Best Bites of Brewer’s Plate

Sunday night brought out the beards and bellies for Brewer’s Plate 2013. I put on loose-fitting pants and grabbed Monsieur Fromage for a promenade around the National Constitution Center, a space where civic education and fermentation meet once a year for Philadelphia’s rowdiest night of pairings. Area brewers roll in the barrels, chefs supply farm-fresh […]

Brewer’s Plate 2013

On of my favorite Philadelphia events marries my two favorite things — I know, you’re thinking “cheese and beer.” Yes, you’d be right, but what I was going to say was: good cheese and good people. Brewer’s Plate pulls in cheesemakers, brewers, chefs, and artisan producers of all ilks from around Philly. They donate their […]

Farewell, Paul Lawler

Every city needs a local cheese impresario. In Philadelphia, that person has been Paul Lawler. His bearded mug has been hovering around the Fair Food Farmstand in Reading Terminal Market for as long as I’ve written this blog (3 years), helping eaters connect to local Bries, blues, and goat cheese.¬†When he finishes his last shift […]

Brewer’s Plate 2012

One of my favorite places to learn about new local cheese is at The Brewer’s Plate. This annual benefit brings together local food pioneers and Philadelphia chefs for one night of revelry. You’ll get handed a wee pint glass when you enter the National Constitution Center on the evening of March 11, and you can […]