Material Culture Store, Auction House, Café Thu, 23 Apr 2015 17:53:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Baba Olga’s Mother’s Day Buffet Menu, May 10, 2015 Wed, 22 Apr 2015 16:53:32 +0000

Baba Olga’s Café Presents Aliza Green’s Mother’s Day Buffet!
May 10, 2015, Noon-3pm BYOB

BYOB: Mellow this Mother’s Day with Bloody Marys and Mimosas.
We supply the mixers, you supply the liquors.

Buffet menu:

  • Bread Pudding French Toast with Warm Caramel Sauce (vegetarian)
  • Asparagus, Grape Tomato, Shallot & Vermont Sharp Cheddar Frittata
  • Crisp North Country Bacon
  • Greek Roast Lemon-Oregano Gold Potatoes Vegan
  • Roasted Local Asparagus with Dill & Grain Mustard Mayonnaise
  • Syrian Cinnamon-Spiced Meatballs in Sour Cherry Sauce; Basmati Rice
  • Baked Ziti with Calabro Ricotta & Parmigiano and Tomato-Fennel-Basil Sauce Vegetarian
  • Chickpea & Roasted Eggplant Moussaka with Crunchy Crumb Topping Vegan
  • Laughing Bird Shrimp, Marinated Artichoke & Barley Salad: preserved lemon aioli
  • Kale Caesar Salad:  rosemary croutons, marinated roasted peppers & Parmigiano
  • Apple & Candied Cranberry Salad: Cabrales blue cheese: mixed greens, toasted walnuts & Pomegranate Dressing


  • White Chocolate-Orange Panna Cotta with Raspberry Coulis
  • Warm Apple-Cranberry Cobbler with Cornmeal Biscuit Topping
  • Seasonal Fruit Macedonia with Spearmint


  • Orange Juice
  • Bloody Mary Mix
  • Jamaican Hibiscus Blossom & Spearmint Iced Tea
  • Small World Brewed Coffee/Assorted Tazo Teas
  • Filtered sparkling & still water

$35.00 per person, served 12 to 3pm, 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 to make reservation

Please Make Your Reservation for Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 10, 2015

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Auction | May Estates: Masters of the Eclectic! Sun., May 3 Mon, 20 Apr 2015 15:38:40 +0000 May Estates & Masters Of The Eclectic!
778 Estate Lots

Art, Americana, Antiques, Decorative Arts, Advertising, Modern Design, Collectibles, Silver, Oriental Rugs, Asian & Ethnographic Arts

Live Salesroom Auction: Sunday, May 3, 2015, 10am est
Exhibition: May 1-2, 11am-5pm

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Sri Lanka Cooking Class: May 2 Thu, 16 Apr 2015 17:17:07 +0000

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.

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Register Online Today

Register for the Sri Lanka cooking class, Saturday, May 2.

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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.

Saturday, May 2nd: Sri Lanka

(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


  • Vegan Tahini Cake with Fruit Macedonia


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Register Online Today

Register for the Sri Lanka cooking class, Saturday, May 2.

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Auction: Asian, Ethnographic Arts, Antique Oriental Rugs & Textiles, April 26, 2015, 10am est Thu, 09 Apr 2015 17:53:13 +0000 Asian, Ethnographic Arts, Oriental Rugs, Textiles, 524 Estate Lots

Live Salesroom Auction: Sunday, April 26, 2015, 10am est
Exhibition: April 24-25, 11am-5pm

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Tibetan Cultural Celebration and Performance at Material Culture, Saturday, April 11 Mon, 23 Mar 2015 19:52:09 +0000 cultural_event_postpic

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!



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 opening of a monastery or big official gatherings.

CHANTING OF JAM CHENMA (Madyamikavatara)

This is translated as ‘Praise of the great Maitreya’ (the future Buddha) but is in fact verse of Praise composed by the 19th Abbot of Drepung Gomang monastery, Tsondue Gyatso, in honor of 18th Abbot, Jampa Lhundup. After hearing the amazing teachings of Jampa Lhundup, Tsondue Gyatso saw him as an embodiment of Maitreya Buddha, and was inspired to compose these verses. This is a very important regular chants of the monks of Drepung Gomang Monastery for the peace and harmony of the world. They will chant in their unique and special chanting style.


Ignorance is the root cause of suffering, and wisdom is the antidote to ignorance. Through learning, one eventually becomes established in wisdom. Just as a lamp illumines a house so that one can see colors and shapes, so learning and wisdom enable one to see the nature of phenomena.

The practice of debate is the most important way to learn Buddhist Philosophy in the monasteries. The main purpose of monastic debates is to defeat misconceptions in order to establish a correct view and to clear away any objections to that view. An actual session of debate involves two parties, a defender who sits and give answers to the challengers who stands up and asks question. There is a whole separate vocabulary for debate, each word with a complex meaning that is difficult to translate, but here are a few words you can listen for:

Kor-sum: You are wrong!
Cher…cher… cher…! Hurry up and answer!
Oh… tsa! You have contradicted yourself!
Dhi……! This is a syllable associated with Jamphelyang (Manjushri) the god of wisdom. By calling this syllable, the questioner calls upon the deity to assist him.
Chee-Cher! What is your reasons?
Dho! Yes, I agree!
Dhag-ma-Thub: I disagree with your reason.

Each movement of the debate is also highly symbolic. In brief, the upraised arm represents Manjushri’s sword of knowledge, cutting through ignorance. The left hand represents wisdom-the actual antidote to cyclic existence. The right hand represents method-the altruistic intention to become enlightened, motivated by great love and compassion for all sentient beings. The clap represents a union of method and wisdom. In dependence on the union of method and wisdom, one is able to attain Buddhood.


The snow lion is the mythological animal that represents Tibet, the ‘Snowy country.’ In Tibet the snow lion symbolized the fearless and elegant quality of the enlightened mind. It has a beauty and dignity resulting from a body and mind that are synchronized. The snow lion has a youthful, vibrant energy of goodness and a natural sense of delight. It’s image can be found in Tibetan National Flag as well as on the throne of a Buddha to represent 8 main Bodhisattva-disciples of
Buddha Shakyamuni. The Snow Lion, king of all beasts symbolizes absolute freedom. Roaming free, with eyes turned towards heaven, he embodies unconditional cheerfulness, goodness and a natural sense of delight. These are attributes of awakened mind – totality clear, joyful and confident.


Yak cham
Tibetan yaks are native to the Himalayan Mountains of Nepal, India and Tibet. They were domesticated in Tibet nearly 5,000 years ago. They can survive in rocky, alpine terrain with meadows for grazing. They are highly adaptable to a variety of habitats.

They are intelligent and fairly easy to train. These yaks are capable of climbing to altitudes of 20, 000 feet. A yak can carry a 220-pound load up terrain too rugged for horses.

Yaks are an important source of meat, milk, fiber, hide, butter, transportation and dung for fuel. Yaks are also important in Tibetan mythology as messengers of the gods living in high places.

The unique animal is the symbolic of the Tibetan spirit of rugged strength and playfulness. Here in this dance, its shows the peaceful co-existence of human being with the animal kingdom.

CHANTING OF CHÖD (tantric tradition)

It literally means ‘to cut off’ refers to a practice that is designed to cut off all ego involvement and
defilement. This was introduced by Guru Padma sambava, the great Indian scholar who visited Tibet five times, on his third visit, he gave this chÖd teachings in Tsang Region first to Sonam Lama and Marla Tsenbo, Sonam Lama transmitted the teachings to a woman disciple Machig Labdron (1055-1153), so this chod teachings were spread by this great woman teacher. It is a prayer for loving kindness, compassion and the minds of enlightenment and the wisdom of emptiness.

This chanting is used when one meditates on selflessness and removes self-cherishing and ego clinging by visualizing the sacrifice of one’s body for the benefit of others. Ultimately the purpose of this chant and practice is to realize ‘emptiness’, which is not ‘nothingness’, but rather theemptiness of many of our assumptions about our separateness, leading to a deep state of non- duality in which everything is experienced as totally connected.


A special prayer, paying homage to six armed Mahakala (Gonpo), the great black one. Though fierce in his trampling upon the evil spirits of delusion and greed, he is actually considered to be the agent of Avalokiteshvara or Chenrezig, the angelic Bodhisattva of great compassion. Mahakala is frightening in appearance because his responsibility is to protect all beings from evil. These verse was composed by a great Indian yogi Drubchen Shawari who had a vision of Mahakala while meditating, and was inspired to compose these verses of praise during a vision of Mahakala that appeared to him gradually from the feet upwards. This prayer request Mahakala to protect the Dharma and to remove all obstacles of all sentient beings.
Honoring and Invoking the Great Compassion of the Three Jewels; the Buddha, the Teachings, and the Spiritual Community

This prayer, Words of Truth, was composed by His Holiness Tenzin Gyatso, the Fourteenth Dalai Lama of Tibet, on 29 September 1960 at his temporary headquarters in Dharamsala, India.

This prayer for restoring peace, the Buddhist teachings, and the culture and self-determination of the Tibetan people in their homeland and the goal of universal compassion was written after repeated requests by Tibetan government officials along with the unanimous consensus of the monastic and lay communities. It is also an invocation of compassion towards all suffering sentient beings: oppressor and oppressed alike.

Tibet National Anthem.


A short prayer for the well being, good health and happiness of the audience. May this prayerbrings you all good health, prosperity, long life and peace in this world.

Root verses of the Middle way (Madhyamika: Mulamadhyamakakarika) (optional) Uma Jugpa.

In the teachings of the Mahayana tradition of Buddhism, there is an account of the Buddha, before he passed into Nirvana, issuing a prophecy that some years following his passing into Nirvana there would appear an extraordinary teacher who would bear the name of the Nagas in his name, and who would re-vivify the teachings of the Prajnaparamita, establish the unsurpassable view of the Perfection of Wisdom, and thus establish circumstances for enormous benefit to the teachings and to beings. This is widely held to be a prophecy of the coming of Nagarjuna, the great Buddhist master who did so much too further spread the teachings of the Prajnaparamita

When Nagarjuna brought this text back to the human realm from Naga Land , he realized that the volume of the material was so great that people would not be able to absorb all of it because they had short lives, little merit, and very little time to study. So he composed his famous commentaries which are more concise and were based upon the Prajnaparamita. Perhaps the most famous of these is the Mulamadhyamakakarika, “Root Verses on the Middle Way Philosophy”, which is one of six major commentaries written by Nagarjuna, each of which was famous for its concise presentation of the view of the Madyamika or “Middle Way” philosophy that emptiness is the true nature of reality.


A special prayer, paying homage to Je Tsong Khapa. The founder of Yellow sect (Gelug Sect) of Tibetan Buddhism. Je Tsong Khapa is seen as an emanation of Avalokiteshvara, Manjushri and Vajrapani. Monks will chant a verses from Lama Tsong Khapa Guru Yoga.

Translated version: “Je Tsong Khapa, crown jewel of the holy masters of the Land of Snows, you are Avalokiteshvara, great treasurer of inconceivable compassion untainted by ego’s delusion. You are Manjushri, powerful master with stainless wisdom. You are Vajrapani, destroyer of forces of demons. At your feet, famed Lobsang Drakpa, I humbly bow and earnestly request that all sentient beings achieve enlightenment”.

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Baba Olga’s Special Easter Sunday Menu, April 5, 2015 Mon, 23 Mar 2015 16:18:21 +0000

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.


Buffet menu:

  • 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, April 5, 2015

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Baba Olga’s Passover Celebration! Saturday, April 4, With Live Klezmer Music! Tue, 10 Mar 2015 18:02:56 +0000

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

reservations (required)

Make Reservations Today, Limited Seating

$65 per person

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About the Seder

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 with choices for vegetarians and vegans as well.

At our Seder, friends and families will gather to read from the Haggadah, an ancient work which contains the exodus narrative, blessings and rituals and commentaries from the Talmud. Rabbis Handler and de Koninck are creating a special Haggadah for our Seder focused on freedom, equality, and diversity. During the Seder, we will tell stories and sing Passover and freedom songs. Guests will receive a copy of this special Haggadah.

We are pleased to have Rabbis Roni Handler and Isabel de Koninck with us to lead the Seder program, discussion, and singing. Rabbi Handler has served as the Director of Community Learning at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College (the RRC) and Editor of since 2011. Rabbi de Koninck has served as the Executive Director and Campus Rabbi for Hillel at Drexel University since 2010.

Passover Seder Menu

The food and wine served will be kosher for Passover by ingredient.

Seder Plate:

  • Hard-cooked egg
  • Horseradish matchsticks sticks
  • Miriam’s orange
  • Parsley & salt water
  • Roast lamb bone
  • Sephardi escarole/Ashkenazi horseradish
  • two kinds of charoset

First Course:

  • Venetian Sogliola in Saor
  • Baby favas and/or green chickpeas in pod

Soup Course:

  • Ashkenazi Kosher Chicken Soup with Knaidlach & Dill

Main Course:

  • Kibbeh m’Gerraz: Syrian Meatballs with Sour Cherries
  • Cochin, India “Jewtown” Spiced Chicken with Tomato-Ginger Sauce
  • Sephardi braised artichokes, leeks & okra in olive oil & lemon with dill & mint
  • Braised Swiss chard
  • Quinoa Couscous
  • Steamed Basmati Rice
  • Sweet Potatoes in Adobo Spice
  • Israeli Salad


  • Spanish Orange & Olive Oil Almond Cake
  • Fruit & Mint Macedonia
  • Chocolate Joy


  • Kosher wine (complementary); you are also welcome to bring your own favorite wine
  • Jamaican Hibiscus Blossom & Spearmint Iced Tea
  • Small World Brewed Coffee /Assorted Mighty Leaf Teas
  • Filtered sparkling & still water
reservations (required)

Make Reservations Today, Limited Seating

$65 per person

reservations (required)
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Auction: The Eileen Ford Estate and Others | Sunday, March 1, 2015, 10am est Mon, 09 Feb 2015 16:20:33 +0000

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

2987063_300x300_1Material 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 the man who was to become her husband, Gerard “Jerry” Ford, in 1944 and they eloped in the same year. Jerry, who was in the Navy, was shipped abroad to fight in WWII, and a pregnant Eileen began working as an informal secretary for several models. In 1947, they founded Ford Models, working at first out of Eileen’s parents’ home, and eventually selling their car to afford the move to a third-floor walk-up office.

But from these humble beginnings, Ford Models continued to grow through Eileen’s relentless work ethic. By the 1960s, Ford Models had branches in Paris, London and Hamburg. Its dominance was threatened in the late 1970s by Elite Model Management, leading to what was dubbed the “model wars,” but Ford Models continued to expand and flourish, with revenues reaching $40 million per year in the 1990s. The list of famous models represented by Ford across the decades is truly staggering; to name only a few, Eileen Ford can be credited with launching the careers of Christie Brinkley, Cheryl Tiegs, Jerry Hall, Suzy Parker, Elle Macpherson, Jane Fonda, Ali MacGraw, Candice Bergen, Rene Russo, Kim Basinger, Lauren Hutton, Sharon Stone, Melanie Griffith, and Brooke Shields.

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Asian, Ethnographic & Tribal Arts | Feb 15 Mon, 02 Feb 2015 17:26:02 +0000

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
Browse the Virtual Print Catalog
Absentee Bid Form (PDF) | Telephone Bid Form (PDF)
Terms and Conditions (PDF)


Virtual Print Catalog

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Valentine’s Day World Music Dance Party! Tue, 13 Jan 2015 16:00:50 +0000 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! 
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