A Sinful Feast – Garden Party with Art in The Age, AG Catering, PhilaLandmarks & Nic Esposito!
AG Catering, Art in the Age Craft Spirits and the PhilaLandmarks invite you for a six course dinner welcoming the season featuring local produce from PhillyFoodWorks and guest host Nic Espotio, urban farming enthusiast and author of Kensington Homestead.
The evening will commence with a cocktail hour in the garden featuring Art in the Age cocktails paired with Jack Rudy small batch mixers and light Hors d’oeuvres. Following cocktail hour we’ll transition into the mansion’s dining room for a farm to table meal amidst a bouquet of seasonal floral arrangements provided by Petals Lane.
Nic Esposito is a Philadelphia native with a love for urban farming, sustainable agriculture and social change. He lives with his wife in East Kensington where they operate Emerald Street Community Farm. Aside from writing and farming Nic is the founder of The Head & The Hand Press and speaks throughout the area on urban agriculture and sustainability.
Date: April 30th, 2015
Time: Cocktail hour begins at 6:30pm with dinner to follow
Location: 321 S 4th St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
This year, I am going to be spending Mother’s Day early with my mother in New Jersey and I’ve decided to do a roundup of my favorite gifts and cards that you can buy locally in Philadelphia. I don’t think its just me, but Mother’s Day and Father’s Day always seem to slowly creep up on me and I find myself scrambling for a gift or the perfect card. I guess that’s why our parents love us regardless because my mom is just happy for me to come home for dinner with Scott, no gift necessary.
Good Candle – Made from 100% American grown soy wax, Good Candles burn for 50 hours and come in Americano, Sage, Fig, and Campfire. Art in the Age 116 N. 3rd Street
Real. Body Butter – My dear friend Jenea started making Real. Body Butter and as a faithful user, I love it. My mom is very into moisturizing her body and this all natural body butter makes a great gift. Real. has two limited edition scents for Mother’s Day (Blackberry-Sage and Coconut Citrus). Place your order by May 4th!
Flowers from Pure Design – Pure Design is easily my favorite flower shop in Philadelphia. They have gorgeous lush florals available for Mother’s Day that any mother with a green thumb would love. 500 South 22nd Street
Brunch or Dinner at R2L – For the foodie mom, you get a spectacular view and a multi course menu at R2L on Mother’s Day. The menu speaks for itself – definitely check it out and make a reservation. 50 S 16th Street
A Mother’s Day Card from Paper Source – This is my favorite card store in the Rittenhouse neighborhood. I can spend most of my breaks from work in this store reading each card front and back until I find the one I want to buy. I highly recommend going in! 1628 Walnut Street
Mint Julep Boozy Popsicles
BY CHAUCEE STILLMAN | MAKES 4 POPS
ROOT is a liqueur inspired by an early drink called root tea, a recipe that came from Native Americans to settlers in the 1700s and eventually evolved into what is known as birch or root beer. The spirit has a full, rich, smoky flavor made with North American herbs and pure cane sugar. The fresh mint in the popsicle brings out the citrus and spearmint notes in ROOT, while the demerara sugar adds to the earthy sweetness of the spirit. Popsicles have always been a perfect springtime cooler, and this recipe brings the complex flavors of a great cocktail to the simple treat.
Add the water and sugar to a medium pot over medium-low heat and stir until the sugar completely dissolves.
Once the sugar has dissolved, turn off the heat and add the fresh mint. Lightly muddle the mint with a muddler or wooden spoon. Let this steep until the mixture has cooled to room temperature (about 45 minutes). Once it has cooled, strain through a fine-mesh strainer.
Add ROOT and stir to combine. Then pour into your popsicle molds. Place in the freezer and check back after 45 minutes (or longer depending on the temperature of your freezer) and insert the popsicle sticks. Keep in the freezer until frozen solid.
If Wednesdays aren’t for dreaming of delicious cocktails and warm spring days spent outdoors I don’t know what is. With hump day in full swing and the weather outside being glorious, I can’t stop thinking about lounging out on our roof deck with a delicious speciality cocktail by my side. Surprisingly I’m not usually a big cocktail drinker, but that all changed when I recently had the pleasure of testing some of the unique spirits from Art In The Age. It all started when I stumbled into their store in Old City to try on some Warby Parkerglasses. Next thing I know I was testing all their spirits and picking on some pretty wild glasses. Not bad right?
Art In The Age is a organic spirits company inspired by the rich history of Philadelphia. They have four signature spirits that were developed to highlight a unique aspect of the Philadelphia areas roots. My particular favorite is the Rhubarb which was developed to highlight how Benjamin Franklin introduced the vegetable to America in 1771. It’s pretty much the perfect spirt to add into your summer cocktails, and it would be beyond delicious mixed with champagne. The four spirits they offer are rhubarb, sage, snap, and root, with each one having its own unique historical background & taste profile.
If you find this spirt company as amazing as I do, I recommend checking out their website. Each spirit has a breakdown on the history, tasting notes, and mixology recipes to help you get started.
Photo: Art In The Age
Another reason to hit Art in the Age this Friday! Grab a mug from @PilotandCapt
Flavor up your week with these 5 food events: Rum, crawfish, steak
If you love food events, Philadelphia is the place to be.
This week we have a one-year anniversary party from local distilling company, Cooper River, Cajun flavor takes over Varga Bar, and for an outdoor celebration guests can enjoy a boozy botanical dinner at the Physick House.
Check out these 5 food events.
Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse (1426 Chestnut St.) hosts Philadelphia’s own Bluecoat Gin for a dinner pairing on Wednesday, April 29. For $125 per person, guests will be treated to a five-course meal featuring coffee-cured duck, mini beef Wellington, sea bass, and grilled ribeye. All menu items include a cocktail. The dinner kicks off at 6:30 p.m.
Hosted by AG Catering, Art in the Age Craft Spirits, PhilaLandmarks, PhillyFoodWorks, and guest host/local farmer, Nic Esposito, the second annual Sinful Feast will take place on Thursday, April 30. Beginning with a cocktail reception at 6:30 p.m., folks will then enjoy a six-course dinner menu featuring olive oil brioche, strawberry-glazed gazpacho, garden beignets, pea and ricotta ravioli, spring lamb, and market fish, followed by dessert. The event is $85 per person and takes place at the Physick House’s (321 S. 4th St.) botanical gardens.
Local New Jersey distillery, Cooper River (34 N 4th St., Camden) celebrates its first licensed year in business on Friday, May 1. The party runs from 3 to 9 p.m., and guests will get to take a guided tour through the building, chow down on food from the Surf and Turf food truck, and enjoy, of course, the company’s rum. Guests can also purchase a special single-barrel anniversary bottle if they please.
Starting on Friday, May 1 through Sunday, May 3, the sizzling flavors of New Orleans take over the kitchen at Varga Bar (941 Spruce St.) for their third annual Crawfish Boil. From 2 to 11 p.m., $35 gets you the flavorful crustacean, smoked andouille sausage, spring corn, and roasted potatoes.
For good flavor and a good cause: On Sunday, May 3, Philadelphia chefs partner with the Salvation Army to host Farm to Families, a dinner benefiting the Salvation Army of Eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware. The event takes place at the Morris House Hotel (225 South 8th St.), from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and guests will be able to enjoy six separate food stations featuring chef signatures such as watermelon gazpacho, fresh fruit, house-made waffles, and more. Chefs taking part in the brunch include: Chef Chris Beyer (JG Domestic), chef Michael Griffiths and Kevin D’Egidio (Helm), chef Evan Seplow (Belgian Café).
An Excuse to Drink – April 26, 1865: The Death of John Wilkes Booth
BY GREGORY PRIEBE · APRIL 26, 2015
Today we mark the death of John Wilkes Booth, assassin of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln, who was fatally shot Bowling Green Virginia 150 years ago today at age 27. Booth, an American stage actor was born May 10, 1838 in Bel Air, MD and was part of the famous Booth Theatrical family. A Confederate sympathizer outraged at the defeat of the South, Booth assassinated Lincoln on April 14. Injuring his ankle during his escape, Booth was able to flee on horseback to southern Maryland, and made his way to a farm in rural northern Virginia, where he was tracked down by federal forces and shot.
§ 1/4 part Root liqueur
§ 1/2 part Bourbon or Blended Scotch
§ 3 crushed cinnamon sticks
§ 1 cube brown sugar
§ Orange wedge
Glass: Double Rocks
Garnish: Orange Twist
Muddle until sugar is dissolved, almost to a paste. Add ice. Add Bourbon/Scotch. Shake and then double strain into a double rocks glass over ice.
Where to Shop With Puppies This Weekend
LAURA GURFEIN Apr 24, 2015, 5:00p
Your roundup of shopping events taking place tomorrow and Sunday.
WEST CHELSEA—Depop, the app that makes it easy to buy clothes and accessories from the closets of top style bloggers and celebs like Dita von Teese and Louise Roe, is hosting a sale at 443 West 18th Street tomorrow between 10am and 5pm. Shop previously-loved items from the likes of Nylon Magazine, The Blonde Salad, Song of Style, Just Another Fashion Blog, Samantha Pleet, and so many more, all while enjoying snacks and drinks from Food Shark Marfa and Club-Mate.
10% of sale proceeds will benefit Housing Works, and some of the clothing that doesn’t sell will go there as well. Last but certainly not least, Animal Haven will be on site from 1pm to 3pm with puppies (puppies!) and a photo booth. Be sure to bring plenty of cash—it’s the only form of payment accepted.
GREENPOINT—Head over to In God We Trust (70 Greenpoint Ave) on Sunday between 1pm and 6pm for a free manicure by Lady Fancy Nailswith the purchase of a Hail Nails polish bottle. All rings will be 20% off at this time, and cocktails will be provided by Art in the Age. Still not enough? IGWT will be giving away a $100 store gift card, too.
LOWER EAST SIDE—The Hester Street Fair is back for the season! Head over tomorrow for opening day between 11am and 6pm to check out new vendors in the expanded food court and local designers and shops like TG-170, Brooklyn Voyager, Sparklefarm Jewelry, and the La Poubelle mobile vintage shop.
UPPER EAST SIDE—Missed out on Lilly for Target madness? You can celebrate the Madison Avenue store anniversary instead by shopping for gifts with purchase all day Saturday. $250 gets you a travel jewelry pouch, $500 gets you a luggage tag and passport case, $750 earns you a laptop case and earbuds, and $1,000 get you a garment bag (in short, you’ll be quite stylish en route to your next vacation). Plus, the first 50 shoppers in store that day get an extra mystery gift.