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Coffee Culture Series: Part I

More than ever, and sure to remain true moving forward, building a successful business has become increasingly tied to thinking sustainably. Though it can seem to just be a word or label placed on a product these days, there is no denying that this business model makes a difference on the bottom line; both for the business and for the planet.

The food and beverage industries are often on this cutting edge looking for ways to bring their market the best quality product using sustainable methods.

In Part 1 of our Coffee Culture Series focusing on coffee culture and sustainability, we look at Counter Culture Coffee’s “Sustainable Spring” initiative, which is free and open to the public. This month-long series of events is designed to educate, explore and raise awareness about sustainability and green living and will take place every Friday throughout March at 11:30am (following Counter Culture Coffee’s free, weekly public coffee cuppings at 10am).

During the month of March the following topics will be covered at Counter Culture’s Philadelphia Training Center (2149 Unit B Catharine St):

  • March 21 – CSA: what is it, why is it important? Casey Spacht of Lancaster Farm Fresh Cooperative. Casey is an organic farmer and member of LFFC. He will be talking about the perks of Community Supported Agriculture.
  • March 28 – Pollinators: Not Just Bee Business. Paul Dangel. Beekeeper and insect expert Paul Dangel will introduce other key insects (and animals) which are important contributors to pollination and why they are important to our food system.

Founded in 1995, Counter Culture Coffee is the much-loved coffee roaster dedicated to finding and bringing to market the most exciting and delicious coffees in the world. The company’s vision is to pursue coffee perfection by creating partnerships dedicated to environmental, social, and fiscal sustainability throughout the coffee chain, improving the natural environment and operating efficiently to minimize environmental impact. Counter Culture has eight training centers across the country including locations in New York; Chicago; Boston; Washington, D.C.; Philadelphia; Asheville, N.C.; Atlanta; and Durham, N.C., with a new training center and roastery set to open in Emeryville, CA, later this year. Served in some of the country’s top restaurants, Counter Culture Coffee is available in coffee shops, specialty grocers and online at counterculturecoffee.com.

Stay tuned coming up we will be talking to industry innovators, experts on sustainability, and visiting coffee shops for events like Latte Art Throwdowns happening in and around Philly.

Manayunk StrEAT Food Festival kicks off Manayunk Restaurant Week

cheese truckLast Saturday, foodies from all over Philadelphia and surrounding gathered on Main Street in Manayunk for the second annual StrEAT Food Festival. Not your typical food fest, the draw of this event was the 30-plus food trucks that lined the street on both sides. Visitors lined up to taste the wares of the trucks, where they could get everything from gourmet cupcakes to pulled pork sandwiches, hot dogs loaded with toppings to sizzling hot pizzas.

The food trucks, while the main attraction, weren’t the only draw. Main Street’s restaurants joined in on the festivities with special tasting dishes, and stores boasted sidewalk sales and in-store promotions. Other attractions consisted of handcrafted jewelry and even a pole-dancing demonstration.

tacosThe StrEAT Fest served as the official kick-off of Manayunk’s restaurant week – yes, they have their own, not be be confused with Center City’s Restaurant week – which will be held from April 14th – 26th. Main Street’s many restaurants will be offering wallet-friendly, three-course dinners for $10, $20, or $30. Fora participating restaurants, menus, and reservations, visit www.manayunk.com.

The Great Chefs Event After Party Access!

With spring coming to a close, the city of Philadelphia is preparing to kick off the summer with a culinary bang. Returning for its 8th run, the Great Chefs Event will once again host more than 40 of the best chefs from around the globe to benefit Alex’s Lemonade Stand and the Vetri Foundation for Children.

As if the pot couldn’t get any sweeter, the Vetri Foundation just upped that ante by making 100 tickets available to, considered by many, the best after party in the city of brotherly love.

The after party kicks off at Alla Spina immediately following the main event (9:30pm-2:00am) and features food & drink crafted by: Adam Perry Lang, Alla Spina, Brooklyn Brewery, Little Baby’s Ice Cream, Mac Truck NYC, Route 6, and Victory Brewery. The event will also feature special guest Adam Perry Lang, author of Serious Barbeque, BBQ 25, Charred and Scruffed.

Traditionally only open to the celebrity chefs who cook at the event, industry insiders who help make the event happen and top sponsors, the opportunity is now available to be one of the lucky 100 attendees to get access.


·         Only 100 tickets available

·         $525.00 per ticket includes a Great Chefs Event General Admission ticket (Chef’s signature tastings, open bar, and valet parking) PLUS access to the exclusive After Party.

  • After Party: 9:30 pm to 2:00 am on June 11, 2013 at Alla Spina, 1410 Mt. Vernon Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130.
  • To purchase, please leave a message at 215-735-0200 or write an email to info@vetrifoundation.org that includes name, phone number, email, and the number of tickets desired for purchase. The Vetri Foundation will be in touch to process the purchase. If tickets are sold out, they will let interested parties know via phone or email.
  • http://vetrifoundation.org/index.php/events_calendar/events/