In the Fall of 2011, Alexis, Marisa, Georgia and I started the Philly Food Swap. There was a gap in the market, so they took off right away. Every swap has been packed with talented local cooks and bakers. We’ve had so much fun. There are people that I’m friends with now because of the Swap and it always inspires me to know (and taste) that there are so many talented food folks around Philly. Last night was our smallest swap ever (a thunderstorm was predicted but only materialized after the swap’s end), but it had many, many charms. The location at the beautiful Wyck Historic Home, Farm and Garden was a salve for my green-starved soul. The smaller crowd actually meant that I had the time to have lengthy conversations with some swappers, something that is usually a challenge in the hubbub of signing up and bargaining.
I’ve truly enjoyed the Philly Food Swaps over the years. They are infused with energy and remain entirely about local food and community. There are so many wonderful organizations in the city who’ve supported us and and many wonderful people who’ve spent their time and energy making the amazing, shareable food that makes these events. I won’t say a whole lot more, I’ll just share quite a few photos from the event! (There are lots, so most are after the jump and forgive slow loading times, please).