If you’ve bought cheese at Di Bruno Bros. recently, you might’ve been helping feed people in need. The gourmet retailer is the first partner in an innovative new initiative from Philabundance. So far, the project has turned 12 tankers of surplus Lancaster dairy into food for people in need, while also paying for itself with the sales of "Abundantly Good" brand cheese on shelves. There are other semi-successful upcycling efforts around the nation, but none quite like this.
Once they pop up on one row home, the rest of the block quickly adopts them. Inquirer architecture critic Inga Saffron has noticed this viral quality about "overbuilds" — the third-story additions that are an easy way to add more space in Philly's tight real estate market. It's not just happening in established neighborhoods like Bella Vista or Fitler Square, but in places like Port Richmond and Brewerytown too. They're not necessarily a bad thing, she opines, but the archaic setback regulation should go.
With Independence Day around the corner, it's the perfect time for another Philly Quizzo night. We're hosting at the uCity PHS Pop Up on Wednesday, July 27, with three rounds of Philadelphia-themed questions plus a bonus music round. Prize is a basket of booze from New Liberty Distillery + gift cards to Pistola's restaurants, and it's entirely FREE to participate. Here's what we asked last time. Also, great minds think alike: Philly Mag is running "The Big Philly Quiz" this week, too.
- ICYMI: Billy Penn Saturday reads — where to go camping and pics from the Juneteenth parade.
- Philly Mag comes out with a big endorsement of...Alan Domb for mayor.
- The Red Hen restaurant in Swedesboro, NJ, would like people to stop leaving nasty comments on its FB page, please.
- It took a lot of intricate 3D printing to make the Eagles Super Bowl rings.
- Joe Beddia on his trip to Europe with Eric Wareheim: "I was thinking people were going to start hating me because of it."
- We tasted the contenders at our party yesterday (stay tuned for pics) — cast your vote now in the Final Four round for the Ultimate Philly Food Truck.
In honor of Immigrant Heritage Month, Mayor Kenney will go on a tour of immigrant-owned businesses in the city, starting at Pho Saigon on Bustleton Avenue in Oxford Circle (11 a.m.).
💵 Attic Brewing Co., the brewery opening in Germantown with a neighborhood crowdfunding model, is hosting a tasting for potential microinvestors. Anyone is welcome to sample and learn more. (Monday, June 25, 5 to 8 p.m.)
⚖️ An estimated 300,000 to 500,000 Philadelphians have a criminal history record. Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity is hosting an info fair/art show to show how much returning citizens have to offer society. (Tuesday, June 26, 5 to 8:30 p.m.)
❓ Come out for three rounds of Philly-inspired Quizzo questions at the uCity PHS Pop Up Garden. Prizes, fun and knowledge about your city — all entirely free. (Wednesday, June 27, 6 p.m.)
🏀 The Sixers teamed with the city to renovate basketball courts at North Philly's Hartranft Playground, and the nearby Village of Arts and Humanities turned the project into a multimedia art show. The opening reception features live music and food. (Thursday, June 28, 6 to 9 p.m.)
🎸 Can you rock an air guitar? (Don't pretend you've never done it.) Johnny Brenda's is hosting the regional competition to determine who gets to rep Philly in the US Air Guitar Championships. $10 to get in. (Friday, June 29, 8 p.m.)
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