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Department of External Affairs
Free Library of Philadelphia
1901 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103-1189
(215) 567-7710
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Contact: Communications and Development
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Contact: Communications and Development


New Fare and Fête initiative to bring top chefs to the Free Library for personal cooking demonstrations, three-course meals, and wine pairings.


The Culinary Literacy Center at the Parkway Central Library is excited to announce its newest initiative: Fare and Fête. This program will bring renowned Philadelphia chefs into the Library’s modern, professional-grade kitchen to give exclusive three-course cooking demonstrations to intimate audiences of up to 18 individuals. In addition to learning tricks of the trade from master chefs, participants will enjoy the chef-prepared three-course meal along with wine pairings by Vinocity, a local company that offers an interactive wine education and tasting experience.  Each Fare and Fête program is $125 per person.


Fare and Fête will premiere on Tuesday, October 20 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. with a class hosted by Chef Brad Spence from Amis, one of Bon Appétite magazine’s top 10 places for pasta in the United States. Amis, part of the Vetri Family of restaurants, focuses on providing delightful dishes inspired by a “quintessential Roman-style trattoria,” and the menu for the inaugural Fare and Fête class pays tribute to that tradition by featuring Pizza al Taglio with Pumpkin, Ricotta, and Vincotto; Whole Wheat Rigatoni with Duck Sausage and Pears; and Milk Braised Pork Shoulder with Mushrooms and Polenta. For dessert, participants will munch on a delicious assortment of biscotti. 


Look for a schedule of November classes on our website, and follow Fare and Fête on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook!


“Philadelphia is such a wonderful food city, and I’m so excited that the Free Library is able to be a part of this tradition with Fare and Fête,” said Siobhan A. Reardon, President and Director. “The Library of the 21st century is not just a place full of great books. It is truly a community center where customers can come and be educated, inspired, and enlightened … and learn how to cook exquisite meals!”


Opened in June of 2014 and offering gorgeous skyline views of Philadelphia, the Free Library’s state-of-the-art Culinary Literacy Center at the Parkway Central Library creates a new pathway to literacy and encourages a love of food and cooking through a variety of free and ticketed programming. Sponsored by Cancer Treatment Centers of America, the Center provides literacy training and fosters the development of problem-solving skills through cooking, supporting healthy lifestyles for people of all ages and a healthy planet for generations to come. For more information about the Culinary Literacy Center, including ticketing for select programs, visit


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The 61-location Free Library of Philadelphia system advances literacy, guides learning, and inspires curiosity with millions of digital and physical materials; 25,000 yearly programs and workshops; free public computers and extensive Wi-Fi; and rich special collections, including  those at Parkway Central Library and at The Rosenbach of the Free Library of Philadelphia. With more than 6 million in-person and millions more online visits annually, the Free Library and the Rosenbach are among the most widely used educational and cultural institutions in Philadelphia and boast a worldwide impact.


Department of External Affairs, Free Library of Philadelphia, 1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103-1189
(215) 567-7710, FAX (215) 567-7850