Philly Socialholic: Old City Fest and Amada Turns 10!

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On October - 10 - 2015

old cityOld City Fest This Sunday!

Old City District presents Old City Fest on Sunday, October 11, 2015. This unique festival will draw over 15,000 people to the streets of our most historic square mile for a day filled with food, drink, music, street performance, design, arts, fashion and family fun. Unique activities will include a design showcase as part of DesignPhiladelphia, two fashion shows, clay throw battles, chocolate making demonstrations, “Independents Row” with Old City makers and artists, gallery exhibitions, free demonstrations from museums and cultural attractions, plus appearances by some familiar neighbors from long ago! Old City Fest is also unique in that vendors and participants are from or associated with Old City. For more info, visit oldcitydistrict.org, tweet @oldcitydistrict or call (215) 592-7929.

 

 

 

Amadaversary Garces Has Three Ways To Celebrate Amada’s Tenth Anniversary

Amada Inspired Anniversary Tasting menus offered October 11-16: From Sunday, October 11-Friday, October 16, Amada, Tinto, Distrito, Garces Trading Company and The Olde Bar will all offer a $39 tasting menu in addition to their regular a la carte menu. The tasting menus include a complimentary glass of sangria or punch. $4 from each tasting menu goes to the Garces Foundation. The Garces Foundation is an IRS registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization committed to ensuring that Philadelphia’s underserved immigrant community has access to health and educational services. During Amadaversary week, select guests will be surprised with gifts and giveaways from Garces. Sample surprises include complimentary dinners, wine pairings, lunch in Distrito Taqueria’s Volkswagen Bug for four people, Tequila classes, $100 gift certificates, signed copies of Jose Garces’ cookbooks, and more. Participating restaurants include: Amada, Tinto, Distrito, Garces Trading Company, JG Domestic, The Olde Bar, Village Whiskey and Buena Onda.

Amadaversary Paella Festival

Garces will host the Amadaversary Paella Festival on Sunday, October 18 from 12 noon to 6:00 p.m. The event will be held on 2nd Street between Market and Chestnut Street (enter at Chestnut Street next to Amada). In celebration of the 10th Anniversary of Amada, the festival will include: A Paella Cook Off, three bars, meet and mingle with Chef Jose Garces, live music from American Deluxe, DJ from Synergetic Sound, flamenco performances, photo booth, raffles & prizes, face-painting and children’s activities from Nest. Village Whiskey will feature a hot toddy station and Buena Onda will feature K38 beer from Yards. Competing paella dishes include: · Amada- Lamb paella · Distrito- Mole poblano and duck paella · Garces Events- Traditional paella, clams and Spanish chorizo · Garces Trading Company- coq au vin paella · JGD- local vegetable paella · The Olde Bar- crab and bellota paella · Tinto- bacalao and shellfish paella · Volver- Asian Paella $10 per person includes tastings from each of the restaurants and two drink tickets for beer, sangria or the Village Whiskey hot toddy station. Attendance is free for children 12 and under Tickets are available at www.garcesgroup.com.

Amadaversary VIP Party

On Sunday, October 18 from 8 p.m.-11:00 p.m at Amada, Chef Garces will host an exclusive reception honoring Amada’s tenth anniversary. This unforgettable evening will feature 11 alumni chefs and beverage professionals who had previously spent time with the Garces family. Each has crafted a selection inspired by their time with Chef Jose. Chef Garces and the alumni will be present to great throughout the reception. Only 50 tickets are available. Tickets are $125 each and available at garcesgroup.com. Amada Alumni Chefs will prepare dishes inspired by their time at Amada include: · Joey Baldino – Paella Arancini · Jimmy Ciampaglia – Pork Belly Coca, Onion Crema, Apple Mostardo, Mahon · MacGregor Mann – Roasted Calabaza, Pepita Escabeche · Kevin Sbraga – Langosta Ceviche, Coconut Habanero Sauce, Lime Sorbet · Tim Spinner – Kobe Beef Tostada, Tomato Escabeche, Truffle, Crispy Potato · Lemond Adams – Pulled Pork Slider, Peach BBQ, House Pickles · Chad Williams – Chicken Liver Crostini, Wood-Fired Fig Jam · Adam Zensinger – Mergeuz “hot links,” Butter Beans, Pickled Onion Cocktails will be mixed by Amada Alumni Beverage Professionals including: Katie Loeb, Keith Raimondi and Paul Rodriguez. The event is cocktail attire. # # # For more information please visit www.garcesgroup.com/events/amadaversary #Amadaversary.

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