Bastille Day in the City of Brotherly Love

French-FlagTen days after America celebrates their Independence Day, France celebrates French National Day, commonly known as Bastille Day. Bastille Day commemorates the storming of the Bastille in 1789, which marked the beginning of the French Revolution.

Even if you aren’t in the country of croissants and the Eiffel Tower, there are plenty of fun ways to celebrate Bastille Day in the City of Brotherly Love.

On Saturday, July 12, Eastern State Penitentiary and Fairmount Ave will be holding their 20th annual Bastille Day Festival block party, starting at 2 p.m. The highlights of the popular festival begin around 5:30, which include a mock storming of the Bastille with an appearance by Marie Antoinette. The words “Let them eat Tastykake!” serve as a signal for the Philadelphia-based treats to be flung through the air.

Before heading over to Eastern State, stop by London Grill to enjoy some French-themed specials and live music. They will be celebrating the holiday throughout the entire weekend, from July 10 to 14, and are located at 2301 Fairmount Avenue. Additionally, restaurants will be hosting after parties, including London Grill and Alla Spina.

Popular french restaurants throughout Center City like Parc, Bistrot La Minette, and Fond will all be serving special dishes in honor of the holiday.

If you’re in the suburbs, Media is holding their own celebration on July 12 on State Street between Jackson and Orange Streets.

French desserts like crêpes are delicious all year around, but taste extra sweet on July 14th. Bastille Day is the perfect way to add some French flair to your weekend!  À la vôtre!

 

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 http://www.avancerestaurant.com or call the restaurant at 215.405.0700.

Questlove On The 1’s & 2’s For This Year’s Great Chefs After Party

Questlove+36th+Annual+ONE+Show+Honors+Best+Qjqcb1ggUf4lMirroring last year, Questlove will be spinning the night away at the after party for this year’s Great Chefs Event. The Grammy Award winning artist, Philadelphia native and founding member of The Roots will be blessing VIP attendees with his vivacious vinyl spins. His presence at the event is indicative of his omnipresent support of Marc Vetri and his efforts concerning the charities behind the Great Chefs Event (The Vetri Foundation for Children and Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation).

The after party will be held at Alla Spina, one of Vetri’s top Philly restaurants. The event will be closing off Mount Vernon St. and allowing VIPs to taste exclusive bites form the legendary chefs themselves, giving them truly an industry insider experience. If you plan on attending this epic extravaganza, it will cost you $525 for the event and after party combination; that is, if any tickets remain!

Attendees will be hustling out of work in anticipation of the 6 p.m. start time on Tuesday, June 10, at the Navy Yard. General Admission tickets for the event will run you $350, not including the after party. You can buy tickets here.

The Great Chefs Event [Official]

Alla Spina: 4110 Mt. Vernon St. – (215)-600-0017

Mardi Gras in the City of Brotherly Love

mardi grasWhen thinking of Mardi Gras most people think of New Orleans and Bourbon Street, but there is plenty to do right here in Philadelphia! The Mummers will be celebrating Mardi Gras on Saturday, March 1 at the first ever Philadelphia Mummers Mardi Gras!

You can’t get much closer to New Orleans and Bourbon Street than Bourbon Blue in Manayunk, with drink specials all day and live music beginning at 8 pm. If Center City is more your neighborhood, check out Chris’ Jazz Café for some jazzy tunes, great drink specials and delicious Louisiana style dishes. No matter what you decide to do to celebrate Mardi Gras, keep it classy Philly!

Have a Berry Good Time at Linvilla’s Raspberry Festival!

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Raspberries are finally ripe and ready to be picked! Come on down to the fields at Linvilla Orchards on Saturday, June 22 to pick your own delicious, fresh fruit. Bring your friends and family for an amazing time picking fruit, tasting samples and trying recipes throughout the day. You can even take a hayride right to the fields! Artist Jesse Loewy with Special Brew’d will also provide musical entertainment on Linvilla’s main stage.

Don’t forget to take a breather from picking and stop by the Linvilla Grill for lunch! Or you can check out the Farm Market for bakery treats to take home and the Garden Center for your gardening needs and supplies. This weekend at Linvilla will not be one to miss!

Linvilla Orchards is located at 137 W. Knowlton Rd, Media, Pa. For more information, call 610-876-7116 or visit www.linvilla.com.

Philadelphia Welcomes the 2012 Food Experiment National Tour

For anyone who is a whiz in the kitchen or simply savors delicious mouthfuls of food, come to the 2012 Food Experiments National Tour!

This countrywide amateur cook-off is continuing its 16-city tour by rolling into Philadelphia’s Underground Arts Theater on May 6, 2012. Amateur chefs are invited to brandish their talents by creating the ultimate sandwich for the public’s tasting pleasure.

You are invited to judge this festive and delicious event, joining local expert Emilio Mignucci of Di Bruno Bros to determine the winner. Contenders are not only competing to win over your taste buds, but also for the opportunity to battle other national winners in Brooklyn, New York.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit charities that promote healthy eating among Philadelphian youths. So come, tie an apron around your hips or tuck a napkin into your shirt, and partake in this sandwich extravaganza!

For details, visit http://thefoodexperiments.com/tour/

Main Line Restaurant Week

April 23rd through April 29th marks Main Line Restaurant Week. Participating restaurants throughout the Main Line and Philadelphia’s western suburbs will offer prix fixe menus showcasing their chefs’ signature dishes. Menus feature discounted lunches and three-course dinners which comprise of an appetizer, entrée and dessert. Diners can expect to spend $20 to $50 per person.

What’s better than a discounted meal at your favorite restaurant? Well how about the chance to eat for FREE at some of the best eateries in the Main Line. Lucky Restaurant Week diners have a chance to win gift certificates for up to $100 at participating restaurants including Sullivan’s Steakhouse, Verdad, and The Capital Grille. For details and a full list of restaurants visit: www.mainlinerestaurantweek.com.

Happy dining everyone!

 

Take a Wok Around Chinatown

If you’re looking to do something a bit different in Philadelphia, then consider Chef Poon’s Wok N’ Walk Tour of Chinatown. The tour includes a walking tour of Philadelphia’s Chinatown and an amazing meal by award-winning Chef Poon himself. During the tour participants stop at a fortune cookie factory, a Chinese herbal medicine shop, a Chinese bakery, an Asian grocery store, a fish market, and more. After the tour, indulge in the four-course lunch or dinner cooked by Chef Poon and his staff. Personally, we think the tour is a great way to learn about the food, history, and culture of Philadelphia’s Chinatown in a way that’s interactive and delicious! Tickets are $60 a person. Tour takes place on select days throughout January, February, and March. For online reservations and tour calendar visit: http://www.josephpoon.com/

Restaurant Week Is Back

Hello food lovers, eat your heart out! Restaurant Week is gearing up again in Philadelphia and there is a ton to look forward to. Restaurant Week will take place January 22 to 27 and then again from January 29 to February 3, 2012. At select restaurants, participants can enjoy three-course, prix-fixe meals with prices at $20 for lunch and $35 for dinner. In the days leading up to Restaurant Week, certain restaurants will be offering cooking demos at The Market & Shops in the Comcast Center building.

Wish you could recreate some tasty recipes in your own kitchen? Well the Center City District is compiling recipes of Restaurant Week chefs to make a complete cookbook, Center City Cooks, which will be available at centercityphila.org. Restaurant Week has also teamed up with Philly Homegrown to promote local grown food on Restaurant Week menus and in the cookbook.

Check out Open Table for a full list of participating restaurants. If you’re interested in going to a cooking demo, visit centercityphila.org to see which chefs will be whipping up some delectable goodies. Bon appetite!