Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Pop-up Beer Gardens

Pop-up parks and pop-up beer gardens are changing the urban landscape.

The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s annual Pop Up Garden returns for its third year, transforming a forgotten outdoor area into a gorgeous, landscaped community space. (via VisitPhilly.com)

The back of the lot hosts the mobile beer garden. Conceptualized by FCM and Groundswell Design Group, the space allows for dining and drinking under a lush tree canopy amid twinkling lights. Visitors are invited to take a seat on the large custom-built bench as they sip local craft beers, sangria, or root beer, which is on tap each evening and served alongside a summer picnic-style food menu by Garces Group. Choose from delicious sandwiches, light bites, and desserts. Prices range from $2-12. Click here for the menu. Food and beverages will be sold daily during mobile beer garden hours. (via PHS)

Per the Philly.com

The hideaway in question is the latest addition to Philadelphia's growing collection of pop-up parks, an increasingly popular and low-cost way for cities to carve out green retreats amid the crowded hardscape desert. This one is brought to you by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and, to be honest, it's not really hidden. It's right there across from the Kimmel Center, between Spruce and Pine Streets. It just feels as if it were a world away.
You could similarly indulge your escapist fantasies at the Porch, alongside 30th Street Station; at the University City District's new Baltimore Avenue plaza; or at Eakins Oval. As of Thursday, the interior of that glorified traffic circle has been outfitted with Parisian-style cafe tables and christened, "The Oval."
But it is PHS's pop-up that will make you feel you've truly left the pressures of the city behind. That is due partly to the site - a vacant lot cradled between the pocked brick walls of two survivor buildings - partly to good design, partly to beer. OK, beer is a big reason the pop-up is so irresistible.
PHS has assembled pop-up gardens on such vacant lots for the past two summers as a way to take its mission to the streets and put leftovers from its annual flower show to good use. Those installations were artful, but static.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Whisk Pop-up in Boston

Whisk Pop-up in Boston is planning popping up their planned popup restaurant in various locations over consecutive six month periods.

Per the Zagat blog

Owners Phillip Kruta and Jeremy Kean, Zagat 30 Under 30 honorees, plan to hop throughout city neighborhoods by setting up shop (or rather, kitchen) for six months at a time before moving on to the next spot...
Currently Tickets are $100 (available here for the most recent event) and help support Whisk’s student chefs, who are learning the ropes of the kitchen through a transitional employment program that takes them from correctional facilities to a culinary career.

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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Zoetic Cuisine plans 3 Pop-up dinners in Los Angeles

Los Angeles based Zoetic Cuisine Pop-up has three popup dinners planned this summer, three saturdays in a row, with the same style of cuisine but in different locations, with different, artists, and different musicians. Founded by Corrine Rice, Zoetic Cuisine is Organic, vegan fare, with a focus on raw food and sourcing locally.

Zoetic Cuisine will be popping up July 20th, 27th and August 3rd at various locations throughout the Los Angeles area. Each dinner will be four courses, raw-vegan, 95% local and 100% Organic. Along with the innovative cuisine, there will be live music and visual art. All events are BYOW and limited to just 30 guests. Tickets are required.

For all the details, including menus and locations and to reserve your seat, please visit http://www.zoeticcuisine.com/. A sample menu from the July 20th event is as follows:

Location: CB1 Gallery


  • smoked zucchini rounds
  • "parmesan"
  • basil chimichurri
  • walnut oil

  • mixed greens 
  • French green beans
  • slivered almonds
  • black olives
  • parsley
  • shallot vinaigrette

  • eggplant wrapped asparagus
  • lemongrass and chervil "alfredo"
  • crispy onions

  • blueberry-peach tart
  • cashew cookie crust
  • lavender "sour cream"
  • plum compote

Starfire water

Osvaldo Trujillo
(Ancient Future)

Kristi Bride

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Nespresso Pop-Up Cafes at the America's Cup

For the America's Cup events in San Francisco, Nespresso has created a series of luxury and high design Pop-Up Cafes around the city.

The venue sitting on the "Marina Green" area next to the Bay has a beautiful view, full services, a top outside deck, and is made of the popular new pop-up shop construction material that resembles discarded container boxes.

This walk-in ground level cafe is situated in the America's Cup Park on Pier 27.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Storefront Raise $1.6 Million for Pop-up Shops

Exciting news if you want a turn-key experience for running and leasing pop-up shop space. Storefront has just closed on $1.6 Million in funding for their venture.

Per VentureBeat:

Storefront is a startup that wants to create more of these experiences, by making it easier for anyone to find and rent short-term retail space. Today, Storefront announced raising $1.6 million in seed funding to expand into new markets, starting with New York City.
Opening a retail store can be an expensive and time-consuming process. As a result, chefs, artisans, and designers are increasingly turning to online stores or pop-up shops. The average national vacancy rates for retail space is 10 percent, which Storefront said represents nearly $20 billion in lost rent annually.
Storefront’s goal is to make starting an offline store as easy as an online store. It  matches people who need retail space with people who have it, and it tries to cut down on some of the friction involved with starting a physical store. Using the site, entrepreneurs can enter their requirements and search for spaces. Each listing includes detailed descriptions of the neighborhood, photos, nearby businesses, foot traffic, and photographs. Storefront also offers flexible booking and a standardized legal process that streamlines lease agreements and insurance.

Read more on VB and on Adweek.