Newsletter for Monday, Sept. 14
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
Stay golden, Philly; photo via @joseph_kaczmarek on Instagram.
NEW JOE FRAZIER STATUE: FINALLY, A BOXING STATUE THAT ISN’T ROCKY
Saturday was Joe Frazier Day in Philly, and for good reason. In a ceremony outside Xfinity Live, the city finally unveiled its statue of “Smokin’ Joe” Frazier, Philly’s world heavyweight champ and Olympic gold medalist. “This is the statue that you should be taking your picture next to,” Mayor Michael Nutter said at the event. Frazier is a boxing legend, and a Philly dude through and through. He came to the city on his own at 15 and took part in the first sporting event at the Spectrum in 1967. That statue’s been in the works since Frazier died in 2011.
RIP SIXERS LEGEND MOSES MALONE
If you watched the Sixers in the early ’80s and ’90s, you were watching Moses Malone. The 6’10” player is in the Basketball Hall of Fame and was named one of the NBA’s 50 greatest players. Malone died Sunday morning at the age of 60. “It is difficult to express what his contributions to this organization – both as a friend and player – have meant to us, the city of Philadelphia and his faithful fans,” The Sixers said in a the statement released following Malone’s death. “Moses holds a special place in our hearts and will forever be remembered as a genuine icon and pillar of the most storied era in the history of Philadelphia 76ers basketball.” Malone’s cause of death remains unknown.
Dishes include creative twists on traditional staples; matzoh ball soup with smoked brisket fat and collard greens, round challah with burnt ends hummus, and apple-stuffed donut French toast. It's a special collaboration with the whole CookNSolo empire: Zahav, Abe Fisher, Dizengoff, Federal Donuts and Rooster Soup Company.
Where: Percy Street BBQ at 900 South Street
When: September 14, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
How much: $60 per person
BILLY PENN LIKES
THE BIRTH AND DEATH OF EAGLES COURT
The decision came from then-Mayor Ed Rendell and Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie, as well as names that meant little then but far more today: Democratic mayoral candidate Jim Kenney and disgraced-by-porny-emails former Pa. Supreme Court Judge Seamus McCaffery. Their decision to introduce a court setting to an American sporting event brought Philadelphia plenty of notoriety. No one had done it before, and no one has done it since. But as Kevin Feeley, deputy mayor for communications during the Rendell administration, remembers, the time was just right for Philadelphia. “The fans — even by Philadelphia standards — were just getting out of hand.” Here’s the story of how it got started, and why it ended.
ICYMI: YOUR NEW FAVORITE CRAFT VODKA AND ITS ‘BREAKING BAD’ ROOTS
Fort Washington natives Matt and Bryan and Quigley are the brothers behind Federal Distilling, which will soon begin operations at 161 Cecil B. Moore Ave. Their distillery shares a warehouse building with a cool collection of tenants: Elixr Coffee Roasters, Keystone Mini Golf and a forthcoming barrel-centric brewery called Form. And as soon as the Health Department approves it, the building will also be home to the Stateside tasting room and bar, a sleek, high-ceilinged room outfitted with a marble counter, a handmade marquee sign and a kitchen for preparing food. The product? A new craft vodka called “Stateside.”