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Say Cheers on National Beer Day at On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina

Trying to decide on your favorite beer for National Beer Day? Nothing compares to the classic flavor and crisp taste of an ice-cold beer served straight from the tap – except maybe getting that beer for just $3. That’s what On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina® is doing this year for National Beer Day – Friday, April 7th – with a salute to the top national beer of Mexico, Dos XX. All day long at all participating On The Border restaurants, any regularly sized Dos XX draft can be enjoyed at $3, no other purchase necessary.

 They are also offering On The Border’s classic CoronaRita cocktail – made with our zesty lime margarita mix, house tequila, triple sec, and a flipped-over bottle of Corona Light. It’s a unique turn on Corona and Lime that’s available for just $5 all day on National Beer Day.

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Philly Burger Brawl!

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The Sixth Annual Philadelphia Burger Brawl presented by Comcast Business will be held on Sunday, June 26, from 4:00-7:00 p.m., VIP access starts at 3:00 p.m. XFINITY Live hosts the event at 1100 Pattison Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19148. The event will be held rain or shine.

The event will feature restaurants presenting their versions of Philadelphia’s best burger and (for the first time) best taco. Organizers expect 40 burger contenders and 12 taco contenders. Guests 21 and over also can sample signature specialty cocktails using Jim Beam and Sauza Hornitos from approximately 20 competing bars.

Winners will be determined by a panel of judges including Mike Jerrick from Fox 29, Matt Cord and Steve Morrison from WMMR, former Philadelphia Phillies player Garry Maddox. Im also so excited to be part of the judging panel. Prizes will also be awarded for the People’s Choice winner in each category and every attendee’s vote counts.

Burger Brawl contenders scheduled to participate to date include:

2312 Garrett Bar, A. Bar, Amanda’s Bar None, Bareburger, Blue Duck Sandwich Co., Butcher & Singer, Broad Street Ministry, Burger Fi, The Dandelion, Fine Palate, Fireside Smoke House, Harvest Seasonal Grill, Hugo’s Frog Bar and Chop House, La Peg Brasserie, Lucky’s Last Chance, Moonshine Philly, NBC Sports Arena, New Wave Café, Parc, P’unk Burger, Pineville Tavern, Prime Stache, Revolution House, Rogue’s Gallery, Rouge, Samwich by Suppa, Spot Burger, Steam Pub, Taproom on 19th, Twisted Tail, Valley Beach, Village Whiskey, Vintage Wine Bar.

Taco Takedown contenders to date include: 

1100 Social, Buena Onda, Café Ynez, El Vez, IndeBlue, Heffe Tacos, Loco Pez, Lolita, Revolution Taco, Sancho Pistola’s, Taqueria Feliz, Wahoo’s Tacos.

The event began as a neighborhood fundraiser for founders Rob and Maggie Wasserman’s children’s school, The William M. Meredith Elementary School, in South Philadelphia. Five years ago, their goal was to gather a few restaurant industry friends to create a small event at Fleisher Art Memorial that would eventually fund a new computer lab for Meredith. Burger Brawl soon outgrew Fleisher and in 2014 moved to the XFINITY Live! Complex. More than 3,000 people attended and more than 50 restaurants participated. After funding one computer lab and two technology initiatives, Burger Brawl has set even higher goals.

The Philadelphia Burger Brawl is one of the partners with The Fund for the School District of Philadelphia, the Olitsky Family Foundation, AIM Academy (Academy in Manayunk), and The Philadelphia School District to run a four year pilot program for two Philadelphia public schools that were selected based upon district- wide RFP process in 2014; Andrew Jackson Elementary School located at 1213 South 12th Street, in South Philadelphia and the William H. Ziegler School, located at 5935 Saul Street in Northeast Philadelphia. This four year pilot program will utilize technology to increase literacy for elementary school age children. If the program proves successful, it could be rolled out district-wide. A portion of the proceeds from this day will go to Compete 360, an organization founded by Garry Maddox to support the education and development of urban youth.

Ticket information:

Tickets are available at www.phillyburgerbrawl.com and sold exclusively through Ticketfly.com.

General admission tickets are $50 and include one vote for the best burger and a complimentary beverage.

VIP tickets are $125 and provide early access for one hour to explore and sample the 60 contenders at this year’s event, as well as access to a VIP lounge, opportunities to meet celebrity judges and one vote for your choice of best burger. 

Children ten years old and younger will be admitted free.  Guests who are ages 11-21 can purchase tickets for $35. Tickets will not be sold at the door.

Parking for the Burger Brawl at XFINITY Live! is free.

The Sixth Annual Burger Brawl is presented by Comcast Business. SloaneAutos.com (Sloane Toyota Malvern, Sloane Toyota Philadelphia, Sloane Toyota Glenside, Sloane Honda, BMW of Devon) is the Heavyweight Sponsor. Other supporters include Agile Cat, Arc Document Solutions, Arway Linen Co., Comcast Spectacor, Eastern Pass Tattoo Company, EMR Company, Firstrust Bank, The Governor’s Woods Foundation, Home Depot, Martin’s Famous Potato Rolls, Multi-Flow Fountain-Dispensed Beverage Solutions, Origlio Beverage, Peco, Southern Wine & Spirits of Pennsylvania, Sugar House Casino, The Tuttleman Foundation and Wells Fargo Bank. Media partners are Billypenn.com, CBS Radio, Philly.com and WMMR 93.3.

For more information please visit www.phillyburgerbrawl.com. Stay in touch with the latest event updates on Twitter @PHLBurgerBrawl and Facebook @Philadelphia Burger Brawl.

 

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Think local give local

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Think Local, Give Local: An Evening Benefiting the Garces Foundation

WHAT:

Garces Foundation presents Think Local, Give Local with tastings from the area’s brightest chefs and a food themed silent auction to benefit the lives of Philadelphia’s immigrant community.  

DETAILS:

Chef Jose Garces has handpicked a group of local chefs to deliver an unforgettable epicurean experience, which will highlight Philadelphia’s unique culinary talent.  Throughout the evening guests will enjoy cocktails made with local spirits, local beer, locally created décor elements and more. Entertainment will be provided by American Deluxe, with pop up performances from the Philadelphia Girls Choir and Flamenco troupe De Luna a Lunares. Denise Fike will provide complimentary fashion illustrations of each guest. Guests will enjoy a Tito’s Vodka Lounge and signature cocktail station from Philadelphia Distilling with mixology demonstrations and tastings. A farm stand exhibit will offer guests tastings from local independent makers of gourmet products such as Weckerly’s Ice Cream, Baba’s Brew, Subarashii Kudamono Gourmet Asian Pears, and Gilda’s Biscotti. Billy Harris and Alicia Vitarelli from 6ABC will emcee.

WHEN:

Friday, March 18 from 7:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. VIP Preview 6:30-7:30, VIP After Party 10:30-12:00 p.m.

WHERE:

Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 1200 Market Street, Philadelphia

PARTICIPANTS INCLUDE:

Abe Fisher, Yehuda Sichel

Alla Spina, Jeff Michaud

Amada, Nate Johnson

Bank and Bourbon, Thomas Harkins

Bing Bing Dim Sum / Cheu Noodle Bar, Ian Boothman

Bistrot La Minette/La Peg, Peter Woolsey/Kenneth Bush

Blackfish, Chip Roman

Brauhaus Schmitz / Whetstone Tavern, Jeremy Nolen

Buena Onda

Dim Sum Garden, Shizhou Da

Distrito, Maria Schmidt

Distrito Moorestown, Aedo Rufino

Double Knot, Greg Brandberg

Ela, Jason Cichonski

El Poquito, Andrew Sabin

The Farm and Fisherman, Josh Lawler

Fork, John Patterson

Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Chad Williams

Garces Trading Company, Mike Jenkins

Hungry Pigeon, Scott Schroeder & Pat O’Malley

JG Domestic, Mike O’Meara

Kanella, Konstantinos Pitsillides

Kensington Quarters, Damon Menapace

Lacroix, Jon Cichon

Laurel, Nicholas Elmi

Morimoto, Ben Dayag

The Olde Bar, Natalie Maronski

Rural Society Chicago, Cory Morris

Rural Society DC, Louis Goral

Sbraga/The Fat Ham, Kevin Sbraga

Tinto/ Village Whiskey, Guillermo Pozos

Townsend/A Mano, Townsend Wentz

Vedge/V Street, Rich Landau

Vernick Food & Drink, Greg Vernick

Volvér, Dave Conn

Will BYOB, Chris Kearse

Zeppoli, Joey Baldino

list incomplete

TICKET INFORMATION:

$150 General Admission. $250 V.I.P. Admission: receive exclusive access to the after party on the 33rd floor and a preview tasting. Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/garces-foundation-benefit-tickets-20798751626

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ABOUT THE GARCES FOUNDATION:

In 2012, the Garces Foundation was founded as a way to help others among Philadelphia’s immigrant community, particularly employees of Philadelphia’s hospitality industry and their families. The foundation raises funds to provide this community with medical, educational and nutritional programming. The goal is to help Philadelphia’s immigrants take advantage of these resources so that they may actively contribute their talents to making this city truly world-class.

The foundation currently runs three of its own programs that improve the health, language, cultural skills, and nutrition of this community.  The first is a quarterly Community Health Day where uninsured patients can receive free dental care, physicals, and medical screenings.  The second is an applied learning English as a second language class for restaurant workers, English for the Restaurant and Everyday Living, which aims to narrow the language and cultural gap in the workplace and beyond.  Last, the foundation hosts summer Luna Farm Field Trips to the Garces family farm, where children grow and harvest fruits and vegetables, cook their own healthy lunch from the produce they harvest, and practice fun ways to exercise.  

EVENT SPONSORS:

Beneficial Bank, 2401 Walnut LP – 24 Restaurant, Lizzie & Jonathan Tisch Foundation, Inc., Dash and Love, Eco Lab, Loews Hotels.

REPRESENTATIVE AUCTION ITEMS:

    • A once in a lifetime private five course dinner for ten people at Luna Farm. Luna Farm is Jose Garces’ family farm in Ottsville, Bucks County.

  • A one-week stay for two at Arenas Del Mar, Beachfront and Rainforest Resrt, in Costa Rica

  • Dinner for six people at Chef Kevin Sbraga’s Chef Counter at Sbraga. Includes a six course menu and wine pairing
  • Whetstone Tavern: Cookbook dinner from Chef Jeremy Nolen’s cookbook, New German Cooking for six people. Includes four courses with beer/wine pairing and three signed cookbooks  
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Brewer’s Plate

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Fair Food is proud to present The Brewer’s Plate 2016! Philadelphia’s premier local beer and food pairing festival is flooding the Kimmel Center again this year with a bevy of inspired pairings, delightful bites and perfected brews. 

 Where: Kimmel Center

When: Sunday, March 13, 2016

VIP PLUS 4:30 • VIP 5:30 PM  •  GA 6:30 PM

 

  • As in years past, guests can choose between General Admission or VIP tickets—act fast as ticket prices increase as the event approaches!
     

  • Available for everyone: 
    Access to ALL THREE FLOORS
     

  • VIP tickets will grant you early access at 5:30pm to all vendors and a keepsake glass. Don’t miss that extra hour to fill your special glass with limited VIP-only brews!
      

  • General Admission tickets:

    ·         Early Bird Pricing – Limited Tickets: $64 

    ·         After: $74 

     

    VIP tickets – 

    ·         Early Bird Pricing – Limited Tickets: $89 

    ·         After: $99

     

  • NEW FOR 2016
    The 12th Annual Brewer’s Plate introduces a new ticket option for beer enthusiasts – VIP Plus – an exclusive pre-festival beer-driven culinary extravaganza. Victory Brewing Company’s founder, Bill Covaleski, and visiting guest brewer, Zach Bodah of Allagash Brewing Company of Portland, Maine will collaborate with chefs from the Garces Group to create gastronomic fireworks.To celebrate the perfect union of beer and food, guests will be dazzled by the food-pairing skills of these two brewers who will join forces with the chefs of Village Whiskey, the Olde Bar, and Garces Events in the spectacular Hamilton Garden, perched atop the Perelman Theater at the Kimmel Center. The respective brewers will be judged on three categories of pairings – seafood, meat, and sweets – to the delight of the VIP Plus ticket holders who will vote for their favorite. Only 150 tickets will be available at $125!

 

About The Brewers Plate

The culinary adventure that always delivers.

 

The Brewer’s Plate is premier local beer and food pairing festival movement in Philadelphia—one of the first to introduce the region’s blossoming throngs of foodies and beer geeks to the concept. And, like most things, we continue to get better with age.

 

No other annual event maintains such an unwavering commitment to “buy fresh, buy local” while bringing together our region’s outstanding chefs, farmers, food artisans, brewers, distillers, and winemakers for the benefit of the most discerning critics, bloggers and guests.

 

**Must be 21 years of age or older to attend event with valid ID. All tickets for The Brewer’s Plate are non-refundable.

Meet Our 2016 Participants

 

EATS

2nd Story Brewing Co.

Alla Spina

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Bainbridge Street Barrelhouse

Bar Ferdinand

Barren Hill Tavern & Brewery

Birchrun Hills Farm

Bobolink Dairy & Bakehouse

BRU

Cedar Point Bar & Kitchen

Cherry Grove Farm

City Tap House

Devil’s Den

The Farm at Doe Run

Éclat Chocolate

El Camino Real

Epic Pickles

Fair Food Farmstand

Food Underground

Good Dog

Good Spoon Soups

Guerrilla Ultima

High Street on Market

London Grill

McCrossen’s Tavern

Misconduct Tavern

Mugshots Coffeehouse

Night Kitchen Bakery

Revolution Taco

Russet

South Philadelphia Tap Room

Tap Room on 19th

The Belgian Cafe

The Industry

Tria

U-Bahn

Urban Farmer

Varga Bar

Vegan Commisary

Victory Brewing Co.

Weckerly’s Ice Cream

Whetstone Tavern

Wild Flour Bakery

 

DRINKS

2SP Brewing Co.

2nd Story Brewing Co.

Allagash Brewing Co.

Angry Orchard

Barren Hill Tavern & Brewery

Bluebird Distilling

Brooklyn Brewery

Cape May Brewing Co.

Conshohocken Brewery Co.

Deer Creek Malthouse

Dock Street Brewing Co.

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

Evil Genius Beer Co.

Evolution Brewing Co.

Flying Fish Brewing Co.

Forest & Main Brewing Co.

Frecon’s Cidery

Free Will Brewing Co.

Iron HIll Brewery

Lancaster Brewing Co.

Manatawny Still Works

McKenzie Brew House

Naked Brewing Co.

Neshaminy Creek Brewing Co.

Nodding Head Brewery 

Philadelphia Brewing Co.

Philadelphia Distilling

River Horse Brewing Co.

Round Guys Brewing Co.

Saint Benjamin Brewing Co.

Sam Adams

Saucony Creek Brewing Co.

ShawneeCraft Brewing Co.

Sly Fox Brewing Co.

SØLE Artisan Ales

Spirit Forward

Stone & Key Cellars

Stoudts Brewing Co.

Subarashii Kudamono

Susquehanna Brewing Co.

The Other Farm Brewing Co.

Three Springs Fruit Farm

Tröegs Independent Brewing

Vault Brewing Co.

Victory Brewing Co.

Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

Wyndridge Farm Brewing

Yards Brewing Co.

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Taste of the Nation Philadelphia

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Its back one of my all time favorite events in Philadelphia. Actually one of the 1st that I attended as Homemade Delish. An amazing night for all foodie lovers for a great cause.

Premier tasting event, which supports No Kid Hungry’s work to end childhood hunger in America, will feature Philadelphia’s top chefs and mixologists united for a cause: making sure all children in this country get the healthy food they need.

Guests will have the opportunity to taste dishes and cocktails from 50 of the city’s most influential people in the food and drink scene. They’ll also enjoy live entertainment and a historically competitive silent auction.

Debuting for the first-time this year, the Chefs Behind Bars happy hour series is an additional promotional fundraiser leading up to the main event. Philly’s top chefs trade in their aprons for cocktail shakers. For a flat $15 donation {100% proceeds go directly to the No Kid Hungry Foundation} guests will get to mingle with top chefs and enjoy a special complementary cocktail. The first Chefs Behind Bars happy hour was hosted by Charlie was a Sinner and included Chef Ted Manko and Top-Chef winner, Jen Carroll.

The final Chefs Behind Bars happy hour will be hosted on Monday, April 27 at Jerry’s Bar in Northern Liberties from 5-8pm. Tickets for Taste of the Nation will be available for purchase at the door at a discounted price.


2015 Restaurant Lineup:

Aldine, The Avenue Deli, Bank & Bourbon, Barbuzzo, Barren Hill Tavern & Brewery, Bing Bing Dim Sum, Bistrot La Minette, Blue Duck Sandwich Co., Bru, Buddakan, Capofitto, Charlie was a sinner., Creekstone Farms, Elements, The Farm and Fisherman, Fond, Fork, The Good King Tavern, Grand Lux Café, Helm, Jerry’s Bar, Kensington Quarters, Lacroix at the Rittenhouse, Lo Spiedo, Mercato, Nectar, Opa, Petruce et al., Pod, Pub & Kitchen P’unk Burger R2L Red Owl Tavern Russet Shake Shack Square 1682 Taproom on 19th Townsend, V Street, Vernick Food & Drink, Will BYOB, and Zeppoli

2015 Mixologist Lineup:
1 Tippling, a.kitchen, Brick & Mortar, The Good King Tavern, Olde Bar, Vedge, and Vesper

For more information and to purchase tickets visit: http://ce.strength.org/philadelphia


“Philadelphia’s Taste of the Nation is more than just an chance to eat and drink—though that part is pretty great,” said Linda Huss, co-chair of the event. “It’s the opportunity to give baPhiladelphia’s Taste of the Nation® for No Kid Hungry returns Sunday, May 3 to the Loews Philadelphia Hotel with an additional first-ever, Chef Behind Bars Happy Hour series, concluding at Jerry’s Bar on Monday, April 27. Theck and connect children in need to healthy meals. It’s a fantastic night out for a deserving cause.”

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The Brewer’s Plate!

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The Brewer’s Plate is back an event not to miss. Philadelphia’s premier local beer and food pairing festival is back for another year with a new venue and a (mash) ton of surprises in store. Fair Food is proud to announce details for The Brewer’s Plate 10th Anniversary Celebration at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts on Sunday, March 9th, 2014. 

 The Brewer’s Plate is the great-grand-pappy of the beer and food pairing movement in Philadelphia—one of the first to introduce the region’s blossoming throngs of foodies and beer geeks to the concept.  And, like most things it continues to get better with age.

 No other annual event maintains such an unwavering commitment to “buy fresh, buy local” while bringing together our region’s outstanding chefs, farmers, food artisans, brewers, distillers, and winemakers for the benefit of the most discerning critics, bloggers and guests.

 Attendees enhance their knowledge of the local food scene by sampling, attending breakout sessions, and directly interacting with vendors and sponsors.  The 10th Anniversary Celebration will be the best yet, jam packed with celebrity guests, exclusive beers, amazing pairings, and much more – located at one of the best venues in the city!

Fair Food is pleased to present a full line-up of exclusive treats and programming for VIP attendees:

  • Starting at 5:30pm, VIP access includes an extra hour of the festival (General Admission starts at 6:30pm).
  • New this year: Special VIP keepsake tasting glasses.
  • Exclusive access to a select tier of the Kimmel Center with a bevy of restaurants and food artisans, providing tastes of amazing cheeses, charcuterie, chocolates—and of course, an impressive list of select craft beers.
  • Victory Brewing Company teamed up with the crew from Sam Adams (have you checked out their PA brewing facility?!) and will be creating a beer to be served only in VIP at the Brewer’s Plate!  After that you’ll have to travel to Victory’s brewpub in Downingtown or make a trip up to Boston just to get taste. 
  • Seven Garces Group Restaurants, along with the Garces Catering Group, will vie for bragging rights in the “Sausage Showdown: The Best of the Wurst” – a sausage and beer pairing competition.  Each creation, including a vegetarian/vegan option, will be carefully paired with delicious brews from Victory Brewing Company and Sam Adams.  Iron Chef Jose Garces and a team of celebrity judges – Philadelphia Eagle’s Brent Celek, Victory Brewing Company’s Bill Covaleski, Fair Food’s Ann Karlen, and NBC10’s Sheena Parveen with Marc Summers as emcee – will take on the duties of crowning Philly’s own Abe Froman.
  • And, of course, the coveted swag bag, chock full of local goodies and tempting treats.

For more information and to purchase tickets visit: http://www.brewersplate.com/ 

I hope to see you there 😉

 

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WMCN The Dawn Show

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Last week I had the pleasure of being on Dawn Stensland-Mente’s “The Dawn Show”.  It was such a great time.  I had 3 of my dishes presented: a Pesto appetizer, Salmon with a Island Salad, and a Trifle. The beer was provided by Yards Brewery and Wine provided by Turdo Vineyards.  Here are the clips to the show and the recipes are posted below as well.

Segment 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UAcXrdGA5tY&list=PL8u4e2y0HlCs2PR7yzhejqAcUEODvtl3G

Segment 3/4: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EjOyZa5WaQ4&list=PL8u4e2y0HlCs2PR7yzhejqAcUEODvtl3G

Appetizer: Basil Pesto topped with Fresh Mozzarella and Tomato Crostini

1 Baguette, sliced and toasted

2 cups packed fresh basil leaves

3 cloves garlic

1/4 cup pine nuts

2/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided

1/3 cup of Parmesan or Romano Cheese

Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Fresh Mozzarella, Sliced

4 slices of Prosciutto cut into pieces (optional)

3 Plum Tomatoes, sliced

Preparation:

Place the basil, garlic, and pine nuts in a food processor and pulse until coarsely chopped. Add 1/2 cup of the oil and process until smooth. Mix in the cheese and season with salt and pepper to taste.

If you are you using right away, add all the rest of the oil and pulse until smooth. Transfer the pesto to a large serving bowl.

If you would like to save it, transfer into an air tight container and drizzle the remaining oil on top. You can freeze up to 3 months.

For serving, spread pesto on crostini, then add a slice of mozzarella and slice of tomato atop that.  For an extra flavor, add a small sliver of prosciutto in your layering.

Main Dish: Seared Salmon with Island Salad

Ingredients:

4 Pieces of Salmon

Salt and Pepper, to taste

Garlic Powder, to taste

2 Tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil, divided for salad

1 Teaspoon of Unsalted Butter

Juice of ½ of a Lemon

Zest of 1 Lemon

¼ Cup of Cilantro, chopped

1 Peach, diced

1 Apricot, diced

1 Mango, diced

2 Tomatillos, diced

1oz package of Micro Greens (Kale, Kohlrabi and Broccoli)

Preparation:

Season Salmon with Salt, Pepper, Garlic Powder, Lemon Zest and Lemon Juice, set aside.

In a medium bowl place the washed micro greens, cilantro and diced fruit. Season with salt, pepper and 1 Tablespoon of olive oil. Place to the side.

In a large skillet on medium to high heat, drizzle some olive oil and butter. Place the salmon face down if it still has the skin. Cook for about 5 minutes on each side until you get a golden color.

Place salad and salmon on dish, drizzle some glazed balsamic vinegar, top with feta if you would like.

Dessert: Strawberry and Nutella Trifle

2 lbs of Strawberries, sliced

1 prepared Angel Food Cake, Sliced

2/3 Cups of Mascarpone Cheese, room temperature

1 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract

1 Cup of Nutella Spread

½ Cup of Chopped Hazelnuts

Preparation:

In a clear serving bowl place a layer of sliced Angel food cake top with nutella, strawberries, Mascarpone mix and hazelnuts.  Repeat layers until it is finished off with Strawberries.

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2013 Atlantic City Food and Wine

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Its back Atlantic City Food and Wine Festival’s fifth annual celebration, beginning Thursday, July 25, with events taking place throughout the weekend. The four-day culinary and sprits festival, which sells-out annually and is the leading food and wine festival in the market,  will feature a star-studded roster of the world’s most renowned culinary experts and TV personalities, including Robert Irvine, Rocco DiSpirito and The Neelys, with further announcements to be made in the coming weeks.  Festival guests will have access to events at all four Caesars Entertainment resorts and casinos – Caesars, Harrah’s Resort, Showboat and Bally’s, and this year, the beach!

The 2013 festival will present an acclaimed roster of both local and national talent and will once again showcase several of the world’s greatest culinary influencers as well as authorities in the wine, beer and spirits industry. With access to a multitude of unparalleled events including delicious tastings and dazzling demonstrations, the festival will offer delicacies for every palate.  Festival highlights include:

The Grand Market: Foodies, prepare your palate for perfection! The signature event of the Atlantic City Food and Wine Festival, The Grand Market will most certainly be the indulgence highlight of your year.  Our exclusive world of dining perfection is sure to excite, inspire and amaze. Eat and drink your way through this eclectic tasting village. Featuring a wide selection of foods, wines, craft brews and liquors from world-renowned culinary masters, you will experience a true flavor adventure during your three-hour gourmet journey. And when you find something you love, take it home with you! Purchase your favorite flavors while culinary demos by celebrity chefs provide you with tips to enhance your home dining experiences.

Blues Brews & BBQ: Throw on your boots, foodies … this festival is taking a tasty trip to the south! Kick your feet up as BBQ vendors take over and cook up some the best ribs, chicken and brisket you’ve ever tasted. And let’s not forget about the ice-cold beer! While you’re here, you can purchase some of the latest BBQ merchandise around.

Beach Soirée: It’s time to let loose and have some fun, because when the sun goes down, the festival heats up. Enjoy an evening beachside party while savoring refreshing cocktails and gourmet passed appetizers. After all, live entertainment, dancing and fun are always a great way to end your day. Robert Irvine and The Neelys will host this exclusive Beach Soiree, welcoming you to a party that you won’t soon forget.

Gospel Brunch: Start your Sunday with some serious flavor! Join us at the House of Blues for an inspiring gospel performance and an amazing buffet. The Neelys will be on hand to welcome you with a tasty hospitality and a hearty spread. While the choir performs, you can enjoy a delicious, traditional buffet featuring pecan caramel sticky buns, hickory-smoked bacon and sausage links, homemade biscuits and country gravy, homemade waffles, an omelet station, southern fried chicken, homemade macaroni and cheese, Creole chicken and shrimp jambalaya and much more! 

Island Luau: Aloha indulgence! It’s time to party, island-style. Immerse yourself into a world of hula dancers and flamethrowers while The Neelys host this island luau featuring their spin on some of your favorite Hawaiian treats. Throughout the event, you’ll be whisked away to a tropical oasis right here on the Harrah’s Resort Pool Deck as the sun majestically sets in the distance. Come hungry, because on this island the food really is paradise! 

To find out more or to purchase ticket visit http://www.caesars.com/acfoodandwine/details.html#page=home. I hope to see you there.

Beer!!

Philly Beer Week is Back!!

On Friday, May 31, Opening Tap ceremonies will commence at 7 p.m. with the traditional ‘first tap’ by Mayor Michael Nutter, held outside, on Independence Mall, adjacent to the Independence Visitor Center (1 North Independence Mall West.)   The ceremony is free and those waiting to enter the main affair will be in prime position to watch the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Brew-vitational awards as well as see Mayor Nutter slinging the PBW keg mallet (affectionately known as the Hammer of Glory, or HOG) to release PBW’s first drops of Brotherly Suds 4, the local collaborative beer of PBW 2013. 

Doors will open at 7:30 p.m. for a strolling beer tasting of more than 30 regional breweries on two levels.  General admission costs $45 per person and will include a souvenir tasting glass.  VIP tickets costs $90 per person and will include some of the region’s most unique beers from its very best breweries, a tasty food buffet and other surprises.  Both tickets can be purchased online (click to buy).  The event sold out last year, and tickets will not be available at the door. 

Confirmed breweries include:

  • Appalachian

  • Box Car Brewing

  • The Brew Works

  • Dogfish Head

  • Dock Street

  • Evil Genius

  • Flying Fish

  • Free Will

  • Full Pint

  • Home Sweet Homebrew

  • Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

  • Keystone Homebrew

  • Lancaster Brewing Company

  • Lion Brewery

  • Manayunk Brewery & Restaurant

  • Nodding Head

  • Philadelphia Brewing Company

  • Prism

  • River Horse

  • Rock Bottom

  • Round Guys Brewing

  • Samuel Adams

  • Shawnee Craft Brewing

  • Sly Fox

  • Stoudts Brewing Company

  • Straub Brewery

  • Triumph 

  • Troegs

  • Victory

  • Weyerbacher

  • Yards

  • Yuengling

Beer drinkers will get a first taste of Brotherly Suds 4, an English summer ale with a zesty citrus hop.  The collaboration beer will be brewed this year at Yards by Tom Kehoe, Bill Covaleski of Victory, Gordon Grubb of Nodding Head, Mark Edelson of Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant and Gene Muller of Flying Fish. 

Beer friendly food will be available for purchase on site from Max & Me Catering.  There will also be live music by The Flathead Gang.  Attendees must be at least 21 years of age, and no children will be admitted.  Those who will be acting as designated drivers can attend the Opening Tap for $15 per person, including complimentary soft drinks and a PBW DD t-shirt.

To purchase tickets or to find out more inofmration visit: http://www.phillybeerweek.org/