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 pastry Roast Heirloom Carrots with Tomato Kasundi Chutney Moroccan B’Stilla of Grain-Fed Chicken with Almond-Cinnamon Topping Homemade Ricotta, Sun-Dried Fruit & Dark Chocolate Cannoli Summer Green Gazpacho with Grapes, Almonds & Cucumber Sea Scallop Ceviche with Pineapple, Mango, Avocado and Passion Fruit with Popcorn Hazelnut-Crusted Zucchini Blossoms: burrata & basil Moroccan Ras el Hanout-Spiced Slow-Roasted Lamb Shoulder with Preserved Lemon Local Strawberry Shortcakes with Buttermilk Biscuits & Greek Yogurt-Vanilla Cream (June) Fall African Yam & Peanut Soup Shooters: toasted peanuts, diced tomato & cilantro garnish Chive Scones with Scottish Smoked Salmon & Dill Crème Fraiche Turmeric Roasted Cauliflower: Tahini Sauce & Pomegranate Molasses Roast Jail Island Salmon, Braised French Green Lentils, Lemon-Saffron Aioli & Crispy Leeks Warm English Sticky Toffee Pudding with Bourbon Caramel Sauce Winter Roasted Brussels Sprouts with North Country Bacon, Shallots & Balsamic Syrup Moroccan Lamb Cigari in Fillo Pastry with Ras al Hanout Spice [...]

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 and South America, and more, we are experts in successfully creating a pleasing multicultural environment. We welcome couples with diverse backgrounds who are looking to incorporate each of their own culinary and cultural traditions in their wedding celebration. Our weddings have included couples where one or the other half of the couple came from Russia, Trinidad, Argentina, Puerto Rico, Ecuador, Germany, many part of India, Korea, Turkey, Ireland, Italy, and all parts of the USA. Many of our menus incorporate elements from their cultural heritage and are happy to customize your menu to reflect your own unique cultural combo. Here we share some of the multicultural wedding menus we’ve prepared at Baba Olga’s: An Afternoon Wedding Inspired by the Flavors of Argentina Buffet Insalata Russa: salad of marinated gold potato, garden peas, carrots, green beans, gold beets, homemade dill mayonnaise Steamed Local Asparagus: Moroccan Preserved Lemon Charmoula Roasted [...]

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 start. Because I thrive on culinary challenge, I welcome vegan clients. We’ve had the opportunity to cook vegan-friendly and all-vegan wedding dinners for quite a few bridal couples including one that works for an elephant rescue organization. Last year, I ran a series of cooking classes at Baba Olga’s based on recipes in my book, The Magic of Spice Blends. My vegan class sold out quickly to a very eager group of students. You can see the delicious Greek Tahini Cake in the Turkish coffee carrier tray. The series of bowls are filled with the ingredients to make Sri Lankan Coconut Cashew Vegetable Curry with homemade Sambar Podi spice mix. When you’re cooking vegan, the freshness of the spices, toasted and ground in small batches, makes all the difference. We use imported Sri Lankan true cinnamon with its delicately spicy, floral aroma for all our cooking and baking. Ancient Grains [...]

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 CSA (community supported agriculture), food coop, or weekly farmer’s market. Now it’s time for your wedding and you want to make it a greener celebration recognizing the importance of the health of the planet in a stylish wedding that reflects your unique personality. Green weddings minimize waste in every part of a wedding and help promote local growers, florists, wedding designers, and, most of all, organic or close to it, seasonal and locally-grown produce, MSC (Marine Stewardship Council) certified fish and seafood, and antibiotic-free meats and poultry served in smaller portions to reduce waste and carbon-intensive meats. Gorgeous red heirloom turnips from Green Meadow Farm By choosing to spend your wedding budget on a green-friendly, locally-oriented wedding, you are taking the opportunity to support companies that do their best to incorporate social and environmental responsibility into the way they do business. With wedding costs averaging $30,000 to $40,000, [...]

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 provide the fresh orange juice and our homemade bloody mary mix. PURCHASE TICKETS $35.00 Per Person Half-Price for Children 12 and Under Cold Buffet Middle Eastern Mezze Tray: Hummus with chipotle chile Vegan Balkan ayvar (roasted eggplant, pepper and garlic spread) Bulgarian feta with sumac Toasted multigrain pita with za’atar Pickled okra Sliced cucumber Heirloom Tomato Caprese Salad: colorful local ripe tomatoes, basil, fior di latte mozzarella, balsamic syrup, extra-virgin olive oil Cobb Salad: Koch’s local smoked turkey, North Country bacon, avocado, tomato, Moody Blue cheese, mixed greens, tarragon-mustard vinaigrette Watermelon & Bulgarian Feta Salad with Spearmint Hot Buffet Bread Pudding French Toast with Warm Pennsylvania Maple Syrup (vegetarian) Red Pepper, Corn, Zucchini & Scallion Frittata with Vermont Sharp Cheddar Crisp North Country Bacon Torta Rustica: Soppressata Sausage, Local Broccoli, Ricotta, Sun-Dried Tomatoes & Basil Roast Jail Island Salmon with White Corn-Tomato-Basil Ragout Charcoal Grilled [...]

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 the Public During their stay with us, their lovely sacred crafts will also be offered for sale. The sale of these items and donations for their ceremonies and events go to funding the monastery in India. It is truly an honor to host the monks and support the important spiritual works which they dedicate their lives 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 Bacon Provençal Vegetable Tart with Herbed Goat Cheese Moroccan Orange, Fennel & Black Olive Salad with Citrus-Mint Dressing Shepherd’s Salad: diced cucumber, tomato, sweet & hot peppers, herbs, baby arugula, Bulgarian feta, pomegranate & extra-virgin olive oil dressing Roast Cauliflower: Tahini Sauce & Pomegranate Molasses Spinach, Leek & Artichoke Cannelloni with Lemon-Parmigiano Cream Sauce Barbecue Beef Sliders on mini brioche with sliced pickle & sharp cheddar Roast Vadouvan-Spiced Jail Island Sustainable Salmon, Date-Tamarind Chutney Dessert & Non-Alcoholic Beverages Carrot-Pineapple Cake with Pistachios and Cardamom; Cream Cheese Icing Chocolate Roulade with Hazelnut Praline Cream Filling Jamaican Hibiscus & Spearmint Iced Tea House Still & Sparkling Filtered Water Small World Brewed Coffee/Tazo Tea Assortment Purchase Tickets Now »

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 Patricia King & Orlando Haddad of Minas Order Tickets Acaraje: Black-Eyed Pea Fritters Stuffed with Shrimp-Cashew Vatapa & green and red tomato relish Hearts of Palm Salad with Avocado, Cherry Tomatoes & Chile-Lime Dressing Feijoada Completa: braised black beans, spiced slow-cooked pork shoulder, chouriço sausage & tasso ham; sliced navel oranges, garlic-braised kale, molho hot sauce, rice Brazil Nut & Espresso Torte with Tropical Fruits in Passion Fruit Sauce

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

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. Baba Olga’s Supper Club Menu 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|