What People Are Saying About Baba Olga’s Café

Here’s What People Are Saying About Baba Olga’s Café on Yelp

8/17/14, Kathy D. 
“We had lunch today at the weekend buffet brunch. The food is amazing — everything was wonderful, but especially the eggplant, and the carrot/pineapple cake, and the BBQ sliders, and the Caprese salad and the green beans, and the friendly staff.”

8/16/2014, Carla G.
“This place is a gem!! My friend and I went yesterday(8/15) for lunch and let me just say I am so glad this is right up the street from me because I will be coming back many many times!!! Love the locale. The service was A+. And of course the food was on point. My friend ordered the Mezze platter…olives. hummus..feta..beets..carrots w/ currants..totally amazing my friend is very picky with food and can be critical..the only thing she left on her plate was the pits from the olives. She also had the hibiscus mint tea…she thought it could’ve used a tad more honey…minor issue if you want to call it that. I ordered the veggie sandwich..yum yum yummy!!! Seasoned whole grain pita btw I am not a pita fan…Baba’s made me into one when it’s done correctly! Avocado..tomatoes..crisp lettuce and God knows what else… delish is […]

August 19th, 2014|Café|

Aliza Green’s Seasonal Summer Buffet!

Baba Olga’s Café Presents
Aliza Green’s Seasonal Summer Buffet!
August 23rd & 24th Weekend Menu Noon-3pm

Gold Potato, Herb & Arugula Vichyssoise
Local Tomato Caprese Salad: ripe heirloom & Jersey tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, basil leaves, extra-virgin olive oil & balsamic syrup
Marrakesh Salad: white beans, Moroccan chermoula, sustainable albacore tuna, arugula & fennel
Anatolian Shepherd’s Salad: local tomatoes, cucumber, purslane & fennel blossoms
Marinated Italian Chioggia Beets & Sweet Onions in Tarragon-Mustard Vinaigrette
Italian “Cigarette de Bergamo” Peppers with Boquerones Anchovies

Brioche French Toast with Pure Pennsylvania Maple Syrup, Crisp North Country Bacon
Provençal Baked Summer Vegetable Tian
Greek Eggplant, Walnut & Cheese Fillo Rolls
Roasted Figs with Aniseed Wrapped in Prosciutto
Baked Zucchini Blossoms with Hazelnut Crust & Goat Cheese Filling
Sweet Corn Pudding with Sweet Onions & Peppers

Peach & Blueberry Cobbler with Cinnamon-Walnut Topping and Crème Chantilly
Local Raspberries with Crème Anglaise
Bittersweet Chocolate Hazelnut Brownies with Nutella Ganache
Seasonal Fruit Macedonia
Jamaican Hibiscus Blossom & Spearmint Iced Tea
Cold-Brewed Iced Coffee with Vanilla Bean Syrup
Strawberry Lemonade
Small World Brewed Coffee & Decaf/Assorted Mighty Leaf Teas

$22.50 per person; half price for children 12 and under; BYOB

August 18th, 2014|Café|

Material Culture Summer Sale Prices | Seeing Is Believing!

Now Through Labor Day Weekend!
Material Culture Is Bursting With Thousands of Just-Arrived Antiques, Carpets, Furnishings, Accessories, Modern Seating, Leather, Folk Art, Asian Arts, Textiles, Ceramics, Stone, Self-Taught & Found Art, Garden & Architectural Elements, All at Prices That Make This Our Greatest Sale Ever!
Please Note: If You are Unable To Shop The Store But See Something That Interests You, Please Email Us (Or Call) With Any “One Of A Kind” Questions, Needs, Dimensions, Pictures, Ideas, Budgets, Or Project Requirements….Our Team Has Gone The Extra 10,000 Miles To Bring It All Here– We Look Forward ToWorking With You Wherever You Are!



August 13th, 2014|Store News|


Now Through Labor Day Weekend!
At Colors by Padmini’ Boutique


Feminine and colorful collection of printed cotton maxi and mini dresses. Designed by Padmini and made in India with love. An Elastic bodice transitions into tiers of soft, flowing cotton which cascades to the floor or detailed with a corset-style lacing on the back, oversized pockets, coconut buttons or alter necks…available in “Mamma and me” sizes too, all are our popular styles.
Now reduced and range between $20-$50 for this end of summer sale extravaganza.

Also on sale from our home decor textile line : sanskrit print dual color canvas hammocks are 70% off now $48 (after sale).

Gudri fabric of hand stitched antique sari is recycled by Padmini in the creation of large decorative pillows, throws, bolsters and table runners All are at half price.
Each piece is one of a kind, each piece tells a story.

August 12th, 2014|Uncategorized|

Auctioning Large Single Owner Collections and Estates

Material Culture understands the unique challenges and opportunities of auctioning large single owner collections and estates. Where others may seek to cherry pick a limited group of high value items, we strive to see the bigger picture and tap its potential for making the whole greater than the sum of its parts. We invite all interested parties to contact us to discuss how Material Culture can best serve your practical and logistical needs while enhancing the value of the total package of items you wish to sell.

The GlaxoSmithKline Collection:
456 lots offered, 456 sold



The Kristina Barbara Johnson Estate:
851 lots offered, 831 sold

The Jonathan Demme Collection of Self-Taught Art:
1048 lots offered, 931 sold



August 4th, 2014|Auctions|

Nicholas Toth, The Last Helmet Maker, July 19, 2pm

Nicholas Toth, The Last Helmet Maker
Award Winning Artist and National Heritage Fellow, Nicholas Toth,
Presents a Gallery Talk and Exhibition
Gallery Talk, Saturday, July 19, 2pm
Exhibition, July 16-19
Free, Open to the Public
Exhibited Items Available for Purchase
As the guest artist and Master Helmet Maker, Nicholas Toth will be showcasing his copper and brass art work and his masterfully designed copper and brass diving helmets. As a highly skilled metal artist and craftsman, Nicholas has been featured both nationally and internationally, with his work included in permanent museum exhibits and national archives. Nicholas is a National Heritage Fellow, receiving this prestigious award in 2003 from the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2006 he was recognized by the Historical Diving Society US Chapter for his significant contributions, receiving the ER Cross Award. In 2008 he was awarded the Florida Folk Heritage Award, presented by the Department of State, Division of Historical Resources and in 2012 Nicholas was once again honored by the State of Florida, receiving his second Florida Individual Artist Fellowship.

With over 30 years of experience and a lifelong exposure and immersion in the culture and mysteries of the historic gulf front community of Tarpon Springs, there are many stories to tell […]

July 10th, 2014|Store News|

Auction of Fine, Self-Taught & Outsider Art on July 18, 2014

Auction: Friday, July 18, 2014, 10AM EST
Exhibition: July 16-17, 11AM-5PM
Browse the Auction Catalog on

Browse the Virtual Print Catalog

Absentee Bid Form (PDF)  |  Telephone Bid Form (PDF) | Terms and Conditions (PDF)

Material Culture’s July 18 auction, “Fine, Self-Taught & Outsider Art,” provides a stage for many categories of art across its 564 lots. The auction house, a leader in folk and self-taught art, brings forward the work of many such artists in this sale, from the United States and around the world. Fine art consists primarily of American and European paintings, prints, and works on paper from the 19th century through the present day.

The sale commences at 10 AM, EST, on Friday, July 18, with Live Auctioneers providing live internet bidding. This diversity of art will be exhibited, free and open to the public, in Material Culture’s gallery space July 16-17, from 11 AM to 5 PM.

One of the leading artists in fine art is American painter March Avery (b. 1932), daughter of Milton Avery. Trained by her father, March’s work displays the focus on color relation, rendering the representational also abstract, that made Milton’s work so important amongst his colleagues Mark Rothko, Barnett Newman and Marsden Hartley. The […]

July 8th, 2014|Auctions|

Baba Olga’s July 4th Weekend Buffet

Baba Olga’s Café Presents
Aliza Green’s Seasonal Summer Buffet!
July 4th Weekend Menu (July 4, 5, 6) Noon-3pm

Chilled Melon & Ginger Soup with Yogurt and Mint
Mezze Tray: chipotle hummus, marinated local beets, Balkan ayvar (eggplant-roasted pepper relish), Moroccan spiced carrots, marinated olives, grilled multigrain pita [vegetarian]
Laughing Bird Shrimp, Artichoke & Barley Salad: spicy lemon-saffron aioli
Tabouli Salad: bulgur wheat, parsley, mint, cucumber, tomato, cinnamon-pomegranate dressing [vegan]
Feta & Watermelon Salad with Arugula: citrus-mint vinaigrette [vegetarian]
Local Tomato Caprese Salad: assorted ripe tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, basil leaves, extra-virgin olive oil & red wine vinaigrette [vegetarian]
Local Yukon Gold Potato Salad: Tarragon-Grain Mustard Dressing

Mini-Frittata: local brown-shell eggs, summer veggies, Bulgarian feta, Parmigiano cheese, crispy Highview Farm Bacon
Pennsylvania Proud Beef Short Rib Sliders: barbecue beef, dill pickle, Vermont sharp cheddar, on mini brioche bun
Five Cheese Baked Ziti with Crunchy Crumb Topping
Charcoal Grilled Vadouvan-Spiced Wild King Salmon, Tamarind-Date Chutney
Hortopita: Greek fillo pastries filled with seasonal greens and herbs, Bulgarian feta & toasted pine nuts [vegetarian]

Local Strawberry Shortcakes with Hazelnut Biscuits and Chantilly Cream
Peach-Blueberry Cobbler with Crème Anglaise; Bittersweet Chocolate-Cherry Brownies
Pomegranate Berry Iced Tea; Small World Brewed Coffee & Decaf/Assorted Mighty Leaf Teas

$22.50 per person; half price for children 12 and under; BYOB

June 24th, 2014|Café|

Highlights of Baba Olga’s Inaugural Supper Club Party

Baba Olga’s Inaugural Supper Club Party A Great Success!
A sold-out audience of 250 enjoyed an evening of great entertainment and delicious food. Our heart-felt thanks go out to all who attended, and to all those who contributed, including the amazing West Philadelphia Orchestra, the mesmerizing Peek-A-Boo Revue, our Chef manager Aliza Green and the Baba Olga Team, and all the staff at Material Culture! We look forward to more supper club parties in the near future.

Photos by Inna Spikova; Peach Plum Pear Photography


June 16th, 2014|Café|

Baba Olga’s Inaugural Supper Club Party News Release

Baba Olga’s Café & Supper Club at Material Culture
An Event You Don’t Want to Miss!
Philadelphia, PA, June 13, 2014– An evening of music and entertainment, with music by The West Philadelphia Orchestra and special appearance by The Peek-A-Boo Revue, will be complemented with a grand buffet catered by Baba Olga’s Café and Supper Club at Material Culture, to celebrate its Inaugural Supper Club Party. Tickets Include Grand Dinner Buffet: $40 per person (BYOB)
“Think 20’s Berlin, 30’s Paris, 40’s Borscht Belt, 50’s Tangier, 60’s Monterey, 70’s Lagos! Think Mardi Gras, the Day of the Dead, and the Guča Trumpet Festival all wrapped up into one!”
With a diverse line-up of professional Philadelphia musicians whose influences range from Sun Ra to Bulgarian brass bands, West Philadelphia Orchestra is a unique live ensemble in today’s auto-tuned musical world. They began playing Romanian ballads, Macedonian folk-dance songs, Bulgarian wedding music, and Klezmer in late 2006, and have continued expanding their repertoire of Eastern European music. The band also plays original tunes which blend other sounds, like jazz and classical, together with traditional Balkan sounds. As […]

June 11th, 2014|Store News|