Progressive Happy Hour / Home & Garden Tour to Benefit South Philly Food Co-op – This Saturday!

by Carolyn Huckabay for the Passyunk Post

Looking for a new local happy hour spot? How about five in one afternoon? That’s what you’ll find this Saturday, June 30 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m at Kitchen Crawl: A Traveling Cocktail PartyHosted by the South Philly Food Co-op, the event is part progressive happy hour, part South Philly homes-and-gardens tour, and part sneak peek at the future home of South Philly’s only member-owned-and-operated grocery store.

Kitchen Crawlers will start their journey at 2031 S. Juniper St., where the Co-op will open as soon as its Capital Campaign fundraising goal is met. After check-in, guests will receive a map of the libation destinations which include some of South Philly’s coolest rowhomes. All homes are owned by Co-op member-owners and will be well-stocked with special snacks and sips.

On the menu:

  • Summery cocktails from Thirsty Soul, the new cocktail bar and comfort food spot opening this summer at 16th and West Passyunk
  • Savory pickled snacks and refreshing fermented beverages from fermentation expert/Co-op member Amanda Feifer O’Brien of Phickle
  • White, red and pepperoni pizza from LaScala’s Birra on East Passyunk Avenue
  • Chocolate Sweet Tahini Halva Spread (aka sesame seed’s answer to Nutella)  from the globally-inspired, sister-owned, Philly-based tahini company Soom
  • Vegan gazpacho shooters from local chef/Co-op member Laura Frangiosa
  • Locally made wine from Nuthouse Wines
  • Savory bites from Home Appetit, a local food-delivery company
  • Sweet treats from Essen Bakery
  • Fair-trade coffee from the worker-owned co-op Equal Exchange
  • Beer from Pistolas Del Sur, located just around the corner from the Co-op

Attendees can also score some amazing raffle prizes from Primal Supply MeatsBing Bing Dim SumMighty Bread, and South Bowl, Home Appetit, Equal Exchange, and Phickle.

Plans for the Food Co-op’s store on display, November 2017. Photo courtesy South Philly Food Co-op.

All sip stops are within a half-mile of the Co-op, and each ticket also includes a tour of the space, which was recently framed out by local contractor Buckminster Green (pro tip: Follow their Instagram account for tons of home renovation inspiration). To learn more about the Co-op’s two-phase construction plan, check out their June 2018 newsletter.

Tickets are available to Co-op members for $30 and $40 for general admission, All proceeds go directly to the Co-op’s Capital Campaign.

Food Co-op leaders at the announcement of their store location, November 2017. Courtesy South Philly Food Co-op.

The South Philly Food Co-op is a community of 916 South Philadelphia member-owner households (and counting!) working together to open a grocery store that uses food as a force for good. The store will be located at 2031 S. Juniper St., steps from three commercial corridors — Passyunk Avenue, Snyder Avenue and Broad Street — and just one block from SEPTA’s Broad Street Line. The Co-op is in the midst of a Capital Campaign to raise $1 million in order to open, stock and staff the store. You can help by becoming a member-owner or making a member loan pledge.