Archive for the ‘Mardi Gras’ Category

King Cakes for Mardi Gras at Beck’s

February 15, 2012

Mardi Gras is February 21!    Celebrate with an authentic King Cake from Beck’s Cajun Cafe.

What is a King Cake?

A King Cake is a traditional Mardi Gras treat:  a braided yeast cake, decorated with purple, green and gold icing, filled with cinnamon and nuts.  They also contain a small plastic baby, bean or other trinket.

Why purple, green and yellow?

These are the traditional Mardi Gras colors:  purple represents justice; green represents faith and yellow represents power.

What’s the deal with the baby?

The tradition holds that the person who finds teh baby has good luck for the coming year, and has to host the next King Cake Party.  Because Mardi Gras is based on the Christian celebration spanning Epiphany to Lent, the baby symbolizes the baby Jesus.

Where does the name come from?

“King Cake” takes its name from the three kings, or Magi, who visited the Christ Child on January 6 or Epiphany.

For the best Cajun food outside of N’Awlins, visit Beck’s Cajun Cafe today and laissez les bons temps rouler!

Show Your Love for Reading Terminal Market

January 31, 2012

The Valentine to the Market Gala fundraiser is just under a month away.  This spectacular out of hours party on Saturday, February 25th, at the Reading Terminal Market features live music, entertainment and food provided by some of the best known names in the Market including Bassetts, DiNics, and Beck’s, of course.

This year, the party is expected to be even more memorable because it coincides with the Market’s 120th birthday.  Come toast the Market’s good health with a pint of the anniversary stout specially created by Philadelphia Brewing Co. to mark the occasion.

To make your evening extra special, consider buying a ticket to the Patrons’ Party, which includes access to the cook-off by celebrity chefs, including our very own Bill Beck of Beck’s Cajun Cafe! 

Each chef works with a celebrity sous-chef under the spotlight  to drum up a dish from ingredients provided by the Market.  To keep it interesting, the chefs have to integrate   added ‘mystery” ingredients announced  the night of the Gala —  it gets pretty tense!  Last year’s mystery ingredients were red hot candies, heart shaped marshmallows and coco-puffs.

Philly Chit Chat did a great feature on last year’s party here.

To buy tickets for this one of a kind Gala and show your love for Reading Terminal Market, go to:

wwwPartyTicketsOnline.com/valentine.

See you there! BB

Weekly Specials 1/16/11

January 15, 2012

Mardi Gras season is hotting up.  In the mood for some Cajun food?  Try this week’s specials: Quiche Lorraine with gumbo sauce & Cajun Fries or try our Chicken Salad and Fried Oyster Po Boy.  They’re equally delicious!

Mardi Gras Media Coverage

February 20, 2010

Here is a nice photo of our Mardi Gras event, published in the Inquirer on Feb. 17. Thanks again to everyone who participated and made it such a success.

Here are some other media clips that we would like to share.

Good Day Philadelphia, 2/16/10

Gloucester County Times, 2/16/10

NBC — Mardi Gras Teaser, 2/15/10

KYW Newsradio 1060, 2/16/10

A Big Fat Thank You!

February 18, 2010

A personal note of thanks to everyone who contributed to such a successful Mardi Gras event. What a great time! The event created incredible excitement for the market and generated amzing media coverage with 3, 6, 10 and Fox 29 all covering it. Also, WRTI and KWY NewsRadio came out. And did you see that awesome photo in yesterday’s local section (2/17)?

Special thanks to the staff of the Reading Terminal Market and Habitat for Humanity for your help, and to the vendors in the market for being so accommodating. Also, the Al Harrison Dixie Land Jazz Band for inspired music and to our volunteers who twirled, juggled and strutted your stuff.

Thanks again. Also, if you like Jambalaya, take a look at our spot on Good Day Philadelphia!

Today’s the Day!

February 16, 2010

OK, time to partay…no really, our Mardi Gras event is today at 11. Stop by the Reading Terminal Market on your lunch hour for food, Dixie Land and more!

Laissez les bon temps roulez!

Two Days Till Mardi Gras

February 14, 2010

Only 48 hrs. to go until Fat Tuesday. Come spend it with us at the Reading Terminal Market for food, Dixie Land music, a parade and more! Oh, and watch for us Tuesday morning on Fox 29. Good Day Philadelphia will be shooting live from the Terminal!

Dixie Land Band

February 2, 2010

Just In! The All Harrison Dixie Land Jazz Band will be performing at our Mardi Gras event at the Reading Terminal Market on Tues., Feb. 16.  

Come hear the sounds of the Big Easy and join our Mardi Gras Parade in Philadelphia’s historic market. All to  help out the New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity continue the work of helping to build homes and restoring the Crescent City.

Al Harrison is a band leader and sideman whose instruments are the trumpet, cornet, and fluegelhorn. A graduate of the Philadelphia Musical Academy (now known as the University of the Arts) and Temple University, he played and recorded with Dexter Wansel at International Records, toured with Stanley Clark and Sy Zentner, and performed in the Dixieland band on the historic steamboat  “Delta Queen”.  Al has backed up such greats as Tony Bennett, Billy Daniels, Jack Jones, and Sammy Davis, Jr.

See you there!


Beck’s Cajun on Good Day Philadelphia!

January 29, 2010

Well, it’s official! Beck’s Cajun Café will be featured on Good Day Philadelphia’s Monday Menu on Monday, February 15. Look for Chef Bill Beck at 8:45 a.m. and 9:20 a.m. as he prepares New Orleans favorites including Jambalaya and Bread Pudding. 

The next day, come over and try them for real at our Mardi Gras event at the Reading Terminal Market. A percentage of the proceeds of sales of signature items like gumbo and muffuletta will benefit the New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity. See you there!

Only 23 Days Until Mardi Gras!

January 24, 2010

Don’t forget to join the revels at the Reading Terminal Market on Mardi Gras, Tues., Feb. 16 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dixieland music, a parade and authentic Cajun food are all part of the fun. Proceeds from the sale of our famous gumbo and fantastic King Cake will benefit the New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity. Come join us for a good cause!