This year, the Penn Alumni Club of Philadelphia rolled out exciting new programming as part of our Dinner Lecture Series. Penn alumni can expect to enjoy delicious food, engaging conversation, and a unique educational experience.
In March, we visited the famed Victor Café in South Philadelphia, where the wait staff not only serves, they also sing opera! Our guest speaker was Brooke McCorkle, Penn PhD student in Musicology, concentrating in opera. A Benjamin Franklin Fellow, Brooke is an accomplished double bassist, Japanologist, and music historian. In her dissertation, Brooke composes a cultural history that examines the heretofore unexplored relationship between modernity, national ideology, and Wagner reception in Japan from 1868 to 1952.
In April, we visited Harvest Season Grill and Wine Bar on Penn’s campus. You may remember the Marathon Grill and MarBar that used to live in that space. Our group was joined by Danie Greenwell, C’03, the controller at Common Market. Common Market, co-founded by Penn alumna Tatiana Garcia-Granados, C’97, WG’03, is a nonprofit that distributes fresh, local farm food to both wholesale and individual customers including Bon Appetit at Penn. In addition, Danie works for Farm to City, a company that has brought millions of pounds of fresh farm food into the city through farmer’s markets, CSAs and buying clubs. Farm to City also runs the farmers market at Penn.
In May, we have a special treat for Penn alumni. Penn alumna Ellen Yin, W’87 WG’93, owner of Fork Restaurant, the acclaimed New American Bistro in Old City, Philadelphia, will be joining us at her new restaurant High Street on Market. Alumni will enjoy a special and seasonal four-course prix fixe dinner in a private room followed by a lecture by Ellen.
We hope you will join us as we continue to explore the incredible Philadelphia restaurant scene and learn from outstanding individuals from the Penn alumni community. Check out our events calendar on our website and see event photos on Facebook.