Food and Drink
What they're saying: Times food writers said that "few restaurants give as much flavorful bang for the buck" as Mike Solomonov and Steve Cook's Laser Wolf, and they likened Philip Korshak's bagels to "culinary poetry."
Plus, Down North — whose co-founder we told you about yesterday — received praise for both its mission providing work for formerly incarcerated residents and its generous Detroit-style pies.
Kurt Evans already has an impressive list of titles: chef, restaurateur, activist and educator.
- Now, he's turning his focus to creating a pipeline of new culinary experts among formerly incarcerated people in Philadelphia.
Why it matters: Roughly 27% of formerly incarcerated people living in the U.S. are unemployed, according to the latest figures from the Prison Policy Institute. That rate has likely become worse since the pandemic.
- Black people are vastly overrepresented in U.S. prisons.
Dine Latino Restaurant Week kicks off today.
- As if you needed an excuse to go out to eat, this year's event aims to promote and support restaurants recovering from pandemic-driven interruptions.
Things to do this weekend
🍂 Harvest Weekend at Dilworth Park kicks off Friday and you know what that means: hay bales, pumpkin carvings, bratwurst and fall-themed speciality cocktails. Oh, and be sure to support local vendors at the Made in Philadelphia Market. The event runs through Sunday.
🌪️ "The Wizard of Oz Educational Exhibit" opens Friday at the Please Touch Museum. General admission ranges from $19-22, depending on the day you visit.
👟 Cheer on this year's runners taking on the annual 10-miler Broad Street Run through the heart of the city Sunday. And check out the street closures and parking restrictions.
🇮🇹 The Italian American celebration will kick off at 1:30pm on Sunday in South Philly, starting at Broad Street and Snyder Avenue and proceeding to Marconi Plaza. A festival will follow.
🥁 Indigenous Peoples' Day Philly, Inc. will host its annual celebration from 11am-5pm on Monday at Shackamaxon (Penn Treaty Park), which will feature art, music performances, presentations and other activities.
Philly is considering making permanent a 15% cap on food delivery fees that services like Grubhub, Uber Eats and DoorDash charge restaurants.
Why it matters: The city's food industry was decimated by the pandemic, and recovering restaurants are facing thin profit margins. Many still rely on takeout orders and outdoor dining to stay afloat.
- These higher fees could get passed on to customers.
I may not be cool enough to have been invited to last weekend's influencer-only opener at LMNO, Stephen Starr's new Baja Mexican spot in Fishtown — but I am on Instagram often enough to score a first-day reservation on Wednesday night.
The take: The latest addition to a bustling stretch of Front Street under the El, LMNO is well worth a stop.
Restaurateur Ben Miller has transformed 30 abandoned plots of land in Southwest Philly into vegetable gardens to feed the community.
- The gardens also grow produce for The People's Kitchen, where chefs like Miller and his wife Cristina Martinez prepare meals to combat hunger in underserved communities across the city.
Why it matters: More than 16% of Philadelphians are food insecure, lacking consistent and reliable access to enough meals.
October has arrived — and Halloween haunts are well underway in the city.
- I recently checked out the spooky pop-up bar downtown, Nightmare Before Tinsel.
What I tried: The Blood Bag, which mixes Espolon Blanco tequila with orange liqueur, cranberry juice and Red Bull — and yes, it's served in a blood bag. If you go, I'd recommend this punch-like one to try.
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