For the sixth year in a row, Father Judge High School hosted a successful Taste of Northeast Philly event Saturday.
Held every year in the Holmesburg school’s cafeteria and gym, the event boasts food from dozens of area restaurants, in addition to beer, raffles, live music and, this year, the Phillies game on a giant projection screen. The event is an impressive showcase of the best foods our region has to offer.
The usuals were there, including Chickies and Pete’s serving up crab fries and Three Monkeys handing out samples of its own Horny Monkey Ale. New to the scene was Hop Angel, the recently opened Fox Chase bier garten and sequel to Scoats’ Grey Lodge Pub. Hop Angel dished out bratwurst with brown mustard and sauerkraut in keeping with its German theme.
To offset the entrees, which included breads and tomato pies from DePalma’s bakery, proudly celebrating its 86th year, were desserts from the Dining Car, and a sweet surprise from Miller’s Ale House. While most hit up Miller’s for the wings, the pub was also serving up samples Captain Jack’s Buried Treasure. Made with vanilla ice cream, hot fudge, caramel sauce and crumbled Oreo cookies and Heath Bar, the dessert was a great way to cap off the all-you-can style of the event.
These businesses and organizations sponsored the Sixth Annual Taste of Northeast Philly:
AOH 39 Aztec Signs Bill’s Family Pizza Brandt’s Beverages Casper’s Chickies & Pete’s District Council 21 Fluke’s Irish Pub Fresh Works of Mayfair Frusco’s JL’s Beer Box Kelly’s Seafood Leneghan’s Liberty Bell Diner Macaron’s Restaurant Maggie’s Waterfront Cafe
While the radio was tuned to 1210AM in the cafeteria for folks making rounds at the food tables, upstairs in the gym, hundreds gathered around the large projection screen to watch the Phillies while scheduled performer and Judge grad, Mike LeCompt, set up on the adjacent stage [video].
Overall, Brian Patrick King, director of institutional advancement at Judge, estimated about 800 attendees for the Saturday night event.
While the sponsors doled out food — and T-shirts, in the case of Mayfair’s Frusco’s steaks — volunteers sold raffles and T-shirts while Judge students kept the cafeteria clean throughout the night.
Though the Phillies fell to the San Francisco Giants to lose the NLCS, Taste of Northeast attendees were in good spirits, sharing stories, food and sports frustrations. There’s no better way to boost morale in the Northeast than with the foods everyone loves best.