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Chris Hennes

REPORT: eG "Heartland" Gathering 2012 (Philadelphia)

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The annual Heartland Gathering is upon us, as people started arriving in Philadelphia today. My first stop was the Fair Foods Farmstand in the Reading Terminal Market to pick up a pork shoulder for the Saturday Feast: it's in the sous vide rig now....

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Chris Hennes
Director of Operations
chennes@egullet.org

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Mmmm. Pork shoulder. Can't wait to try that on Saturday!

So a small bunch of us made it over to Lemon Hill this evening for some fine grub and cocktails and to welcome Kerry Beal and torakris in true Philly style. I met up with the ladies, soon followed by philadining and cdh. Yummy snacks of crispy chicken livers, beets, pastrami spiced chicken wings (damn these are good, how had I never ordered them before?) and crispy pork belly were universally enjoyed. Fine cocktails, expertly prepared by Pete, our stellar barkeep. Quick surgical strike at Capogiro for some fabulous gelato/sorbetto for dessert. It was good to be vertical. And to eat. My tank was running low. Feeling renewed and ready for tomorrow!


Katie M. Loeb
Booze Muse, Spiritual Advisor

Author: Shake, Stir, Pour:Fresh Homegrown Cocktails

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Bartendrix,Intoxicologist, Beverage Consultant, Philadelphia, PA
Captain Liberty of the Good Varietals, Aphrodite of Alcohol

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Glad y'all could get together. Looking forward to our dinner @ Zahav tonight. Hopefully the rain will serve as a well needed coolant & leave the area. Enjoy our wonderful city!


Charlie, the Main Line Mummer

We must eat; we should eat well.

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Just back from Iovine Brothers Produce at RTM where I purchased ingredients for tomorrow night's gazpacho. Food cost: $12.67.


Bob Libkind aka "rlibkind"

Robert's Market Report

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Didn't have the good camera with me last night - but I promise to bring it to Zahav! But I couldn't resist a quick iPhone snapshot during our stop at Capogiro:

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Yep, that's Ramos Gin Fizz Gelato. I can't say it tastes just like the cocktail, but it was good!

I love their bitter chocolate gelato, but I might actually prefer the sorbetto, when they have it. It's a pure, direct chocolate bomb... (Paired here with Cactus Pear... )

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So, note to other visitors, get to a Capogiro! There are several:

13th and Sansom

20th and Sansom

3925 Walnut in University City (West Philly)

1625 East Passyunk Ave (South Philly)

more info, hours, flavors, etc:

http://capogirogelato.com


"Philadelphia’s premier soup dumpling blogger" - Foobooz

philadining.com

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I say Zahav to Southwark to Capogiro, for the full compare-and-contrast effect - and to see the comical look of excruciating agony on the wrist-disabled bartenders' faces!

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It might be a little too late... but we'll see what time it is when we finish up at Zahav. If we can make it, I'd be up for it! They're usually open until midnight-ish on fridays in the summer.


"Philadelphia’s premier soup dumpling blogger" - Foobooz

philadining.com

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A group of out-of-towners were led (by Katie Loeb) through the Italian Market. Of course I've got a zillion photos, but I'll start with the important ones... what we ate at Paesano's:

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We had the Paesano, the Arista, the Panelle, and the Gustaio. And some potatoes.


Chris Hennes
Director of Operations
chennes@egullet.org

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Since we had clearly not eaten enough at Paesano's, we also hit Isgro for cannoli...

But first, some other shots of Isgro:

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At long last, the cannoli is filled (fresh of course, so it stays crisp):

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And finally, the gang, basking in the glow of the cannoli:

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Chris Hennes
Director of Operations
chennes@egullet.org

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Naturally we hit Fante's as well, and look what we found on the shelf:

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So of course we had an impromptu book signing:

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If you haven't been to Fante's it's almost reason enough to visit Philly, it's aisle after aisle of kitchenware:

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Chris Hennes
Director of Operations
chennes@egullet.org

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The annual Heartland Gathering is upon us, as people started arriving in Philadelphia today. My first stop was the Fair Foods Farmstand in the Reading Terminal Market to pick up a pork shoulder for the Saturday Feast: it's in the sous vide rig now....

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Now how did you get that machine on an airplane out of Oklahoma?

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The machine itself is very small, I just bought the cooler at the 7-11 when I got here.


Chris Hennes
Director of Operations
chennes@egullet.org

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Great stuff! Wish I were there.

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Mmmm.... Isgros cannoli... so delicious.

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For the full Philly you gotta have a Wawa

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Although a bit further from the Italian Market, the cannolis from Varallo's Bakery at 10th & Morris are pretty awesome too. They're closed for vacation until September as of this week, but their "special" cannolis have the ends of the shells dipped in chocolate and the filling is laced with Strega. OMG. Those might be my fave cannolis in the city. The rest of their cookies, pastries and cakes are amazing as well, and outrageously inexpensive for the quality. Have to show that place to you all on a future visit.


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Katie M. Loeb
Booze Muse, Spiritual Advisor

Author: Shake, Stir, Pour:Fresh Homegrown Cocktails

Cheers!
Bartendrix,Intoxicologist, Beverage Consultant, Philadelphia, PA
Captain Liberty of the Good Varietals, Aphrodite of Alcohol

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thanks for so many (delicious) pictures!

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Great photos, Philadining. We will get some course descriptions up soon, courtesy of Jim, one of the servers from Zahav.


Chris Hennes
Director of Operations
chennes@egullet.org

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Wow! The food looks delicious! One day I will make it to one of these events. Thanks for all the great photos.

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Absolutely fantastic meal last night! Great turnout of old and new faces, and sublime cooking by Zahav's magical kitchen. How they acheived the tenderness in the duck hearts will remain a wonder...


Christopher D. Holst aka "cdh"

Learn to brew beer with my eGCI course

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