July 1, 2015 |
FRANK VEGA'S life was a mess. A serious heroin addict, drug peddler, jail bird, suicidal. In other words, a hopeless case, like so many in the dreary inner-city neighborhoods that harbor society's dregs. But something happened to Frank Vega while he was serving a 19-month sentence on drug charges in Holmesburg Prison. He had a dream. He saw broken people, like him, going into buildings and coming out restored. He believed it was a message from God, telling him he'd better do something for the people in his community, the ones he had for so long simply exploited for his own selfish gain.
June 19, 2015 |
The scene on the JFK Boulevard Bridge resembled a caravan with a culinary slant on Saturday, as 12 food trucks parked on both sides of the bridge for the Vendy Awards, the fifth annual Philadelphia iteration of the food-truck cook-off. "We were hoping to really put the trucks in a really public place," said Zeina Muna, the Vendy Awards' managing director. "We wanted to break the boundaries and do something new. " The hot and humid weather did not dissuade the crowds, as an estimated 1,000 people packed the bridge over five hours.
June 8, 2015 |
When it comes to food at weddings, there's a long-held tradition of mediocrity. But as more foodies walk down the aisle, things are starting to get interesting. Couples are finding creative ways to add personalized extras - from their cocktail hours to the moment you say good night. Here are 10 wedding-food trends worth sampling. Treats to go. More couples are sending guests off with snacks to sustain them on the way home. For some, that means simply packing up slices of wedding cake in customized to-go boxes complete with little wooden forks.
April 17, 2015
The truck: If you're a motorcyclist - or just a red-blooded American - you'll appreciate the look of M.A.T.T.'s Gourmet Sliders, a/k/a Matt's Food Truck. All black with chrome fenders, whitewall tires and a Harley-Davidson-style logo. We weren't even looking for a place to eat, but this truck caught our attention a couple of weeks ago at 33rd and Market streets. Turns out, it was only its second day on the road. The concept: Can't go wrong with sliders. Why have one big sandwich when you can get three different ones?
April 17, 2015 |
WHEN Brent Celek shows up at the Linc on Sunday morning, he won't be there to play, or even to practice. He will, however, be there to work. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Birds' hunky tight end will be slinging sammies in lot K of Lincoln Financial Field. He's taking part in the Linc's debut "Flight Market. " The event is a daytime version of the Food Trust's always-packed, four-Thursdays-a-year Night Markets, wherein local gourmet trucks alight on a Philly neighborhood and foodies stand in line in a pay-as-you-go pig-out.
April 14, 2015
A story Monday about a Manayunk festival failed to mention that Niva Merlino was one of the co-owners of the La Porchetta food truck.
April 14, 2015 |
Michael Merlino prepared the meat of two whole pigs - each weighing 120 pounds - for the Manayunk StrEAT Food Festival on Sunday. In four hours, it was all gone, sold from the window of the boxy red food truck La Porchetta that Merlino owns with his dad, Nick, and sister, Niva. They usually sell their sausage-and-pepper rolls and broccoli rabe sandwiches to the university crowd at 34th and Market Streets. But on Sunday, they were among 50 trucks that fed tens of thousands of people packed along Main Street.
February 9, 2015 |
Before new-wave food trucks were hawking mac-and-cheese 10 different ways, burgers with pork belly, and cupcakes with Earl Grey buttercream, there was Magic Carpet Foods, one of Philly's original food trucks. Serving vegetarian eats with global influences and memorable monikers, Magic Carpet Foods quickly attracted a following when it opened on the University of Pennsylvania campus in 1984. Several trucks and Magic Meatballs later, Deborah Carson and her husband, Dean Varvoutis, have seen undergrads go on to finish doctorates, marry, and have children who enroll and come back.
November 8, 2014 |
When Paulette Myrick's husband died in 2010 of liver cancer after 32 years of marriage, she began looking for other ways to support herself, and came up with baking. She had grown up around her grandfather's bakery on 22d and Diamond Streets in North Philadelphia and had developed an aptitude. On Wednesday night, she took one more step toward that goal: She finished a section of a Community College of Philadelphia course called "mobile food truck management. " "After all these years, I liked the fact that I could work for myself and not for anyone else," said Myrick, who earned a culinary arts degree from CCP in 2012 but still works as a housekeeper.
November 2, 2014 |
First we knew him as "Johnny Mac" McDonald, the rising star chef at Snackbar tricked-out with molecular gastro powders and gels. Then we knew him as Jonathan Adams, the more mature, back-to-basics fish-and-chips master at Pub & Kitchen. Then he became a coffee roaster with a food truck - and ultimately quit restaurants altogether. These days, you'll find the father of three boys grilling toast and serving pour-overs at Rival Bros., the sleek corner cafe he recently opened with partner Damien Pileggi at 25th and Lombard.