Front Street Cafe & Philly Fringe Festival

Front Street Cafe & Philly Fringe Festival!

Front Street Cafe & Philly Fringe Festival!

Front Street Cafe is proud to be hosting an art installation in conjunction with Tongue & Groove Spontaneous Theater, Adrienne Theater & Philadelphia Fringe Arts Festival.

As many of you know FringeArts is Philadelphia’s home for contemporary performance, presenting progressive, world-class art that stretches the imagination and boldly defies expectation. As the city’s lead experimenter in the arts, FringeArts exposes audiences to unpredictable dance, theater and music performances by accomplished and emerging innovators who are pushing the boundaries of art-making and redefining the artistic landscape worldwide.

The Fringe Festival, presented by FringeArts, is a 17-day, city-wide celebration of innovation and creativity in contemporary performance. Each September, the Festival explodes into every nook and cranny in neighborhoods across Philadelphia with more than 1,000 artistically daring performances, including national and international performances curated by FringeArts, and works that are produced by independent artists and promoted by FringeArts. The party continues late night, every night, with music, food and drink at FringeArts’ center on the Delaware River waterfront. This vast assemblage of curated and self-produced innovators offers an unparalleled opportunity to see a cross section of the world’s greatest experimenters at one time, in one city.

Year-round programming is presented at FringeArts’ state-of-the-art center on the Delaware River Waterfront—a renovated historic building that also houses a restaurant and beer garden. Each September, the organization presents the annual Fringe Festival, a 17-day celebration that fills the city’s neighborhoods with more than 1,000 curated and independently produced contemporary performances.

For Fringe 2016 Front Street Cafe is the proud host of an interactive art installation.

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A Similar Fringe Arts Installation will be at Front Street Cafe, Photo courtesy of Bobbi Block

Tongue & Groove is installing a Before I Die interactive chalkboard mural, to be unveiled on Sept 8 at 6:30pm at its groovy location at the Front Street Cafe in Fishtown.  For the installation party they will have music from the booty-shaking Brazilian Samba band, Unidos da Filadelfia!  And you can enjoy delicious food, beer and fresh juices from the Cafe.
The Mural prompts anyone to complete the phrase “Before I Die I Want To…’
Anyone can add their hopes and dreams to it; responses from the mural will be added to audience responses to inspire each T&G Fringe performance.

The board will be located on the outside-facing wall of Front St Cafe at N. Front and W. Thompson Streets.  (frontstreetcafe.net)

Tongue & Groove Theater will have Shows from Sept 9th-24th at the Adrienne Theater
Tongue & Groove Theater will have Shows from Sept 9th-24th at the Adrienne Theater

 
The day after the mural unveiling, Sept 9, T&G Debuts

BEFORE I DIE
the performance!

Sept 9 @8pm • Sept 10 @ 5pm
Sept 17 @ 5pm • Sept 23 @ 8pm • Sept 24 @ 5pm

The PlayGround at The Adrienne
2030 Sansom St

Responses off the wall will be mixed with audience responses submitted at the theater.
The actors will use these anonymously-submitted bucket-list dreams to inspire a montage of hilarious and heartbreaking scenes and monologues.
TICKETS for BEFORE I DIE are AVAILABLE THROUGH FRINGEARTS.  SCROLL DOWN TO PURCHASE.

For more information, video clips:  tongue-groove.com

Front Street Cafe & Philly Fringe Festival!

Front Street Cafe Sponsors Philly Block Project

Front Street Cafe is honored to be an official sponsor of the Philly Block Project and Philadelphia Photo’s Arts Center’s year long project.

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Philadelphia Photo Arts Center is devoted to the study, practice and appreciation of contemporary photography. We offer classes and workshops, fine art printing services and the option to create work in our Artist Lab, exhibitions and lectures.

Residents of N. Cadwallader Street in the South Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia PA pose for Philly Block Project artists Hank Willis Thomas and Wyatt Gallery in June, 2016.
Residents of N. Cadwallader Street in the South Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia PA pose for Philly Block Project artists Hank Willis Thomas and Wyatt Gallery in June, 2016.
From October 2015 to November 2016, the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center (PPAC) and renowned conceptual artist Hank Willis Thomas, curator Kalia Brooks and other collaborating artists, including Lisa Fairstein, Wyatt Gallery, Hiroyuki Ito, and Will Steacy, have partnered to launch the Philly Block Project—a year-long, socially-engaged collaboration that provides a visual narrative of South Kensington’s past and present through photographs, while creating shared spaces for fostering interconnectivity, celebrating the history, and preserving the heritage of the community.   
See the article in Philly Mag here.
Photo by Steve Weinik c/o City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program
Photo by Steve Weinik c/o City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program

On September 7th 2016 Front Street Cafe was the proud host and sponsor of the VIP dinner for the project, along with donations from local  Philadelphia Brewing Company,  Faber Distilling, and Stateside Spirits the evening was one to remember!  The Cafe served 75 guests in the private garden and the weather was perfect.

Philadelphia Photo Arts Center is devoted to the study, practice and appreciation of contemporary photography. We offer classes and workshops, fine art printing services and the option to create work in our Artist Lab, exhibitions and lectures.
Check out all the upcoming events!
  • Archive Collective: South Kensington 19122, running from June 9-August 28, 2016, comprised of photos submitted by individuals who have called South Kensington home over the years.
  • The Philly Block Exhibition from Hank Willis Thomas and collaborating artists, opening September 8, 2016 and featuring images from South Kensington’s present. Then come back to PPAC for the project’s wrap up celebration with a street festival on Saturday, September 10, 2016.
  • And at the Philly Block Project’s core, ongoing community dialogue and engagement. Over the course of the year, PPAC will serve as a meeting place for residents, wherein monthly community meetings, free artmaking workshops and performances will be hosted in the PPAC gallery. These gatherings will allow residents and partners to inform the direction of the community-driven project as it moves along, while sparking connections between neighbors new and old.

 

 

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Philadelphia History: Privy Diggers & Front Street Cafe

The Privy Diggers
Producer: Michael O’Reilly   WHYY Philadelphia

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Front Street Cafe is honored to be spotlighted in the PBS Documentary about Philadelphia History and local Privy Diggers.

In 2014 during the Construction of the new kitchen for Front Street Cafe at the south end of the property. Lee Larkin discovered an old Privy Pit.  He and Adrian Montanez, with the oversight of local privy diggers Michael Frechette and John Freise, hand excavated the entire privy.  What they discovered was a window into Philadelphia history through the material culture of the former residents of homes long gone and forgotten.

Please see the WHYY TV Documentary here

In the 18th and 19th centuries in Philadelphia, people did their “business” in the outhouse located in the yard or alley adjacent to their dwelling. Since there was no regular trash collection, they also used this outhouse to discard broken plates, bottles and all manner of refuse. As soon as modern sewers were installed to service each house, the outhouses were torn down and the brick-lined “privy pits” (often 30 feet deep) underneath them were filled in. Within a decade, in most cases, the location of the outhouse and its attendant privy pit would all but be forgotten.

Enter THE PRIVY DIGGERS in 2016. These intrepid amateur archaeologists regularly are invited into peoples backyards to probe the soil, locate the underground structure of the privy itself, and begin digging. A single privy can hold broken and whole bottles and crockery, coins, pipes, toys and anything else that someone 100 to 200 years ago might have had in their pockets. Most interestingly, according to Michael Frechette, are the cast off’s from the things people did (other than their “business”) in these outhouses in private – things that are only rarely written about in Philadelphia history books.

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Philadelphia History: Brewers

That is the draw for these diggers – getting to see the secrets of history that have lain buried there undisturbed for years. While the things they bring up may have a value on the open market, according to Tom Salvatore, if you divided how much they work by how much they make selling these artifacts, they wouldn’t be making more than minimum wage. And it’s not only see, but touch and smell. A vial of sassafras (an accepted 19th century remedy for arthritis) found 30 feet underground and held at arms length, after more than 100 years, still smells like, well, sassafras.

 

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Front Street Cafe in Vogue Magazine’s Fishtown Restaurants

Vogue Magazine highlights some of the Best of Philaldelphia’s Fishtown Restaurants.

“The Best Places to Eat and Drink in Philadelphia Are All in This One Neighborhood”

Original Story by Victoria Lewis Here

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First came the artists, then the musicians, then the enterprising new chefs, and just like that, Philly’s low-key working-class neighborhood of Fishtown (so-called because of its history as the center of the shad fishing industry) evolved into the city’s latest hub of cool. The focus of this area’s renaissance? Fishtown Restaurants have really good food (and drinks too).

Like Brooklyn’s Williamsburg did five years ago, under-the-radar Fishtown has become home to nationally acclaimed restaurants (including a pizzeria deemed the best in the country by Bon Appétit) and lively bars. Here, a field guide to the very best spots to eat and drink in Philly’s coolest new hood.

When all the burgers and beers start to feel a little too heavy for you, head to this airy café and stake out a spot on the sunny back patio. Here you can choose from a selection of healthy juices and smoothies and virtuous takes on classic comfort food (think vegan tacos and Mexican-inspired grain bowls).

On the corner of Front and Thompson Streets stands a beautiful, brick building, left over from the 1800s. The building (found at 1253 N. Front St.) is just  one block north of the SEPTA Girard Avenue Station. It’s location is a convenient stop for commuters along the corridor.

From dawn to dusk, the café  features brunch from 8AM through mid-afternoon, with dinner menu coming in from 5 to 10PM. Lots of healthy, avant-garde choices are available all day, with choices like wild rice collard dolmas with citrus hemp dressing; avocado citrus salad with organic baby kale, avocado, mango, radish greens, hemp, pumpkin seeds, and citrus jalapeno dressing; zucchini lasagna; and organic rotisserie half-chicken.

Unusual for most Fishtown Restaurants there is also a full bar serving craft beer, organic wines and cocktails, while commuters on the health train can order smoothies and juices from the juice bar to go.   Front Street Cafe is one of the best new restaurants in Philadelphia’s Fishtown neighborhood.

Additional Information from this article by K. Andrew Deffley

Eggs Bennie with Vegan Mushroom Bacon Yum!

Top Picks for Brunch Philadelphia, Front Street Cafe

May 18th, 2016

Front Street Cafe Media Team

Original Article by Uwishunu here

Few meals are as perfect as brunch, where you’re allowed to drink Bloody Marys and eat doughnuts or cheese-covered egg sandwiches in the same meal. Top picks for Brunch Philadelphia included our own Front Street Cafe.

Top Picks for Brunch Philadelphia
Top Picks for Brunch Philadelphia: Quinoa & Oatmeal Porridge with Vegan Cashew Sweet Cream.

While Philly’s brunch game has long been on point new brunch options are popping up at not only new restaurants but tried-and-true spots that only recently started serving the mid-morning meal. For our spring brunch guide, we’ve also emphasized brunch that can be enjoyed via sidewalk seating, backyard patios and at completely-outdoor restaurants — think Front Street Cafe in Fishtown.

All of the brunch options mentioned below offer the meal on both Saturday and Sunday, and Front Street Cafe serves brunch 7 days a week until 4pm.

Top Picks for Brunch Philadelphia
Top Picks for Brunch Philadelphia

Below you’ll find some of our favorites for daytime dining for days when breakfast starts whenever you roll out of bed. Where are your favorite springtime brunch spots?

The Full Uwishunu article here

Few meals are as perfect as brunch, where you’re allowed to drink Bloody Marys and eat doughnuts or cheese-covered egg sandwiches in the same meal. Top picks for Brunch Philadelphia included our own Front Street Cafe.

While Philly’s brunch game has long been on point new brunch options are popping up at not only new restaurants but tried-and-true spots that only recently started serving the mid-morning meal. For our spring brunch guide, we’ve also emphasized brunch that can be enjoyed via sidewalk seating, backyard patios and at completely-outdoor restaurants — think Front Street Cafe in Fishtown.

All of the brunch options mentioned below offer the meal on both Saturday and Sunday, and a number of the restaurants even serve brunch on weekdays, too.

Front Street Cafe is MSNBC Philly HQ for the PA Primary

Original Article by Billy Penn’s Danya Henninger & Info by MSNBC

First thing first: the coffee is good.

That’s not the most important factor in deciding where a major news organization sets up for a remote broadcast, admits Al Henkel, senior coordinating producer for newsgathering at NBC News — but it sure does help.

Since Tuesday, Henkel and his team have been posted at Front Street Cafe in Fishtown, helping coordinate MSNBC broadcasts in advance of next week’s Pennsylvania primary. All of the network’s daylong political coverage has been coming out of the sunny corner at the back of the cafe-slash-bar, including reports by well-known anchors like Andrea Mitchell, Thomas Roberts and Erica Hill.

The Coffee Shop Side of the Front Street Cafe is MSNBC Studio for a week
The Coffee Shop Side of the Front Street Cafe is MSNBC Studio for a week

Producers poke emails into their laptops at the granite counter and watch monitors set up next to tables on the second floor, while technicians tweak controls in the impromptu studio beneath industrial wood-beam ceilings. There are three satellite trucks parked outside, and dozens of thick cables running across the back patio to two giant “Infinite Power” generators on trailers in the petite lot out back.

MSNBC Sets up their mobile Studio at Front Street Cafe
MSNBC Sets up their mobile Studio at Front Street Cafe

How did all this end up beneath the El at this relative newcomer (it opened last fall)?

“[Front Street Cafe] was recommended to me by some MSNMC folks at the airport when I got off my flight from Dallas,” said Henkel, who spends an average of 190 days a year on the road. This primary season alone, he’s scouted and found shooting locations in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Florida, Ohio and Wisconsin, before landing in Philly.

From the airport, he got in his rental car and drove out to 1253 N. Front St. Stopped in, grabbed a cuppa — “I like it because it’s strong!” — and surveyed the scene. He liked what he saw almost immediately, but from experience, knew he should at least explore other options. He connected with tech manager Zainib Naseer, and together the pair checked out at least 20 additional locations. After all that, they ended up back where they started.

“The most important thing is that there are good satellite views,” Henkel explained, “and space to park the trucks.” In addition to the coffee, FSC had other good things going for it, he said: The staff was nice and the clientele was diverse, with people coming in and out often (“They like it when the background isn’t static.”). The decision was made. All that was needed was permission from the cafe owners.

Andrew Petruzelli picked a bad day to take a break from his phone.

It was Wednesday, April 13, and he was enjoying a rare day off from his job as director of operations Front Street Cafe. He had no idea MSNBC staff was frantically trying to reach him about the possible MSNBC deal until the next morning — and when he came down to work at 8 a.m. Thursday (he lives above the shop), he found Henkel and Naseer waiting for him.

A longtime high-level employee at high-profile hotels — he was executive sous-chef at the Hyatt at the Bellevue and then at the Grand Hyatt DC — Petruzelli immediately recognized the benefits of hosting the broadcast.

“They’re not paying us rent or anything,” he said. “But national coverage for my cafe is fine by me!”

He got the blessing of FSC co-owners Lee Larkin and Nicole Barclay, and gave Henkel the go-ahead.

Six days later, the NBC crew arrived, literal tons of equipment in tow. They asked Petruzelli to help secure parking spots for the trucks along Thompson Street (he left notes on parked cars offering people free coffee if they’d move), and hauled lights inside. On Tuesday morning, broadcasts began, and they’ll continue through Friday night, when the team decamps for Pittsburgh.

Things have generally been running smoothly. The cafe is spacious enough that the temporary TV studio isn’t really infringing on regular business, and producers are happy with the look of the shot. The one snag — if you could call it that — was when reporters tried to do some man-on-the-street interviews on Wednesday without realizing that the date might affect subjects’ state of mind.

MSNBC colleagues Al Henckel and Zainib Naseer scouted the location at Front Street Cafe
MSNBC colleagues Al Henckel and Zainib Naseer scouted the location at Front Street Cafe

“Do you mind if we walk around with a mic and ask customers some questions?” producers asked. Within 15 minutes, they returned — no one they spoke with was quite coherent enough to appear on air. “Yeah, we can’t use any of this,” they told Petruzelli, who replied, “Welcome to Fishtown on 4/20!”  Check out MSNBC here.

“They won’t tell us their guests ahead of time,” Petruzelli said, but noted rumors had been flying around that both Mayor Jim Kenney and Gov. Tom Wolf might make appearances. Staff is also hoping a presidential candidate will stop in — “My gut is telling me Bernie,” said one of the baristas — but NBC’s Henkel put a kibosh on the idea. “No. Bernie is not coming. Sorry.”

Overall, Henkel has been thrilled with the spot — he and his crew have been eating all their meals at the cafe (workdays can start as early at 3 am and continue through the night) — and he’s even asked about securing the location during the DNC this summer.

“This isn’t an easy town to shoot from — all the streets are so narrow,” he said. “I’m not certain we’ll be coming back to Philadelphia, but I’ve been doing this more than 20 years, and I think it’s pretty likely. Always better to be prepared.”

See original Billy Penn article here

Front Street Cafe Excited to be hosting the MSNBC news team all week!

Front Street Cafe is honored to have been chosen by the MSNBC team for their location for live broadcasts of the Pennsylvania Presidential Primaries.

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Whether you support Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton it is excited to have the national action right here in your neighborhood Cafe. With visits by Mayor Kenny and Governor Wolf, it is an honor to be hosting (and feeding) so many of our movers, shakers and policy makers. With “Morning Joe,” The Meredith Vieira Show” and other shows doing live broadcasts, it’s sure to be an action packed week at the Cafe.

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Local Artists at Front Street Flea Sunday 2/28

Join local Fishtown artists as Front Street Cafe is excited to bring you the second installment of our monthly event “Front Street Flea.”  The Flea is a monthly pop-up trunk show/bazaar that features local Philadelphia Artisans who showcase their unique works.

This Month is Hosted by Geri Omni & Laura Rennegade of Tribe + Rennegade

Custom hand made jewelry, vintage and collectible treasures, handmade soaps, incenses, sculptures, knits, accessories, semi-precious stones, terrariums and so much more!

This month’s featured Artisans inlude:
Mystical Creations
Nue Organics
Vintage + Collectible treasures by Carrie Anne
Palo Santo Wellness and Kingsnake Jewelry
Hedy + Monk.E
The Tin Goat
ZEF Luxuria
String Theory Fiber Arts
No Walls Up
& More!

Facebook event is here.

Front Street Flea

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Fundraiser for Broad Street Ministry

Front Street Cafe fundraiser for Broad Street Ministry Please join us this Thursday at Front Street Cafe Philadelphia from 6pm-8pm for Networking for a Cause. We will be raising money for Broad Street Ministry while building our professional network! Tickets are $25 and includes hors d’oeuvres and 1 free drink. We will be auctioning off Philadelphia Flyers merchandise including Flyers vs. Red Wings game tickets, Flyer’s Wives Carnival tickets, 2 autographed game sticks (Claude Giroux and Steve Mason) and much more!
Tickets can be purchased with the link in the invite below or at the door. If you are unable to attend but would like to bid or donate you can do so on the Community Builder website in the invite. Hope to see you there!  More info about Broad Street Ministry hereBroad Street Ministry

Broad Street Ministry (“BSM”) is a broad-minded Christian community that cherishes creativity, fosters and nurtures artistic expression, extends inclusive hospitality and—works for a more just world through civic engagement. Learn more about our mission and core values. Also, read about our vision and purpose here.

Learn about the astonishing history and the exciting future of Broad Street Ministry in “Our Story.”

Find out about the dynamic individuals who are leading Broad Street Ministry into the future in Leadership.

Learn about Broad Street Ministry’s Financial Information here.

Common Questions and Answers about BSM and HC

To take a look at our Hospitality Board or Board of Trustees go here.

As Broad Street Ministry makes a difference for a community, many writers have taken interest and written about BSM. Read about Broad Street Ministry in the News here.

BSM also welcomes into its body not just those who are on the margins of faith but those who are on the margins of society. Here, a member of a prestigious private club worships alongside a person experiencing homelessness. The gay and lesbian activist passes the peace with the Pentecostal lay preacher. The possessor of a PhD. in theology prays alongside the summa cum laude graduate of the School of Hard Knocks. Churches should regularly feature this kind of diversity but in our experience—they seldom do. We believe that diversity of belief, skin tone and life circumstance strengthens our witness as a Christian community—and we work hard to extend it. We worship weekly at 4pm.

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Philadelphia Restaurants that are Vegan Friendly

Philadelphia Restaurants that are Vegan Friendly

February 12th, 2016

Written by: Andy Battaglia | Nation’s Restaurant News

“The capital of cheesesteaks and roast pork sandwiches is showing its versatility”

Full Article  here.

In Fishtown, a favorite for breakfast expanded to lunch and then also healthy, hearty dinner offerings with a wide range of inflections and influences that are vegan friendly.
Website: frontstreetcafe.net
Number of seats: 120
Average per-person check: $20
Popular dishes: Front Street Big Vegan Breakfast: Tofu scramble with smoked black beans, oven fried potato, porridge bread and choice of vegan scrapple or mushroom bacon; barbecue pulled mushroom sandwich with smoked oyster mushrooms, veggie slaw, pickles and vegan brioche bun; Skuna Bay salmon with soba noodles, shiitake dashi, kohlrabi, baby bok choy, nori and miso butter.
What people come for: Organic juice bar, 16 local beers on tap, private event space, outdoor garden
Address: 1253 N. Front St.
Phone number: 215-515-3073

Philadelphia Vegan Friendly Restaurants for Vegans, Vegetarians and everyone.