11th Annual Great Chefs Event

June 14, 2016 will mark the 11th Annual Great Chefs Event at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. Over 45 of the best chefs in the country will be in attendance including Bobby Flay, Robert Irvine and Greg Vernick. The event will be hosted by the Vetri Family Great-Chefs-logo-on-grey-300x186restaurants and the Vetri Community Partnership and will benefit both Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation and the Vetri Community Partnership. The event will begin at 6 p.m. and go until 9 p.m. Following the event will be an after party at Lo Spiedo for VIP ticket holders, sponsors, and the Great Chefs!

Get your tickets today!

Festival Season is Here- We’ll Keep You in the Loop!

If you already have plans for April 23 or 24 – cancel them, because Philly is bringing it’s A-Game when it comes to spring street festivals. The PIFA Street Fair and Manayunk BBQ, Bourbon, and Blues Craft Beer Fest kick off the weekend in full-blast on Saturday,  April 23 and the Flavors of the Avenue Festival brings it home on Sunday, April 24.


PIFA, better known as the Philadelphia International Festival of the Fine Arts is a 15 day celebration and will begin with the day-long street fair this Saturday! The Kimmel Center of Performing Arts will close down Broad Street from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. for food vendors, art exhibits, musicians and street performances, as well as family friendly entertainment.


Saturday is also the celebration of Manayunk’s 18th Annual BBQ, Bourbon, and Blues Craft Beer Fest.  General admission is $50, which gives you access to over 70 craft beers and some of the best bourbon and BBQ the city has to offer! And of course, some great live blues bands.


Don’t let these two festivals wear you out because the fun continues on Sunday for the Flavors of the Avenue Festival! Make sure to come to this event with an empty stomach, as it will host over two dozen of the best restaurants East Passyunk has to offer, along with live music, a fashion show and the April Showers Craft show.

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Have a great weekend!

A Sweet Mother’s Day Surprise from Nomoo Cookies

A Sweet Mother’s Day Surprise from Nomoo Cookies

spring sweets boxMoms can be tricky to shop for. When you ask them what they want as a gift, oftentimes they respond with something inanimate, like happiness. It would be nice to be able to buy happiness, but unfortunately we cannot, so we must forge on in search of another idea. There is one gift everyone is excited to receive, and more than excited to use; FOOD! However, given a hectic schedule, hassle of the grocery store, and high potential you could mess this up, obtaining this gift isn’t always easy. Lucky for you, we looked for an appropriate solution to the predicament and found a solution in Nomoo Cookie Company. Nomoo Cookie Company offers delicious, dairy-free and vegan cookies that are soft and chewy, with flavors so perfectly balanced they could be in Cirque du Soleil.

Nomoo has created a Spring Sweets Box with your mother in mind, including a dozen cookies in three handcrafted flavors. The first of this holy trinity is the Lovely Lemon Berry, a sandwich cookie boasting a layer of flavorful organic strawberry jam cuddled between two crisp and zesty lemon cookies. Next up, we have the Crazy Nutty Coco which is a chocolate cookie with candied and salted almonds nestled throughout. Last, but certainly not least, your gift box will include a Baby Vanilla Angel Food Cake, a bite sized take on the classic dessert.

And for those of you who want to go above and beyond this Mother’s Day, we’ve come up with several quick and easy ways to dress up your cookies and give your mom a semi-homemade treat.

  • Loco for Coco Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich: Scoop some of your favorite dairy free ice cream onto a Loco for Coco, then sandwich it with another cookie. Cookietastic!
  • Strawberry Lemon Cheesecake: Mix 8 oz of Vegan Cream cheese with 3/4 cup of powdered sugar, a teaspoon of vanilla extract and a pinch of salt. Dip in with a Lovely Lemon Berry!
  • Baby Angel Food Cake with Berries and Coconut Whipped Cream: Grab a handful of your favorite fruit (strawberries, peaches, blueberries) cut them into slices, and toss them in a pan over medium heat until simmered into their own syrupy goodness. Add your berry mix to a Baby Angel Food Cake, top with a dollop of dairy-free Coconut Whipped Cream, and enjoy!

After you’re ready to retire as a pasty chef, you and mom can share the leftover cookies over coffee and some conversation. Happy Mother’s Day!

New Snacking Trends at Genji Izakaya

New Snacking Trends at Genji Izakaya

24207087894_f642f881c4_oWhen our schedules fill up and our stomachs feel empty, snacking is how we manage to get through those seemingly never ending time periods between meals. Snacks are quick and easy; and now that the food industry has seen it on the rise, they’re taking notes. Snacks are no longer just about convenience, instead, they’re being made with fresh and high-quality ingredients. Genji Sushi has been one of the food providers who saw this trend and let their imagination run wild – resulting in the recent opening of Genji Izakaya. Genji Izakaya is fast casual spot serving up tasty Japanese tapas, or “Japas”. Their menu includes items such as sushi tacos, mini ramen bowls, and Bao sliders. Located in Columbus Circle, it’s the ideal place to sit down for a quick bite alone or share these small plates with friends. Check out this article by Bret Thorn of Nation’s Restaurant News that discusses this phenomena more in depth.


Genji Izakaya is located in Whole Foods Market at Columbus Circle and is open from 12pm-11pm. Whole Foods Columbus Circle is located at 10 Columbus Circle, New York City.