Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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POSTED: Monday, September 29, 2014, 4:20 PM
Ben Sparks, 11, of Beach Haven Gardens, fills sample cups with white chowder for a taste at the 25th annual Chowderfest on Long Beach Island Sunday, October 6, 2013. The cook-off offers a variety of clam chowders for people to vote on. DAVID M WARREN / Staff Photographer

Are your taste buds looking for excitement this week? No worries, here are 5 great food events this week that scream the word "chow." Enjoy!

On Sunday, Sept. 28, Manayunk’s StrEAT Festival warmed crowds up for the neighborhood’s Fall Restaurant week with tons of flavorful entertainment. From now through Friday, Oct. 10, chow down on Manayunk’s wide range of restaurants with three-course meal parings pricing from $15-$35. Participating restaurants include Sapphire (4141 Main St.), Bourbon Blue (2 Rector St.), La Collina (37-41 Ashland Ave.), and more.

I can give you 24 reasons why the inaugural Ya Gotta Try This tasting event is worth going to, but I’ll just give you one: It’s for a great cause. On Thursday, Oct. 2, Fox 29’s Mike Jerrick and the Good Day Philadelphia crew invite guests to try signature dishes from 24 Philadelphia local and regional restaurants ranging in all different flavors. Guests can try items like Circles’ pork belly moo ping pao buns, Rouge’s baked macaroni and cheese, and enjoy beverages served by Yards Brewing Co. and Bru. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Independence Visitors Center (1 North Independence Way) tickets are $50 general admission and $100 VIP for early access to the event. Proceeds from the event go toward the Second Chance Foundation and organization that raises funds for various community organizations.

POSTED: Monday, September 29, 2014, 3:15 PM
Portrait of Florcy Morisset of Vivant Gallery. (Photo by Sarah J. Glover)

Old City art gallery, Vivant Art Collection (60 N. 2nd St.), is preparing to shut its doors for good, seven years after opening. Featuring art from the Caribbean, Middle East, Latin America and Africa, Vivant will hold a week’s worth of free cocktail hours and receptions leading up to the closing with opportunities to purchase work during all events.

Starting Wednesday, Oct. 1, NExT Philadelphia, Fox 29’s Mike Jerrick, and Dyana Williams from 100.3 WRNB will host a M’Art’ini cocktail reception from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Women in the nonprofit sector are honored on Thursday, Oct. 2 at a 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. event hosted by Lisa Nutter.

POSTED: Monday, September 29, 2014, 12:13 PM
Musician Wynton Marsalis performs at the 40th Anniversary Chaplin Award Gala at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts on April 22, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano (Getty Images)

From local players to national stars, the Kimmel Center’s (300 S. Broad St.) 2014-2015 jazz season features lots of great free and ticketed performances with improv jams, new work development, and swinging shows. Longtime jazz listeners and newbies alike can take in the sounds and groove along.

It’s never too early for a little hot jazz. Three- to five-year-olds can take part in an interactive concert on Saturday, Oct. 4 with Drew Nugent, singer and multi-instrumentalist of Drew Nugent and the Midnight Society. For an hour, starting at 11 a.m., tots can get their hands on some instruments and dance along as a part of the PNC Grow Up Great series at the Kimmel Center’s Commonwealth Plaza Stage. These free sessions continue throughout the season with vocalist Shakera Jones on Saturday, Nov. 1 and pianist and composer Lucas Brown on Saturday, Dec. 6. All concerts begin at 11 a.m., if you were wondering.

Eleven-time Grammy nominee (and one-time winner!) vocalist Kurt Elling brings his project “PassionWorld,” comprising tunes about love and loss — like Frank Sinatra’s “Come Fly with Me” and French stunner “La Vie en Rose” — to the Perelman Theater stage on Sunday, Oct. 5 at 7:30 p.m.

POSTED: Monday, September 29, 2014, 3:00 AM
Exterior of Creative Cafe@Replica at 3711 Market St., Thursday, January 30, 2014. ( DAVID SWANSON / Staff Photographer )

The start of the week doesn’t have to be a bore.

For young professionals: Once a month on a Monday, the Creative Café at Replica (3711 Market St.) welcomes four dynamic speakers in a variety of mediums to give a 5 minute talk followed by 20 minutes of solid conversation. This month, David Clayton, Director of STEAM Initiatives at the University City Science Center, Georgia Guthrie, Director of The Hacktory, Alexis Kiesel, Program Manager of the Philadelphia Center for Arts and Technology and Dr. Frank Lee, Drexel University Digital Media Professor will be the intellectuals of honor at this chat, starting at 8 a.m.

For a lesson in buoyancy: The “What Floats Your Boat” exhibit at the Independence Seaport Museum (211 S. Columbus Blvd.) explores how, exactly, boats can stay afloat. The museum’s open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

POSTED: Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 4:46 PM
Another month, another resident comedy team for PHIT's Launch Pad. (iStock Photo)

Last month, improv troupe Bad Kitten christened Philly Improv Theater’s Launch Pad series with weekly performances led by and working with PHIT staff.

Launch Pad continues in October with another local group of laughter inducers, Office Hours (Gab Bottoni, Gary Chau, Whitney Harris, Melinda Messina, Andrew Miller, Kevin Ruth and Jacob Todd), taking over where Bad Kitten left off.

Featuring PHIT team members and players from original company series “Dynamite Series,” Office Hours will work with company player and volunteer coordinator Meredith Weir, who’ll serve as their Launch Pad spirit guide.

POSTED: Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 3:08 PM
Brooklyn Mash series kicks off on Saturday, September 26 (photo by Emily Dyan Ibarra)

Starting on Saturday, Sept. 27, a New York City favorite meets Philadelphia for a week of numerous outings and events, extending through Saturday, Oct. 4. No, it’s not the Flyers vs. the Rangers – it's Brooklyn Brewery gracing us with the second annual Brooklyn Mash series. This weeklong celebration features two cities collaborating and embracing their respective cultures through art, music, comedy, food, and…beer, duh.

Kicking off the Brooklyn Mash tour on Saturday, Sept. 27 is an Eat, Drink and Learn Series with Brooklyn Brewery Chef and Philly native, Andrew Gerson, at the Corner Foodery (1710 Sansom St.). From 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Andrew will speak about malts and hops, and how they can be paired perfectly with a wide variety of eats. You don’t want to miss out on this one – this man knows what he’s talking about.

Later in the evening on Saturday, Sept. 27, Brooklyn drafts invade Varga Bar (941 Spruce St.) during a Tap Attack with Food Pairings specials featuring signature dishes from the gastro pub paired with rare, signature and seasonal Brooklyn brews. The taps start pouring at 7 p.m.

POSTED: Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 9:48 AM
It's officially fall. That means pumpkin picking, hayrides and more. (iStock Photo)

Happy fall! We made it through the heat and humidity of summer and now it’s time to take in the sights (nothing better than leaves changing colors) and sounds (of Halloween terror?) of autumn. These events should get you warmed up.

After last weekend’s scarecrow festival at Peddler’s Village (Routes 202 and 263, Lahaska), you’re likely in the mood for some more festive bodies of hay. Play a part in determining who takes home the title in a number of categories (which would be Peddler's Village: We are everything but ordinary, Traditional/Whirligig, Extraordinary Contemporary, KidsOnly!, Quite The Character, and Group Crow) for their Scarecrow Competition and Display, running now until Sunday, Oct. 26. Peddler’s Village is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

We didn’t start the fire. But someone in Manayunk did. Celebrate the start of the season with a community bonfire at Canal View Park (4430 Main St.) where 12 lit pontoons will float down the canal at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 26. Throw your “wishing sticks” into the flames, check out some live animals, and see dance performances.

POSTED: Friday, September 19, 2014, 5:32 PM
Bartender Alyssa Wegner pours a tall Aylinger Brau Wiesse at Brauhaus Schmitz. (Eric Mencher/Staff file photo)

Say goodbye to the summer shandys and step away from the wheat beers – fall beer festivals are about to take over your local event calendar. Grab a planner and take note these fun beer-themed events celebrating all things autumn.

Perch Pub Oktoberfest, Washington Square West - Sept. 20

You’re not going to find Pumpkin brews at this Oktoberfest celebration. Victory Brewing Company takes over the taps at Perch Pub for an evening of signature ales like Victory Mad King’s Weiss and Oktoberfest seasonal beers like Victory Festbier. Want some seasonal swag? Brewery reps will be handing out prizes as well as limited edition stein glasses.

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