Includes raw bar, dim sum, entrees and desserts.
After a 4th of July weekend that featured plenty of time on roof decks it seems appropriate that Table Matters’ Emily Callaghan takes a look at Philadelphia bars where you can have a drink above the din of the street.
Hosting houseguests has its ups (spending time with friends) and downs (intensive pre-arrival cleaning), but far and away the best part of the experience is falling in love with Philadelphia all over again by seeing the city through a visitor’s eyes. Those of us who live in the area take everything for granted: our rich history, our stately architecture, and most of all our food scene. From the humblest sandwich stops to our flashiest restaurants, Philadelphia is a delicious destination to show off. So even if you don’t have friend coming to town, invite one and revisit our Restaurant Club team favorites: We promise you’ll get excited about Philly eats all over again. And let us know: What are your must-hit food stops when out-of-towners come calling?
Varga Bar, the new pinup-themed eat-and-drinkery from chef R. Evan Turney and partner George Anni, has been up an running for a couple of weeks now, breathing new life into a part of Washington Square West that isn’t 13th Street. Starting this Sunday the 7th, the restaurant will open for lunch, serving the same diet-blowing items — like truffled mac and cheese and smoked ribs — that are on the dinner menu. And, of course, the many craft-beer-fueled taps will be flowing.
And because Varga loves Restaurant Club members so much, they are giving away five $20 gift certificates so you can check it out for yourself. Send an e-mail with your name, phone number, and e-mail address to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5 p.m. this Friday, June 5th. Winners will be contacted early next week. If you aren’t 21, don’t be naughty and try to enter — Varga will be checking IDs both when the gift certificates are picked up and when they are used. Good luck!
The Center City District recently released their State of Center City 2009 report where they counted 215 outdoor cafes. As the outdoor cafe has become ubiquitous we’ve started hearing a new question, where can I eat outside away from the sidewalk. Today’s edition of The Bite highlights a handful of restaurants where the atmosphere is never broken by the blaring of, “welcome to route….”
While this mouth-watering fare doesn’t have a season, we’ve been yearning for those bang-for-your-buck pastas, parms, and carpaccios that Philly places are so good at. Here’s a guide to our favorite Italian BYOBs around town.
How Many Bells Will Craig LaBan give Blackfish in Conshohocken?