September 24, 2014 |
At 2:30 one recent afternoon, Neil Calore entered a small, white-frame house in Frankford, carrying a heavy bag in each hand. "Brought you some dinner, Anthony," he said, unloading pastries onto the kitchen table, then stuffing the fridge with the makings of seven meals: pork sausage, breaded chicken cutlets, fish with potatoes. Anthony Strazzeri, 96, sat upright and inspected the pastry. He had been waiting eagerly for Calore, who visits every week, delivering food and conversation - stories about family, politics, and how the world has changed.
September 19, 2014
LABORATORY safety regulations typically dictate that no food should be found within close reach of the experimental action - no one needs nitric acid in their nachos, after all. Drexel's Center for Hospitality and Sport Management, however, is a different kind of lab, one that's earned an exception to this rule since fussing with food is all they do there. The sixth floor of the Paul Peck Problem-Solving and Research Center, at 33rd and Arch streets, is home to the Drexel Food Lab, a collective that lends its brain to corporate and nonprofit clients.
September 18, 2014 |
MOUNT AIRY IS eagerly expecting 11,000 of its closest friends to jam three blocks of Germantown Avenue tomorrow night for a street festival featuring 50 gourmet food trucks, drinks, live music on two stages and a kids' fun zone. "Folks get really packed in, which is part of the energy here," said Anuj Gupta, executive director of Mt. Airy USA, which is presenting "Street Fare: Sip, Savor, Stroll" from 6 to 10:30 p.m. on Germantown Avenue between Sedgwick Street and West Mount Airy Avenue.
September 17, 2014 |
The chicken for Rosh Hashanah dinner won't be kosher. Kosher meat is expensive, and Doreen Shelow can't afford it. "People think Jews aren't poor," said Shelow, 56, a disabled and divorced Jewish woman raising her grandson well below the poverty line in a tiny apartment in Somerton, in Northeast Philadelphia. "It's an aspect of poverty that's overlooked. Even other Jews don't accept that there are poor Jews. " Often unseen and rarely discussed, Jewish poverty in the Philadelphia area hobbles lives in the same way it does among other ethnic and cultural groups.
September 15, 2014 |
It's a good time to be in the log business, because we're going to need a forest to feed all the wood fires stoking the growth of a Philadelphia restaurant scene this fall that, in 2014, has already set a new standard for "hot. " Many of those will be burning behind our ongoing obsession with pizza - at least four new Neapolitan-style pizzerias are firing up their ovens for September debuts. Capogiro is going beyond gelato for its new Capofitto pizzeria in Old City. And two new cross-street rivals, Ardé (from the DiMeo's crew in Andorra)
September 9, 2014 |
The Montgomery County pork producer that makes the hot dogs sold at Phillies games and hundreds of other retail outlets is phasing out the use of controversial crates used to house female pigs. Clemens Food Group in Hatfield – parent company of Hatfield Quality Meats – announced quietly on its website it would eliminate the use of so-called gestation crates by 2022 for the pigs it breeds and those belonging to contractors and independent producers. The decision is being hailed by animal-welfare advocates as the most far-reaching effort by any pork producer to improve living conditions for pigs.
September 6, 2014 |
Nine fast-food workers were among 11 people arrested Thursday for blocking traffic on Arch Street near a Center City McDonald's, part of a national campaign pushing large restaurant chains to pay workers at least $15 an hour and seeking greater attention for income disparities. Dozens were reported arrested at similar rallies planned in about 150 cities Thursday. Organizers of the "Fight for $15" campaign said they planned civil disobedience to highlight an effort that has made little headway since it began with a small New York strike after Thanksgiving in 2012.
September 5, 2014 |
UNDER A BLAZING noontime sun, Philadelphia police Capt. Stephen Glenn and a couple of officers slowly worked their way, one by one, down the row of 11 young fast-food workers and supporters sitting in the normally busy intersection of Broad and Arch streets in Center City. Most of the youthful workers grabbed a microphone and uttered a short statement before the cops read their rights, arrested them, placed them in plastic handcuffs and led them to a waiting bus. "I'm doing this so we can pay our medical bills - we're making history right now," protester Jose Torres said before he was led away.
September 5, 2014 |
Having brought modern Israeli cuisine to Philadelphia at Zahav, Steve Cook and Michael Solomonov are focusing on Jewish cuisine from the rest of the world at the contemporary Abe Fisher , at 1623 Sansom St. (215-867-0088), next to their new hummus shop, Dizengoff. Yehuda Sichel, a Zahav veteran who won great notices when CookNSolo ran the kosher Citron & Rose in Merion Station, is billed as co-chef with Solomonov. The menu of small plates is divided into dishes based on vegetable ($10)
September 4, 2014 |
IN THE SPIRIT of a 1970s Burger King commercial, low-paid fast-food workers in Philadelphia - and around the nation - say they're more determined than ever to have it their way. Tomorrow, employees not just from Burger King but also from McDonald's, KFC, Popeyes and other iconic fast-food chains seeking a $15-an-hour wage and the right to unionize hope to stage their largest one-day job action ever - punctuated by sit-ins and other acts of civil...