Danya Henninger is culture editor for Billy Penn. She's a writer and photographer who grew up in New York City, then moved to Philadelphia and fell in love with her new hometown. She has contributed to the Philadelphia Inquirer, All About Beer, Vice and Draft, and has been a restaurant critic for the Courier-Post and New Jersey Monthly. In 1997, she founded photo-video firm Imagic Digital with husband Mark Henninger.
She accepts freelance pitches for Billy Penn culture stories. Guidelines:
- • The story needs some kind of connection to Philadelphia. That can mean something happening/that happened here, a person from here, a person who wants to come here, a person leaving here, a trend we need, a local trend that's tired, etc etc.
- • We "write the best, link to the rest," so the story has to be unique, something that's not going to show up in two or three or five other local publications.
- • We don't often commission stories on specific people (musicians, artists, chefs) unless they have a really interesting hook. Already famous? Going viral? Fascinating/unknown/touching backstory?
- • We commission both short news pieces (700-800 words) and longer features (1,500+).
- • Rates vary with both length and experience of writer.
The Villicos have run Joe’s in Center City since 1987, but Medusa Pizzeria is their new pride and joy.
All of these joints serve top-notch cuts of beef, so it comes down to vibe.
It wasn’t just the bar fight that ended the promotion at the popular spot — it was an influx of underage patrons.
So far Philly Flava is only a mobile cart, but it’s getting a brick-and-mortar home soon.
The Pottstown distillery now has a presence in South Philly, and Foobooz founder Art Etchells is running the show.
The restaurant has been shuttered for nearly three weeks, but proprietors are still paying the entire staff
Bonus points: We’ve got the fewest number of Starbucks per capita among big US cities.
Plus, you can try the OG soft-serve for 99 cents on National Custard Day.
Meet Melissa Weller, the woman behind the incredible croissants at Walnut Street Cafe.
The sweet and creamy iced pick-me-up is quickly entering the mainstream.
The fourth stop on this international tour lands in Philly August 11 and 12.
Where to slurp buck-a-shucks and chomp sliders this weekend.
It’s a first for the 52-year-old tavern at Front and Master.
A vegan cheesesteak and twist on roast pork star at the new spot from the Vedge team.
There’s a selection of lighter fare at the German beer hall — but also a new giant meat board.
You can always go out for a rewarding drink afterwards.
And this time around, the city knew it was coming.
The “gig economy 2.0” meets the world of hospitality.
Ever had a carrot beignet?
A Philly nonprofit leapt at the chance to help Baxter, who helped evacuate the collapsed rowhome.