Cooking demos at the Flower Show

At the Philadelphia International Flower Show, you will not only get to experience sights and sounds of Hawai’i, but also enjoy cooking demonstrations by Philly’s finest chefs.

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of watching cooking demos by Chef Townsend Wentz of McCrossen’s Tavern and Chef Mike Stollenwerk of Fish, sponsored by Organic Gardening. They both featured recipes that they serve at their restaurants and adapted them for the Flower Show.

Not only are the cooking demos a great way to get new ideas for your meals at home, but the best way to meet Philly chefs, learn about their backgrounds and restaurants, and to ask them questions. Unfortunately, the audience isn’t allowed to taste the dishes, but host Chef Joseph Shilling is a willing taste-tester and can assure you how good the chefs’ creations really are.

By Chef Townsend Wentz

Spices used for the pork rub./ Photo: Nicolle A. Morales Kern
Dry-rubbed pork that was slow roasted./ Photo: Nicolle A. Morales Kern

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Philadelphia Flower Show 2012 Preview

On Friday, March 2, I had the opportunity to take part in a preview tour of the 2012 Philadelphia International Flower. If you haven’t decided whether you plan on going yet, then you should just buy your tickets now. All revenue from the Flower Show will go toward the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society‘s projects Plant One Million and City Harvest.

Yesterday, March 4, was the official start of the Flower Show. Even though I have lived in Philly since 2007, this is the first year that I have been to the flower show. And a little getaway to Hawai’i is the perfect way to start.

Orchid Wave
The Orchid Wave that welcomes you to Hawai'i.

It was interesting to have a behind-the-scenes look at the set-up process and while most of the major exhibits were near completion, there was still a lot of work to be done. But, I do look forward to seeing the exhibits in their full forms this week.

If you’re still undecided, here are a few things that you can look forward to this week: Continue reading “Philadelphia Flower Show 2012 Preview”

Islands of Aloha Giveaway!

Update February 18, 2012:  This giveaway is now closed for entry.

And the winner is: Congratulations, Lucky #11: Winnie Ma. Please email me at with your mailing address, so I can send you the tickets as soon as possible.

Thank you all for participating and don’t forget you can still enter the following giveaways to win tickets:

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Welcome to my first giveaway on Culture Jaunt! As you know, I am covering the Philadelphia International Flower Show 2012. This year’s theme is Hawai’i: Islands of Aloha and will be taking place March 4 – 11.

Not only will you get to experience wonderful exhibitions focused on the orchid, but experience Hawaiian culture as well. From Hula dancing to delicious food, a waterfall that turns into a volcano and even a man cave. Whether you’ve been to the Flower Show before or will be a first-timer like me, you won’t want to miss this chance to win:

Two tickets to the Flower Show! Continue reading “Islands of Aloha Giveaway!”

Volcanos, orchids and a man cave…Oh My!

Photo: Nicolle Morales Kern

Doesn’t that sound like it will make for a great combination? The producers of this year’s Philadelphia International Flower Show certainly think so.

One of the major features of the Flower Show will be a waterfall that turns into a volcano and back again. This feature is a part of the special effects that will be used to create a multidimensional sensory experience.

As for the inspiration for this year’s theme: it’s not because our president is from this beautiful state. The Flower Show’s Wizard of Design, Sam Lemheney said at a recent press conference, “I wanted to highlight orchids and Hawai’i seemed to be the perfect setting.” One of the major presenters at the Flower Show, Waldor Orchids, has been presenting at the Flower Show for the past 80 years and will also be celebrating 125 years of business. Continue reading “Volcanos, orchids and a man cave…Oh My!”

Welcome to Hawai’i: Islands of Aloha in Philly

While we’re in the midst of a pretty mild winter, there are some cold days that make you yearn for the warm days of spring.

You won’t have to wait long, because the first weekend in March brings one of the largest celebrations of spring to Philadelphia: The Philadelphia International Flower Show. Since 1829, the Flower Show has been showcasing prized floral displays.

From March 4 – 11, you will be taken on a journey that you won’t need your passport for. Destination: Hawai’i: Islands of Aloha. The Pennsylvania Convention Center will be transformed so that “Visitors will be completely immersed in this authentically Hawaiian, once-in-a-lifetime presentation. They will feel like they are walking across the beaches, jungles and mountains of the Hawaiian Islands,” said show designer Sam Lemheney. Continue reading “Welcome to Hawai’i: Islands of Aloha in Philly”

Special Events

I’m sure you may have noticed that every now and then, I’ll do special events coverage as well as share my musings on books, food and booze. Generally, these will focus on events happening in Philadelphia, since that is where I live right now. Not only do I focus on the events, but the food, drink and entertainment you can find at them. Current events: Philadelphia International Flower Show 2012 Past events: – WAWA! Welcome America Festival: The annual July 4th celebration that lasts for 11 days in the City of Brotherly Love. You should join us next year! – … Continue reading Special Events