September 15, 2013
→If you’re heading to the Vampire Weekend concert this Thursday (9/19), you should have time to pop over to Belmont Mansion for pre-show sustenance—locavore style. The happening: Heritage Farm Fare, a collaborative fundraiser between Heritage Farm (tucked away on the campus of former orphanage, Methodist Home for Children) and a number of farmer-friendly chefs, restaurants, and food and libations purveyors. The tasty event benefits the community in enabling Heritage to cover costs of operating this year-round, organic farm. More details here.
→Sept. 16 is twEAT out for No Kid Hungry, a 24-hour push to promote hunger advocacy among diners, chefs, restaurateurs, food writers and anyone else who is willing and able to tweet and eat. The big picture campaign is Share our Strength’s Dine Out for No Kid Hungry, a month-long, national fundraising event. On top of its already active messaging, No Kid Hungry has been educating the public about SNAP cuts, the need to improve the quality and accessibility of school lunches, and the importance of starting each day with a hearty, healthy breakfast—which unfortunately, too many young students do not. Participating in the twEAT out is easy, and presents a great excuse to try out that new restaurant on your list. Want some suggestions on tweets, follow @eatDEWwrite and @TWEgroup all day long.
→Writers in all genres should consider blocking time out for the Chestnut Hill Book Festival, Sept. 22. The event is being hosted at a few different locations, and gives those outside the ink well, a chance to support Philadelphia’s talented pool of writers and authors. We were especially excited to hear that one of TWE’s most respected media allies and food writers, Michael Klein (Editor/producer of philly.com/Food; Philadelphia editor, Zagat Survey), is moderating “Stories from the Kitchen”, a chef-driven conversation about life behind the line. (We’re working on getting the names of the participating chefs, so stay tuned.)
Old-school and new media journalists might appreciate joining Daily News columnist John Baer and former music industry reporter, also for the Daily News, Al Hunter, Jr. as they discuss the transition from news writing to book writing and other elements of the writing world. Pete Mazzaccaro, editor of the Chestnut Hill Local, moderates.
With the holidays in sight, this is also a good opportunity to load up on new books for the winter. One for them, two for you… Being food obsessed, we’re certainly intrigued by this title: Kinky Gazpacho (Lori Tharps). Attendees will also be privy to a little locally-flavored live mic time with Philadelphia Stories (they’ll hold kids’ writing workshops too) and a performance by Chestnut Hill Improv.
Among the local authors you’ll have the opportunity to chat up (and hopefully score autographed books from), are those pictured in the event’s promotional brochure, shared on the Festival’s Facebook page here and here. Information is a little light otherwise, so for more in-depth questions, contact organizers at firstname.lastname@example.org.