The James Beard Foundation gave out their annual awards Monday night in Chicago, arguably the highest honors in the culinary world, and Philly cleaned up. Stephen Starr was named best restaurateur in America (after four years as a finalist) and Michael Solomonov — Zahav, Federal Donuts, Abe Fisher, Dizengoff, Rooster Soup Co. and Goldie to his name — won best chef in the country. Greg Vernick won best chef in the mid-Atlantic region and Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head Brewery won for outstanding wine, spirits or beer professional. Quite a haul for Philly food.
Philadelphia's first attempt at hosting the NFL Draft was almost perfect, with praise coming from everyone from NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to national sports writers. Security wasn't a major issue, restaurants did well and even the weather was great. So yes, this is what it feels like for Philly to finally throw a nearly flawless event.
Hip-hop star J. Cole and pop band The Chainsmokers will headline this year’s Made in America festival along with Jay Z, who’s curated the Labor Day weekend festival since 2012. Live Nation, which produces the annual two-day music festival that takes place on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, released the full line-up Monday for this year’s show. See the lineup (and listen to a playlist to get hype) here.
In 1985, when brothers Sam and Aly Lynagh took over the space at the corner of Third and Catharine and turned it into New Wave, the Philly bar scene was very different. But their tavern, known for its pool table, outdoor seating, inexpensive housemade food and generally relaxed vibe, is still pretty much the same. To celebrate 32 years, there'll be a free buffet and raffle prizes all night.
Where: New Wave Cafe at 784 S. 3rd St. 19147
When: May 2, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
The Phillies are off to a better start than most people expected. Their 10-2 victory over the Cubbies last night has them at 12-12, but May looks like a tough test for Pete Mackanin's young team. With 28 games this month, the Phils will be playing a ton of baseball. And yet, just 12 games are at home. We ranked which you should consider can't miss — Mother's Appreciation Day is always a hit — and which are just, well, baseball games. Like a mid-week game against the Rockies with no free stuff. Or, uh, Weather Day.
The weather for the end of this week looks kinda meh, but nothing can stop Philly's beer garden season. The PHS pop-up garden at 15th and South opens Friday and Evil Genius is targeting the opening for their outdoor area on Saturday. Get these — and a whole bunch of other beer garden openings — on your calendar.