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The eBay auction for this Blackfish guest chef menu signed by 10 Arts chef de cuisine/Top Chef finalist Jennifer Carroll ï¿½ plus a $100 Blackfish gift card ï¿½ ends this evening, so be sure to get your bids in while you still can (it's up to $132.50 as of right now). One hundred percent of the proceeds from the sale go to Philabundance.
|Share your food photo and Drexel and other foundations donate $1 to the United Way|
On Oct. 5, local entrepreneur Devon Segel and a potluck of collaborators launched the easiest way to share warm wishes with those less fortunate this holiday season.ï¿½ Just upload a photo of whatever you're eating (check out my massive fritatta, above) to ShareUrMeal.com, and a local sponsor will donate $1 to the United Way to fight hunger in our region.
Drexel University, Philly StartUp Leaders and a few anonymous private foundations are among the sponsors that donate when you upload your photo.ï¿½ If you're nerdy like Team Meal Ticket and snap your lunch before you ever take the first bite, there is no excuse not to!
A Meal Ticket reader just checked in with the following holiday query:
I'm coming down to Philly to have brunch with my family on Thanksgiving Day. Do you happen to know any places (not near the parade) that have brunch on T-Day? Or just a good brunch spot in general, that's moderately priced ($15 per person)?
So what do you think, Meal Ticketers? A family-friendly Thanksgiving Day brunch-style meal that won't break the bank? Our first thought was that Morning Glory fits the criteria perfectly ï¿½ except they're going to be closed on Thursday. Whatcha got?
|Hunting can help provide protein-rich meals to food-insecure families|
There are a little less than 12.5 million people living in Pennsylvania. Since the early 1900s (first clearcutting and then suburban sprawl chased away their natural predators), approximately 1 million white-tailed deer live in the Commonwealth, as well, doing significant damage to agriculture ($70 million/year), forests ($70 mil/year) and motor vehicles ($80 mil/year).
Managed sport hunting, divided into consumptive (hunters concerned with number of deer they can harvest) and non-consumptive (hunters seeking large bucks) has been the most effective method of controlling deer populations in PA.ï¿½ Revenue from issuing hunting licenses exceeds $655 million annually, money which is used to purchase and maintain open spaces for public use, as well as protect other wildlife.
Now hunters have an opportunity to feed families in need by contributing to PA's Hunters Sharing the Harvest program. Hunters can donate a portion of, or their entire deer, to one of several participating meat processors in PA, which will turn the deer into ground venison to be distributed to food banks, churches social service feeding programs across the state. The program was launched in 1991, and more than 200,000 meals have been donated since then. Last year, hunters shared over 100,000 pounds of venison.
Kendall Hanna, executive director of the Pennsylvania Food Bank, was quoted in a release saying, ï¿½Across Pennsylvania, more than 1.3 million people are at risk of hunger. Hunters Sharing the Harvest provides food that is lean and protein rich. We are extremely grateful for the generosity of hunters and their decision to participate in a program that supports Pennsylvanians in need.ï¿½
Visit the PA Game Commission's Web site at pgc.state.pa.us and click on "Hunting," then "Hunters Sharing the Harvest" for a list of participating meat processors and county coordinators.
A Meal Ticket reader checked in with the following query this morning:
I'm trying to track down a market, florist, or retailer who sells edible flowers (edible flowers being specific varieties of plants that are farmed organically without pesticides). Any leads?
We're gonna leave this one to you, Meal Ticketers ï¿½ have any suggestions on where one would acquire such a specialty item?
This weekend, North Carolina-based Fairbank Farms issued a voluntary recall of more than half a million pounds of ground beef the meat purveyor believes are possibly contaminated with E. coli bacteria.
Locally, these products were carried at Acme, Giant, BJ's and Trader Joe's. The recalled beef, produced/packaged by Fairbank between Sept. 14 and 16, would already be past its expiration date by 23 to 32 days, meaning there are two very important things to keep in mind here: 1) no store is currently stocking any of the products in question; and 2) if you did purchase any of these products, they would most likely be in your freezer right now.
Acme has recalled all ground beef products sold at its Pennsylvania, Jersey, Maryland and Delaware locations between the dates of Sept. 16 and Oct. 6, including "all brands of ground beef including Wild Harvest, Lancaster Brand and store-made ground beef products including meatballs, meatloaf, Salisbury steak and stuffed peppers."
Slashfood has a detailed list of all the recalled products. If you are in possession of any, return them to the store for a full refund.
If you have questions, contact your retailer or call Fairbank Farms' consumer hotline at 1-877-546-0122 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. (Hotline hours are extended to 8 p.m. today.)
|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.
Eleven women chefs will compete to prepare the most delicious plate at Dish It Up!, an October 29 gala event at Moore College of Art and Design, to raise money for Women Against Abuse, Philadelphia's largest domestic violence agency.ï¿½ The evening will feature dancing, tastings of savories and dessert, "Lavender and Old Lace" cocktails created by Chick's Cafe & Wine Bar bartender Phoebe Esmon, beer provided by Carol Stoudt of Stoudt's Brewing, as well as a screening of the PBS documentary "Big Cities, Big Solutions", which highlights the work of Women Against Abuse.
Over 200 guests will attend, including Mayor Michael Nutter, who will present the ï¿½Purple Dish Awardï¿½ at the end of the evening to the best dish with an element of purple - the official color of the anti-domestic violence movement.ï¿½ Competing chefs include:
- Jennifer Carroll, chef de cuisine, 10 Arts;
- Sheryl Borish, founder, Marathon Grill;
- Effie Bouikidis, owner, Effieï¿½s/Paul;
- Katie Cavuto Boyle, owner/chef, Healthy Bites;
- Maria Forte, owner/chef, Cucina Forte;
- Moon Krapugthong, owner/chef, Mango Moon/Chabaa Thai;
- Catherine Lee, owner & Luciana Spurio, chef, Le Virtu;
- Ane Ormaechea, owner/chef, Cafï¿½ Apamate;
- Lynn Marie Rinaldi, owner/chef, Paradiso;
- Delilah Winder, owner/chef, Delilahï¿½s Southern Cuisine
Judging the plates are City Paper's own Drew Lazor; Kristen Welker, weekend anchor, NBC 10 News; Kirsten Henri, Philadelphia editor, Grubstreet.com and MoShay LaRen, radio personality, 107.9 WRNB.
Tickets are $60 at womenagainstabuse.org; all proceeds benefit Women Against Abuse, whose work has helped more than 10,000 individuals each year through emergency housing, legal services, hotline counseling, education and advocacy.
Dish It Up!, Thu., Oct. 29, 6 ï¿½ 9 p.m. at Moore College of Art and Design, 20th St. & the Parkway
Comedy and comestibles join forces on Saturday, Oct. 24, when comedian Bill Bellamy performs at the Kimmel Center (300 S. Broad St.)ï¿½ to benefit the Community Partnership School, an educational partnership between Germantown Academy and Project H.O.M.E.
The evening of comedy begins down the street at the Ritz-Carlton with a cocktail reception complete with hors d'ouvres prepared by celeb chefs Marc Vetri (Vetri, Osteria)ï¿½ and Jennifer Carroll (10 Arts, Top Chef) and a custom cocktail designed for the event by 10 Arts.
Tickets range from $100 to $250, and all proceeds go to the Community Partnership School to provide scholarships to low-income students and provide them with an education comparable to the best private schools.
RSVP by visiting communitypartnershipschool.org
If you like food and you like Twitter, chances are your feed's filled up with shots of stuff you're eating. (Ours sure is ï¿½ guess we're Foodiotic!) Well here's an opportunity to do a little good with your habit. ShareUrMeal aims to raise funds for the United Way's LIVE UNITED: Food for Thought, a multi-pronged initiative combating hunger in this part of Pennsylvania. ShareUrMeal's various sponsors (a mix of companies, foundations and regular people like us) donate one dollar to Food for Thought for every food pic uploaded to the site ï¿½ so you're supporting a great cause and stockpiling local what-should-I-eat? tips all at once. Head here to get involved and become a sponsor.
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