It’s true that you didn’t have to come from South Philadelphia or be an ethnic Italian to win Sunday’s first-ever Red Gravy Cook-off, sponsored by the East Passyunk Crossing Civic Association. But there’s no doubt those qualities helped give contestants an edge.
South Philadelphia Italians were making and enjoying red gravy well before anyone came up with the name “East Passyunk Crossing” for the neighborhood around 10th and Morris. So, even if they do occasionally spike their gravies with a secret ingredient or two, they hold firm to the belief that “red gravy has to taste a certain way,” explained Mark Squilla, the local councilman and South Philadelphia native who served as one of the competition judges.
The cook-off, attended by more than 80 people, brought a wide cross-section of East Passyunk residents to the cafeteria at Neumann Goretti High School to sample seven variations of the traditional gravy. There were newcomers sporting Buffalo plaid and significant facial hair, but also plenty folks who have eaten red gravy every Sunday of their lives.
Representatives from the Philadelphia Access Center, 1832 S. 11th St., and the East Passyunk Crossing Civic Association teamed with United Healthcare, 1900 S. Broad St., Nov. 24 to package and distribute 100 free Thanksgiving meals.
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For an additional $10 you can go on a historic Christmas tour of East Passyunk Avenue guided by EPX co-chair Joseph F. Marino. Joe will take you on a stroll down the Avenue and reminiscence about the stores, shops and eateries of Christmas Past! This option is limited to fifteen people! If you’re interested, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know!!
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