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Passover, Easter and Wine

Coming from a diverse family usually means double the holidays…and wine! To help us celebrate both Passover and Easter this week, we found some helpful wine lists and fun facts for both. Whether you’re celebrating one, both, or neither, may you have a blessed weekend. Cheers!

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Philly Farm & Food Fest

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The 3rd Annual Philly Farm & Food Fest takes place tomorrow, Sunday, April 13th from 11:00am-4:00pm at the Pennsylvania Convention Center Annex. General Admission Tickets are $25 at the door and kids under 12 are free. New this year is a Shellfish Salon. We are excited to check out the Local Libations Lounge again too. Advance ticket sales end tonight at midnight!
Buy your tickets now and save $5 off the price at the door. All proceeds benefit Fair Food and PASA. For more info and to purchase tickets go to http://www.phillyfarmfest.org. Check out our time at last year’s event….

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On Sunday, April 14th we attended the Philly Farm & Food Fest  at the PA Convention Center. This was the 2nd year for the event which is a collaboration project between P.A.S.A . and Fair Food Philly . It was presented by Whole Foods Market and sponsors included Chipotle Mexican Grill , Kimberton Whole Foods and Philly.com/food . For $15 (presale) or $20 (at the door), tickets promised you would be able to sample a variety of local and organic foods and products, as well as attend workshops and cooking demonstrations from well-known local chefs and farmers.

The festival took place from 11am-4pm. We arrived at around 1:30pm and the place was packed! Exhibitors who were handing out food samples had pretty long lines and a few even ran out early. Luckily we hit up these guys before they did….

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Capogiro Gelato Artisans….Dark Chocolate…AH-MAY-ZING!

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The Wine Collectionary

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Imagine a place made of wine……………………………………………………………………..

Sorry got lost there in our idea of heaven for a second. ;) Back to our post…

We recently learned about The Collectionary, a website where you can find collectibles of all kinds. (Warning: you may find yourself getting lost in hours of browsing.) You will find things from the past that will spark up childhood memories, as well as discover new items worth collecting. Best of all, the website will point you to different places on the internet where you can find the collectibles for sale. Think of it as a dictionary of all the things people like to collect. (Collection + Dictionary = Collectionary.) However, you won’t find just an e-commerce site, but a place where you can also learn the facts and history of a specific item or collection.

So, why are we sharing this with you and what does it have to do with wine? Well, fellow wine lovers, The Collectionary has its very own section dedicated to all things WINE! That’s right, you can find old, new, unusual and fun collectibles to add to what may have once been a sticker collection, but is now a “wine collection.” We’ve been having way too much fun checking out all the fun items. Join us and spread the word. ;) Cheers!

To check out The Wine Collectionary: Click Here

To browse all of the fun Collectionaries: Click Here

 

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Philly’s First Official Wine Party

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On Sunday, March 23rd, we attended Philly’s first Wine Week inaugural celebration at Ristorante Panorama and Wine Bar. The “Bubbles & Barrels” party began at 5pm and went on until 8pm. The bubbles being served at the bar were endless and some favorite local PA wineries were there pouring the reds and whites. Ristorante Panorama featured some light bites and Di Bruno Brothers were there with some of our favorite cheeses.

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William Eccleston, wine director at Panorama, and Kate Moroney, wine director at Vintage Wine Bar & Bistro, toasted the night and full week of wine events ahead. Special guest Georges Perrier, completed the toast when he “cut” open a bottle of champagne with a sabre (small curved sword!) and poured for all the guests. It was a a fun evening and great time to just relax and share some laughs with fellow wine lovers. Tickets sold for $40 with 10% of the proceeds being donated to PAWS (Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society).

You may have missed opening night, but the week is only half way done. Over 20 favorite Philly restaurants and wine bars are hosting plenty of unique and fun events all week.  To see a complete list and schedule of restaurants and events visit Philly Wine Week’s WebsiteFacebook and Twitter.

Enjoy the slideshow from our time at “Bubbles & Barrels” at Ristorante Panorama  & Wine Bar. Cheers!

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Philly’s First Wine Week

No offense to all the beer lovers and popular brew fests that take place in our great city, but….FINALLY…Philly Wine Week is here!!! That’s right, our very first Wine Week begins on Sunday, March 23rd with a list of over 20 participating restaurants and wine bars that keeps on growing!

The fun starts with Panorama Ristorante and Wine Bar‘s “Bubbles and Barrels” opening night event. Enjoy some champagne, local PA wine and bites, and meet up with some fellow Philly wine lovers. Special guests include Master Sommeliers Laura Williamson, Kathy Morgan and Wayne Belding. There is still time to purchase your tickets and 10% of proceeds will be donated to PAWS (Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society).

Thanks to Kate Moroney and William Eccleston, wine directors at Vintage Wine Bar & Bistro and Panorama Ristorante and Wine Bar, and all the participating establishments, we have a full 8 days to do add to our wine IQ and bond over our love of everything grape. From special happy hours to guest speakers to a “Toast at Ten”, some favorites joining in and helping bring on the wine include: BarbuzzoBar Ferdinand, Garces Trading Co.High Street on MarketJamonera Jet Wine Bar, Tria RittenhouseVintage Wine Bar & BistroZavino Wine Bar & Pizzeria, and a closing party at Alla Spina. There’s bound to be something to fit your interest and your schedule. So fellow Philly wine lovers, join us in celebrating our very first, and long anticipated, Philly Wine Week…cheers!

For more info and a full list of events visit phillywineweek.org and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

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Red Ball 2014

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As we mentioned in our previous post Raising Awareness and Food in Philly, the 14th Annual Red Ball 2014 presented by Independence Blue Cross was held in Philadelphia on Saturday, March 8th, at the Please Touch Museum. The event takes place every year in honor of the American Red Cross, Southeastern Pennsylvania. We were happy to attend and take part in helping to raise money and awareness for such an important organization. The Red Ball is a “red-tie” gala which benefits the Red Cross House in University City. The Red Cross House has provided support and shelter for many families during natural disasters, life-threatening situations, and other emergencies.

The night began at 8pm and ended at midnight.  When we arrived, we found the museum to be unrecognizable. Red lights, red dresses and ties, and tables lined with beautiful desserts and dishes from popular local restaurants transformed this kid-haven into an elegant night of food, live music, dancing, a silent auction with fabulous prizes (including a Taylor Swift autographed guitar), celebrity chef sightings (including Iron Chef Alex Guarnaschelli), a VIP lounge, and beautiful people all gathering to help support an important cause. Wine was provided by Barefoot Wines and there were even mini-makeovers and make-up touch-ups by  Sh. cosmetics taking place throughout the night. We participated in a special raffle and though we did not win, were happy to donate money to such a worthy cause.

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To learn more and help support the Philadelphia Red Cross visit their Website.

You can also follow them on Twitter and Facebook.

Save the date for next year!

Enjoy the slideshow of our time at the Red Ball 2014….

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Raising Awareness and Food in Philly

This weekend Philadelphia is helping to raise awareness for some very important causes. On Saturday the 8th, the 14th annual Red Ball will take place at the Please Touch Museum, helping to raise money and awareness in honor of the American Red Cross Southeastern Pennsylvania. Then on Sunday, Philly foodies and beer lovers will gather to indulge at the 10th annual Brewer’s Plate, with proceeds supporting Fair Food, a local non-profit dedicated to promoting a healthy and sustainable local food system in our city. Tickets are still available for both events, so grab some friends, enjoy some great food, drinks, entertainment, and fun, while helping to support these very special causes.  Click on the links below for more info and to purchase your tickets.

When: Saturday, March 8th 2014 at 8 pm.

Where: Please Touch Museum

What and Why: The Red Ball is a “red-tie” event which benefits the Red Cross House, The Center for Disaster Recovery in University City. The Red Cross House has provided many families with shelter during troubling times. To help raise money and awareness, you will be treated to fine cuisine from over 30 of the city’s best restaurants. Also featured: a beer garden, silent auction, live jazz music, dancing, and more! You can also take part in the Red Ball Restaurant Competition and vote for your favorite food!

How: VIP and Main Event Tickets Available: HERE 

When: Sunday, March 9th 2014 at 5:30 pm (VIP) 6:30 pm (GA).

Where: Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

What and Why: This is The Brewer’s Plate 10th Anniversary! Bringing together foodies and beer lovers with farmers, chefs, brewers and winemakers to help promote a “buy fresh, buy local” attitude. A Locavore Lounge will feature some of Philly’s best food and craft beers for sampling. A Sausage Throwdown will take place, with Iron Chef Jose Garces as one of the judges. You will also get to vote in a Cider Cocktail competition, perhaps partake in the debut of a vegan cuisine, or experience an exclusive Victory Brewing Company and Samuel Adams collaboration brew. All proceeds will support Fair Food. The local non-profit is dedicated to promoting Philly’s healthy and sustainable local food system.

How: VIP, General Admission and Designated Driver Tickets Available: HERE

Hope to see you there!

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