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For the love of gravy

By Joseph Myers

As Sunday’s 4th Annual East Passyunk Red Gravy Cook-off commenced at Ss. Neumann-Goretti High School, attendees heard the pleasant strains of Dean Martin’s “That’s Amore.” It was a fitting tune considering that a love for pasta’s pal – red gravy – had brought a crowd of 200 guests together.  The cook-off began with guests sampling 15 gravies, and ended with an unprecedented voting decision.

As the crowd grew, Samantha Gross, who organized the event for the East Passyunk Crossing Civic Association, kept busy trying to find more plates and cups to accommodate the throngs. “We experienced a problem that every event planner dreams of – we had a much bigger turn-out than last year – nearly 80 more. Luckily, we had amazing resources to pull everything off, and, in the end, everybody got sauced,” she said with a laugh.

“This event takes one of the many Italian-American traditions of the East Passyunk neighborhood – enjoying a pot of gravy with family – and blends it with the new neighborhood that’s developing around that culture,” said Darren Fava, who conceived the cook-off concept with fellow attendee John Raab. “We wanted to combine a food Italian-Americans love with the foodies who have come to love – and live in – our community.”  

Gross, who has lived in East Passyunk for a year, loved the mix of people the event attracted, “It’s great to see community and business leaders dining next to residents with their extended families. I’m very impressed at the outpouring of support from the community, especially the generous donations from our sponsors.” Continue Reading →

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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing 

Get Your Gravy On

By Samantha Gross

This Sunday is your opportunity to weigh-in on South Philly’s best red gravy at the 4th Annual East Passyunk Red Gravy Cook-Off.  Try fifteen different types of gravy with pasta, New York Bakery bread, salad, and Triangle Tavern’s famous vegan meatballs. Sip complimentary Vin Café wine and finish off your meal with Rival Bros. espresso.  

The competition brings together amateur and professional chefs for a blind tasting.  Over $400 in prizes will be awarded to winners of the Judges’ Choice and Crowd Favorite. This year’s panel of judges includes Geno Vento of Geno’s Steaks, Councilman Mark Squilla, and “Mamma” Maria di Marco, owner of Mamma Maria Ristorante Italiano.

East Passyunk Crossing Civic Association President, Leon Malloy, calls the event, “A celebration of South Philadelphia.”  He adds, “East Passyunk is known for its amazing food scene, and this event really showcases that in a fun way. We look forward to this competition every year as an opportunity for everyone to get together, taste some delicious sauces, have some wine, enjoy homemade desserts and conversation.”

The event takes place on Sunday, April 22nd from 4pm-6pm in the Ss. Neumann and Goretti High School cafeteria.  Enter the event through the parking lot at 11th & Moore Streets. Tickets can be purchased here.  All proceeds benefit the East Passyunk Crossing Civic Association.  Kids 12 and under dine free!

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