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Feast of the Seven (Vegan!) Fishes

Vegan Commissary exterior. Photo by Daryl Peveto.

The Feast of the Seven Fishes, a seafood meal served on Christmas Eve, is a centuries-old custom brought to South Philly by southern Italians. For those who want to try a new, unexpected take on this feast, The Passyunk Post is proud to sponsor a special event with the Vegan Commissary, the beloved South Philly vegan market, caterer, and cafe. The Commissary’s Feast of the Seven Fishes will take place on Sunday, December 16th at DuJour Cafe, 20th and Market Streets. Doors open at 5pm, meal served at 6pm. A portion of the proceeds raised benefit the East Passyunk Community Center.

Vegan Commissary chef Steve Laurence started preparing, cooking, and savoring vegan food in 2010 in the midst of the recession. He founded a wholesale business at 11th and Morris Streets. Ultimately, Steve wanted a space that could hold catering and a cafe and moved the Vegan Commissary to 1429 Wolf Street.

The cafe does business all week long. Popular items include melt-in-your-mouth pesto gnocchi and the savory ‘meatball’ sub. The neighborhood has embraced this eatery and about 45% of the customers aren’t vegan, but continue to come back for the delicious, healthy food, friendly service, and laid back atmosphere. Steve, along with his team and head chef Damian Patterson, see food as a bridge to cross cultures and communities. You’ve may have also seen Vegan Commissary’s tasty treats at coffee shops all over the city.

Crab cake with zucchini, horseradish cream, basil oil and caramelized cabbage. Photo by Daryl Peveto.

The Commissary’s take on the Feast of the Seven Fishes will capture the inherent spirit of each traditional dish and translate it to a different medium. Diners will taste the ocean and brine in some dishes, and their tastebuds will resonate with sweetness and certain textures in others. This imaginative meal will leave vegans and non-vegans alike satisfied and enriched. The incredibly talented Damian Patterson has planned the dazzling menu below.


Vegan Feast of the Seven Fishes

MENU

Carrot Lox
pumpernickel toast l herbed almond cheese l candied radish

Watermelon Tuna Poke
carrot caviar l seaweed chip l mache l daikon l serrano relish

Hearts of Palm & Chayote Ceviche
coconut-sunflower seed broth l lemongrass l Aleppo pepper l tomato seeds

Trumpet Mushroom Calamari
fresh herb & cucumber salad l smoked avocado mousse

Tofish Fillet
black sesame sauce l beurre blanc l crispy lentils l swiss chard dumplings

Seafood Pasta
bucatini l ocean butter l smoked tomato sauce l oysters l clams l scallops

Dessert
Italian Rainbow Cake l Pistachio Cannoli


To accommodate a larger crowd, the meal will take place at Du Jour Cafe, 2001 Market Street.

Can’t make the event? Each year, Vegan Commissary features a unique holiday sandwich with proceeds going back to the community. This season’s Moist Maker (yes, that is an old-school Friends reference) is vegan turkey, sweet potato mash, stuffing, gravy, shaved brussels sprouts, and cranberry marmalade piled on thick cut whole grain toast. The sandwich benefits farmers who have been negatively impacted by the Fair Food Farmstand’s closure.


Vegan Commissary
http://www.vegancommissary.com/
1429 Wolf Street
215-964-3232

Hours:

  • Monday – Thursday: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Friday: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Saturday: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Sunday: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
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Breakfast in bed…South Philly-style!

Start the day right – have breakfast delivered by one of these South Philly favorites

By Catherine Murray

As the weather cools and the days grow shorter, lingering at home in the morning is more and more appealing. We wanted to remind our readers of these long standing South Philly favorites that will deliver a piping hot breakfast to your door. So stay in your jammies, nurse your cold (or hangover), and dig into a hearty breakfast, South Philly-style.

Tell ’em the Passyunk Post sent you!


Brunic’s
2000 S 17th Street
Open at 6 am, Sundays at 8 am

Sweet Italian sausage, broccoli rabe, egg, and provolone. Photo courtesy of Brunics.

Breakfast club with scrapple. Photo courtesy of Brunics.

Brunics traces its beginnings to the 1950s when it was Mary’s Kitchen. In 1972 the restaurant was renamed when Bruno and Nicky took over. Brunics started delivering breakfast in South Philly over 22 years ago and remains a go-to place for breakfast sandwiches with hot or sweet Italian sausage and eggs. Be sure to add the broccoli rabe or sharp provolone for an extra punch. Or opt for one of Brunic’s most popular items, a triple decker breakfast club sandwich made any way you want.

Menu: View their menu at AllMenus, or on their Facebook page.

How to order: Call 215-755-7645 for cash only delivery or via Grubhub for credit card. 


Fat Joe’s
1618 S Christopher Columbus Blvd.
Open daily at 8 am

Breakfast sandwich with bacon, egg, onions and cheese. Photo courtesy of Fat Joe’s.

Fat Joe’s serves breakfast all day and has a wide variety to choose from including sandwiches, mega omelets, quesadillas, and pancakes. The Dirty Dirty Home Fries are mixed with angus beef, bacon, jalapenos, onions, and pepper jack cheese. Craving a taste of childhood?  Order the Sweet Crunch Toast, a play on French Toast coated with Captain Crunch or Cinnamon Toast Crunch.

Menu: View their menu at MenusPages.com.

How to order: Call 215-389-1333 or via Grub Hub. 


T & N Homemade Kitchen
1820 W. Moyamensing Ave.
Open on weekdays at 6:30 am and weekends at 8:00 am

Da Bomb. Photo courtesy of T&N Kitchen.

T&N has been part of the Philly fabric since 1980 and is now on it’s second generation of ownership. Their extensive breakfast menu includes eggs platters with pork roll, Italian sausage, or scrapple. They also offer unique items like ‘Da Bomb,’ an omelet – with anything you want – rolled into a pancake. If that’s not enough, order the colossal breakfast with french toast, pancakes, meat, potatoes. Breakfast is served all day.

Menu: http://www.tnhomemadekitchen.com/menu/.

How to order: Grubhub, Uber Eats, Postmates, or simply give them a call at 215-462-1095.


Vincenzo’s Deli
1626 S 9th Street
Open at 7 am on weekdays and 9 am Saturdays; closed Sundays

Pancake breakfast. Photo courtesy of Vincenzo’s.

A beloved establishment for over 30 years, Vincenzo’s serves up breakfast sandwiches on long rolls, hearty breakfast sandwiches, and lemon ricotta pancakes. Can’t decide if you want breakfast or lunch? Opt for the meatball omelet served with three eggs, meatballs, spinach, and cheese.

Menu: http://vincenzosphilly.com/menu/.

How to Order: Delivery through Grubhub only.


Do you have a favorite South Philly breakfast place that delivers? Let us know at tips@passyunkpost.com or in the comments below.

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