EVENT: Fox & Hound To Host Benefit For “PAWS” At Launch Of New Look On Thursday, December 11, 2014

Philadelphia Animal Welfare SocietyFox and Hound Sports Tavern



Fox & Hound Sports Tavern in Philadelphia is teaming up with PAWS (Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society) to save some hounds. The Fox & Hound, located at 1501 Spruce Street, is celebrating its brand new look, feel, and flavor with a benefit for PAWS on Thursday, December 11, 2014.

The party begins at 6 p.m., when guests are invited to enjoy a buffet of new and signature menu items, two drink tickets and tons of fun until 9 p.m. for a $10 ticket price. 

Tickets can be purchased at the door. All proceeds from the tickets will be donated to PAWS, which is dedicated to finding loving homes for thousands of animals in Philadelphia each year that are homeless, abandoned and unwanted.

Guests at the Grand Opening event will munch on Fox & Hound’s signature dishes, such as the Baked Pretzel Stix with Beer Cheese Dip, plus many new items, such as Flatbreads, Hummus Dip and Boneless Wings, to name a few.

PAWS Executive Director, Melissa Levy, says “We are thrilled to be partnering with Fox and Hound for their Grand Re-Opening event and are so grateful that they have chosen to support our efforts to save homeless pets in the process. We are looking forward to a fun and festive event. We invite everyone to come and join us on December 11th!”

Fox & Hound Manager, Michael Urion, says “I have two dogs myself, one of them a rescue that we love! I am excited that the ‘Fox’ will be able to support and save some homeless hounds and other animals in Philadelphia with this event.”

This home away from home offers 30 High Definition TVs; games for everyone to play; nearly 100 kinds of beer, including 37 draft lines with 12 local craft beers; and a new deliciously crafted menu for sharing, snacking as well as dining.

About PAWS

PAWS is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to saving Philadelphia’s homeless, abandoned, and unwanted animals. PAWS is the city’s largest no-kill shelter and operates two high-volume, low-cost clinics serving pet owners and rescue organizations that lack access to affordable basic veterinary care. Through its adoption locations, special events, and foster care network, PAWS finds loving homes for thousands of animals each year. PAWS is working to make Philadelphia a place where every healthy and treatable pet is guaranteed a home.

About Fox & Hound

Last Call Operating Co. owns and operates 59 sports bars and pubs in 21 states under the banners of the Fox & Hound and Bailey’s Sports Grille names.  The restaurants provide a venue for people to socialize, drink, dine, watch and play the game. With nearly 100 kinds of beer available in every location, the restaurants are a beer lover’s paradise, and with a full bar of wine and spirits and an extensive menu, Fox & Hound is the perfect place for any occasion.  For reservations or to book a private event please, call your Fox & Hound or visit www.foxandhound.com, Facebook and Twitter.

Fox & Hound is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.  For more information call Fox & Hound in Philadelphia at (215) 732-8610.

EVENT: Conshohocken Chili Cook Off at Southern Cross Kitchen on Sunday, November 9

southern-cross-kitchen-conshohocken-logoThree of Conshohocken’s hottest chefs will be spicing things up on Sunday, November 9 as they compete in the “Meet The Chefs, While They Cook Up The Best – Chili Fest!” at Southern Cross Kitchen (8 E. 1st Street Conshohocken, PA).

During this exciting event, which kicks off at 5 PM in Southern Cross Kitchen’s “Barrel Room,” the chefs from Gypsy Saloon, Stella Blu and Southern Cross Kitchen will be cooking up their signature chili recipes while guests enjoy a variety of drink specials and live music. Attendees will also have the opportunity to vote on their favorite chili from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM and meet each of the chefs throughout the evening.

“We thought this would be a fun way for our guests to have the opportunity to meet our chefs while enjoying a fun Sunday evening,” said Kim Strengari, co-owner of all three restaurants. “What could be better than chili, live music and drinks to help you unwind on fall Sunday?”

The winning chef’s chili will be featured on the Southern Cross Kitchen menu for the fall season.

Located at 8 East 1st Street in Conshohocken, PA, Southern Cross Kitchen is the latest restaurant from the culinary geniuses behind Gypsy and Stella Blu— Marianne Gere and Kim Strengari. Providing a fresh take on good ‘ol Southern cooking, SCK offers customers a unique dining and nightlife experience with its cozy yet modern atmosphere and eclectic yet approachable dishes. Continuously evolving, SCK experiments with seasonal ingredients, creative cuisine, mouth-watering cocktails and exciting entertainment. SCK is open daily. Monday through Friday 10:30 AM to close and weekends 10 AM to close.

RESTAURANT REVIEW: Bareburger Philly

We recently checked out the new Bareburger on Walnut Street in Center City. Bareburger is a mostly NYC-based burger chain that specializes in offering meats that are organic, humanely-raised, antibiotic and hormone-free. In addition to beef, the menu features some “exotic” game meats like bison, elk, goat and wild boar. There are also turkey and chicken meats as well as veggie and vegan options.


There are many burger toppings to choose from, including 3 types of bacon, 8 types of cheeses, 13 types of veggies, and 16 types of sauces. They have “pre-made” burgers or you can build your own. Sides and snacks (larger versions of sides) go beyond your typical fries and onion rings. There are a variety of pickles, slaws, and even a baby kale salad.

If an exotic burger isn’t your thing, they also offer a few salads and sandwiches that will make both carnivores and veggies happy. Bareburger is kid-friendly as they offer meals for children – served with healthy apples!

A variety of all natural sodas, iced teas, lemonades, delicious milkshakes and scrumptious desserts round out the menu. No matter your preference or food limitation, Bareburger can accommodate. In fact, one of the first thing they asked us is if we had any food restrictions. That’s thoughtful!

For starters we enjoyed a Maine Root Sarsaparilla soda with a baby kale salad. Such a delight to have Sarsaparilla since you really don’t see that on menus much these days.

Next we enjoyed some fried goodies: sweet fries, onion rings and pickles! They nailed the breading on the rings and pickles. They also served these with a few different dipping sauces including a curry ginger ketchup, smoke sauce (like BBQ sauce), horseradish remoulade, paprika mayo and “special sauce.” All were very good!


For our main course, we enjoyed two burgers: the Supreme (beef) burger and the Grindhouse (elk) burger.

bareburger-elk-burgerThe Grindhouse comes with an elk meat patty, Manchego cheese, country bacon, piquante relish, and paprika mayo on a brioche bun. Never had elk meat before, but it was good. Not as moist as cow meat, but not tough like some other game meats can become. This was a good burger.

Bareburger Supreme Beef BurgerThe Supreme burger comes with a cow patty, Colby cheese, country bacon, green leaf lettuce, onion rings, chopped fries, and special sauce on a brioche bun. Talk about over the top! It was very good. I would have preferred a bit more on the pink side, but the meat blend was well balanced and had a lot of flavor. My favorite part of it? THE BACON. I love chewy bacon. It was perfect.

We ended our feast with a black and white milkshake. Because why not? It was the perfect close to the rich, fried foods and meat we had just consumed. It’s a good old classic milkshake, not too thick, but certainly not too thin either.

Bareburger Philly Black & White MilkshakeOwner Daniel Kemelman explained how he decided to go into the burger business at such a young age  — he’s 23 folks! After serving in the Army National Guard and taking some college classes, he wanted to do something that was more exciting than sitting in classes; plus he knew the Bareburger owners who wanted to open a franchise in Philadelphia. And so it was born.

He was gracious enough of give us a short tour of the restaurant. He explained how nearly everything in the restaurant is from recycled or reclaimed materials.

Booth at Bareburger PhillyHe also said they are still working on securing a liquor license so they can start serving alcoholic beverages. The bar, with six seats, is basically ready for when the license comes in.

Philly Bareburger BarWhile the prices are a bit more than your usual burger joint, the quality and taste is there and you can feel good about that. Check it out for lunch or dinner. They also promise delivery soon. Bareburger is a welcome addition to the Philadelphia burger scene.

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Food Network Star Season 11 Open Casting Call in Philadelphia

Is it your dream to be on the Food Network? Do you think you have what it takes to be the next Food Network Star? Details on the open casting call coming up in Philadelphia are below:

Food Network Star Season 11 Philadelphia Casting Call

Food Network Star Season 11
Philadelphia Open Casting Call

Date: Sunday, November 2nd, 2014 
Time: 12pm – 3pm 
Location: Doubletree Hotel
237 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

To apply for season 11 of Food Network Star, click here: http://jscasting.com/food-network-star-season-11-officially-post/

Tasty Vittles: Food Should Taste Good Tortilla Chips

I was excited when Food Should Taste Good reached out to say they wanted to send me some samples. Already a big fan of their products, I was especially excited to try their Harvest Pumpkin tortilla chips because I’m pretty much a fool for anything pumpkin related this time of year. They also sent a bag of Sweet Potato tortilla chips and Blue Corn tortilla chips.

Food Should Taste Good Tortilla Chips
Food Should Taste Good Tortilla Chips

You can’t go wrong with any of these chips quite honestly; they’re all delicious snacks. But the Harvest Pumpkin chips stood out taste-wise because of the distinctive addition of seasonal spices — sweet cinnamon and spicy nutmeg. These flavors practically scream Autumn.

Food Should Taste Good sent some recipe cards along with the chips and I had every intention of trying them, but I ended up improvising instead.

I had some spreadable chevre with honey on hand. Any soft goat cheese would do, but the sweet chevre matched with salty chips was a heavenly match. As delightful as that combination was, I was inspired to take the sweet & salty mix to the next level during my next tasting.

Food Should Taste Good Pumpkin Harvest Tortilla Chips with Vanilla Ice Cream

The idea of adding crunchy and salty toppings to ice cream is nothing new; at least not to me. I love adding pretzels to vanilla ice cream. Throwing a few Harvest Pumpkin chips into a bowl of vanilla ice cream seemed completely natural to me. It might sound strange, but trust me, it worked. Sweet, salty AND spicy all in one!? Nailed it.

Eventually, I just snacked on the rest until they were all gone. I also did this with the Sweet Potato tortilla chips. They were enjoyed right out of the bag. Sadly, I never did get around to making the Cranberry Compote or Pineapple Chipotle Salsa recipes which would have been perfect with either of them.

As for the Blue Corn tortilla chips, they almost met the same fate as the Sweet Potato chips; but I decided they would be a perfect topping for a most delicious seitan and bean chili we made one night. The chips added a much needed crunchy element to the ultra savory and hearty chili.

Seitan and Bean Chili with Food Should Taste Good Blue Corn Tortilla Chips
Seitan and Bean Chili with Food Should Taste Good Blue Corn Tortilla Chips

There’s no wrong way to enjoy Food Should Taste Good chips or crackers — either straight out of the bag, as an add-on to something else delicious or with a special dip, spread or salsa. Whatever you do — get the Pumpkin Harvest chips before they’re gone! YUM!