brewer’s plate 2014

Two Sundays ago, Fair Food celebrated it’s 10th annual Brewer’s Plate! For its 10th anniversary, the event was held at the Kimmel Center, a change from its previous venue of the National Constitution Center for the past two years.

Cherry Grove Farm from Lawrenceville, NJ

Cherry Grove Farm from Lawrenceville, NJ

In typical Brewer’s Plate fashion, local restaurants/farms were paired up with local breweries throughout. The VIP section this year included a sausage contest, being judged by some Philly famous celebrities, such as Marc Summers (Nickelodeon’s Double Dare), Sheena Parveen (NBC 10 Weather), and Brent Celek (Philadelphia Eagles).

Some of the tastiest dishes served included the English banger terrine with curried egg by Chef Sam Jacobson of Southwark, whom was being paired with Nodding Head Brewery. Nodding Head also served this interesting beer named, Lava. Named for it’s strong lavender and vanilla flavors.

El Camino Real made a “drunken” maple bacon shake infused with Weyerbacher Old Heathen. That was delicious. I wanted them to fill my taster glass with it!

Ari Miller from 1732 Meats had his black peppercorn bacon in a BLT at the DiBruno Bros. table paired with a beer & cheese soup.

Samuel Adams offered some great beers, including Rebel IPA poured through a Citra & Amarillo filled Randall and their tasty Flemish red, Stony Brook Red.

It was exciting to see some new local breweries such as Evil Genius Beer Company and Conshohocken Brewing Company, who will be opening a space soon!

The Guerilla Ultima Food Truck served unforgettable lechon (roasted Berkshire pig) with sauces made from Evil Genius & Conshohocken Brewing’s beers.

Brewers Plate was and is always a blast. The change in venue, I thought, was a much better fit for the volume of people at the event. If you’ve been always thinking about going, pull the trigger next year!

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brewer’s plate 2012

Fair Food‘s annual fundraiser, Brewer’s Plate, was held for the 8th time this past Sunday. This year’s event was held at the National Constitution Center. Like last year, everyone represented at Brewer’s Plate was from 150 miles of Philadelphia.

The VIP area was home to a cooking demo from Chef Jose Garces, a craft beer presentation by Bill Covaleski (Victory Brewing Co.) and Marnie Old (wine author & columnist), and several restaurants. Supplying some of the good eats in the VIP section was Country Time Farm. Their heritage pork was used to make porchetta sandwiches and bacon wrapped paté.

One of my favorites from last year, The Bent Spoon, an artisanal ice creamery from Princeton, NJ, returned with three new flavors: dark and storm (king) caramel made with Victory Storm King, organic ginger, and salted caramel; nugget apricot nectar sorbet made with Troegs Nugget Nectar; and a bourbon chocolate ice cream made with Yards Love Stout, 61% chocolate, and bourbon. Later on I found out that they had a secret Russian River float! You had to give them the special code in order to get it.

Across the room from The Bent Spoon was North Mountain Pastures with their assortment of charcuterie.

Several breweries and restaurants even had pairings together at the tables. Lancaster Brewing Company paired their Double Chocolate Milk Stout with City Tap House‘s chocolate custard.

One of my favorite plates of the evening was the MLT (mutton, lettuce, and tomato) from Southwark. I should have had seconds!

Bar Ferdinand had a Spanish-German pairing by serving lamb Merguez sausage topped with a Spanish onion kraut alongside Stoudt’s Brewing Co.

As much as I enjoyed the Penn Museum last year, the National Constitution Center served as a great venue to hold everyone in. It was large and it didn’t feel too crowded despite the high volume of attendees. In addition to eating and drinking, you could pose with statues of our founding fathers or dance to the music of The Hoppin’ John Orchestra.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. This is one of the best food and beer events, don’t miss out next year. You’ll have a great time!

Check out some other photos from this year’s event:

Here’s my recap to last year’s Brewer’s Plate.

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philly foodspotting dinner at lotus farm to table – july 2011

The monthly eat up for Philly Foodspotting took us to Lotus Farm to Table in Media last Thursday. Lotus focuses on a good food made with local ingredients. Their menu changes seasonally and offers a lot of great stuff.

housemade lemonade w/ muddled strawberries, oolong tea, and rhubarb bitters

There was a large selection of teas available as well as other drinks which had tea in it. I ordered a housemade lemonade with muddled strawberries, oolong tea, and rhubarb bitters.

corn soup

For my first course, I decided to order the corn soup, consisting of pickled corn, lavender, hominy, and shiitake mushrooms. The soup was very refreshing and delicious.

roasted duck breast

My main course consisted of the roasted duck breast. This was served over dirty rice, snap peas, and parsley pistou.

white chocolate panna cotta w/ strawberries

Four different desserts were brought out with four different teas. My favorite was the white chocolate panna cotta. It was too awesome.

Here are some of the other stuff from the table:



chocolate tart w/ caramel, sea salt, and fresh mint

farmer's market peach, crumble tart, cardamom ice cream

All the food I got to try was fantastic. Definitely adding this to my list of go-to places in Media.

Check out the Foodspotting guide here.

Lotus Farm to Table
112 West State Street
Media, PA 19063

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brewer’s plate 2011

Last Sunday was the 7th annual Brewer’s Plate. Brewer’s Plate is Fair Food‘s annual fundraiser featuring independently owned restaurants, craft breweries, and farms all located within 150 miles of Philadelphia. Proceeds went towards Fair Food, a non-profit supporting local food and sustainable agriculture in the Philadelphia region.

assortment of pâtés from the abbaye

This year’s Brewer’s Plate was held at the Penn Museum in University City. There were two main areas where everyone set up as well as a “speakeasy” lounge in the bottom floor. For VIPs, there was access to two tents set up in the garden outside which featured additional offerings.

speakeasy area

It was extremely difficult to resist trying some of the food, but I had to since I went vegetarian for Lent. So there were a couple things that I could only eat with my eyes. J.G. Domestic had a foie gras mousse topped with an orange gelee. The South Philadelphia Tap Room had steak tartare.

bindi’s meatball over chickpea curry

Some places served meatless dishes or even had a meatless version of what they were serving. Royal Tavern served up a roast pork sandwich which I tried with just the broccoli rabe and aioli(?). That sandwich tasted great just like that; I can only imagine with the pork in it! Bindi served a meatball in a chickpea curry. I really enjoyed that sans meatball.

I unfortunately missed Barbuzzo/Lolita/Bindi Chef Marcie Turney’s and Fork Chef Terence Feury’s demos in the tent. Got caught up elsewhere and didn’t know what time that stuff was going on!

victory hop wallop infused truffles from éclat chocolate

There were some delicious sweets at Brewer’s Plate too! Éclat Chocolate from West Chester had truffles infused with Victory‘s Hop Wallop beer. John & Kira’s had several chocolates out, including their ladybug ganache ones.

the bent spoon’s ice creams

The Bent Spoon, an artisanal ice creamery from Princeton, NJ, was showcasing three flavors: Dark Philosophy – 61% fair trade chocolate, and Brewery Ommegang’s Three Philosophers; Golden Honey Monkey – local NJ honey and Victory’s Golden Monkey; Peachy Nugget Nectar Sorbet – local NJ peaches and Tröegs Nugget Nectar. All three flavors were delicious.

boxcar brewing company

Beer was everywhere. There were several breweries in attendance from local Philly ones, Philadelphia Brewing Company and Yards to Dogfish Head – Milton, DE, Flying Fish – Cherry Hill, NJ, Sly Fox – Phoenixville, PA, Boxcar – West Chester, PA, and Fegley’s Brew Works – Allentown/Bethlehem, PA just to name a couple!

This event was a total blast and I definitely recommend attending next year. It’s a great way to enjoy local food and drink while supporting the local scene.

Here are more photos I took:

vip tents

dogfish head

j.g. domestic

foie gras mousse from j.g. domestic

flying fish head brewer casey hughes with the newest exit beer, exit 9

khyber pass pub

khyber pass pub’s bacon grease popcorn

royal tavern

royal tavern’s pork sandwiches

happy attendees


victory brewing company

chef scott schroeder of south philadelphia tap room

steak tartare from south philadelphia tap room

more happy attendees!

chef jeremy nolen of brauhaus schmitz

root cocktails

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