By Michelle Reese

Love learning about Philadelphia’s food scene and the unique stories behind the restaurants? Love books by local authors? You’ll want to attend these two book events with Irene Levy Baker, author of Unique Eats & Eateries of Philadelphia. Both events will include savory samples from Philadelphia restaurants and stories from Baker’s newly published book. Find out how to get reservations at the city’s hottest restaurants, how to get into secret speakeasies, where to get a free bowl of soup with lunch, and more.

Book Talks with Tastings:

City Kitchen at Reading Terminal Market

Where: 12th and Arch Streets

When: Saturday, October 27 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Cost: $55 per person. Your ticket also includes a signed copy of the book.

Tickets needed. Get tickets here.

Enjoy tastings from five Reading Terminal Market merchants: Hershel’s East Side Deli, Bassett’s Ice Cream, PA General Store, Miller’s Twist and Sang Kee Peking Duck.

Frieda for generations

Where: 320 Walnut Street

When: Saturday, November 10 from 3 p.m. to 4:40 p.m.

Cost for 1: $32 for book talk, signed book, coffee/tea and light refreshments.

Cost for couples: $40 for book talked, one signed book, coffee/tea and resfreshments for two. (Plus tax and gratuity.)

Reservations needed. To RSVP, email [email protected]. Get more information here.

About the Book:

Unique Eats and Eateries of Philadelphia includes the sweet and spicy stories behind 90 of the area’s most fascinating restaurants. Read about how two chocolatiers got engaged. And dinners interrupted by bungled mob hits. Have you heard about the restaurants that survived an earthquake, a fire and even Prohibition? There’s a secret restaurant that began in a backyard tent, and a distillery that started in a basement. Plus, find tips on how to get reservations at trendy restaurants and into secret speakeasies. Learn where to find the most sinful desserts, where senior citizens dine with college students, where to taste goat, and where you’re most likely to spot celebrities.

The book is available online at, on Amazon, at Barnes & Nobles and in independent bookstores.

About the Author:

Irene Levy Baker, author of Unique Eats and Eateries of Philadelphia

Irene Levy Baker moved to Philadelphia in 1991 and has spent an enormous amount of time eating and drinking her way through the area. She developed the tips included in this book through decades of working with restaurateurs, chefs, food writers and diners. Baker is the owner of Spotlight Public Relations, which specializes in the restaurant and hospitality industries. Before that, she spent nearly a decade working at the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Philly Happening also spoke with Baker after she wrote her book 100 Things To Do in Philadelphia Before You Die. Click here to read that interview from 2016.

If you can’t make either of these book events, click here to check out the list of Baker’s upcoming appearances.

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