Off Broad Street Theater / Battle of the Burger / Collingswood Pop Up Gala - ROUND UP

Sunday, September 8, 2013


September is always the start of event season!  I started off Friday September 6th with The Off Broad Street Mobile App "Appy Hour".

I get some requests to promote some theater events in Philly, and up until recently often turned it down, not wanting to dilute the brand of Film & Food.  But I also pride Tinsel & Tine as being a Philly Blog, so why not add a little theater info in now and again.

Downloading the FREE Off Broad Street Mobile App gives you access to reviews, tickets, discounts, videos, performance schedules etc.. for the 7 Off Broad Street Theatre Consortium -11th Hour, Azuka, Brat Productions, Egopo Classic, Flashpoint, Inis Nua & Maukingbird.

The event was held at The Corner Foodery (1710 Sansom St, Philadelphia, PA) which I love because they seem to have every beer known to man in the refrigerated cases and super, excellent sandwiches.  Unfortunately, the 'Appy Hr' eats consisted only of an assortment of Crostinis - the tuna and olive tapenade being the tastiest, particularly with the Carton Boat Brewery "grapefruity notes" ale.

Theater Dance Note - Check out  HATCH 30 Female Dancers in 6 short performance works presented by Birds on a Wire Dance Theatre Sept 20th & 21st.

Then with my sister in tow, we headed to The Piazza at Schmidt's for the Philadelphia Magazine 2013 BATTLE OF THE BURGER Presented by Amstel Light.  25 Burgers competed and wow, even small burgers are really filling! So, we kinda tried to pace ourselves and pick and choose, but of course we picked wrong and wound up not having tried...

 The winning burger from The Pour House (124 Haddon Avenue, Westmont, New Jersey) "The Second Coming"! Pat LaFrieda Custom Grind 100% Dry-Aged Sirloin, Gruyere Cheese, Overnight Tomatoes, Roasted Garlic Aioli Le Bus Brioche Roll.

or the second runner up

From Southern Cross Kitchens- Ground Beef mixed with Andouille Sausage and Pecans, topped with Gruyere Cheese, Fried Pickles, Crispy Bacon, Fried Egg, Lettuce, Tomato, Spicy Sriracha DiJonaise.

Ultimate Tailgate Burger all it was missing was the crab fries!

My personal fav was Chickie's & Pete's Ultimate Tailgate Burger topped with American Cheese, Lettuce, Tomato and a Crab Cake w/ an Aioli Sauce - 4 TINES

MORE PHOTOS from Battle of the Burger on Tinsel & Tine's Facebook page


Pop Up Gala Gals
Saturday September 7th - which Susan Miller's Astrology Zones said would be my luckiest day in 2013; and seeing as I wore what looked like a quickie Las Vegas wedding gown, I went with the hope of perhaps striking up a little romance at the Collingswood Pop Up Gala.  No such luck.  But it was a festive and visually delightful night!

Debbie Kirsch, Denine Gorniak, Liz Braden, and Le Anne Lindsay (Me)
My friends Denine Gorniak & Liz Braden are Collingswood residents, who graciously invited me to join their table at the festive 1st Annual Collingswood Pop Up Gala. Almost 250 people came out to enjoy the affair (a take off of Diner en Blanc). We set up white cloth tables, ice buckets of wines, fancy centerpieces, abundant dishes and desserts, had portraits drawn by Denise Fike and danced our hearts out, in all white (after Labor Day) attire.

Isn't this the most wonderful hat!
Food does taste better eaten off of white linens

I took some good photos, but as a food blogger, I thought to visit a number of tables to interview the food preparers and take pics of their repast, but that would have meant I'd be missing the fried chicken and biscuit dinner at my table, and sometimes you just wanna have fun!

MORE PHOTOS from Collingswood Pop Up Gala on Tinsel & Tine's Facebook page

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Feel free to send me info on a film or new restaurant you'd like me to highlight.

Will there ever be a cap on movie prices?

Will we one day pay $20 a pop?

Why don't we pay on a scale?

A crap movie like everything Adam Sandler has ever done should cost about $4.50.
Big action movies like"Lord of the Rings", "Iron Man," "Transformers" are worth $10.
Woody Allen movie or something like "Silver Linings Playbook" $6-$7.
A chick flick or light comedy $5.75 and most Indie Films $5.25.

You could even do it by seasons - all summer block busters from May to August - $10
Sept - November 15th $3.50 - $4
Back to $10 for Thanksgiving and Christmas etc...

Or you can do it by A Actors ($9 - $10), B Actors ($6 - $7) TV actors on the big screen ($3.50 - $4)

Surely I'm not the first person to realize this makes sense. Has it been voted on in the Motion Picture Industry and then vetoed? If so, why?

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