Aliza Green’s Seasonal Summer Buffet!

Baba Olga’s Café Presents
Aliza Green’s Seasonal Summer Buffet!
July 26th & 27th Weekend Menu Noon-3pm

Chilled Local Peach Soup with Ginger and Aniseed
Mezze Platter: chipotle hummus, Balkan eggplant-pepper ayvar, Moroccan spiced carrots, marinated olives, Bulgarian feta, grilled multigrain pita
Local Tomato Caprese Salad: ripe heirloom & Jersey tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, basil leaves, extra-virgin olive oil & balsamic syrup [vegetarian]
Local Gold and Red Beet Salad with Pistachios & Kirschenberg Farm Goat Cheese, Honey-Citrus Dressing
Shredded Rainbow Carrot & Fennel Slaw with Whole Grain Mustard & Tarragon

Brioche French Toast with Local Blueberry Compote, Crisp Highview Farm Bacon
Charcoal Grilled Vadouvan Spiced Wild Sockeye Salmon; Tamarind-Date Chutney
Local Corn Spoon Bread with Scallions & Roasted Peppers
Barbecue Beef Sliders, Sour Pickle & Sharp Cheddar on Mini-Brioche Bun
Greek Fassoulia: flat green beans in tomato & oregano sauce

Local Raspberry Shortcakes with Hazelnut Biscuits and Chantilly Cream
Bittersweet Chocolate-Cherry Brownies
Seasonal Fruit Macedonia with Mint & Pomegranate
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

July 21st, 2014|Café|

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|

Thousands of Arrivals | Our Biggest Sale Ever!

~ Summer 2014 ~
How  and Why  this is “our biggest $ale ever.”
Material Culture Is Bursting With Thousands of Just Arrived Antiques… And Much More!!! Carpets, Furnishings, Accessories, Modern Seating, Leather, Folk Art, Asian Arts, Textiles, Cushions, Ceramics, Stone, Architectural Elements… All In Time For Our Biggest Sale Ever:
THE HOW— In terms of the volume, variety and pricing of inventory offered, it will be clear to anyone who knows MC that we’ve gone the extra 10,000 miles to make this a very special event. Between now and September, week after week, wave upon wave, from Rajasthan to Shandong, Central Asia to Anatolia, Mali to Bali, Transylvania to Pennsylvania, we will receive the incredible equivalent of 40+ containers with thousands of beautiful antiques, carpets, art, folk art, contemporary artisan-crafted furnishings, accessories, ceramics, textiles, stone, architectural elements, not to mention all manner of the eclectic, the esoteric, and the exotic.

THE WHY— The stars have aligned in 2014! For a variety of unique reasons, some generational, some familial, some purely economic, some because it’s time “to let go,” many of our suppliers and sources in the field have individually approached us with deals and offers that spell OPPORTUNITY in a big way. It’s a […]

July 3rd, 2014|Store News|

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|

Baba Olga’s Father’s Day Buffet

Join Us for Baba Olga’s Father’s Day Buffet!
Sunday, June 15th, 2014, 11am-4pm
$22.00 per person

Chilled Gazpacho Andaluz (tomato, cucumber, garlic, red peppers, extra virgin olive oil) topped with garlic croutons
Mezze Platter: Balkan ayvar (roasted eggplant & pepper relish), chipotle hummus, Moroccan spiced carrots, marinated local beets, Turkish cucumber-mint çaçik, marinated olives, grilled multigrain pita wedges
Classic Tomato-Basil Caprese Salad
San Francisco Cobb Salad (farm egg, North Country bacon, Cabrales blue cheese, grape tomatoes, avocado, smoked turkey on bed of mixed greens with tarragon-mustard vinaigrette)
Thin-Sliced Moroccan Cured Wild King Salmon over French Green Lentil & Cucumber Salad
Mini Farm Egg Frittata (local spinach, bi-colored corn, scallions & feta); Tomato, Basil & Fennel Sauce and Home-Style Pan-Fried Local Gold Potatoes with Sweet Onions & Bell Peppers
Charcoal-Grilled Beef Skirt Steak with Pico de Gallo Salsa & Charro Beans

Key Lime Tartlette with Almond-Coconut Crust
Olga’s Cheesecake with Crushed Local Strawberries
Bittersweet Chocolate-Cherry Brownies

Pomegranate Berry Iced Tea
Mighty Leaf Tea, Small World Coffee/Decaf

(Children’s menu available)

June 9th, 2014|Café|

Painted Bride Art Center’s 45th Anniversary Celebration

The 45th Anniversary Celebration of Painted Bride Art Center took place on Saturday May 18, 2014 here at Material Culture. Please see the below testimonials and photos from Painted Bride Art Center.
“The Painted Bride Art Center held it’s 45th Anniversary Celebration at Material Culture this past Saturday and it was a smashing success. The venue is unparalleled with art and furniture from all over the world used as the backdrop or the centerpiece for your event. It’s a visual delight and our guests were impressed as soon as they walked in the door. And, the food was outstanding! Baba Olga’s café is on site and  Chef Aliza Green prepared a Caribbean buffet that was absolutely delicious. And the table presentation was more than we could have hoped for. She even had fresh sugar cane in vases beside the buffet table. The owners and staff could not have been more accommodating. They went out of their way to make sure that our needs were met and had creative suggestions to make our event the success that it was. When we asked our guests what contributed to our success they said it was the venue (Material Culture), the food (Baba Olga’s Café) and the band […]

June 3rd, 2014|Store News, Testimonials|

A Material Culture Wedding Story

On May 10, 2014, a wonderful wedding was held here at Material Culture. The event was documented beautifully by photographer Inna Spivakova and we wanted to share it with you. See the below descriptions and photos from Inna’s website, Peach Plum Pear Photography.
“I knew I was going to like Rachel and Josh’s wedding from the very start. They chose a very unique Philadelphia venue, Material Culture, for their ceremony and reception. It’s basically a huge warehouse filled with antique furniture and other beautiful objects (clothing, incense, statues). I LOVED the idea of it! We started the (rainy) day at Loews Hotel, where we did some photos on the 33rd floor with a great view of the Philadelphia skyline. Then we did some portraits of Rachel and Josh in the amazing rug gallery at Material Culture, which was also where their reception took place. It was truly special. And their celebration was really fun, with good bands, lots of dancing, delicious buffet-style dinner, ice cream and donuts instead of a traditional cake and a hookah lounge. Thanks Rachel and Josh for letting me be a part of your celebration!”

A few words from Rachel and Josh about how they planned their wedding:

“Josh and I […]

June 3rd, 2014|Store News, Testimonials|