SOLD OUT! Baba Olga’s Kitchen Presents a Mughal Empire Dinner with Live Music, Saturday, February 25

Baba Olga’s Kitchen and Chef Aliza Green Present A Dinner Celebrating the Legendary Cuisine of the Mughal Empire, Live Music Saturday, February 25, 2017, 6-10pm, BYOB SOLD OUT! $55/Person, Reservations Required BYOB, Free Parking Join Chef Green and company for a memorable evening of exquisite food inspired by her travels. The meal will be [...]

January 25th, 2017|Baba Olga's Kitchen|

My Personal Seasonal Favorites

Many people ask me for my personal favorites. While that’s like asking me to choose my favorite child, here are a few: Spring Prosciutto & Fig Salad: thin-sliced prosciutto, Turkish figs, goat cheese, shaved fennel, baby arugula, Honey-Citrus Vinaigrette Dates in Blankets: Medjool dates stuffed w/almonds & cheddar in cheddar-curry [...]

August 3rd, 2016|Events|

Your Multicultural Wedding Menu at Material Culture

Your Multicultural Wedding Menu at Material Culture By Aliza Green, Chef, Baba Olga's Kitchen/Catering With our multicultural focus at Material Culture, where the staff comes from Serbia, Turkey, Tibet, Mexico, and Ukraine for starters, and the furnishings, artefacts, art, and rugs come from India, China, Ghana, Turkey, Indonesia, Thailand, Central [...]

July 25th, 2016|Events|

Vegan Menu Ideas

Vegan Menu Ideas at Material Culture Everyone Can Love By Aliza Green, Chef, Baba Olga's Kitchen/Catering Even your picky aunt and your “meat and potatoes” brother will love these deliciously vegan dishes! While I am not a vegan, I love vegetables, fruits, herbs, and especially legumes so that’s a great [...]

July 25th, 2016|Events|

Green Weddings

Green on Shades of Green Weddings By Aliza Green, Chef, Baba Olga's Kitchen/Catering In your dwelling, you may have undyed paper towels, maintain three bins for recycling in the kitchen, a water filter on your tap and no bottled water in your fridge. You buy your food through a local [...]

July 6th, 2016|Events|

Baba Olga’s Father’s Day Buffet, Sunday, June 19

Baba Olga’s Kitchen Presents Aliza Green's Father's Day Buffet With Live Music By Joe Tayoun & Friends Sunday, June 19, Noon-3pm, BYOB Relaxing and Fun, Deliciously Seasonal Food from Baba Olga's, and Lively Music from Joe Tayoun & Friends—there's no better way to spend Father's Day! Be sure to bring your favorite spirits and we'll [...]

May 11th, 2016|Events|

5 Days In May: Return of The Tibetan Monks of Drepung Gomang Monastery

Material Culture is deeply honored to again host the Tibetan Monks of Drepung Gomang Monastery, India. Please join us for the Construction and Dismantling of a Sacred Tibetan Buddhist Sand Mandala 5 DAYS: Wednesday, May 4 - Sunday, May 8, 11am-5pm, Daily DISMANTLING: Sunday, May 8, 3:30 pm Free to [...]

April 19th, 2016|Events, Retail Store, Store News|

Baba Olga’s Mother’s Day Buffet, Sunday, May 8

Baba Olga’s Kitchen Presents Aliza Green's Mother's Day Buffet! Sunday, May 8, Noon-3pm BYOB SOLD OUT $35.00 Per Person Half-Price for Children 12 and Under Buffet Menu: Bread Pudding French Toast with Warm Pennsylvania Maple Syrup (vegetarian) Asparagus, Grape Tomato, Scallion & Vermont Sharp Cheddar Frittata Crisp North Country [...]

April 18th, 2016|Café, Events|

The Worlds of Material Culture

The Worlds of Material Culture come together in the historic landmark Atwater Kent Radio Factory: Store, Auctions, Supper Clubs, Private Catered Events, Lectures, Exhibitions...

January 19th, 2016|Café, Events, Retail Store, Store News|

Thursday Nights At Baba Olga’s | Great Food, Live Music, Old World Hospitality

Thursday Night Supper Clubs At Baba Olga’s Kitchen... Great Food, Live Music, Old World Hospitality! Tickets: $55 per person/per dinner (+tax) Live Music, BYOB Limited Reserved Seating 7:00 to 10:00pm Free Parking Recent Philadelphia Inquirer Story Afro-Centric Cuisine of Bahia Thursday Night Dinner, March 17th, 7 to 10pm Live Music by [...]

January 13th, 2016|Café, Events, Supper Club|

THE GREAT SUMMER HAREM TENT PARTY! Labor Day Weekend: Saturday, Sept. 5, 6pm-Midnight

THE GREAT SUMMER HAREM TENT PARTY! Labor Day Weekend: Saturday, Sept. 5, 6pm-Midnight Join Us to Rock the Casbah! Great Music, Inspired Dancing, Exotic Decor, Delicious Middle Eastern Mezze, Aromatic Hookah! Live Middle Eastern Music: Joe Tayoun & Friends Burlesque: Sophie Sucre Guest DJ: Shawn Hennessey Chef: Aliza Green Tickets Include Baba [...]

August 17th, 2015|Café|

Baba Olga’s Mother’s Day Buffet Menu, May 10, 2015

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 [...]

April 22nd, 2015|Café|

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. Buffet menu: Brioche French Toast with Pennsylvania Maple Syrup Cremini Mushroom, Red Pepper, Sweet Onion & Sharp Cheddar Frittata Crisp [...]

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 [...]

March 10th, 2015|Café|

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 [...]

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 [...]

January 5th, 2015|Café, Events|

Zydeco Legend Jeffery Broussard Mardi Gras Party, Feb. 21!

LAISSEZ LES BONS TEMPS ROULER! Material Culture and Allons Danser Present Living Zydeco Legend Jeffery Broussard & The Creole Cowboys Saturday, February 21, 7:00pm at Material Culture Join Us For An Unforgettable Mardi Gras Celebration with Great Music, Dance & Good Ole Louisiana Cooking! (Costumes optional. No partners necessary) Doors open at [...]

December 31st, 2014|Café, Events|

December 7th Sunday Seasonal Buffet Snapshots

Snapshots from Aliza Green's Seasonal Buffet, December 7th, 2014.

December 15th, 2014|Café|

November 22nd Supper Club Snapshots

We'd like to thank everyone who helped make our Supper Club on November 22nd a great time for all who attended!

November 24th, 2014|Café|

West Philly Orchestra at Baba Olga’s! Sat. Nov 22

Back By Popular Demand! * SOLD OUT * Baba Olga's Cafe & Supper Club Presents The West Philadelphia Orchestra On Saturday, November 22, 2014, 7-11pm Grand Buffet, Live Music, Dancing! $40/Person  West Philadelphia Orchestra "With blistering beats and walls of brass, they inspire audiences to hold hands, dance, and slip the [...]

November 4th, 2014|Café|

What People Are Saying About Baba Olga’s Kitchen

Here's What People Are Saying About Baba Olga's Kitchen 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, [...]

August 19th, 2014|Café|

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 BYOB Cold 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 [...]

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 [...]

June 16th, 2014|Café|

Friday, June 13, A Party You Don’t Want To Miss!

It's Nice to be in the Right Place at the Right Time Material Culture Invites You and Your Best Friends to Baba Olga's Inaugural Supper Club Party! Friday, June 13, 7PM-11PM View the Menu and Make Reservations (required) Featuring The Amazing West Philadelphia Orchestra "With blistering beats and walls [...]

May 21st, 2014|Café|

Baba Olga’s Memorial Day Weekend Buffet

Baba Olga's Special Memorial Day Buffet Sunday, May 25th & Monday, May 26th Noon-3pm $17.50 per person BYOB Reservations, click here or call 215-849-1007 Buffet Menu: Chilled Gazpacho Andaluz (tomato, cucumber, garlic, red peppers, extra virgin olive oil) topped with garlic croutons Mezze Platter: Balkan ayvar (roasted eggplant & [...]

May 20th, 2014|Café|

Jonathan Demme Pre-Auction Exhibition Party! Friday, March 28, 7-11PM

Join Jonathan Demme with friends in person at Material Culture for a special pre-auction exhibition party on Friday, March 28, from 7-11 p.m., with live music and refreshments.Admission to the party and the weeklong exhibition are free and open to the public. The Friday night party starts off a weekend of auctions dedicated solely to the superb self-taught art collection of Jonathan Demme.

March 8th, 2014|Events, Store News|

Quench Your Thirst with Baba Olga’s Filtered Still & Sparkling Water

We Use the Best Water Filter System on the Market at Baba Olga's With our emphasis on sustainability and buying local, we didn’t want to rely on environmentally-wasteful bottled water to serve at Baba Olga’s Café. We knew that bottled water is bad for the environment and wastes fossil fuels [...]

February 26th, 2014|Café|

Soup’s On Every Day at Baba Olga’s

Thirty Soups in Two Months -- Below is a selection of the soups we’ve served in the first two months the café has been open. All are made from scratch using high quality ingredients such as antibiotic-free chicken; fresh vegetables and herbs; locally-raised turkey, and beef; canned and bottled local tomatoes and local frozen corn; and an assortment of healthful and delicious legumes.We feature a vegetarian soup and a meat-, fish-, or poultry-based soup every day. Many days the soup includes [...]

February 26th, 2014|Café|

Bringing Home The Bacon: Why We Buy Such Expensive Bacon at Baba Olga’s

Why the bacon we serve at Baba Olga's is so much better Commercial bacon sells for less than half of what we pay for the bacon used on Baba Olga’s B(E)LT Sandwich (bacon, egg, lettuce, and tomato on pretzel croissant with homemade tarragon mayonnaise). Why do we pay more? It’s [...]

February 19th, 2014|Café|

Obama Folk-Art Exhibit Featured in ICON Magazine

The article below is featured in the Philly arts magazine ICON this month (November). It was reprinted with permission from ICON Magazine. You can review the entire issue, and past issues, at   West African sign painters portray America’s first African-American president as pitchman-wingman By Geoff Gehman In 2009 [...]

November 14th, 2012|Events|

Performers at the Colors By Padmini Opening

Material Culture will host an event to celebrate the unveiling of the Padmini boutique line in the store, on November 17, from 6-10 PM. The evening is free and open to the public, and will feature live music, refreshments, door prizes, and a champagne toast at 8 PM. Below is [...]

November 4th, 2012|Events, Store News|

Material Culture to Feature Colors by Padmini

Material Culture is excited to present a new home for Colors by Padmini, a designer line of soft furnishings, clothing and accessories inspired by the rich hues and vibrant spirit of Indian textiles and the subcontinent itself. These items of fashion and home décor are all individually crafted by hand. [...]

November 4th, 2012|Events, Store News|