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What's Happening in:  West Passyunk 

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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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing :  Passyunk Square 

2018 East Passyunk Avenue Tree Lighting

On Thursday, November 29 from 5 to 7 p.m. the East Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District (EPABID) and Passyunk Avenue Revitalization Corporation (PARC) will host the annual tree lighting party at the Singing Fountain, Tasker St. and East Passyunk Avenue. The event is free and families are welcome.
The celebration will include live music, carolers, holiday treats from Avenue businesses, shopping, and a visit from Santa Claus.

The 2017 tree at the Singing Fountain. Photo courtesy East Passyunk BID.

“We’re very excited to have CBS 3 joining to us to emcee the event once again,” said Adam Leiter, executive director of EPABID, “along with our neighborhood youth from Alphabet Academy and the Andrew Jackson School’s HOME Band to ring in the season with festive performances. Meteorologist Lauren Casey will collect unwrapped toys for the Toy Fest holiday toy drive sponsored by CBS 3 and CW Philly 57.”
After the party, revelers can strut down the Avenue with the Pennsport String Band for extended shopping hours as the Deck the Ave campaign kicks off with shopping, sales, and other festivities which will run through December.
“The tree lighting began in 2011 as a way to celebrate with the neighborhood in partnership with PARC, EPABID, East Passyunk Crossing Civic Association and Passyunk Square Civic Association,” said Leiter. “Originally it brought the neighborhood together around a decorated “tree” version of the Singing Fountain, though this will be the second year we will decorate a live tree at the fountain area.”
According to Bryan Fenstermaker, executive director of PARC, this year’s tree will be a 16-foot Frasier Fir born-and-raised in North Carolina. Urban Jungle at 1526 East Passyunk will deliver the tree on November 21. PARC hires John McClenny of Yes Dear! to install the lights and decorations in the days leading up to the event.
“The transition from the tree over the Singing Fountain to the stand-alone live tree has received positive feedback,” says Fenstermaker. “It’s a welcome change for our diligent cleaning crew. The old tree left lots of needles inside the fountain and caused the potential for drainage issues in the spring. It’s now much easier to keep the fountain clean during the holiday season.”
Fenstermaker says he’s gained experience in maintaining an outdoor tree in the past years. “At home you don’t have to tether ornaments to the tree, or keep dogs from using it as a bathroom post. In the wild it’s one thing, but we don’t want it to happen at this gathering spot.”
You can donate $10 to the CBS 3 and CW 57 Philly Toy Fest toy drive by texting JOY to 41444. EPABID and PARC would also like to thank their sponsor, Univest.

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What's Happening in:  All over South Philly 

Free expert advice on fixing & improving your row house

The Association for Preservation Technology Delaware Valley Chapter is offering a free, two-day symposium on the Philadelphia row house this Friday and Saturday. The event promises to help homeowners learn how to maintain and repair their row house, and make them more energy efficient.

Topics will include:

  • Repairing and underpinning foundation walls
  • Wall stabilization and repair
  • How to insulate masonry walls
  • Ventilation and HVAC
  • Wood window repair and replacement
  • Flashing and roofing systems
  • Chimney repair best practices

Representatives from the Historic Commission and L&I will also be present to discuss permitting, inspecting, and getting repairs and alterations approved by the City.

The 2018 Row House Symposium is FREE, but registration is required. Please register here.

Schedule
Friday, November 16, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday, November 17, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Location
Friday: Fleisher Art Memorial, 719 Catharine St.
Saturday: Materials Conservation Co., 1714 N Mascher St.

For more information: https://www.apt-dvc.org/aptdvc-events/2018/11/16/row-house-symposium

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FDR Park community meeting tonight!

You’re invited to opine about plans for FDR Park tonight, Wednesday, November 14, from 6-8pm at South Philly High. This is the second of three FDR Park Master Plan community meetings organized by the Fairmount Park Conservancy, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, Friends of FDR Park, and WRT Design.

The Conservancy promises that the meeting will be “a fun, open-house style meeting where you can learn more about the planning process, weigh in on potential scenarios for the future of the park, and get information on events, activities, and resources the park already offers.”

Refreshments, free childcare, and language interpreters will be available.

Spread the word to your neighbors, friends and family!

Learn more about the plan here: https://myphillypark.org/what-we…/capital-projects/fdr-park/.

 

 

 

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What's Happening in:  All over South Philly 

Events Roundup 11-07-18

Dickinson Square – Love Your Park Day volunteer event
Help out raking leaves, picking up litter, cleaning flower beds. Light refreshments served. Children welcome.

When: Saturday, 11/10, 9 am – 2 pm
Where:
1600 East Moyamensing
More info: https://loveyourpark.org/


Passyunk Square Civic Association Home Tour
Self-guided ticketed event showcasing homes throughout the Passyunk Square neighborhood. Followed by happy hour at Triangle Tavern, 11th and Reed Streets.

When: Saturday, 11/10, Noon – 4 pm
Where:
Same-day tickets available for $25 at B-2 Coffee Shop, 1500 East Passyunk.
More info & tickets in advance: Buy $20 tickets in advance online at: https://passyunksquare.ticketleap.com/2018-psca-home-tour/details


St. Monica School – Beef and Beer Night with “The Business”
Enjoy an evening with the hottest band in South Philly, The Business, for a great cause! All proceeds raised will fund the Windows2020 project, to provide new windows for the school.

When: Saturday, 11/10, 7 pm
Where:  2500 South 16th Street
Tickets: $45 via: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/beef-beer-with-the-business-tickets-48515465062


Philadelphia Wing Festival
The 2nd annual Philadelphia Wing Festival is back! A fun-filled family day featuring wing themed activities & madness! 

When: Saturday, 11/10, Noon – 6 pm
Where: 2300 Arena, 2300 S. Swanson Street
Tickets: http://www.upcomingevents.com/e/philadelphia-wing-festival-35926/


Eagles vs. Cowboys – Green Legion Home Game Tailgate
One of the best home tailgates in South Philly.
– All you can eat tailgate menu
– Drink specials
– No line or cover to access Xfinity Live! after the game

When: Sunday, 11/11, 3 – 7 pm
Where: Xfinity Live, 1100 Pattison Avenue
Tickets: http://www.upcomingevents.com/e/eagles-vs-cowboys-green-legion-home-game-tailgate-35285/?ref=ucen1030185



Weekly Events

Programs at the Free Library branches
Each week the Free Library branches in South Philly offer a wide variety of educational and fun events for children and adults. Options include storytime, play groups, yoga, knitting, English classes, health fairs, computer help, and much more.

Where: Find a branch near you
When: View Upcoming Events under each site’s location information, or browse the calendar.


Singing Fountain – Farmers’ Market
Come and get your fresh, local-grown produce, Amish goods, among other delectable.

Where: East Passyunk Avenue at Tasker Street
When: Every Wednesday, 3-6 pm through mid-November

 

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What's Happening in:  Bella Vista :  Passyunk Square 

Doing their BID-ding

Community leaders are advocating for a business improvement district that would have the South 9th Street Italian Market as its hub.

By Joseph Myers

In 2016, a proposal to create a business improvement district (BID) for the South 9th Street Italian Market failed to acquire the mandatory two-thirds vote to move forward.  A renewed effort to establish the “South Philly Market Improvement District” has supportive community leaders hoping that sufficient advocacy will help advance a project eight years in the making. You can hear more about the plans at this evening’s Passyunk Square Civic Association general meeting.  

Passyunk Square Civic president Sarah Anton considers the market “a gem.” But, she stresses, “There’s still plenty of work to be done. The whole corridor…including areas just beyond it, deserve intensive attention.”

The proposed BID would stretch from Eighth to 10th streets and from Federal to Fitzwater streets. Parts of Washington Avenue and Christian Street would also be included. Under the plan, commercial properties in this area would pay an additional property assessment. BIDs receive taxing authority from the State and must garner approval from City Council. The proposed operating expenses for the service area total $281,636.

If approved, those revenues would help the BID tackle boarded-up and graffiti-covered spaces, fences, vacant storefronts, and old or damaged vendor stands. Area residents would benefit from the BID’s greening and beautification efforts, lighting and infrastructure work, safety  improvements, and litter removal. The BID would serve as a complement to the one established on East Passyunk Avenue in 2002.

Anton explained that the BID’s management team, outreach staff, and legal/professional services would help improve the entire service area: “Commercial landlords could attract and retain more clients, businesses could have improved prospects for success, and residents and visitors could be a more integral part of the community.”

Eugene Desyatnik, president of the Bella Vista Neighbors Association (BVNA), cautions that the proposed BID may not meet with universal approval. “When businesses hear that they can receive help, yet will  need to contribute to that via assessments, it’s not unusual for them to wonder if anything is really wrong with staying on the present course.”

The BVNA hosted a meeting on October 22, in conjunction with the South Philly Market District organizers. That meeting served as a kickstarter to secure the votes needed in City Council, specifically 1st District Councilman Mark Squilla, to advance the plan.

Photo courtesy Vern Anastasio

The BIDs’ proponents feel confident the organization, if approved, will help keep the Market competitive with other area commercial enterprises and attract new tenants and visitors. “Along with valuing the past,” Desyatnik said, “we have to make apparent what we can do to improve the present and the future” of the market.

Anton concluded, “I’m eager to keep pushing for this BID. Simply put, the community needs and deserves it.”

Read the proposal details here.

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