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A Cheesesteak with a Difference

Tonight only: enjoy an “Abbruzze Cheesesteak” at Pat’s for a good cause!

From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. tonight, July 18th, Di Bruno Bros.’ owner Emilio Mignucci will join Frank Olivieri, owner of Pat’s King of Steaks as they share the grill and serve a limited-time Abbruzze Cheesesteak. All proceeds will go to Frank Olivieri’s Spread the Whiz Foundation, which partners with schools to teach kids about healthy food choices through artistic and cooking expressions.

Longtime friends, Emilio and Frank, both graduates of The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College have grown up in their family businesses. Frank’s great uncle, Pat Olivieri, opened Pat’s King of Steaks in South Philadelphia in 1930. Pat, a hot dog vendor, wanted something different for lunch one day and made a sandwich of chopped steak and onion. He shared it with a regular customer, a cab driver, who loved it so much he spread the word. Frank’s work in the community and growth of Pat’s King of Steaks has allowed his uncle Pat’s legacy to live on over 86 years.

Emilio, with his brother Bill Mignucci and their cousin William Mignucci, Jr. have grown their family business from the original Di Bruno Bros. in the historic Italian Market to a company with five retail stores, e-commerce, national distribution, and a catering and commissary kitchen. As Di Bruno Bros. approaches their 80th anniversary, Emilio is creating a cheesesteak using their “infamous” Abbruzze Cheese Spread – a zesty garlic and herb spread with red chile pepper flakes. Named after the region where Danny and Joe Di Bruno were born, the Abbruzze Cheesesteak will reinvent the King of Steaks for one day only.

Di Bruno Bros. and Emilio join the ranks of Marc Vetri, Jose Garces, and Michael Solomonov
who have all shared the grill with Olivieri to support the Spread the Whiz Foundation.

 

 

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What's Happening in:  Bella Vista :  Passyunk Square :  South Broad Street 

Mario Lanza Institute & Museum Fundraiser to Benefit New Home in Passyunk Square

The Institute lost their lease in Bella Vista but hope to “Keep The Dream Alive” and remain in South Philly

You may have heard that the Mario Lanza Institute and Museum lost their lease at their current home, 712 Montrose Street. We’ve just learned the Institute plans to relocate to a new space in Passyunk Square. On Tuesday, June 26th, you can help the Institute with their relocation expenses by making a purchase at Pizzeria Pesto, 1925 S. Broad St. On that day, 10% of all proceeds (dine-in, take-out & delivery) will benefit the Institute’s Capital Campaign.

1206 Reed Street, future home of the Mario Lanza Institute & Museum. Google Maps

The Institute’s current leased space, in a former convent adjacent to St. Mary Magdalen de Pazzi Church, is being sold to a developer. They hope to relocate to space at 1206 Reed Street, opposite Columbus Square. The building, owned by Pete Bilotti of Alexstone, a granite and marble company, requires some renovations to accommodate the Institute’s offices and museum. The museum’s collection consists of movie posters, lobby cards, photos, costumes, and a terra cotta bust of Lanza.

Mario Lanza. Photo courtesy Mario Lanza Institute.

Mario Lanza was a South Philly success story. Born Alfredo Arnold Cocozza on January 31, 1921, he lived at 636 Christian Street and 2040 Mercy Street. Lanza, who took his grandmother’s name as he rose to fame, began his professional singing career at age 16. After a 1947 concert at the Hollywood Bowl, he was signed to act for MGM. This catapulted him to fame as a film star. At the time of his death in 1959 he was called “the most famous tenor in the world”.
Lanza dreamed of establishing a scholarship program to help young vocal students. The non-profit Mario Lanza Institute, incorporated in 1962, helped fulfill this dream. The Institute has awarded more than 200 scholarships to talented, young singers aspiring to achieve professional vocal careers. The scholarships have benefited students attending music programs across the country, including Philadelphia’s Academy of Vocal Arts and Curtis Institute, and Juilliard in New York City.

The Pizzeria Pesto/Alexstone fundraiser will help the Institute continue their philanthropic work and provide a fourth South Philly-based site for their office and museum.

The museum was officially established in 1975 at Nick Petrella’s Record Shop, 1414 Snyder Ave., when a modest Lanza display located at the back of the shop was expanded. The museum hoped, in part, to capture the large crowds expected for the Bicentennial. In 1986 Petrella closed his record shop and the museum moved to the third floor of Settlement Music School, 416 Queen Street. Lanza had attended Settlement as a child. For many years the Institute’s scholarships exclusively benefitted students at the school. In 2002 the Museum dedicated their soon-to-be-former space at 712 Montrose.

For more information, visit the Institute’s website, or contact them at mariolanzainstitute@verizon.net or 215-238-9691. You can also donate via Facebook here. The Mario Lanza Institute is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. All contributions are deductible to the extent permitted by law.

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What's Happening in:  Passyunk Square 

“Spice” Things Up at the Singing Fountain this Thursday

Wannabe a Spice Girl? East Passyunk Pop-up Choir Gives You the Chance.

The general public is invited to channel their best Scary Spice, Sporty Spice, Baby Spice, Ginger Spice and Posh Spice at the Spice Girls Pop-Up Choir this Thursday, June 21, 2018 during Make Music Day. The event will take place from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Singing Fountain (intersection of 11th Street and East Passyunk Ave.).  This free event is hosted by the East Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District, South Fellini and Make Music Philadelphia.

Photo courtesy of www.facebook.com/SpiceGirlsNews/

Participants will engage in a brief rehearsal led by local singer-songwriter and certified music therapist Carolyn Thorn, followed by a public performance and recording of the night. No experience is necessary – just a love of singing. Participation is free and open to all ages.

The pop-up choir is organized as part of Make Music Day, an international musical celebration with concerts on streets, sidewalks and parks in cities around the world.

“Make Music Day is a worldwide event on the summer solstice to celebrate music,” said South Fellini co-founder and East Passyunk business owner Tony Trov, “Philadelphia will be full of events all day that invite the public to come out, learn to sing, and have a good time. We’re gonna teach everyone the Spice Girls’ ‘Wannabe.’

Trov said that the event is inspired by a successful community pop-up choir held on East Passyunk Ave. during the 2017 Christmas season. “The area around the Singing Fountain was completely full with over 80 people. The response was so great we wanted to do it again. We just felt like the time was right to plan this over Make Music Day,” explained Trov, “We have over 200 signed up…on Facebook – we can’t wait to see what the response will be.”

The Singing Fountain is located at East Passyunk Ave., 11th and Tasker streets.

Launched in 1982 in France as the Fête de la Musique, Make Music Day is now held on the same day in more than 800 cities in 120 countries. Different from a typical music festival, Make Music is open to anyone who wants to take part. Every kind of musician — young and old, amateur and professional, of every musical persuasion — pours onto streets, parks, plazas, and porches to share their music with friends, neighbors, and strangers. All of it is free and open to the public.

For more information and to RSVP for the Pop-up Choir, please visit the event’s Facebook page.

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Celebrate Dad with Tasty Freebies in South Philly

Several restaurants in South Philly are offering special deals for Dads this Father’s Day, Sunday June 17th.  They include:

SliCE

1180 S. 10th St. (215) 463-0868, http://www.slicepa.com

On Sunday, June 17, purchase a large pizza for the family and Dad receives a free small pizza of any variety on the menu. Any toppings, any variety, any crust – it’s all for him and him alone to enjoy! Available for dine-in or take-out. On the go with Dad this Father’s Day? Bring him in for a free slice with the family for lunch- for dine-in only. Only one offer per Dad. (Gluten free, vegan, vegetarian offerings)

Slice owner Jason celebrates with his family. Photo courtesy of Slice.


P’unk Burger

1823 East Passyunk Ave. 215-468-7865, http://punkburger.com

Bring Pop in on Father’s Day to East Passyunk’s burger, shake and fries organic hot spot for a free Root Beer Float. Dads will enjoy their choice of ice cream – including vegan varieties – with Fair Trade and organic Maine Root fountain soda. (Gluten free, vegan, vegetarian offerings).

Burger & shake at Punk Burger. Photo courtesy Punk Burger.

 


Puyero Venezulean Flavor

524 S 4th St. (267) 928-4584, http://www.puyeroflavor.com/

On Sunday, June 17th, this family-owned casual eatery invites Dad and the whole family down for lunch or dinner. All the Dads will eat free all day in the dining room with his choice of any arepa. Puyero is the perfect spot to celebrate in the casual, vibrant, and fun atmosphere – with no fuss, no reservations. (Gluten free offerings)

Puyero’s cachapas (sweetcorn pancakes). Courtesy Puyero Venezuelan Flavor.

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What's Happening in:  Passyunk Square 

Mosaic Mural Dedicated at Kirkbride School

By Tim Gibbon for the Passyunk Post

On Tuesday, June 5th students, teachers, project partners, and community members gathered at Eliza Kirkbride School, 1501 South 7th Street, for the dedication of the new mosaic mural that now adorns the front of their school. Kirkbride students worked with COSACOSA art at large, Inc. to produce the mural, titled “Philadelphia: Love & Liberty.” COSACOSA is a non-profit organization that engages people of differing backgrounds to work together toward a common goal through participatory art-making.

The new mosaic mural at Kirkbride. Photo by Ellie Seif.

The artwork celebrates both Philadelphia’s role in the founding of the nation and the hopes of its youth. Students investigated connections among the ideals expressed in our nation’s founding documents and immigrant stories from their families, their school, and their neighborhood. Kirkbride students represent more than 30 different ethnicities, and many are new immigrants. The ceremony coincided with the national celebration of Immigrant Heritage Month.

Kirkbride student artists. Photo by Tim Gibbon.

The ceremony featured remarks principal Rebecca Julien and teachers Catherine Memmolo and Peter Metcalfe. Praising the student’s work, COSACOSA Director Kimberly Niemela said, “In the mural, a rainbow bridge of understanding runs across the entire city.”

Sabrya Ross, an 8th grade student at Kirkbride who worked on the mural, noted that “Love and freedom are very important because there’s a lot of separation and hate in the world. We should all try to come together to make it better.” Fellow 8th-grader Guosheng Chen added, “When we are united together as one community, we can achieve any goal.”

Sabrya Ross, an 8th grade student at Kirkbride gives her remarks. Photo by Ellie Seif.

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What's Happening in:  Bella Vista :  Passyunk Square 

Italian Market Festival returns – with a challenge to Eagles fans!

The South 9th Street Italian Market Festival returns this Saturday May 19th and Sunday May 20th from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.  The event will fill 9th Street between Wharton and Fitzwater streets with family fun, fine food, outstanding crafts, live music, and Italian traditions like the Procession of Saints. This year’s festival also promises to help supply fresh vegetables to local schools, assist students struggling with dyslexia, and presents a challenge to diehard Eagles fans from South Philly and beyond!

Italian flags on sweet treats. Photo by the Italian Market Festival.

Pat’s King of Steaks, and its Spread the Whiz Foundation, is sponsoring the “Spread the Whiz Zone.” As festival executive director Michelle Gambino explains, “it’s all about teaching kids to give back to the community by playing with their food!” Children will be able to make their own cannoli to take home – if it makes it that far. Proceeds will fund a garden at a local school that will grow produce for use in the school’s cafeteria. The Zone will also feature a balloon artist, raffles and live entertainment.  Continue Reading →

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