You Be the Judge

How much do you know about Pennsylvania wines? Over the past few years, a lot has changed in the PA wine industry.

NectarOn Sunday, July 13th, Nectar Restaurant sommelier Scott Zoccolillo will host a blind taste test, featuring an array of Pennsylvania wines pitted against some of the most celebrated California reds and whites. The judging will be done by local wine authorities. You’ll have the chance to watch the action, nibble on some great food produced by area artisans, and taste the wines to judge for yourself. Area wine-makers, cheese makers and farmers will be on hand for you to meet. Local artisans include Éclat chocolate, BirchRun Hills Farm, Doe Run Dairy, and Yellow Springs Farm. Chef Patrick Feury will also create a menu of hor d’oeuvres for tasting.  Admission to the taste around is $65. Doors open at 5 p.m.

You won’t want to miss this celebration of Pennsylvania wines.

For tickets and more information call Nectar at 610.725.9000


Negroni Week at Avance

avance-barAvance is celebrating Negroni Week Monday, June 2 through Saturday, June 7.  During this week, bars around the world will be celebrating joining the fun by donating to their favorite charities. With over 750 participating bars, Avance will be in good company. The restaurant, located in Philadelphia, at 1523 Walnut Street, will be featuring a classic Negroni.  In addition, Avance’s very creative barman Bradford Lawrence has added a Negroni variation to his cocktail list. A deviation of Boulevardier circa 1927, it is “a wonderful cocktail that is the genesis for my ‘10 Bells’ cocktail”. This drink is a combination of two different bourbons, Campari, Sweet Vermouth, Amontillado Sherry, all rested over Japanese charcoal for ten days. The cocktail is stirred over a large ice cube and finished with gunpowder tea tincture mist.  A portion of the sale of each of these drinks will benefit The Food Trust, an organization that supports access to healthy food nationwide.

So, what is a Negroni, you ask? It’s a classic apéritif, made from equal parts gin, Campari and sweet vermouth. According to Bradford, “The components of the Negroni are potent, bracing and designed to celebrate the strong ingredients.” While there are variations of the cocktail, Bradford enjoys a classic Negroni, made with London Dry style gin.

Negroni Week is sponsored by Campari. Campari will donate $10,000 to the chosen charity of the bar that raises the most money during the week. Negroni aficionados can follow along using #NegroniWeek and #TeamAvance, and as always, tweet with us @BreslowPartners.  Negroni Week concludes on Sunday, June 8th.

Located on the lower level, The Bar at Avance offers a large selection of spirits, beer, wine and a menu of shared plates. For more info, log onto the Avance website at or call the restaurant at 215.405.0700.

Paws Up for Pet Appreciation Weekend

What a scene it’s going to be: Doggies on leashes with their people in tow, animal lovers sharing stories and advice, and pets playing games and making new furry friends. On Saturday and Sunday, April 14 and 15, Pet Valu presents Pet Appreciation Weekend (PAW), a celebration of our domestic critters and those who love them. There will be games, refreshments, and giveaways. It’s also an opportunity to raise money and supplies for animal charities. A portion of the proceeds from the weekend’s sales will go directly to local animal shelters.

Pet Valu sees this Pet Appreciation Weekend as a chance to build awareness and raise much-needed funds for local animal agencies and services. Last year, during Pet Valu’s annual Pet Appreciation Weekend, over 160 pets were adopted and $250,000 was donated to local shelters. Check out to find a Pet Valu location near you.