May 2017

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Alumni Weekend Open House

2:00 PM throughout the first floor

rsvp: or call (215) 746-POEM

Renew your acquaintance or get to know this lively and innovative home for writers of all ages and genres as you join members of the Writers House community for informal conversation, coffee, and light refreshments. Advance registration is not required, but we'd love to hear from you.

Food and Food Writing in Philadelphia

Drew Lazor, Trey Popp, and Ellen Yin, with Rick Nichols

4:00 PM in the Arts Cafe

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watch: a video recording of this event via KWH-TV

listen to an audio recording of this event

Join us at Writers House for a panel discussion of food and food writing with a special focus on the ever-growing culinary culture of Philadelphia. Led by Creative Writing faculty member and local luminary Rick Nichols — there’s an eating-and-meeting space in Reading Terminal Market named in Rick’s honor — our conversation will explore culinary creativity, the restaurant industry, and approaches to writing about food. A delicious reception, open to all, will follow.

A local contributor to the Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News, Drew Lazor has also written for Bon Appétit, Condé Nast Traveler, Food Network, Lucky Peach, Saveur, Serious Eats, Vice and PUNCH, where he rambles regularly about drinking games and other boozy topics. He's the co-author of New German Cooking, published by Chronicle Books in January 2015. Check out more of his work at and say hi on Instagram and Twitter (@drewlazor).

As a food critic for Philadelphia City Paper (2006-2010) and Philadelphia magazine (2010-2015), Trey Popp wrote more than 300 restaurant reviews and won a Keystone Award for best feature beat reporting. His work has also appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, Outside, Slate, and other publications. Since 2007 he has been an editor at the Pennsylvania Gazette, Penn’s alumni magazine.

Ellen Yin is the founder and co-owner of High Street Hospitality Group (HSHG), which operates three of the most noteworthy restaurants and bars in Philadelphia: Fork, at the top of Philadelphia’s must-visit list for nearly 20 years; High Street on Market, a much-lauded breakfast-through-late-night, ingredient-driven restaurant and bakery; and + at the AKA Rittenhouse Square, a dynamic and popular restaurant and bar frequently honored for their exceptional cooking and wine program. At the end of 2015, HSHG debuted their first outpost outside of Philadelphia, High Street on Hudson, in Manhattan’s West Village. Yin is also the author of Forklore: Recipes and Tales from an American Bistro (Temple University Press, 2007), a thoughtful chronicle of her ongoing success at creating and maintaining a definitive American bistro in Philadelphia’s historic Old City. She is a graduate of the Wharton School.

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