9/06/2012 12:31:00 PM

Eat This, Do This, Read This: Philly Weekend Planner, September 7-9

No need to mourn the summer if fall keeps shaping up like this. From a bounty of olive oil to festivals celebrating both honey and mushrooms, this is just the beginning of the busy season for food and drink in Philadelphia. Check out our ideas for making the first weekend in September the best yet.

Eat This

The Tubby Olive
“Olive oil is for much more than just salad,” Sharon Huss says, and gazing around the new stand she and partner Nancy Murray just opened in Reading Terminal Market, you can’t help but agree. Over 30 types are available, from exotic infused flavors like Persian lime and blood orange to traditional versions from California or Sicily. Pour yourself a taste of several as you walk around the stall at the eastern side of the market, and intersperse the oil with sips of the more than 30 balsamic vinegars that are also on display. Blackberry ginger vinegar drizzled on cantaloupe, perhaps? Everything is sold in 375-ml and 750-ml bottles ($16.95 or $31, respectively), and gift packs are also available. If you want even greater variety, the Tubby Olive website and the original Newtown shop offer hundreds more.

Ziggy Burger from HipCityVeg
When we rounded up the hottest new burgers in Philly last week, we kept it mostly traditional, but this is one veggie option even meat-eaters are drooling over. Soy, amaranth, quinoa, millet and whole wheat are mixed with spices to make the patty, which is then given a sear on the grill and topped with smoked tempeh (standing in for bacon). It’s drizzled with special sauce - “A mixture of every delicious condiment on the planet,” according to owner Nicole Marquis - and served with lettuce, tomato, onion and pickle on a vegan bun from DePalma’s Bakery in the Northeast. The plant-based deliciousness is packed with 27 grams of protein, and will run you $8.50.

Do This

Honey Festival
The city will be buzzing more than usual this weekend, as the Philadelphia Beekeepers Guild hosts its third annual honey festival. The celebration of sweet bee nectar takes place at a different location for each of three days: Friday at the Wagner Institute in Northwest Philly, Saturday at the Wyck Historic House in Germantown and Sunday at Bartram’s Garden on the Schuylkill. Events for the whole family include tastings, games, talks and hands-on beekeeping lessons. All events are totally free of charge.

Kennett Square Mushroom Festival
The “Mushroom Capital of the World” will be in full fungus mode this Saturday and Sunday. At this 27th annual celebration you’ll find fried mushrooms, pickled mushrooms, grilled mushrooms and even mushroom ice cream. Aimee Olexy will host a stand outside farm market Talula’s Table, answering questions and serving mushroom soup, mushroom risotto, mushrooms scones and many more tasty takes on edible fungus. Expect celebrity chef cooking demos, contests, music and more fun throughout the two-day event.

Read This

How Hospitality Helps Philadelphia
Mayor Michael Nutter (who is scheduled to speak tonight at the Democratic National Convention) takes to the pages of the Huffington Post to extol the Philadelphia hospitality industry, crediting it with being a big part of our economic recovery. From restaurants to hotels to cultural attractions, Philly is a destination for visitors from around the country and the world, and as it grows, it offers ever more of our residents gainful employment. Not to mention great options for close-to-home dining.

The Industry, a New Bar That Serves the Servers
In the Philadelphia Inquirer, Drew Lazor takes a look at The Industry (one of our hottest new bars), and its “in the biz” focused philosophy. Can a restaurant that caters to its own kind survive? Judging from the first few months, yes, and it will flourish. He also tips us off that the bar is planning to launch “Pley,” an anti-Yelp where servers and bartenders rate guests, instead of vice-versa. This should be interesting.


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