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Philly Food and Drink News for June 9, 2013


Calling All Flower Children: Feel Groovy During The National Constitution Center’s Retro-Rama Party

Party includes exclusive access to The 1968 Exhibit before it opens to the public

Philadelphia, PA (May 20, 2013) – Dig deep into the closet for those bell bottom jeans, suede vests, and psychedelic tie-dye t-shirts as the National Constitution Center kicks off its summer feature exhibition The 1968 Exhibit, with a groovy, ’60s-inspired shindig celebrating all things peace, love, and freedom. Aptly dubbed Retro-Rama, the party will take place in the Center’s Grand Hall Lobby on Thursday, June 13, 2013 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Admission to Retro-Rama is $35 for members and $40 for non-members (ages 21+), but the good vibes are free! Admission includes advance access to The 1968 Exhibit before it opens to the public. Tickets are now on sale at 215.409.6700 or

After walking the shag carpet for a memorable keepsake photo taken by Peter van Beever Photography, partygoers can boogie down to the tunes of the time by cover band Strictly ‘60s. The Center’s main lobby will be transformed with vintage furniture provided by Calderwood Gallery and hip décor by Campbell Studios, sure to inspire ’60s nostalgia.

Guests can enjoy Victory Brewing Company’s popular Summer Love Ale and retro cocktails made with Bombay Sapphire East and Dewar’s Scotch Whiskey. The menu provided by Brȗlée Catering includes four groove-tastic, themed stations—the TV Dinner station (highlights include chicken pot pies and Salisbury steaks); the British Invasion station (including fish and chips and Bangers and Mash); a fondue station; and an indulgent dessert station.

About The 1968 Exhibit

The Vietnam War. Civil rights and women’s lib. MLK and RFK. Laugh-In and love-ins. From June 14 to September 2, 2013, the National Constitution Center presents The 1968 Exhibit, a hands-on multimedia exhibition that brings one of America’s most colorful, chaotic, culture-shifting years to life. Visitors will travel through 12 exhibition areas corresponding to the months of the year, as well as three lounge spaces (bean bag chairs included) inviting interaction with 1968’s most enduring and influential music, movies fashions, and more. Artifact highlights include an actual Bell “Huey” helicopter used by the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, original music memorabilia, and icons of space exploration including a full-size replica of the Apollo 8 command module. Whether you remember the year personally or discovered Hendrix online, The 1968 Exhibit will rock you.

During the opening weekend of the exhibition, all visitors who were born in the year 1968 will receive FREE admission.

The 1968 Exhibit is included in the cost of general museum admission, which includes the award-winning theatrical performance Freedom Rising, iconic Signers’ Hall, and The Story of We the Peopleexhibition. General museum admission prices are $14.50 for adults, $13 for seniors ages 65 and over, and $8 for children ages 4-12. Active military personnel and children ages 3 and under are free. Group rates also are available. For tickets and information, call 215.409.6700 or visit

The 1968 Exhibit is organized by the Minnesota History Center in association with the Atlanta History Center, the Chicago History Museum, and the Oakland Museum of California, and is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

CBS 3 and The CW Philly are the official media partners of the exhibition. CBS 3 (KYW-TV) and The CW Philly 57 (WPSG-TV) are part of CBS Television Stations, a division of CBS Corporation.



Philadelphia Zoo to Host 5th Annual Summer Ale Festival

PHILADELPHIA, PA (June 3, 2013) – Philadelphia Zoo will bring regional craft beers and delicious local cuisine to its 42-acre garden on Saturday, July 20 from 6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m., rain or shine. An annual favorite, Philadelphia Zoo’s Summer Ale Festival combines an exceptional sampling of food and drink from the Greater Philadelphia area with brilliantly colored birds, majestic great apes, astonishing big cats and other wildlife that call America’s first zoo home for a unique, adults-only experience.

With an impressive crop of regional craft brews, Philadelphia and its surrounding areas have much to offer beer enthusiasts. This year, renowned breweries as well as those fresh to the scene will be participating, offering guests award-winning seasonal ales and selections of the brewers’ choosing. Pair beers from breweries such as Boxcar Brewing Company, Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company, Sly Fox Brewing Company, Triumph Brewing Company, Twin Lakes Brewing Company and Victory Brewing Company with delectable fare, representing a well-rounded range of cuisines. Participating restaurants include Mad Mex, The Pop Shop, Beer Cakes Philly, Hard Rock Café, The Waterworks Restaurant and Lounge, California Pizza Kitchen, Rembrandt’s, Qdoba Mexican Grill and more.

“We are thrilled to host Summer Ale Festival for a fifth year. There is something at the Zoo for guests of all ages, and this is our way of offering adults an exclusive experience and opportunity to get up close and personal with our animal collection, taste incredible food and ale, listen to music and have a great time among friends. This event has become something to look forward to each summer,” says Amy Shearer, Philadelphia Zoo’s Chief Marketing Officer.

All tickets include unlimited food and drink, a souvenir tasting cup, on-site parking and shuttle service to and from 30th Street Station. This event is limited to those 21 years of age or older with valid identification, and children will not be permitted. Tickets are now available online. Visit for more information.



Southern Fried Hippie Hoedown

  • Date: Thursday, June 13
  • Time: Event kicks-off at 3pm and continues until 2am
  • Location: The Sidecar Bar & Grille, 22nd and Christian
  • Event Details: Meet the men behind Terrapin Beer Company, the Athens-based microbrewer of Terrapin Rye Pale Ale. And as a tribute to the Grateful Dead song that inspired the brewery’s name, cover band Splintered Sunlight will be playing all. night. long. Details at



Meet the Brewers: Nøgne Ø

  • Date: Monday, June 17
  • Location: Kraftwork Bar, 541 E. Girard Avenue
  • Event Details: Drink like a Viking – or at least with one. Meet Kjetil Jikiun in one of his rare U.S. appearances, the towering man behind Nøgne Ø, the Norwegian brewery known for its handcrafted beers and yamahai sake. Chart a course at


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