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Center City Restaurant Week Kicks Off Today With The Launch Of A New Digital Cookbook

Monday, September 12th, 2011

In conjunction with this fall's Restaurant Week, Center City District has released a special digital cookbook with 20 recipes from Garces Trading Company, R2L, Le Bec-Fin, Porcini, El Vez and other Center City restaurants. (Photos courtesy Center City District)

It’s here! Center City District Restaurant Week presented by TD Bank kicks off today, running through Friday, September 16 and picking up again September 18-23.

Not only will you find three-course dinners for just $35 in 119 restaurants and three-course lunches for just $20 in more than 100 local eateries, but the event has a local, green twist as well. We have partnered with Center City District to promote locally grown food by having every single participating restaurant feature a local dish.

You’ll recognize the local dish on each menu thanks to a special local food tractor icon. (See example menu with the Tractor icon below.)

In addition, starting today Center City District will choose some of your treasured dishes from your favorite restaurants and compile the recipes in a brand new online cookbook, “Center City Cooks.” Online you’ll find more than a dozen seasonal recipes and other useful cooking information.

Plus, we’re giving away two restaurant gift certificates: one for $100 to Stephen Starr’s The Dandelion and one for $100 to Ellen Yin’s Fork. (Note: the gift cards don’t need to be redeemed during Restaurant Week.) CLICK HERE to enter.

And click here for a full list of participating restaurants and preview their menus for Center City Restaurant Week. Note that the Philadelphia Parking Association and Philadelphia Parking Authority will offer discounted $9 (or less) parking at dozens of lots and garages all over Center City.

Don’t miss all the fun, excitement and fresh flavors of Center City District Restaurant Week.

Center City District Restaurant Week
When: September 12-16 and September 18-23
Where: Center City District
Cost: $35 for dinner, $20 for lunch
More info:

Look out for the red Tractor icon on Restaurant Week menus — the icon will indicate when a featured menu item is made with a locally sourced ingredient. (Credit: GPTMC)

Our Picks for Local Food Happenings During Philly Beer Week

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

Restaurants, bars, and breweries all across the region are gearing up for the 4th Annual Philly Beer Week. We’ve sifted through the program and have pulled out some events that we think are the most in keeping with the Philly Homegrown message. This is just a small snippet of what’s will be happening in the area June 3 – 12. For more information on Philly Beer Week, make sure to check out

Saturday, June 4:

Bright and early on Saturday morning the Appel Farm Music Festival is hosting bands and drinks from Flying Fish Brewing Company and Auburn Road Vineyard and Winery from 10:30am-9:30pm. A bus will depart from Fergie’s Pub, $75/person for transportation and festival ticket.

If you opt out of the day-long lawn-chair music gig, then join the competition to rate your favorite regional draft and bottled beers at the Philadelphia Bar and Restaurant. Rate your “hero” beer all day, 12am-8pm.

For beer over brunch, Mid Atlantic Restaurant and Tap Room is hosting Carol and Jodi Stoudt of Stoudt’s Brewing Company.

Also on Saturday, from 11am-2pm, Johnny Brenda’s is hosting an all-local beer event (besides the British the meat pies and rock and roll).

Sunday, June 5:

Fairmount Park’s London Grill is preparing a Green Meadow Farm dinner from 4-9pm and is also hosting a beer vs. wine competition. Be there to join the jury and vote for Chaddsford Winery from the Brandywine Valley or Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

Monday, June 6:

**The With Love Beer Garden opens tonight at the Four Seasons. Bill Covaleski from Victory Brewing will be on hand to answer questions and gab with attendees. For you social media mavens out there, a Four Square check-in at this venue gets you a complimentary Summer Love Ale beer koozie.**

An evening of local food and drink will take place at the London Grill from 5pm-12am. At 7pm guests are presented with Chef Terry McNalley’s three course locally inspired meal.

You’ll taste an array of Philly Foods and Brews at Bridget Foy’s from 4-10 pm. The menu includes a Jersey tomato and corn gazpacho, roast pork and broccoli rabe spring rolls, a hoagie salad, a deconstructed cheesesteak and tiramisu constructed out of Tasty Kakes.

From 8pm-11pm the Philadelphia Restaurant and Bar has given Weyerbacher Brewery complete reign over the taps.

Tuesday, June 7:

Games, dunk tanks, mechanical bulls, and local bites are on tap for tonight.

First at the London Grill, from 4pm-12am, your favorite local beer representatives will be taking turns in the dunk tank. The night’s drinks hail from Philly proper. Featured producers include Nodding Head, Yards, and Stoudt’s.

During Happy Hour at McGlinchey’s Bar and Grill from 5-7pm, Jodi Stoudt will be giving away Stoudt freebies.

At Philadelphia Restaurant and Bar from 5-8pm the taps will be devoted to Troegs Brewing Company.

From 10-11pm, Cooper’s Brick Oven Wine Bar Happy Hour special is three Dock Street beers for $6.

From 7-10pm at Standard Tap, Victory Brewing Company will start off a game of drunken balderdash. It’s up to the crowd to decipher the sincerity of the drunken stories.

Victory Brewing Company will also be at Percy Street Barbecue from 7-11pm, awarding prizes to the best mechanical-bull rider.

At JG Domestic Fine Food and Spirits seven of the Flying Fish Exit Series ales (each named after an exit on the New Jersey Turnpike) will be paired with seven dishes, $75/person, 7-10pm.

Wednesday, June 8:

It’s mid-week of Beer Week, and there are many opportunities to celebrate.

Happy Hour at Time Bar and Taproom is devoted to Weyerbacher Brewing Company, based in Easton, PA.

Happy Hour at the Sansom Street Oyster House will be serving up Victory Brews.

At the Philadelphia Bar and Restaurant from 5-8, share a round of beers with the drivers who deliver for the Philadelphia Brewing Company.

A quasi-local meet and greet will take place on Wednesday from 6pm-12am at the Local 44 beer bar. Drink to our local breweries like Stoudt’s, Victory, and Dogfish Head.

From 7:30-10:30 at Jake and Cooper’s Brick Oven Wine Bar in Manayunk drink to Fegely’s Brew Works, a farm fresh brewery, and a four course meal.

Thursday, June 9:

Kick of Thursday night with the Philadelphia Brewing Company Gong Show at the Standard Tap, from 7-10pm.

Also on Thursday night, the East Passyunk Avenue artisanal prepared foods café Plenty is sampling four dishes to be paired with selections from The Bottle Shop.

At Percy Street Barbecue, 7-10p, Chef Erin O’Shea is preparing a special summer meal and beer pairing (can you say, crabs, peaches, and craft cans?).

Wrap up the evening at Johnny Brenda’s with Pheonixville’s Sly Fox Brews.

Friday, June 10:

Happy about Victory Brewing Company? A Happy Hour  will take place from 5-6pm at Copper’s Brick Oven Wine Bar on Friday night in honor of the Downingtown brewery.

Afterwards, from 6-9pm meet the makers of Stoudt’s Brewing Company at Grace Tavern in Gray’s Ferry.

Saturday, June 11:

Saturday afternoons in June are for local beers and street fairs. Troegs Brewing Company from Harrisburg is joining in on the action from 12-9pm at the annual Jazz Fest in Wayne, PA.

At Cooper’s Brick Oven Wine Bar in Manayunk the Happy Hour tradition continues. Indulge in Weyerbacher’s brews from 6-7pm, three beers for $6!

The last late night of Philly Beer Week always ends with karaoke at Fergie’s Pub, from 8-11pm. Sly Fox, Yards, Flying Fish, and other local brews are in attendance. Afterwards, head over to Copper’s Brick Oven Wine Bar until midnight and sip on Lion Brews, 3 for $6.

Sunday, June 12:

A pairing of locally produced chocolate and beer will finish the week off right, with selections from Naked Chocolate and Victory Brewing Company at the 13th Street Perch Pub, 4-9pm.

A Visit to the Headhouse Square Farmers’ Market with Chef Steve Poses

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

The north entrance to the Headhouse Square shambles (photo by R. Kennedy for GPTMC)

The following is an excerpt from a blog post by local restaurateur and caterer Steve Poses. This is one in a series of features he’s running on area farmers’ markets. To read the full text on his blog, click here.

With the exception of any day at Reading Terminal Market, a summer’s Sunday at Headhouse Farmers’ Market is Philadelphia’s best food shopping experience. And for pure physical per-square-foot concentration of food-shopping ecstasy, it is unrivaled. There are good reasons for this.

Headhouse is located on 2nd Street, between Pine and Lombard, at the south side of Society Hill, adjacent to Queen Village. The headhouse was built in 1805 and originally housed a volunteer fire department. The Shambles, the covered arcade, is an English name for a collection of butcher shops.

The Headhouse Farmers’ Market grows out of long market tradition. But its success today is due in large part to the uniquely supportive demographics of Society Hill and Queen Village. Though Society Hill is the least dense of Center City’s neighborhoods at 12,867 citizens per square mile, Queen Village has a density of 23,616 that rivals Rittenhouse Square at 26,081. It’s against this demographic backdrop that the Headhouse Farmers’ Market operates each Sunday.

Most neighborhood farmers’ markets are laid out single file, under tents along a sidewalk strip. By contrast, the Headhouse market, operated by The Food Trust, sits within the shambles with tables lining both sides. The covered arcade provides a more intimate and compressed physical experience. At the same time, the absence of mismatched and low-hanging tents provides a more consistent, open and accessible market.

The market opens at 9:30 a.m. so plan on breakfast sausage from Renaissance Sausage. In addition to breakfast sandwiches of Sausage, Egg and Cheese or a Brie and Fresh Pear Melt, Renaissance Sausage offers four sausage options including a vegetarian sausage.

Occasionally, a neighborhood farmers’ market has a food truck. Headhouse boasts Los Taquitos de Pueblo, a 9th Street taqueriia that sets up a tent just outside the market near Pine Street. Its street-friendly menu includes Tacos al Pastor with pork, onions, cilantro and a slice of pineapple, Chicken Taco, or Quesadilla with your choices like mushroom and corn or zucchini blossom.

If you plan your appetite carefully, you might manage a breakfast sausage, your shopping and then a lunch taco. Wash it all down with a fresh-squeezed — and shaken — lemonade from Twisted Lemonade. Try Carrot Apple Ginger or Cucumber Herb.

Serious produce shoppers have a world of choices at Headhouse. Summer basil is de rigueur at farmers’ markets. At Headhouse your basil choices include purple, Genovese and Thai.

Man and woman do not eat by produce alone. Each Sunday Tulula’s Table returns to its neighborhood roots vending house made cured meats and spreads. Birchrun Hills Farm offers cheese and hormone- and antibiotic-free pork and veal. Other stands also offer cheese — cow or goat, your choice. Moutainview Poultry offers free-range chicken and beef.

If you appreciate the beauty of food, wandering the Headhouse Farmers’ Market is the equivalent of an art lover wandering the galleries of our Philadelphia Museum of Art. This Sunday think about visiting the Farmers’ Market at Headhouse.

Steve Poses is founder of Frog Commissary. A local restaurateur, caterer and author, it’s his goal to increase home entertaining. Steve’s latest book, At Home by Steve Poses: A Caters Guide to Cooking and Entertaining, was released in 2009. It’s the inspiration for At Home Online, a website and blog designed to make home entertaining as easy as possible with tips, guides and recipes. Click here to subscribe to his e-newsletter. Steve can also be found on Twitter as @SPoses. Click here to follow him.