Newsletter for Sunday, August 2
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Philadelphia looking pretty from 28,000 feet; photo via @majdol33n on Instagram
FIRED FOR LEAKING NASA RESEARCH TO A CONSPIRACY BLOG: HOW SHE, AND SIX OTHERS, ENDED UP IN PHILLY’S BEST RESTAURANTS
For the second edition of our series on the pre-restaurant lives of local culinary stars, we focused on women. What were these fantastic females doing before they got into hospitality? One spent her pre-barbecue days as a copy jock, and ran into NASA scientists duplicating photos captioned “Search for life on Mars.” Another was into performing experimental Shakespeare before she came up with a revolutionary fast food joint. We took a look back at the early lives of seven well-known people in the Philadelphia restaurant world, complete with hot (and/or awkward) throwback pics.
WHY ATLANTIC CITY NEVER BECAME THE NEXT LAS VEGAS, AND WENT BROKE INSTEAD
Atlantic City was going to be the next Las Vegas when its first casino opened in May 1978. The city was transforming itself from a vacation resort focused on its beaches and amusement park — including an attraction of horses diving into a small pool of water — into one built around the gambling industry. Now, after four Atlantic City casinos closed last year, bankruptcy possibilities swirling and leaders trying to figure out alternative ways to attract tourists and businesses, hardly anyone is comparing Atlantic City to Vegas. So, how does Atlantic City compare these days in terms of revenue, casinos, visitors and other areas associated with the two cities?
WHISKEY IN HORSE STALLS, A BILL CLINTON BATHROOM: INSIDE KENSINGTON’S NEW LIBERTY DISTILLERY
Horse stalls still line the wood planks of the former stables behind Kensington’s Crane Arts Building. These days, instead of animals, they’re full of barrels holding something more valuable than livestock: Whiskey. The historic 1906 building is a fitting home for New Liberty Distillery, whose signature Kinsey whiskey is fashioned after spirits from a liquor company founded in Pennsylvania back in 1870. Though the distillery itself is new on the scene, its founder is no stranger — he’s Rob Cassell, the man who brought Philadelphia Bluecoat gin. Take a photo tour through the gorgeous space in advance of stopping by for the real thing one Saturday afternoon soon.
ON THE CALENDAR
Beer dinners are often fancy affairs these days, but burgers and brews still go together perfectly. Shake Shack culinary director Mark Rosati — the big cheese who oversees Shack food around the world — will be in Philly to show just how well. Four courses ranging from burgers to dogs to custard will be paired with Brooklyn Brewery beers.
Where: Shake Shack University City at 3200 Chestnut St.
When: August 4, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How much: $33
You've heard of a drive-in theater; when the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia hosts a movie night, it's a 'bike-in' theater instead. Join fellow cycle-heads for an open-air screening of 'Premium Rush', a flick about a bike messenger in NYC who picks up an envelope that puts him on the hit list for a dirty cop. Event is free, but donations to Cadence Youth Cycling will be accepted.
Where: Whole Foods South Street at 929 South St.
When: August 5, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
How much: Free
The canals that used to transport cargo along the length of the Schuylkill River are mostly filled in, but there's one stretch still remaining. Since it's no longer used for commerce, recreational paddling is allowed on it, which lets you do something impossible most other places -- start and end a kayak trip at the same spot. Join Sly Fox and Take It Outdoors for an evening loop on the water that raises money to help maintain the waterway. A free beer (21+) is included with registration.
Where: Lock 60 of the Schuyllkill Canal at 400 Towpath Rd., Mont Clare
When: August 5, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How much: $25 (or $45 if you need to rent a kayak)
When is a silly food holiday worth celebrating? When it means half-price floats at Percy Street Barbecue. Made with small-batch Yards root beer poured from the tap, this frosty mug is the best sweet thing you'll wrap your hands around all summer (NSFW excluded, anyway). Spike your float for $7 more, or match it with a special $5 brisket burger, available for one night only.
Where: Percy Street Barbecue at 900 South St.
When: August 6, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
How much: $3 per float
Artist Richard Prince recently made the news for his series of prints made from photos he found in his Instagram feed -- he didn't create the images, but he was selling them for $90,000 a pop. The digital age and rise of everything-sharing has created turmoil in the world of copyright law. Get insights and offer opinions on what the deal is at "Rip Off, or Fair Use?", co-hosted by The Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance and the Philadelphia Chapter of the Copyright Society of the USA.
Where: Pepper Hamilton LLP at 3000 Logan Square
When: August 6, 2015 at 5:30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.
How much: $20