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Archive: February, 2012

POSTED: Friday, February 24, 2012, 3:47 PM

Attention carnivores: Philly CowShare is taking orders now for spring deliveries.

The cow share is just what it sounds like - a way individuals can buy grass-fed, locally-raised beef in bulk by splitting the purchase of a cow with other people. Details on cuts of meat and the costs of ordering as little as one-eighth of a cow are at Phillycowshare.com.

Meanwhile, Jessica Moore, who founded the one-of-a-kind business, will have less on her plate, so to speak, now that Megan Bucknum is joining the staff.

POSTED: Friday, February 24, 2012, 3:04 PM
Julie Dannenbaum

A fabulous collection of kitchen gadgets belonging to the late Julie Dannenbaum will be auctioned April 15, with proceeds going to the scholarship fund of the Philadelphia chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier, which she helped found.

Dannenbaum, a cook, food writer and cooking school owner, died in December, leaving her books and papers to the Free Library of Philadelphia.

Now her daughter, Mimi Robertson, is working on plans for an auction of her pots, pans and specialty tools with Les Dames chapter president Kathy Gold, of In The Kitchen Cooking School in Haddonfield, N.J.

POSTED: Thursday, February 23, 2012, 11:45 AM

* You love Reading Terminal Market, you know you do. Show your love for the market (51 N. 12th St., 215-922-2317) at the gala Valentine to the Market Saturday 2/25. The VIP event, complete with celebrity chef cook-off, starts at 7 p.m. Or come at 8 for the party, with music, dancing, Market vendor eats and open bar. $125; VIP, $300. www.PartyTicketsOnline.com/valentine.

* Speaking of Reading Terminal Market, Mardis Gras was Tuesday, but Beck’s Cajun Cafe (215-592-0505) is still going strong on the New Orleans culinary front, especially with its delicious mini King Cakes, which will be sold through this week. Beck’s also has a great line of spice products to help you bring the Cajun way into your kitchen. Get it at the market or www.beckscajuncafe.com.

* Wonder if Girl Scout cookies will be on the menu for the free Black History Month Tea at Awbury Arboretum (1 Awbury Road, 215-849-2855, ext. 25) from 3-5 p.m. Saturday 2/25. The Scouts are a co-sponsor of the event, featuring a lecture on the history of African-American environmentalism by Gina Thomas, assistant counsel in the Department of Environmental Protection’s Southeast Regional Office, and Deborah Fries, also of the DEP.

POSTED: Wednesday, February 22, 2012, 1:22 PM

People who have CSA shares seem to love ‘em.

We’re speaking of Community Supported Agriculture programs, in which individuals or families pay in advance for a share of a farmers’ crop.

In return for their start-of-the-season investment of $400 or so, share-holders get a weekly box of fruits and/or vegetables, sometimes eggs, too.

POSTED: Monday, February 20, 2012, 8:34 PM

Part 3 >> Some thirsty Philadelphians have embarked upon a beer pilgrimage this week to Belgium, where they will collaborate with the legendary Brasserie Dupont on a special brew to be poured at Philly Beer Week this June. But first, there is the adventure. Stay tuned to The Food Department - philly.com/Food's new blog - as The Inquirer's Craig LaBan reports back between sips from the land of tripel and saison.

 
The biggest drawback in traveling with a pack of beer fanatics
on a pilgrimage to Belgium is that they take the term “liquid bread” too seriously.

True, this is the land where the phrase was coined by brewing monks who drank their yeasty treasures as sustenance during times of fasting. But this Philly Beer Week crew is following that holy example to an unexpectedly impressive level, as visits from one fantastic brewery to the next blend with one must-see back alley Renaissance-era tavern after the other without nary a mention of lunch.

POSTED: Sunday, February 19, 2012, 9:05 AM

Part 2 >> Some thirsty Philadelphians have embarked upon a beer pilgrimage this week to Belgium, where they will collaborate with the legendary Brasserie Dupont on a special brew to be poured at Philly Beer Week this June. But first, there is the adventure. Stay tuned to The Food Department - philly.com/Food's new blog - as The Inquirer's Craig LaBan reports back between sips from the land of tripel and saison.


The cool February air smells like chocolate – roasty, warm and sweet – the minute we step off the train in Brussels. But when I pause to inhale and begin imagining my first in-country bite of truffle, I look up to see my group already hustling away down the station quai. There will plenty of time for chocolates, Tom Peters assures me. But first, we have an appointment at Brasserie Cantillon – the legendary producer of sour ales known as lambic.

It is the first of several holy beer sites we’ll be visiting today. After all, this contingency from Philly Beer Week has come to Belgium with a clear and thirsty mission in mind – total immersion. And when Peters, the owner of Monk’s Café, has lambic on the brain, the man can roll luggage through the streets like he’s driving a Formula One, buzzing over the cobblestones, slicing between the diesel cars that zoom through the chaotic intersections, deftly navigating the web of neighborhood alleys until we arrive, within 15 minutes or so, in front of Brasserie Cantillon.

POSTED: Saturday, February 18, 2012, 9:41 AM

Part 1 >> Some thirsty Philadelphians have embarked upon a beer pilgrimage this week to Belgium, where they will collaborate with the legendary Brasserie Dupont on a special brew to be poured at Philly Beer Week this June. But first, there is the adventure. Stay tuned to The Food Department - philly.com/Food's new blog - as The Inquirer's Craig LaBan reports back between sips from the land of tripel and saison.
 


It is only 4 a.m. back in Philadelphia. But Tom Peters knows how to shake off the sleepies of a red-eye flight. The Monks Café owner, leading the advanced guard of a Philadelphia contingent to Belgium, wastes little time after our arrival adjusting his inner-clock.

Video: Sir Thomas of Monks
Video: Philly Beer Week's Belgian beer boils
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