Scheduled for this Friday, Dec. 11, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Penn Museum, XFest '09 will feature an insane lineup of Christmas/holiday beers from brewers around the world. Tix are available for $45 (or $55 at the door) ï¿½ but Team Meal Ticket's got a pair burning a hole in our blog pockets, and we want to give them to you! All you have to do is send the correct answers to the three holiday movie-related trivia questions after the jump to firstname.lastname@example.org ï¿½ first person to do so wins. Also, feel like we say this every time we do a giveaway, but people still do it so we'll say it again ï¿½ DO NOT, DO NOT, DO NOT LEAVE THE ANSWERS AS A COMMENT.
UPDATE [2:50 p.m.]: Congrats to Meal Ticket reader Liza for winning! Answers after the jump.
- This actor, who starred in an all-time holiday classic, recently directed a movie featuring Jean Reno, among others. Give us the actor's name, the movie the actor starred in and the name of the movie the actor directed.
Peter Billingsley played Ralphie in the classic A Christmas Story, and directed the recent movie Couple's Retreat.
- Which late-night talk show fixture had a cameo in 1988's Scrooged?
David Letterman's bandleader, Paul Shaffer, played a Christmas caroler in Scrooged.
- Which controversial singer appeared in a 2007 Christmas movie alongside actors like Idris Elba and Regina King?
Chris Brown starred in 2007's This Christmas.
Last Tuesday, we told you about Gravy Wars author Lorraine Ranalli's plan to battle New York-based New Jersey-based writer/chef Johnny DeCarlo in an Italian Market gravy-off. (Y'all shared some choice words in the comments.) Now comes word that the tasting challenge did not have a clear winner. From Ranalli's blog:
Discerning taste buds enjoyed both pots of gravy and meatballs as evidenced by their quick disappearing act. In the end, itï¿½s fair to say that the ''war'' was a draw. Both Johnny DeCarlo and Lorraine Ranalli are entitled to declare victory.
We're still not used to this "New York and Philly being nice to each other" thing. Teach us how?
|Image courtesy Royal Tavern|
|Such a romantic setting for the burger, no?|
It seems like just yesterday we moved to South Philly, took the brakes off our bikes and careened, pell-mell, into the happening party scene of the SoWash neighborhood.ï¿½ Oh wait, that was seven years ago, you say?ï¿½ Hmm.ï¿½ The seventh anniversary of the Royal Tavern (937 East Passyunk Ave.) , marked by the first ever Burger Bash,ï¿½ seems to bear your assertion out.
From 5 p.m. to 2 a.m., burgers of "many shapes and sizes" and topped with every sort of thing, will dominate the specials chalkboard; drink specials will tempt those who have to work early Wednesday morning, while former Royal chef and current Rock Tits DJ "Nez" will spin from 9 p.m. on. Burger and beer rundown after the jump.
Starting the Thursday after the Burger Bash, the Royal kitchen will get down preparing favorite specials and menu items from years past, as voted by the drinking public. Check out what Team Meal Ticket, in an admittedly whiskey-toxic condition, voted for. See the complete list of winners after the jump.
Everyone who cast a ballot for their favorite items from the past will be entered into a raffle for T-shirts, bar tabs and gift certificates. Maybe star bartenders from the Royal's storied past will show up... remember Sunday brunch with Suzanne Woods and the night before Thanksgiving with Casey Parker?
- Rosemary Scented Lamb Sliders w/ truffle aioli, caramelized onions and asiago cheese
- Bluefin Tuna Burger w/ wakame seaweed, grilled red onion and wasabi mayo
- Chorizo Burger w/ smoked gouda, tomato, piquillo peppers, and creole mustard
- Sly Fox Saison Brune
- Stoudts Smooth Hoperator IPA
- Founderï¿½s Breakfast Stout
- Yardï¿½s Brawler English Style Ale
- Unibroue Ephemere Apple
- Sixpoint Brownstone
- Reading Pilsner- priced to sell @ $3/pint
- PBC Walt Wit (a constant fave!!!)
Special bottle offerings:
- Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock
- Russian River Damnation (availability TBD; De Dolle Arabier on deck as runner up)
- Duchess de Bourgogne Flemish Sour Ale
Thursday: Winner ï¿½ Fish & Chips
Runner up - Calamari with Pineapple
Most popular soup ï¿½ Pepperoni Pizza Soup
Friday: Winner - Bacon Wrapped Tots
Runner up - Fish Tacos
Saturday: Winner - Eggs Blackstone
Runner up - Salmon Ceviche
Sunday: Winner - Kobe Beef Corn Dog
Runner up - Pork Nachos
Monday: Winner - Duck Club (OVERALL TOP VOTE-GETTER)
Runner up - Sloppy Joeï¿½ (SECOND PLACE OVERALL)
I have 5 daughters!
Here's to you, Bobby ï¿½ a real American hero. Enjoy the event!
CP food events guress Erin Mae Szrankowski previewed this weekend's Winter Beer Festival in her upcoming What's Cooking column, which'll go live here on citypaper.net shortly:
'Tis the season to start getting into holiday beers, and the Winter Beer Fest is the perfect opportunity to find your favorite. Head down to the Navy Yard to grab winter beer samples from about 50 breweries, including Clipper City Brewing Co., Wild Goose Brewery, Breckenridge Brewery and Dark Horse Brewing Co., along with local faves like Dock Street and Flying Fish. Elsewhere, there'll be cooking demos from Robert Legget of Cuba Libre and Jeremy Nolen of Brauhaus Schmitz, a history presentation from local beer historian Rich Wagner, home-brewing classes and more. There are three sessions on both days of the fest, with various entry prices; tix available online. Navy Yard, 5100 S. Broad St., winterbeerfest.com.
Meal Ticket has two passes to Session 1 of the Fest, which is scheduled for 1 to 5 p.m. this Saturday, Nov. 14. We exhausted our trivia brains earlier today with that Naked Pint quiz, so we're gonna make this one nice and simple ï¿½ send ONE SENTENCE to email@example.com convincing us why you deserve the pair. (You can also leave it in the comments ï¿½ just make sure you input your real e-mail address.) We'll choose the best and post it here. Happy sentencing!
Cali-based beer sommeliers Christina Perozzi and Hallie Beaune's The Naked Pint: An Unadulterated Guide to Craft Beer, which dropped last week, is an exhaustive road map for the craft beer curious, touching on beer varieties, history, food pairing, home brewing, tasting and more. The ladies will be in town next Monday, Nov. 16, for a book launch party and beer dinner at Fork, and female reps from breweries like Sly Fox, Victory, Stoudt's, Dogfish Head, Ommegang and Rogue will be in attendance. Check out the menu and beer pairings after the jump.
Want your own copy of The Naked Pint to have and hold? Just be the first to correctly answer the following beer/lady-related trivia questions. E-MAIL ANSWERS TO DREW.LAZOR@CITYPAPER.NET, SUBJECT LINE: THE NAKED PINT. DO NOT LEAVE ANSWERS IN THE COMMENTS. Good luck!
UPDATE (12:36 p.m.): Holy crap, Meal Ticket read Kara just schooled y'all with the fast fingers. Congrats, your copy of The Naked Pint is in the mail. Answers below.
1. Stoudt's Scarlet Lady is an ESB ï¿½ what does it stand for and what does it mean?
"Extra Special Bitter" ï¿½ ESBs typically have higher alcohol content (and are more balanced) than your average English bitter, AKA pale ale.
2. What beer ingredient is said to affect estrogen levels in the body?
3. Since 1999, the "St. Pauli Girl" has been represented seven times by models from what magazine?
spicy tuna confit with capers on focaccia toasts ï¿½ grilled flatbread with artichokes and saffron aioli
Victory, Prima Pils, Downingtown, PA
Stoudtï¿½s American Pale Ale, Adamstown, PA
chefï¿½s selection of tapas
grilled house made chorizo with spicy white beans ï¿½ salmon rillettes ï¿½ grilled shrimp with grits and smoked tomato jam ï¿½ vegetables ï¿½ la grecque ï¿½ marinated olives
Sly Fox, Saison Vos, Royersford, PA
seared sea scallops
coriander, caramelized brussels sprouts, meyer lemon jam
Ommegang, Rare Vos, Cooperstown, NY
lightly smoked duck breast
spiced croutons, caramelized onion, bacon, parsnips
Dogfish Head, Raison dï¿½Etre, Rehoboth, DE
chocolate caramel tart
lemon-thyme chantilly cream
Rogue, Chocolate Stout, Newport, OR
In an extension of our World Series clash with our neighbors to the north, Lorraine Ranalli, author of the book Gravy Wars: South Philly Foods, Feuds & Attytudes, is taking on New York-based New Jersey-based caterer and writer Johnny DeCarlo in an Italian Market red gravy cookoff this Saturday, Nov. 14. They'll be set up in the Rizzo Lot at Ninth and Montrose starting at noon, and shoppers/passersby will get the opportunity to sample each competitor's gravy to vote on whose is superior. (Prior to the competition, Ranalli will be signing copies of Gravy Wars at the nearby Canulli's Meats starting at 11 a.m.)
As far as this DeCarlo character goes ï¿½ the self-proclaimed ""modern Guido for this Generation" looks like this:
And here's an excerpt from his most recent post on the Cliffview Pilot:
Ok, I probably spend the same amount of time prepping as my girl does -- maybe even more. Itï¿½s about perfectly spiking the hair with styling glue, Aqua Net, comb and blow dryer. Then you gotta get the spray tan on, the Axe body cologne, the outfit (tattoo design t-shirt and jeans). Oh, and some bling.
Lorraine. Take. This. Dude. DOWN.
|Have a beer, dear.|
Saturday, Oct. 31 is the deadline for entering your best home-brewed beer into Mï¿½mï¿½'s (2201 Spruce St.) second homebrew competition going down Nov. 3.ï¿½ Visit the restaurant Wednesday through Saturday between 1 and 4 p.m. with a sample of your best-home brewed offering for chef/owner David Katz to try: the top ten entries will be judged by attendees as well as beer experts George Hummel (Home Sweet Homebrew), Suzanne Woods (BeerLass) and Chris Fetfatzes (Bella Vista Beer Distributors) for a winner-takes-all prize of Best In Show.
The $25 event ticket buys samples of all the homebrews, plus plenty of beer from sponsors Sly Fox, Victory, Unibroue and Ommegang.ï¿½ Guest chef Joe Chmiko of Resurrection Ale House will be plating up lamb skewers, roasted cauliflower with sweet and sour onions and pan con tomate, homemade grilled bread with chorizo, tomato and manchego cheese -- all items from Resurrection's lunch/dinner menu.ï¿½ Host chef/owner David Katz will throw down tasty bites as well, but today is the man's birthday and we're not calling him on his day off.
|Photo courtesy Campo's|
|The Bella Vista takes it!|
Old City meat beasts, you can let your breath out now.ï¿½ Campo's (214 Market St.) has crowned the winner of their Name Your Own Cheesesteak Contest.
Cooked up by David Howard, The Bella Vista scored big in the Taste, Creativity and Name categories with a heart-stopping assemblage of chopped ribeye, aged provolone, pepperoni, hot peppers and garlic aioli all smothered in homemade mac 'n cheese.ï¿½ï¿½ Order up The Bella Vista between now and November 20,ï¿½ and 10 percent of the $9 purchase price goes to Helen's Hope, a nonprofit organization that provides financial assistance to individuals living with breast cancer, and their families.
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