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What's Happening in:  All over South Philly 

Progressive Happy Hour / Home & Garden Tour to Benefit South Philly Food Co-op – This Saturday!

by Carolyn Huckabay for the Passyunk Post

Looking for a new local happy hour spot? How about five in one afternoon? That’s what you’ll find this Saturday, June 30 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m at Kitchen Crawl: A Traveling Cocktail PartyHosted by the South Philly Food Co-op, the event is part progressive happy hour, part South Philly homes-and-gardens tour, and part sneak peek at the future home of South Philly’s only member-owned-and-operated grocery store.

Kitchen Crawlers will start their journey at 2031 S. Juniper St., where the Co-op will open as soon as its Capital Campaign fundraising goal is met. After check-in, guests will receive a map of the libation destinations which include some of South Philly’s coolest rowhomes. All homes are owned by Co-op member-owners and will be well-stocked with special snacks and sips.

On the menu:

  • Summery cocktails from Thirsty Soul, the new cocktail bar and comfort food spot opening this summer at 16th and West Passyunk
  • Savory pickled snacks and refreshing fermented beverages from fermentation expert/Co-op member Amanda Feifer O’Brien of Phickle
  • White, red and pepperoni pizza from LaScala’s Birra on East Passyunk Avenue
  • Chocolate Sweet Tahini Halva Spread (aka sesame seed’s answer to Nutella)  from the globally-inspired, sister-owned, Philly-based tahini company Soom
  • Vegan gazpacho shooters from local chef/Co-op member Laura Frangiosa
  • Locally made wine from Nuthouse Wines
  • Savory bites from Home Appetit, a local food-delivery company
  • Sweet treats from Essen Bakery
  • Fair-trade coffee from the worker-owned co-op Equal Exchange
  • Beer from Pistolas Del Sur, located just around the corner from the Co-op

Attendees can also score some amazing raffle prizes from Primal Supply MeatsBing Bing Dim SumMighty Bread, and South Bowl, Home Appetit, Equal Exchange, and Phickle.

Plans for the Food Co-op’s store on display, November 2017. Photo courtesy South Philly Food Co-op.

All sip stops are within a half-mile of the Co-op, and each ticket also includes a tour of the space, which was recently framed out by local contractor Buckminster Green (pro tip: Follow their Instagram account for tons of home renovation inspiration). To learn more about the Co-op’s two-phase construction plan, check out their June 2018 newsletter.

Tickets are available to Co-op members for $30 and $40 for general admission, All proceeds go directly to the Co-op’s Capital Campaign.

Food Co-op leaders at the announcement of their store location, November 2017. Courtesy South Philly Food Co-op.

The South Philly Food Co-op is a community of 916 South Philadelphia member-owner households (and counting!) working together to open a grocery store that uses food as a force for good. The store will be located at 2031 S. Juniper St., steps from three commercial corridors — Passyunk Avenue, Snyder Avenue and Broad Street — and just one block from SEPTA’s Broad Street Line. The Co-op is in the midst of a Capital Campaign to raise $1 million in order to open, stock and staff the store. You can help by becoming a member-owner or making a member loan pledge.

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What's Happening in:  Passyunk Square 

Essen Bakery expands menu with more baked goods, sandwiches and more

Essen Bakery opened in the former Belle Cakery spot at 1437 E. Passyunk Ave. in the spring. Now that the “little Jewish bakery” has been open for a few months, the menu is being expanded.

Owner Tova Du Plessis is adding even more options, including a new breakfast section on the menu, extra sandwich options and more baked goods in general. Continue Reading →

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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing 

17 South Philly experiences up for grabs in EPX’s online auction

For last year’s East Passyunk Crossing Civic Association online auction, you had the chance to bid on a first look at Restaurant Neuf, a tour of the Bok school renovations and plenty more. This year’s auction is delivering just as many cool opportunities in the East Passyunk area and beyond.

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There are 17 unique opportunities up for grabs from now through Monday, April 11.

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What's Happening in:  Passyunk Square 

‘Little Jewish bakery’ called Essen opening at 1437 E. Passyunk Ave.

East Passyunk Avenue will soon have a new bakery. The storefront of Belle Cakery, the bakery from Fond co-owner Jessie Prawlucki Styer, closed at 1437 E. Passyunk Ave. once Styer had a baby. 


Now a new business will be bringing life to this location once again. Owner Tova Du Plessis is calling her new business, named Essen, a “little Jewish bakery.”

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