Greensgrow's biggest celebrity, Milkshake the pig, welcomes festival-goers.
Greensgrow Fall Festival Sat., Sept. 28, 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., free
Kensington’s urban-farming star hosts plenty of events throughout the year, but none as big as its annual Fall Festival. Expect tons of kid-friendly diversions like crafts and animals. (Milkshake the pig is a perennial favorite, but this is your last chance to see the goats before they move to new digs.) Plenty of food vendors will be on hand, including the Farm Truck, Mama’s Meatballs and a local popcorn upstart called MoJo’s Pop Co., promising pumpkin-pecan toffee popcorn. This year’s chili cook-off is closed to submissions, but a $5 donation gets you a judge’s ballot and all attendant tasting rights. There also will be demonstrations including a very special cooking demo and sampling by Vedge’s Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby. Greensgrow Farms, 2501 E. Cumberland St., 215-427-2702, greensgrow.org.
Tela’s Market & Kitchen Pop-Up at JG Domestic Sun., Sept. 29, $85
Slated to open in October, Tela’s will operate in Francisville as an upscale market and café for most of the week, with more elaborate chef’s-table dinners reserved for weekends. While the new space is being fitted, the crew — headed by exec Chad Williams, former Chifa chef de cuisine and longtime Garces cohort is popping up at JG Domestic. Sunday’s four-course menu showcases fall flavors, from chicken-liver mousse and honeycrisp- apple salad to slow-cooked short ribs with maitakes and a leek-studded potato terrine. A wine pairing from Zev Rovine, an importer focusing on natural wines, is included. JG Domestic, 2929 Arch St., 215-232-4710, telasmarket.com.
Top Chef Season 11 Premiere Wed., Oct. 2, 10 p.m.
Over its previous 10 seasons, Bravo TV’s award-winning cooking-competition show has left our city’s talent pool largely untapped: Jennifer Carroll turned out to be one of the show’s biggest stars, Jennifer Zavala got the nod in season 6, but beyond that … crickets. So it’s pretty big news that the latest season, which was filmed in New Orleans, features two prominent Philly chefs: Jason Cichonski of Ela and Nicholas Elmi, who recently left Rittenhouse Tavern and announced plans for an East Passyunk BYOB called Laurel. We’ve got our fingers crossed for a hometown Top Chef champ for sure — but we’re also holding out hope for some top-notch trash talk on Twitter. Bravo, bravotv.com/top-chef.
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