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Greener Partners Presents: The Second Annual World’s Greatest Farmer Showdown, Sunday, November 4

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

Join Greener Partners on Sunday, November 4th for The World’s Greatest Farmer Showdown, a unique, family-friendly event to celebrate local farmers.

Billed as a “lumberjack festival-meets-farmers market” and set on the beautiful, 90-acre Longview Center for Agriculture, the Farmer Showdown will feature teams from area farms vying for prizes and glory. Teams will compete in contests such as the Pumpkin Shot Put, Wheel Barrow Obstacle Course and a farmer-led Harvesting Competition.

Local cooks are encouraged to enter the Chili Cook-off, with the winner receiving a farm-fresh Thanksgiving turkey dinner with all the fixin’s for 6-8 people! Registration is $25 and is open now online.

There will be live music from the Whiskeyhickon Boys, kiddie crafts and delicious farm-fresh food and drink from vendors including Victory Brewing, Farm Formage, Pulse Desserts and our good friend Maris McClellan will be on hand from Food In Jars.

Second Annual World’s Greatest Farmer Showdown
Where: Longview Center for Agriculture, 3215 Stump Hall Road, Collegeville, PA
When: November 4, Noon to 5PM
Cost: $5 per carload, $25 to register to compete in the Chili Cook-off
More info: Farmer Showdown Website

Introducing The COOK Masters Program, A New Instructional Culinary Training Series Taught By Philadelphia’s Best Chefs

Friday, October 26th, 2012

COOK, the state-of-the-art kitchen-classroom from Audrey Claire Taichman, owner of Audrey Claire and Twenty Manning Grill, is raising the bar with a brand new COOK Masters Program launching January 2013. (Photos courtesy COOK)

It warms our hearts to see communities in Philadelphia come together and generously give back to the people that make up the city’s diversely talented population.

And in an effort to enhance the presence of our city’s culinary craft, Audrey Taichman’s COOK along with a star-studded cast of professional chefs, who continue to raise the standards of Philly’s dining scene, are joining forces to launch the COOK Masters Program this January 2013.

An instructional cooking series taught by some of the industry’s best and influential, COOK Masters, with the help of Philadelphia magazine and Foobooz, will immerse ten students each semester in the art of cooking with as many as 20 hours of hands-on experience covering everything from advanced knife skills, pasta making and beverage pairing to kitchen and hospitality fundamentals.

Already on board to season the hands of Philadelphia’s future generation of chefs is an impressive lineup that includes Michael Solomonov, Jean-Marie Lacroix, Nick Elmi, Joe Cicala, Pierre Calmels and Jason Cichonski (to name a few).

All are welcome to apply – line cooks, culinary students, dishwashers, etc. – to take part in this tremendous opportunity with the only requirement being to possess a genuine passion to pursue a professional career in the restaurant industry.

Application details and the complete syllabus of COOK’s new chapter will be posted online by early November. Stay tuned.

253 S. 20th Street

Homegrown Guide To Locally Made Candy, Just In Time For Halloween

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

Satisfy your sweet tooth while supporting local business with delicious local candy and chocolate this Halloween. (Photo credits, clockwise from top left: courtesy Lore's, courtesy John & Kira's, courtesy Eclat, courtesy Shane's Confectionery)

Halloween is the one night of the year you can binge, guiltless, on end, on mini Kit Kats and crinkly packets of M&Ms and cherry ropes of Twizzler and sugary candy corn.

And if you’re spending Halloween in Philadelphia, which we hope you are, your options for All Hallows’ Eve treats of the local variety are the perfect excuse for a November 1 candy rush — you’re supporting local business!

If your sweet tooth is as relentless as ours, you’ll appreciate the selection of locally made candy and chocolate we’ve rounded up for your Halloween eating pleasure. And it turns out that Philadelphia has always had a sweet history; according to the Inquirer, the Wunderle Candy Co. at 8th and Somerset Streets was the first to make candy corn in America. Pretty cool.

• Shane Confectionery: Old City’s Shane Confectionery, revitalized by the Franklin Fountain’s Berley Brothers, delivers a taste of the past with house-made, old fashioned confections that continue the American candy-making traditions of the early 20th Ccentury. Go for the taffies and buttercreams made from century-old recipes (the Pumpkin Spice Buttercream is a seasonal favorite), or opt for something more modern, like chocolate-dipped bacon. Bonus: they’re stocking homemade Candied and Caramel Apples for the season.

Frankford Candy: Frankford Candy was founded in Philadelphia in 1947 as a manufacturer of seasonal chocolate products. Today, it produces a huge variety of Halloween-perfect treats, from Body Parts Sushi gummy candy to gummy Candy Body Parts. For the little ones, the “burping” Gator Pop is as much fun to play with as it is to eat.

Philly Sweettooth: With more than 250 candies, chocolates, nuts and dried fruits on offer, Philly Sweettooth has something for everyone. They’re located on 4th Street’s Fabric Row just one block off South Street in Queen Village.

Nuts To You: Philadelphia-based, family-run Nuts To You was established in 1976 with a commitment to providing the highest quality and freshest gourmet nuts, mixed nuts, gourmet gift baskets and other snacks to Philadelphians. Their five locations are all super popular for candy, nuts, chocolate, popcorn and trail mix in bulk.

Warner’s Candies: Warner’s Candies has been serving the Bensalem and Bucks County communities since 1954. Look out for delicious seasonal treats like pumpkin pie fudge.

Goldenberg’s Peanut Chews: With a new branding campaign, complete with awesome Philly-centric ads and old school packaging, Goldenberg’s Peanut Chews are paying homage to their local heritage this year, just in time for some Halloween chow-down. The chewy, chocolatey bite-sized pieces loaded with crunchy roasted peanuts, developed in 1917, taste better than ever.

Mike and Ikes and Hot Tamales: Fun fact: these two perennial chewy favorites are manufactured right here in the Philadelphia region by Bethlehem, PA’s Just Born. So you can toss them back to your locavore heart’s content — just make sure to make a dentist appointment for soon after the holiday. The Mike and Ike Mummy’s Mix is a special seasonal favorite.

Peeps: Another unsuspecting local product, Peeps are produced by the same manufacturer that churns out Goldenberg’s Peanut Chews, Mike and Ikes and Hot Tamales. Not just for Easter, Peeps are pushed out with a Halloween spin this time of year, including Dark Chocolate Peepsters and Peeps Halloween Mini Chicks.

• Marcie Blaine Artisanal Chocolates: Midtown Village boutique Verde is home to Marcie Blaine Artisanal Chocolates, where Chef Marcie Turney churns out chocolates made from locally-sourced seasonal ingredients. Exotic spices make their way into the chef’s popular boxed chocolates, while creamy caramels and barks combine the earthy flavor of cocoa with nuts, dried fruit, granola and the occasional sprinkling of sea salt.

• Philly Chocolate: At this Walnut Street chocolate shop, your traditional gourmet boxed chocolates and decadent desserts are displayed alongside imaginative delights, like rice cereal treats, Oreos, Twizzlers and Swedish Fish, all drenched in white, milk or dark chocolate.

• John & Kira’s: Local favorite John & Kira’s features gourmet, artisan chocolate gifts and handmade confections. They’ve got several delicious Halloween options, including Spiced Caramel Pumpkins, and “Magic Chocolate” Cinnamon, Cardamom and Apple Chocolates. You can also pick up John and Kira’s Chocolate Covered Cherries at Di Bruno Bros.

• Lore’s Chocolates: With more than 100 varieties of chocolate piled high under the glass at Lore’s Chocolates, you may have a hard time deciding on just one. Our advice: Take home a little bit of everything, or ask for a sample, and allow your tastebuds to do the decision-making for you.

Eclat Chocolate: West Chester’s Éclat Chocolate, which takes the cocoa bean to new levels with spiced mediants, basil-infused bars and shiraz truffles, sells yummy old-fashioned chocolate pumpkins in honor of Halloween.

Maron Chocolates: Opened in 1850, Center City’s Maron Chocolates housed inside Scoop Deville on Chestnut Street is a classic spot for caramels, clusters and other sweet treats; pumpkin truffles are a must this time of year.

• Chocolate by Mueller: Put a smile on your coworkers’ or kid’s face with Chocolate by Mueller’s fun molded confections, like anatomically-correct hearts, brains, and noses crafted from yummy, rich chocolate. This Reading Terminal Market vendor also makes more traditional offerings, like fruit and nut clusters, turtles, and a large selection of sugar-free treats.

Zipf’s Candies: Despite the name, Chestnut Hill favorite Zipf’s Candies is more of a chocolate lover’s paradise, vending a wide variety of chocolates, ranging from caramels to truffles. Don’t get us wrong, there are definitely also sweets of the non-chocolate variety — giant lollipops, many types of licorice, gummies and more.

Asher’s: A family-owned-and-operated business, Asher’s is based in Souderton, PA. They’re best known for chocolate-enrobed pretzels and nut barks, but the company also makes pre-packaged bags of orange and brown chocolate nonpareils and crispy, rice-studded choco-pops.

Country Fair Chocolates: At 30-year-old Country Fair Chocolates, those with a sweet tooth can shop for hundreds of homemade chocolate options like Oreos, Vienna Fingers and Nutter Butters dipped in chocolate. But the most popular offering here are the huge, luscious berries swirled in that sweet brown nectar of life.

Food Trucks Feed Hungry Movie Goers During This Year’s Philadelphia Film Festival

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

Feed your film craving and hungry stomach alike at the 2012 Philadelphia Film Festival, running now through October 28 with a daily lineup of food trucks stationed on Front Street between Chestnut and Walnut. (Photo by M. Edlow for GPTMC)

The Philadelphia Film Festival is the city’s annual curator of great films and cinematography.

But who would have guessed it’s also a collector of great food trucks?

This week and this week only, film festival attendees will be graced with the presence of some of Philadelphia’s favorite food trucks — Call Me Cupcake, Yumtown USA and Vernalicious, to name a few.

Hungry guests can find the trucks parked on Front Street between Chestnut and Walnut Streets, close to both the Ritz East and Ritz at the Bourse movie theaters, in Old City all day and night. It’s the perfect way to satisfy your movie munchies.

Below is the complete schedule of which food trucks will be nearby and when.

Tuesday, October 23

Call Me Cupcake: noon-10 p.m.
Yumtown USA: 10 a.m-noon
Birds of Paradise: noon-10 p.m.
Joe Spuds: noon-10 p.m.

Wednesday, October 24

Call Me Cupcake: noon-10 p.m.
Joe Spuds: noon-10 p.m.
Vernalicious: noon-10 p.m.
Birds of Paradise: noon-10 p.m.

Thursday, October 25

Call Me Cupcake: noon-10 p.m.
Yumtown USA: noon-10 p.m.
Delicias Food Truck: noon-10 p.m.
Vernalicious: noon-10 p.m.

Friday, October 26

Call Me Cupcake: noon-10 p.m.
Yumtown USA: noon-10 p.m.
The Tamale Cart: 4-10 p.m.
Birds of Paradise: noon-10 p.m.

Saturday, October 27

The Tamale Cart: noon-10 p.m.
Sugar Truck Philly: noon-10 p.m.
The Mini Trini: noon-10 p.m.

Sunday, October 28

Dia Doce: noon-10 p.m.
The Mini Trini: noon-10 p.m.
Nomad Pizza: noon-10 p.m.
Joe Spuds: noon-10 p.m.

Note that scheduled trucks and times are subject to change, so be sure to check with each on Facebook or Twitter before heading over.

Food Trucks at The Philadelphia Film Festival
When: Now-Sunday, October 28
Where: Front Street between Chestnut and Walnut Streets
Cost: Pay as you go
More info:

Philadelphia Chefs Scott Schroeder, George Sabatino, Joe Cicala and Angela Ranalli Team Up To Host An Italian BBQ At Le Virtu

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

South Philly chefs Scott Schroeder, George Sabatino, Joe Cicala and Angela Ranalli are turning your average fall cookout into a foodie's dream with Autunno alle Brace, October 29. (Photo courtesy East Passyunk Avenue)

Here’s a fall foodie event you won’t want to miss: a handful of Philadelphia’s most celebrated chefs are teaming up to present a delicious outdoor family-style barbecue at Le Virtu on East Passyunk, Monday, October 29.

The chefs showing off their culinary acumen include: Scott Schroeder of South Philly Taproom and American Sardine Bar, Joe Cicala and Angela Ranalli of Le Virtu and George Sabatino of Stateside.

The all-star team will be dishing up an impressive menu of fall flavors, including whole grilled branzino, butternut squash and sage risotto and lobster brodo.

It’ll go down in Le Virtu’s awesome Il Campo outdoor courtyard.

The dinner is $90 per person and includes food, beer and wine. Tickets go on sale tomorrow, October 19. Call (215) 271-5626.

Check out the menu, below.

Autunno alle Brace
When: Monday, October 29, 7 p.m.
Where: Le Virtu, 1927 East Passyunk Avenue
Cost: $90
More info:

Philly Mobile Food Association Teams Up With The Navy Yard For Their Fourth Lunch Truck Lineup, Thursday October 18

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

With temperature highs in the 70s becoming few and far between, we’re looking for every excuse to enjoy the great outdoors in the City of Brotherly Love.

This Thursday, October 18 marks possibly one of the last days of the year to enjoy the delicious supply of roving food truck gatherings in Philly without the need for a winter coat and scarf.

For the fourth time this year, the Navy Yard and Philly MFA invite hungry lunch crowds to take part in their afternoon roundup of curbside chefs at the Marine Parade Grounds from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

The rain or shine, pay-as-you-go lineup includes helpings from Vernalicious, Lucky Old Souls, Sweet Box Truck, Foo Truck, Gigi & Big R’s and Pitrucco Pizza.

Step away from the computer, collect your Septa tokens (or take advantage of the Navy Yard’s free parking) and get a little social on your lunch break.

Lunch Truck Gathering At The Navy Yard
Where: Marine Parade Ground, Intrepid and Broad Streets
When: Thursday, October 18, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cost: Pay as you go
More info:

Philadelphia Chef’s Table Recipe: Vedge’s Chilled Cucumber-Avocado Soup With Smoked Pumpkin Seeds

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

Take a page out of the new cookbook, The Philadelphia Chef's Table, and make this satisfying Cucumber Avocado Soup from Vedge. (Photo Credit: J.Varney)

Last week we told you about the wonderful new cookbook by local food writer, April White, ‘The Philadelphia Chef’s Table‘. This week, we are happy to provide you with a glimpse into the book with a wonderful recipe from vegan hotspot, Vedge.

“This soup is inspired by one I ate in Nicaragua,” said Vedge chef-owner Rich Landau. “The minute I tasted it, I said, ‘This is on the menu the minute we get back.’ The key to the soup is the texture of the cucumber. It’s like shaved ice. That’s the food processor. If you made this with a blender, it would be a watery mess.”

We think this soup would be a great way to use up the last bit of cucumbers from your CSA or back yard garden. Bon Appetit!

Chilled Cucumber-Avocado Soup with Smoked Pumpkin Seeds
Serves 4

For the soup:
4 cucumbers, peeled, seeded, and chopped
1/4 cup loosely packed mint leaves
1/4 cup loosely packed cilantro leaves
1 ripe avocado, roughly chopped
1/4 cup white onion, chopped
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon curry powder
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup vegan mayonnaise or sour cream
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
Juice of 2 limes plus more as needed
11/2 teaspoons sea salt plus more as needed
11/2 teaspoons black pepper
1/2 teaspoon agave syrup or granulated sugar
1 cup water

For the pumpkin seeds:
1/2 pound shelled, raw pumpkin seeds
2 teaspoons smoked paprika
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon sea salt
2 teaspoons olive oil

For serving:
Additional extra-virgin olive oil, as needed

To prepare the soup: Puree all ingredients in a food processor to a smooth, creamy consistency. Chill for 1 hour. Taste and adjust lime or salt as needed.

To prepare the pumpkin seeds: Preheat oven to 400°F. Toss pumpkin seeds with spices and oil and bake until seeds brown and become fragrant, 7 to 10 minutes. Set aside.

To serve: Pour soup into four bowls and garnish with pumpkin seeds and olive oil.

Pennsylvania Horticultural Society Present ‘Pheast,’ A Festive Night Out Celebrating Chefs And Growers, Oct 19

Friday, October 12th, 2012

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Get the VIP ticket for $300 and have a private tasting with a local chef, lounge in the VIP area, take home a fancy swag bag and, the best part, give an even more generous donation to City Harvest.

Tickets are available online.

Pheast: A Festive Night Out Celebrating Chefs & Growers
When: Friday, October 19, 7-10 p.m.
Where: The Navy Yard, 4747 S. Broad Street #120
Cost: $150-$300
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Barbuzzo To Host An All-Girl Chef’s Dinner, October 21: Break Bread With Marcey Turney, Monica Glass, Jennifer Carroll, Ann Coll, Katie Loeb And More

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

Midtown Village moguls Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran are hosting an awesome woman power dinner on Sunday, October 21.

Titled “Made With Moxie,” the event will take place at Barbuzzo, and entail a six-course feast with beverage pairings, all prepared by hotshot female chefs and mixologists.

The event is in honor of the release of Charlotte Druckman’s brand new book, Skirt Steak: Women Chefs on Standing the Heat and Staying in the Kitchen.

You’ll get to mix and mingle with Marcie and Val, plus Jen Carroll and Monica Glass (both coming back to town specially), Natalie Maronski from Chifa, Katie Loeb from Han Dynasty, Anne Coll from Meritage, Phoebe Esmon from Spirit Animal, Susan VanVreede from Distrito and Lindsay McClain from Jamonera.

Call (215) 546-9300 to make a reservation, like, immediately. A seat costs $95, which includes a copy of the book; a portion of proceeds goes towards Women Against Abuse.

Check out the full menu, below.

“Made With Moxie” All-Girls Chefs’ Dinner
Where: Barbuzzo, 110 S. 13th Street
When: Sunday, October 21
Cost: $95; copy of the book included
More info:

Catch Jose Garces At The Free Library, Discussing And Signing His New Cookbook ‘The Latin Road Home’, October 15

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

Rockstar local chef Jose Garces has been busy, taking over catering at the Kimmel Center, cooking at the Porch, launching a family foundation and now appearing at the Free Library. (Photo courtesy Garces)

Want to get up close and personal with Iron Chef Jose Garces? Here’s your chance: Garces will be appearing at the Free Library for a very special Author Event on Monday, October 15 at 7:30 p.m.

He’ll be interviewed on stage by Michael Klein, Philadelphia Inquirer Table Talk columnist and editor/producer of

They’ll be discussing Garces’ latest cookbook, The Latin Road Home: Savoring the Foods of Ecuador, Spain, Cuba, Mexico and Peru.

And it’s free! No tickets or reservations are required, but seating is first come, first served, so plan ahead. It’s not every day you get to rub elbows with a James Beard Award winner and Food Network star.

Author Events take place downstairs in the Free Library Central Branch’s auditorium.

For more on Garces’ restaurants in Philadelphia — Amada, Chifa, Tinto, JG Domestic, Garces Trading Company, Village Whiskey, Distrito — follow our coverage here.

Jose Garces in Conversation with Michael Klein at the Free Library
When: Monday, October 15, 7:30 p.m.
Where: 1901 Vine Street
Cost: Free
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