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Sipping Saturday Gazette For February 9, 2013

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More than 70 Local Restaurants, Breweries and Artisanal Producers Gather to Promote Sustainable Agriculture at the National Constitution Center

PHILADELPHIA (February 8, 2013) – Fair Food, a nonprofit organization uniting local farmers, business and consumers, presents The Brewers Plate. Now in its 9th year, this one-of-a-kind tasting event will be held at the National Constitution Center Sunday, March 10, 2013 from 5:30-9:00 PM. General admission tickets are available for $70 per person as well as $630 for groups of ten. Individual VIP tickets are $140 and also available in packs of ten. VIP tickets include, a 30-minute preview to the entire event, a “VIP Only” section, access to premiere star-studded demos and interactive tastings, and exclusive, private offerings only available to VIP ticket holders. Tickets are available at with all proceeds supporting Fair Food, a local non-profit that promotes a healthy local food system.

The VIP experience, Small Wonders – The BIG Taste of Small Scale, explores the world of homespun gourmet foods, small batch brews, artisan cheeses and specialty and niche farm products. Intimate tastings and demos designed to stimulate all the senses are available and a sampling of VIP featured guests include: Bill Covaleski of Victory Brewing Co., Aimee Olexy of Talula’s Table and Talula’s Garden, Choptank Oyster Company, Eclat Chocolate, Naked Brewing, The Bent Spoon Ice Cream, Lancaster Farm Fresh, Yellow Springs Farms, and many more.

The organization’s largest, most popular and well-established fundraiser is truly a unique event uniting more than 50 local culinary outlets with an expected thousand attendees. Brewers Plate participants include: Alla Spina, Beer Cakes, Dad’s Hat Whiskey, Good Spoon Soups, Night Kitchen Bakery, South Philly Tap Room and White Dog Café to name just a few. Sponsors for this year’s event include Chipotle, whose corporate vision of serving fresh, sustainable Food With Integrity is in perfect alignment with Fair Food and The Brewers Plate fete and Save Some Green, LLC, a local provider of earth-friendly products and services who has generously agreed to serve as the exclusive provider of compostable forks, plates, cups, and napkins for Fair Food’s Brewer’s Plate 2013.

“Fair Food continues to grow its Brewers Plate event every year as a means to educate consumers about the importance of eating local and supporting farmers”, explains Ann Karlen, Executive Director, Fair Food. “Our premiere fundraising event, The Brewer’s Plate, supports our daily objectives by celebrating our local culinary heroes through showcasing the best our area has to offer in terms of eating, drinking and having fun.”

About Fair Food

Founded in 2001 by Philadelphia entrepreneur Judy Wicks, Fair Food brings locally grown food to the marketplace. Through uniting local farmers with businesses and consumers, supporting the importance of family farms and creating a year-round marketplace for fresh, local and humane food products, Fair Food is promoting a humane, sustainable agriculture system for the Greater Philadelphia region.


Stratus Lounge


 Competition held in connection with the National Constitution Center’s world-premiere exhibition American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition

Philadelphia, PA (February 8, 2013) – From the big screen to the small screen to the explosion of bars and restaurants attempting to recapture the mystique of a speakeasy, there is no denying that nostalgia for the 1920s is sweeping the nation.  In the “spirit” of the National Constitution Center’s world-premiere exhibition, American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition, bartenders from Stratus Rooftop Lounge at the Hotel Monaco, Square 1682 at the Hotel Palomar, XIX at the Hyatt at the Bellevue, Amuse Bar at the Le Meridien, and 10 Arts Lounge at The Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia will compete for the honor of “Best ’20s-inspired cocktail” during a special competition on Wednesday, February 27, 2013, from 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at the Stratus Rooftop Lounge.  This event is open to members of the media and invited guests only.  For more information or to RSVP, email  A limited number of tickets to the general public will be given away on the Stratus and National Constitution Center Facebook pages the week of February18th.

During the Prohibition era, bartenders often created cocktails with gin, which was quick and easy to make.  During the American Spirits Bartender Competition, each bartender will be required to create their signature ’20s cocktail using locally distilled Bluecoat Gin, hand crafted by Philadelphia Distilling, the first craft distillery in Pennsylvania since Prohibition.  Popular Philadelphia personalities will judge the creations: Laura Burkhardt, WHERE Magazine Publisher; Marisa Magnatta, Associate Producer of WMMR’s Preston and Steve Morning Show; Maria Papadakis, Emmy award-winning media personality and spokeswoman; and Brian Sims, Pennsylvania State Representative.  FOX 29 traffic reporter Kacie McDonnell will serve as emcee.

Prizes will be awarded in two categories – Judge Favorite and Guest Favorite.  Winners will receive an annual membership to the National Constitution Center; a one night’s stay at the Hotel Monaco; a With Love gift basket, courtesy of and the Greater Philadelphia Marketing and Tourism Corporation; and a feature on the National Constitution Center’s website.

Now through April 28, 2013, the era of flappers and suffragists, bootleggers and temperance lobbyists, and real-life legends like Al Capone and Carry Nation vividly come to life in the National Constitution Center’s world-premiere exhibition American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition.  Spanning from the dawn of the temperance movement, through the Roaring ’20s, to the unprecedented repeal of a constitutional amendment, this first comprehensive exhibition about Prohibition explores America’s most colorful and complex constitutional hiccup.  

American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition is created by the National Constitution Center and curated by Daniel Okrent, Pulitzer Prize finalist and author of Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition.  Following its debut at the Center, the exhibition will embark on a nationwide tour.

Admission to American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition is $17.50 for adults, $16 for seniors and students, and $11 for children ages 4-12.  Group rates also are available.  Admission to the Center’s main exhibition, The Story of We the People, including the award-winning theatrical production Freedom Rising, is included.  For ticket information, call215.409.6700 or visit

American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor.




Valentine’s Day is traditionally a time for flowers and chocolate. This year, however, we would like to change that. We would like to invite you to a very special pre-Valentine’s ‘whisky date’ with our own Master Blender, Rachel Barrie, and a selection of the great and the good from the world of whisky.

Our lucky winners will receive a very special Valentine’s whisky bouquet and an invite to a special Twitter tasting with Rachel. The bouquet will include four mystery Bowmore whiskies including a special work in progress Bowmore that has not been released. On the night, Rachel will guide you through tasting each of these lovely drams as well as answer some of your questions.

For your chance to win one of two places up for grabs, simply enter your details on the Bowmore Facebook page:

We will notify winners by Monday 11th February. And for those who want to follow the tasting, it will take place on Wednesday 13th February at 7pm GMT.  To join in, just use the hashtag #LoveBowmore. Hope to see lots of you there sharing the Bowmore love.

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