Eats Beat: Food events

Posted: July 26, 2012

Champagne and hors d'oeuvres are in order from 5-8 p.m. Friday as Weavers Way Co-op ( weaversway.coop) holds an open house to celebrate the co-op's new wellness and pet supply store, Weavers Way Across the Way, at 608-610 Carpenter Lane. It's across from Weavers Way's Mt. Airy store, currently undergoing renovations.

Street food enthusiasts have narrowed the field a bit, but there are still difficult choices to be made as 12 food-truck vendors compete in the Philadelphia Vendys, 3-7 p.m. Saturday? at The Lot @ 39th and Market. Tix, $55 advance and $60 day of, are going fast at phillyvendys2012.eventbrite.com. It's all you can eat and beer's included. Speaking of eats, competitors in the savory category are: The Smoke Truck, King of Falafel, Vernalicious, The Foo Truck, Yumtown, Tacos Don Memo, Lil Dan's Gourmet and Delicias. Dessert category has Little Baby's Ice Cream, Lil Pop Shop, Sugar Philly and Sweet Box. And it's all for a good cause, The Food Trust, a local nonprofit that works to make healthy food available to all.

Pop culture continues to feed on itself, this time literally, as the "No Soup for You" food truck, featuring the "Seinfeld" Soup Nazi himself, Larry Thomas, stops in Philly Monday?. Time and location TBA, but he's apparently bringing free samples of food popular on the long-running comedy show, such as muffin tops and Junior Mints. Watch out for the "fat-free" yogurt, dieters.

If you're passing through Mullica Hill, N.J., today, stop by Marino's at the Mullica Hill Commons Shopping Center (157 Bridgeton Pike, marinosofmullicahill.com) for a slice of Chef Anthony Marino's peach pizza. He's giving it away free to celebrate the first day of the Gloucester County 4-H Fair and Peach Festival, which continues through Sunday? at the 4-H Fairgrounds on Route 77 South, also in Mullica Hill ( gloucester.njaes.rutgers.edu). Still puzzling over what constitutes a peach pizza? How about speck, brie, lemon-herb vinaigrette, basil and local honey, plus locally raised fruit.

Just about any Philly suburb you're passing through has an Andy's Diner, and the Andy behind them all, Andy Kamaratos, is celebrating 36 years in the diner business by offering Buck-A-Bowl ice cream sundaes through 11:59 p.m. July 31. That's the price they were in 1976, when Kamaratos went into business. Find the 24/7 diners in Trevose, Conshohocken, Springfield and the new location in Cheltenham. Details at andysdinerandpub.com

Send food and restaurant news to Assistant Features Editor Laurie Conrad at conradl@phillynews.com.

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