Newsletter for Sunday, October 4
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
City Hall wearing camo, thanks to Red Bull’s Art of the Can; photo via @archenemyarts on Instagram
HOW TO GIVE FOOD: LESSONS LEARNED AFTER THE POPE’S VISIT DRIED UP PHILLY RESTAURANTS
After Pope Francis’ visit, Chosen 300 Ministries served a meal of hundreds of donated sandwiches. The Sunday LOVE Project gave out corn soup and chicken salad from Le Chéri, muffins from the Local 215 food truck and hot dogs from the Bishop’s Collar. And pilgrims apparently missed the hype about the Federal Donuts chicken sandwich, so a few hundred par-cooked chicken breasts made a solid dinner for the Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission instead. Of course, the pope isn’t coming back anytime soon, but there’s always the possibility of other circumstances that could leave a restaurant with surprise excess — a snowstorm, perhaps — so we explored how to donate and came up with a list of resources and tips.
OH, YOU WANT PUMPKIN SPICE? PHILLY’S GOT YOUR PRECIOUS PUMPKIN SPICE RIGHT HERE
Over the past few years, rampant overexposure has made it so both listicles and pumpkin spice-flavored foods suffer a pretty bad rep. Truth be told, neither one is intrinsically bad. Done right and in small doses, they can actually be quite rewarding. Here — in the form of a list of seven awesome Philly dishes and drinks that just happen to be pumpkin flavored — is proof.
BILLY PENN PLAYLIST: FROM MAYOR NUTTER’S ‘MONEYMAKER’ TO BOB BRADY’S ‘DISTURBIA’ WATER HABIT
This week, everything went back to normal, at least for a few days. Mayor Michael Nutter found out people loved the traffic box so much they want it back he’s open to open streets once in a while, turns out), and he got to fish in the Delaware off a new pier park, but did not swipe a glass so he could bless his family with Pope Francis’ backwash (nope, that was all Rep. Bob Brady). Here’s the week in news, translated into song.
ON THE CALENDAR
A year ago, a couple of young dudes took a chance and opened a Center City-style BYOB out in a Northeast strip mall. Turned out to be a huge success, and they're celebrating with a block party that starts with brunch (ask about Fruity Pebbles French toast) and continues throughout the day with games and live music.
Where: The Blue Duck at 2859 Holme Circle
When: October 4, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
Usually scheduled for the last Sunday in September, this colorful parade was postponed for the Pope. Concilio's 53rd annual event will start near Love Park and grandstand at Logan Circle. Afterwards, Head to Huntingdon and American streets for the Festival de Coqui block party.
Where: Benjamin Franklin Parkway at 1600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, 19106
When: October 4, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
How much: FREE
The Sunday LOVE Project is hosting an afternoon fundraiser at TMoms, and the price of admission is a pack of thermal socks — something homeless people need badly, but is rarely donated. Expect food and drink deals, raffles, prizes and a silent auction.
Where: Tattooed Mom at 530 South St.
When: October 4, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
How much: Pack of thermal socks
In South Philadelphia, people take their gravy seriously. Both amateurs and pros have been simmering up their best for this second annual competition. Swing through for free samples of tons of sauce and meatballs and to cast your vote.
Where: Taproom on 19th at 2400 S. 19th St.
When: October 4, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.
How much: Free
Eat great tacos, help a community farm. Seems pretty simple, and it is. The 4-acre plot in Bartram's Garden already has a solar-powered greenhouse, a 140-tree orchard and a 60-bed garden, and is always looking to improve.
Where: Honest Tom's Taco Shop at 261 S. 44th St.
When: October 4, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go