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Sri Lanka Cooking Class: May 2

Learn how to make exotic spice blends that will bring flavor magic to your cooking and recipes using those blends. This series of cooking classes taught by Baba Olga’s Chef Aliza Green features recipes from her forthcoming book, The Magic of Spice Blends, and her other books. After this demonstration class, we will all sit down together to share lunch made from the recipes. Each guest will leave with a copy of the recipes and a sample packet of the spice blend we’ve made to make their own spice magic at home.

Price for the class and lunch is $35/person (online registration required).
Classes run from 11:00 to 2:00 pm including lunch.
Limit of 20 guests per class.

(vegan-friendly menu)
Sambar Podi (Sri Lankan curry powder) (demo)

Ginger-Lime Cucumber Salad
Sri Lankan Vegetable Curry with Gold Sweet Potatoes and Cashews (demo)
Saffron Basmati Rice

Dessert:

Vegan Tahini Cake with Fruit Macedonia

April 16th, 2015|Uncategorized|

Auction: Asian, Ethnographic Arts, Antique Oriental Rugs & Textiles, April 26, 2015, 10am est

Asian, Ethnographic Arts, Oriental Rugs, Textiles, 524 Estate Lots
Live Salesroom Auction: Sunday, April 26, 2015, 10am est
Exhibition: April 24-25, 11am-5pm

Browse the Auction Catalog and Bid Live on LiveAuctioneers.com
Absentee Bid Form (PDF)
Telephone Bid Form (PDF)
Terms and Conditions (PDF)

 

April 9th, 2015|Auctions|

Tibetan Cultural Celebration and Performance at Material Culture, Saturday, April 11

Please Join Us For A Very Special Cultural Celebration and Performance Of Traditional Tibetan Dance, Lively Debate, Chanting, Prayer and Meditation By the Tibetan Buddhist Monks Of Drepung Gomang Monastery, India
Saturday, April 11, 2PM, FREE
Everyone Welcome, Bring Kids!
PERFORMANCE PROGRAM:
WELCOMING HIS HOLINESS THE DALAI LAMA AND OFFERING OF MANDALA.
According to Tibetan custom, if His Holiness in not physically present, his holy portrait is displayed to symbolize that he is nevertheless the Chief Guest at the function or gatherings. At the same time, one offers all that one values in the Universe by reciting prayers, and visualizing that one is offering these to the guru or lama.
TASHI SHOLPA (Good Luck Dance).
Tashi Shoelpa is the oldest opera company in Tibet. This dance originally appeared in a dream of the Great Fifth Dalai Lama in 1645 and was performed during the enthronement ceremony of Fifth Dalai Lama. The performer wearing the white-beard mask represents Saint Thantong Gyalpo, the founder of Lhamo/Tibetan opera, who reputedly lived for 140 years and also symbolizes long life and good health. Lhamo/opera conveys the teachings of Lord Buddha through historical reenactment. The purpose of this very dance is to bring good luck and good omens specially to inaugurate special occasions such as construction or […]

March 23rd, 2015|Retail Store, Store News|

Baba Olga’s Special Easter Sunday Menu, April 5, 2015

Baba Olga’s Café Presents Aliza Green’s Easter Sunday Buffet!
April 5, 2015, Noon-3pm BYOB

BYOB: Mellow out your Easter Sunday with Bloody Marys and Mimosas.
We supply the mixers, you supply the liquors.

Brioche French Toast with Pennsylvania Maple Syrup
Cremini Mushroom, Red Pepper, Sweet Onion & Sharp Cheddar Frittata
Crisp North Country Bacon
Roast Herb & Fennel-Stuffed Leg of Lamb with Mint-Garlic Pesto
Creamy Gold Potato Gratin with Thyme & Brown Butter Crumbs
Roasted Asparagus with Hazelnut Romesco
Genovese Easter Torta with Eggs, Spring Greens, Asparagus, Carrots & Fennel
Jambalaya with Grain-Fed Chicken, Spicy Turkey Sausage, Shrimp, Tomato & Rice
Laughing Bird Shrimp, Artichoke & Barley Salad with Preserved Lemon Aioli
Baby Arugula Salad with Crumb-Crusted Baked Goat Cheese, Raspberries, and Pine Nuts
Lacinato Kale Salad with Caesar Dressing & Rosemary Croutons

Ginevra Cake (dark chocolate Devil’s food cake, Nutella-praline buttercream filling, bittersweet chocolate glaze)
Fruit Macedonia with Spearmint
Carrot-Pineapple Cake with Ginger, Cardamom, Pistachios & Coconut; Cream Cheese icing

Orange Juice
Olga’s Bloody Mary Mix
Jamaican Hibiscus Blossom & Spearmint Iced Tea
Small World Brewed Coffee /Assorted Mighty Leaf Teas
Filtered sparkling & still water

$35.00 per person for this special holiday brunch; half-price for children 12 and under, BYOB Please note that a 15% gratuity will be added to the check for parties of 6 or more

Please Make Your Reservation for Easter Sunday, […]

March 23rd, 2015|Café|

Baba Olga’s Passover Celebration! Saturday, April 4, With Live Klezmer Music!

Baba Olga’s Passover Seder Celebration 2015—with Chef Aliza Green & Friends, Saturday, April 4, 6pm-10pm
This year, join chef Aliza Green with your friends, family, and neighbors at Baba Olga’s first Supper Club Seder celebration, to be held on the Second (fun!) Night of Passover, Saturday, April 4. Everyone is welcome at this joyful celebration of freedom and tradition, with great food and Klezmer music! The program will be accompanied by a delicious multi-course meal served family-style along with the ritual four cups of kosher wine that make the story-telling all the livelier.
Live Klezmer Music, 8:30-10pm

The Passover Seder סֵדֶר‎, meaning “order” is a ritual meal that marks the beginning of the Jewish holiday of Passover. It is a retelling of the story of the liberation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt, based on the story in the Book of Exodus (Shemot) in the Hebrew Bible. Seder customs include reading from the Haggadah, discussing the story, drinking (at least) four cups of wine, eating unleavened matzo bread, partaking of symbolic foods placed on the Seder Plate, and reclining, in celebration of freedom. All followed by a wonderful meal based on the traditions of Eastern European (Ashkenazi) Jews and Spanish and Middle Eastern (Sephardi) Jews […]

March 10th, 2015|Café|

Auction: The Eileen Ford Estate and Others | Sunday, March 1, 2015, 10am est

The Eileen Ford Estate and Others | Art, Antiques, Decorative Arts, Furnishings, Asian Arts, Oriental Rugs, Silver, Jewelry and Collectibles
Live Salesroom Auction: Sunday, March 1, 2015, 10am est
Exhibition: February 27-28, 11am-5pm
Browse the Auction Catalog and Bid Live on LiveAuctioneers.com
Browse the Virtual Print Catalog
Absentee Bid Form (PDF)
Telephone Bid Form (PDF)
Terms and Conditions (PDF)

Material Culture is pleased to offer at auction a fine selection of several hundred items from the Eileen Ford estate. Called the grand dame, doyenne and mother of the modern modeling industry, Eileen Ford shaped our standard of beauty for decades as a co-founder of Ford Models, one of the most important and influential modeling agencies of the twentieth century. Not only was Ford Models the number one modeling agency in the world, Eileen enforced fair pay and practices in an industry that had long exploited models, transforming modeling from a hobby to one of the world’s most glamorous careers. She was also known for a strict but motherly approach, compelling her models to their own standards of professional behavior and healthy practices.

Born in Manhattan in 1922, Eileen was a model herself during her years at Barnard College, working with one of the first modeling agencies in the US. She met […]

February 9th, 2015|Auctions|

Asian, Ethnographic & Tribal Arts | Feb 15

Asian, Ethnographic & Tribal Arts
Live Salesroom Auction: Sunday, February 15, 2015, 10am est
Exhibition: February 13-14, 11am-5pm

Browse the Auction Catalog and Bid Live on LiveAuctioneers.com
Browse the Virtual Print Catalog
Absentee Bid Form (PDF) | Telephone Bid Form (PDF)
Terms and Conditions (PDF)

Virtual Print Catalog

February 2nd, 2015|Auctions|

Valentine’s Day World Music Dance Party!

Dear Friends: Due to factors outside our control, we regretfully have to cancel our Valentine’s Day World Music Party on Saturday, February 14. Your ticket purchase has been refunded. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you. We hope to reschedule this event in the near future. Please let us know if you have any questions! 
THANK YOU!

January 13th, 2015|Uncategorized|

Cooking Classes with Award Winning Chef and Author, Aliza Green

Learn how to make exotic spice blends that will bring flavor magic to your cooking and recipes using those blends. This series of cooking classes taught by Baba Olga’s Chef Aliza Green features recipes from her forthcoming book, The Magic of Spice Blends, and her other books. After this demonstration class, we will all sit down together to share lunch made from the recipes. Each guest will leave with a copy of the recipes and a sample packet of the spice blend we’ve made to make their own spice magic at home.

Price for the class and lunch is $35/person (online registration required).
Classes run from 11:00 to 2:00 pm including lunch.
Limit of 20 guests per class.

Ras-al-Hanout (head of the market) spice blend (demo)

Moroccan Spiced Carrot Salad
B’Stilla of Grain-Fed Chicken with Ras-al-Hanout & Cinnamon-Almond Topping (demo)

Dessert:

Candied Orange Cake with Extra-Virgin Olive Oil

(vegan-friendly menu)
Sambar Podi (Sri Lankan curry powder) (demo)

Ginger-Lime Cucumber Salad
Sri Lankan Vegetable Curry with Gold Sweet Potatoes and Cashews (demo)
Saffron Basmati Rice

Dessert:

Vegan Tahini Cake with Fruit Macedonia

Baharat Spice Blend (demo)

Seared Lamb Simit Kebobs with Pistachios, Roasted Cubanelle Peppers & Tomatoes (demo)
Farro & Lentil Mejadra with Caramelized Shallots, Coriander & Cumin

Dessert:

Turkish Candied Carrot & Hazelnut Fillo Rolls (Havis)

 

January 12th, 2015|Café|

Red Hot Ramblers & Peek-A-Boo Revue at Jan. 31 Supper Club!

Baba Olga’s Supper Club Presents
A Speakeasy Celebration with
The Red Hot Ramblers & The Peek-A-Boo Revue
Saturday, January 31, 7pm-11pm
Enjoy an evening of Authentic 1920’s Prohibition Era Jazz & Philly’s Premier Neo-Burlesque Show
Tickets Include Baba Olga’s Delicious Homemade
Mittle-European Dinner Buffet!
$45 per person
BYOB
Unlimited Free Parking
Please Note: We have changed the way we handle our ticketing to ensure there is enough food for all our guests! Since all food is prepared from scratch on the premises, we need to plan accordingly. All tickets for this event must be purchased online and placed by January 28.

Mezze Plate: individual at table
Romanian Beet Borscht with Brisket and Sauerkraut
Chicken Paprikash with Sour Cream & Caraway
Hungarian Stuffed Peppers (with bacon, veal & pork)
Macedonian Stuffed Peppers (with cheese & onions–vegetarian)
Cauliflower Polonaise (butter-toasted crumbs, chopped egg, fresh herbs)
Red Cabbage-Honeycrisp Apple-Celery Root Slaw
Roasted Gold Potatoes & Shallots
Gypsy Chocolate-Hazelnut Cream Cake
Winter Fillo Fruit Strudel with Almond
Fruit Macedonia with Spearmint
Small World Brewed Coffee /Assorted Mighty Leaf Teas
Filtered sparkling & still water

January 5th, 2015|Café, Events|