Wednesday, September 17, 2014
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POSTED: Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 2:20 PM

Hey Philly, you’re not the only one who’s throwing food festivals this weekend. On Sunday, Sept. 21, the annual Chester County Restaurant Festival will take over Gay and Market Streets in West Chester as signature restaurants, sounds, and entertainment from Chester County will line up around the neighborhood from noon through 5:30 p.m. In its 35th year, the festival has a couple new additions to the lineup. Here’s what to expect.

Make your vote count as the Dish People’s Choice Awards returns this year, where guests can vote for their favorite tastes from all of the attending restaurants (Southbound BBQ, Maui Wowi, Teca, and tons more.) At the end of the festival, stay tuned to see if your voice helped bring your selected favorite to the top during an awards ceremony.

Located on the historic Chester County Courthouse steps (2 High St.) this year will be a live broadcast of "In the Kitchen with David" on QVC. Visitors can watch a live filming of cooking demos and live chats with the audience. Can’t make it to this year’s event but want to check it out? Here is the chance to virtually catch what is going on.

POSTED: Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 1:19 PM
The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society's Fall Festival takes place Saturday, Sept. 20. (Photo via PHS)

Heads up: The first day of fall is Tuesday, Sept. 23. Another heads up: The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society wants to get you in the mood with its Fall Festival on Saturday, Sept. 20.

Running from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Navy Yard (4747 S. Broad St.), the day is the perfect kickoff to a season of Oktoberfests, cornfield mazes and pumpkin patches.

Here’s what you’ll find at the all-ages affair:

POSTED: Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 11:04 AM
Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys perform at Citi presents exclusive performance by The Black Keys for Citi cardmembers as part of the Evenings with Legends Series at Roseland Ballroom on January 31, 2014 in New York City. (Getty Images)

What we’re checking out this week!

Friday, September 19: Lily Allen

In some ways, I feel like Lily Allen and I are kindred spirits: we’re both small, creative, music-loving brunettes, born within 2 months of each other (she’s a smidge older); we both had trouble fitting in at school (although she seems to have had a rougher time); we were both obsessed with Myspace in an era of Myspace obsession (but then again, who wasn’t). The difference of course is that she’s a major pop star whose quirky, candid tunes have touched millions worldwide — and whose personal life has come under intense scrutiny as a result. The scrutiny got so bad that she almost retired from music altogether a few years back — and in that way, her new record Sheezus (yes, that’s a Kanye shout-out) feels like a triumph. It’s also damn good — mixing her signature off-kilter pop with deceptively smart lyrics about the media’s view of female performers and overcoming drug use. This Friday, she brings her snarky pop to the Electric Factory for her first local show in 5 years. Come see her now lest she disappear again!

POSTED: Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 3:00 AM
Models on the round stage in the middle of everything at the 20th annual Phashion Phest presents "20 is the New Black" at the Shops of Liberty Place, September 25, 2013. (HughE Dillon/

The sweetest of sights.

For inspiration: All day at the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Central Branch (1901 Vine St.), an independently organized TED-style event will run, starting at 9 a.m. Various local speakers will give standard TED-length 18 minute talks based around the theme “Inspire Curiosity.”

For young yogis: This zoo yoga class at the Brandywine Zoo (1001 N. Park Dr., Wilmington, De.) requires participants not only hold poses, but make various animal noises, too. The 45-minute class begins at 9:30 a.m.

POSTED: Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 1:45 PM
The Philadelphia Collection, eight days of fashion events, starts Wednesday. (RYAN S. GREENBERG / Staff Photographer)

Following New York City’s jam-packed Fashion Week, we here in Philadelphia are spotlighting our own style community through a week of runway shows, pop-up shops and cocktail parties via the Philadelphia Collection, running Wednesday, Sept. 17 through Wednesday, Sept. 24. Now in its fifth year, the event celebrates the city’s “collection” of retailers, boutiques, designers and fashion students.

With over 45 events happening throughout the seven-day soiree, here’s where you’ll find us channeling our best Anna Wintour.

Phashion Phest would be a good start. Helping to kick off the week on Wednesday, Sept. 17 at 7 p.m., the evening features a fashion show, student designer showcase, and a cocktail reception at the Shops at Liberty Place (1625 Chestnut St).

POSTED: Monday, September 15, 2014, 3:14 PM
Peace Day Philly is a local initiative for the International Day of Peace. (Photo via Peace Day Philly)

Starting Monday, Sept. 15, for the third year, dozens of organizations and venues across the city will participate in Peace Day Philly, a week of concerts, gatherings and discussions, promoting peace. Culminating on Sunday, Sept. 21, the International Day of Peace, Peace Day Philly aims to bring the sentiment of the national event on a local level.

Eddie Conway and Dominique Stevenson, co-founders of the prison mentoring program Friend of a Friend will elaborate on prison programs that can help turn prisons into a more peaceful setting — and the politics that go along with it on Tuesday, Sept. 16. They speak from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the American Friends Service Committee (1501 Cherry St.).

Start the day on a green note on Wednesday, Sept. 17 at Philadelphia Urban Creators (11th and York Streets) as the community gathers to work on the garden from 9 a.m. until noon. Bring your garden tools and any other supplies — they’re taking donations.

POSTED: Monday, September 15, 2014, 1:37 PM
Stroll along Baltimore Avenue in University City for some great deals on Thursday, Sept. 18 (photo by Ben Tran)

What do you get when you mix the Philadelphia area’s top chefs, one dollar bills, and tons of beer? The food events in Philadelphia this week in which you don’t want to miss out on.

Although the Eagles are not playing at home this evening, there’s a big deal going on in the stadium. The Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society’s 10th Annual Chef’s Dinner for PAWS is set to take place on Monday, Sept. 15 at Lincoln Financial Field (1 Lincoln Financial Way) in South Philadelphia. Beginning at 6 p.m., local chefs from Philadelphia and surrounding areas create a three-course food-and-wine pairing for 12 guests each. Proceeds from this event go towards PAWS. Looking for a table? Email for information.

You can never go wrong with a cocktail for dinner, especially when a distiller pairs up the right match for the evening. Sixth-generation rum maker, Roberto Serralles will make a visit to Bar Ferdinand  (1030 N Second St.) on Wednesday, Sept. 17 in Northern Liberties for a special four-course Rum Distiller Dinner featuring special dishes with cocktails from Serralles rum, Don Q. The dinner is set to begin at 7:30 p.m. and costs $50 per person. Dishes to expect are salpicon of octopus and mussels, trout, pork belly, and dessert.

POSTED: Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 4:34 PM
Learn about America's history during Constitution Day (photo courtesy of the National Constitution Center)

In the month of September, three single words were made famous 227 years ago, and those words were not: “When is dinner,” “I love you,” or “do your homework.” Those three words were “We the People.”

Since 2004, Sept. 17 has been observed as Constitution Day, and the National Constitution Center in Old City (525 Arch St.) is opening its doors for free that day to offer a little history lesson on the day made important by our Founding Fathers. During this eventful celebration, the center will be full of historical exhibits but also will entertain visitors with hands-on activities and workshops where you can learn calligraphy skills and more. Special activities scheduled to take place during the day are as follows.

Starting bright and early at 8:30 a.m., visitors are encouraged to take the Preamble Challenge on the front lawn of the National Constitution Center to test their skills on the introduction of the Constitution. After the brain is tested and awakened, a special flag-rising will have the stars and stripes flying high in the sky as the Sons and Daughters of the American Revolution — members of a national society dedicated to patriotism — partake in the activities.

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