If you want to have your kielbasa, coffee and Stock’s pound cake, too, look no farther than Port Richmond this Wednesday.
The Port Richmond Business Alliance will host its annual signature event, Taste of Port Richmond, for the fifth consecutive year at Richmond Hall.
At $30 a pop, it’s essentially an all-you-can-eat showcase of the neighborhood’s dining scene all under one roof.
Whether you’ve never been or mark it on your calendar every year, there’s samples to satisfy every palate.
“Food. People can expect a complete array of food,” said Sandra Tomaszewski, president of the PRBA. “There’s just going to be so much food. You name it, we probably have it.”
There are 13 confirmed food establishments including Bonk’s Bar, Catering by Mario, Czerw’s Kielbasa, Dinner House, Donna’s Bar, Gaul & Co. Malt House, Hinge Cafe, Lunar Inn, Mercer Cafe, Nemi, New Wave Cafe, River Wards Cafe and Stock’s Bakery.
Dishes range from mini “Wit or Witowskis,” to pork tacos, to pound cake, all a testament to Port Richmond’s ever-evolving and ever-expanding food scene.
“It’s exciting to get the new places involved, to get people meeting their staff, and seeing what they’re about and tasting their food,” Tomaszewski said.
The Taste of Port Richmond provides the perfect opportunity for restaurants not only to show off their signature dish, but plate something new.
“The food scene in Port Richmond is booming,” she added. “Now you have places like Nemi or Lunar where you might go for a specific dish. And, places like Donna’s Bar will do kielbasa sliders and cheesesteak egg rolls to showcase her expanded menu. She has the traditional bar food and Polish pierogies, but now she has this, too.”
As if endless food samples aren’t enough persuasion to attend, 2Late4Breakfast will be on stage for the evening and Polish American String Band will make an appearance.
“You can’t have an event without the string band,” Tomaszewski added.
There will also be a photo booth and cash bar for guests.
Sponsors of the event include Councilman Mark Squilla, Almond Street Garage, Port Richmond Savings, Washington Savings, Tomaszewski Funeral Home and Dr. John Trzesniowski, LLC.
And, while serving up a culinary experience to remember is the obvious expectation of the PRBA, highlighting all Port Richmond has to offer is a key ingredient.
“The goal is to not only showcase to the people who already live and work in our neighborhood all the amazing food options out there, but to bring people from surrounding neighbors to Port Richmond to see what we have to offer,” Tomaszewski said.
A portion of proceeds from the event will go to a local food bank through Philabundance.
“Because we are so close to Thanksgiving and the holidays, we want to give back to the community that gives so much to us,” Tomaszewski added.
Taste of Port Richmond will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 13, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Richmond Hall, 2619 E. Indiana Ave. Tickets cost $30 and can be purchased at Donna’s Bar, Gaul & Co. Malt House, Mercer Cafe, River Wards Cafe, Hinge Cafe and Czerw’s Kielbasa. Tickets can also be purchased online at https://shop.jptees.com/.