_ That unexpected square of green open space at the otherwise bustling corner of 20th and Market streets is transforming into a garden where veggies, herbs, grains and flowers will be cultivated to showcase the work of City Harvest, which provides fresh produce to underserved residents. The PHS Pops Up garden will host foodie and gardening events from noon-2 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays starting June 15 through October (the official opening is Monday). Local chefs will cook with the garden crops, too, including R2L's Daniel Stern; Chris Scarduzio, of Table 31; Guillermo Tellez, of Square 1682; Michael Schulson, from Sampan; Marcie Turney, of Barbuzzo; and Lynn Rinaldi, of Paradiso. PHS stands for Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, which is partnering with Brandywine Realty Trust and Independence Blue Cross on the effort.
_ Sample the culinary diversity of Conshohocken and its environs during the 2nd Annual Conshohocken Restaurant Week, Monday through June 19. Participants offering a $20 or $35 fixed-price menu range from Chip Roman's upscale BYO Blackfish to "friendly corner bar" Guppy's Good Times, steak-house chain Shula's 347 Grill to eclectic homegrown Gypsy Saloon, plus an abbondanza of Italians such as Totarro's, Stella Blu, Spampinato's and Pepperoncini.
_ Yo, Anthony! If you just turned around, there's a deal for you this Monday. To celebrate St. Anthony of Padua's feast day - and his saintly habit of giving food to the hungry - Anthony Bruno, founder of Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza (locations in Wayne and Horsham, www.anthonyscoalfiredpizza.com) will give free orders of Meatballs with Ricotta Cheese to anyone who answers to the (first or last) name Anthony.
_ Oyster House (1516 Sansom St., 215-567-7683) celebrates its second birthday Wednesday by offering its popular Lobster Roll wrapped to go for $15 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on the street in front of the restaurant. Find it inside, too.
_ Beck's Cajun Cafe (51 N. 12th St., 215-592-0505) has launched a line of Cajun spice blends and condiments that will fire up your summer grilling. Find Beck's Devil Dust, Angel Dust, Rub-a-Dub Rub, Creole Mayo and Olive Salad at the cafe in Reading Terminal Market or at www.beckscajuncafe.com.
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